In the early 1970s, a group of community-minded, lake-area residents realized the need for medical services to treat existing homeowners and the growing second homeowner, retiree and tourist populations. Then, the closest hospital was 50 miles away. Many people who suffered trauma, heart attacks or other serious health conditions did not survive because medical assistance was not immediately available.
Harold Koplar, founder of The Lodge of Four Seasons, was one of the visionaries who believed the area needed a hospital. To help provide funding, the HK's Annual Hospital Benefit Golf Tournament (named for Koplar) was established. In January 1978, Lake of the Ozarks General Hospital, later renamed Lake Regional Hospital, opened its doors.
Each year, the nonprofit hospital grew, investing income over expenses and charitable contributions into providing more health care services for the lake region. Because of generous contributions and sound fiscal management, the hospital now is a regional health system, providing trauma services, surgery and complete cardiac, cancer and orthopedic care.
Who It Benefits
All proceeds benefit heart care technologies at Lake Regional Health System.
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As a Level II STEMI Centre, Lake Regional Health System provides an essential service to mid-Missouri: ensuring 180,000 full-time residents and millions of annual visitors have 24/7 access to lifesaving treatment for heart attacks. And because time is a muscle, Lake Regional is proud to be a national leader in heart attack treatment time, delivering care faster than 9 out of 10 hospitals nationwide.*
The Lake Regional heart care team uses specialized X-ray equipment in the Cardiac Catheterization Lab to diagnose and treat patients with heart attacks, as well as heart and blood vessel disease, and to implant pacemakers, performing nearly 2,000 total procedures each year.
To ensure Lake of the Ozarks-area residents and visitors continue to have access to the latest heart care technology, all proceeds from HK's Lake of the Ozarks Open tournament will help purchase state-of-the-art equipment such as the Philips Azurion 7 Series. Industry-leading imaging equipment provides enhanced visualization for finding and treating blockages in the heart and vessels while delivering the lowest possible dose of radiation, improving safety for patients and physicians.
Learn more about the emergency heart care services at Lake Regional at lakeregional.com/heartcare.
*According to the American College of Cardiology's CathPCI Registry.
To date, the HK's tournament has raised more than $3 million to support the expansion of health care services at Lake Regional. The following departments have benefited from past tournaments.
Cancer Center - $155,000
Cardiac Cath Lab - $456,000
Commitment to Caring - $331,000
Emergency Department - $867,550
Intensive Care Unit - $200,000
Medical Oncology - $125,000
Obstetrics - $181,000
Orthopedics - $160,000
Outpatient Services - $127,000
Radiation Therapy - $360,000
Sleep Lab - $160,000
Stepdown Unit - $115,000
Wound Healing Center - $135,000