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CoxHealth COVID-19 Updates – 5/5

COVID-19 update with Dr. Robin Trotman

Dr. Robin Trotman, medical director of Infectious Diseases at CoxHealth discusses universal masking, and shares his thoughts on Missouri’s reopening, what we need to consider to make this transition, as well as hope for the future:


Governor Mike Parson Visits CoxHealth

We are grateful to have Governor Mike Parson on our campus to tour the new COVID-19 unit at Cox South and for recognizing CoxHealth as a state leader in COVID preparation.


New drone video of new Cox Monett Hospital

Work on the new Cox Monett Hospital is continuing! Here’s the latest drone video so you can see the progress.


Universal masking at CoxHealth

In light of our community’s gradual opening, and an increase in volume on our campuses, beginning Monday, May 4, all employees and providers on CoxHealth campuses will be required to wear a mask or face covering.

This is an expansion of our current masking policy in place for several weeks that requires all employees with direct patient care to mask.

Patients and visitors are strongly encouraged to wear a mask or face covering when entering CoxHealth facilities.  As the COVID-19 pandemic evolves, masking policies may change for patients and visitors.


CoxHealth Fitness Centers remain temporarily closed

In light of the end of the Missouri’s stay at home order, we have received questions regarding the reopening of CoxHealth Fitness Centers.

In consultation with infection prevention guidance, it has been decided that our centers will remain closed for the time being, even though the order allows them to be open.  Given our role as a medical fitness center, we feel it is in the best interest of our clients – many of whom are in high-risk categories, or staff at CoxHealth – to remain closed at this time. This decision includes all CoxHealth centers in Springfield, Branson, Republic and Willard.

We will reevaluate the situation on May 23.  At that time, we will discuss what the responsible thing is to do in light of the current COVID-19 situation in the community.

Please remember that the time we are closed will be credited back to the members’ contracts after the centers reopen.  If you have questions about this, please call 417-269-3282.


$200,000 gift for COVID-19 care at CoxHealth

CoxHealth is pleased to share that a second major gift has been made to help care for patients with COVID-19 in the Ozarks. The Sunderland Foundation has given $200,000 through the CoxHealth Foundation to help cover costs of equipment in Cox South’s COVID-19 unit. If necessary, the equipment will provide respiratory support and monitoring for patients as they fight COVID-19.

“This unit is what allows CoxHealth to be ready today, and in the days to come, as we continue to face the challenges of the coronavirus on the health of our local community,” says Lisa Alexander, president of the CoxHealth Foundation. “We are grateful beyond words for organizations like the Sunderland Foundation that embrace our local hospital and keep us strong and prepared in times of crisis.”

“The Sunderland Foundation is pleased to provide financial assistance to CoxHealth to enhance local COVID-19 treatment capabilities,” says Randy Vance, president and chief operating officer of the Sunderland Foundation. “Our thanks and best wishes go to the entire organization during these unprecedented times.”

The Sunderland Foundation has generously supported projects at CoxHealth, including Cox South’s West Tower, Cox College’s renovation, the new Cox Monett Hospital and the Pediatrics Specialties Center.

The foundation was established in 1945 by Lester T. Sunderland, who served as president of the Ash Grove Cement Company for 33 years as a respected leader in his industry. Prior to joining Ash Grove in 1909, Lester was a principal and founder of the Sunderland Brothers Company. The Sunderland Brothers Company was a leading distributor of coal, lime,  cement and other building materials headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska. The company was an early and long standing customer of the Ash Grove Lime and Portland Cement Company. After more than seven decades, the Foundation continues to be led by Lester T.’s descendants. It has focused on supporting brick and mortar projects, awarding grants to nonprofits in the Kansas City region and other areas where the Ash Grove Cement Company traditionally does business.