Two new physicians join OMC hospitalist team
Dr. Oleksandr Halytskyy and Dr. Linda Wangui recently joined the hospitalist team at Ozarks Medical Center in West Plains. Other members of the team include Dr. Kendell Clarkston, Dr. Jeffrey Dryden, Dr. Priscilla Frase, Dr. Alex Makarian and Dr. Samantha Wallace.
A hospitalist is a physician who focuses solely on caring for patients while they are hospitalized. Hospitalists assess and treat the patient’s acute medical condition, keep the patient’s primary physician informed of their progress and coordinate all aspects of the patient’s hospital care.
Halytskyy earned his medical degree from Jagiellonian University Medical College in Poland with rotations at the University of Rochester Medical Center in Rochester, New York; Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas; and Loma Linda Medical Center in Loma Linda, California. He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Toronto in Toronto, Canada.
Prior to coming to OMC, Halytskyy was chief medical resident/junior faculty in the internal medicine program at Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island, Brown Alpert Medical School in Providence, Rhode Island.
“I interviewed at other places but liked West Plains the most,” Halytskyy said. He was especially attracted to OMC’s supportive hospitalist team and the area’s outdoors. Halytskyy enjoys hiking, kayaking, and tinkering with cars. He is looking forward to exploring the Katy Trail.
Linda Wangui is board certified in family medicine and earned her medical degree from Medical University of the Americas in Nevis, West Indies. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Ottawa in Canada.
Prior to coming to OMC, Wangui was a resident in family medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital in Chicago, Illinois.
“When I came to West Plains to interview, I loved the people,” Wangui said. She applied for positions all over the country and found the people in West Plains very friendly.
Wangui enjoys reading and traveling in her spare time.
To learn more about the OMC hospitalist team, call 417-257-5800.