Cox Branson welcomes ‘Top Doc’ to Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine

Cox Medical Center Branson is welcoming this week Hope Misterovich, DO, to the Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine Clinic.

Dr. Misterovich is a board certified Family Physician with 12 years of experience.

“We are delighted to have Dr. Misterovich lead our efforts in wound management at Cox Branson,” said Brian Clonts, MD, Chief Medical Officer for Cox Medical Center Branson. “She brings a tremendous knowledge base to the wound care clinic and will undoubtedly provide exceptional patient care to the Taney and Stone County area. We have many individuals in our community who have the underlying conditions that make them susceptible to development of chronic wounds. Dr. Misterovich and her staff are invaluable in the treatment and subsequent healing of these life-altering problems.”

Since 2002, Dr. Misterovich has served as a Family Physician at Mercy in Springfield. She has also worked at several urgent care clinics.

After years of treating patients with a wide variety of illnesses at her family practice, she said she is looking forward to focusing on one issue.

“For some time now, I have wanted to do something more specialized, but still within my spectrum of training,” Dr. Misterovich said. “I did some wound care during my 12 years of practice but I’m looking forward to doing that fulltime. I feel like I can make a difference in people’s lives and improve their quality of life.

“When a patient has a wound, it really impacts every aspect of that person’s life, medically, socially and psychologically. To be able to impact that, I think will be rewarding.”

Dr. Misterovich is also excited about joining a regional hospital where hyperbaric oxygen therapy is offered. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a specialized treatment option that speeds healing in selected diabetic wounds, chronic bone infections and radiation injured tissue. Hyperbaric oxygen is also the definitive treatment for decompression sickness in commercial and sports divers and for carbon monoxide poisoning.

“I think, for a lot of people, they are unaware of that being an option for certain types of wounds,” she said. “Diabetes impacts so many people and eventually diabetes can lead to ulcers. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy can dramatically help with healing certain ulcers.”

As for joining the Cox Branson team, Dr. Misterovich said it seems like she has found a perfect fit.

“I was really drawn to that kind of community hospital feel the Cox Branson offered,” she said. “I love the area and I love everything this area has to offer. It is just such a beautiful area to practice. I’ve been really impressed with the community feel and the atmosphere and the attitudes of everyone I’ve come in contact with from Cox Branson President William Mahoney to staff in the cafeteria and other departments.”

Dr. Misterovich has received several accolades over the years. By a vote of her peers, Dr. Misterovich was honored by 417 Magazine as a Top Doc in 2011. In 2010, she was named a Hall of Fame Top Doc. In 2009 and 2013 she was a Top Doc runner up.

Making the move to Cox Branson didn’t require an actual move for Dr. Misterovich and her family as they already reside south of Springfield. Dr. Misterovich and her husband have three sons, 17, 14 and 10. Her oldest son will attend Oberlin College and Conservatory this fall where he plans to study music. Her 14 year old is starting high school at The Summit Preparatory School in Springfield, where Dr. Misterovich’s husband teaches. Her youngest child is entering the fifth grade.

If you suffer from a non-healing wound, speak to your physician about a referral to the Cox Medical Center Branson Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine Clinic, or contact the clinic directly for more information at 417-335-7792.

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