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Sunday, 17 May 2015 23:53

EOMC Open House


On May 16th and 17th Eastern Oklahoma Medical Center held "Open House" to introduce the public to the and improved Surgery Unit at the hospital."We now have the best of technology which has never been used before," said Sheila Queen, of EOMC, and the facility now offers better services with highly qualified and trained staff to meet the needs of patients.


It was in early Spring, 2014 when surgery and obstetrics departments were shut down because they failed to meet Medicare physical environment regulations. This resulted in the closure of EOMC's surgical department. Without surgery, the hospital could not meet the regulations to OB services.



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David Whitehead CRNA , shows visitors the new surgery equipment that is available in the surgery room.

On August 26, the great people of LeFlore County went to the polls and voted Yes they wanted to save the hospital with 5,246 votes (77 percent) to 1,584 No votes (23 percent) for a 1/2 of 1% sales tax to give the hospital the funding needed to make it compliant with the Oklahoma State Department of Health.
Now the hospital wants to show the people of the county see what they have invested in.


EOMC can now boast their state of the surgical equipment.



The staff at EOMC like the look of the facility, some nurses who have worked in much larger facilities say that the EOMC Surgical unit has the room needed and advances in technology make it just as good if not better than larger hospitals.




Employees and Auxilary personel are giving a tour of the facility




Mike Carter, CEO made it through the renovations and now is in the recovery room of the new Surgery department.


The US Attorney - Eastern District of Oklahoma press release

MUSKOGEE, OKLAHOMA - The United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, announced today that Matthew Eugene Triplett, 44, of Muskogee, Oklahoma, pled guilty to Conspiracy to Interfere with Commerce by Robbery.


The charge arose from an investigation by the Muskogee Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation Violent Crime Task Force.


The Indictment alleged that from on or about January 15, 2014, through on or about January 22, 2014, in the Eastern District of Oklahoma, the defendant, Matthew Eugene Triplett conspired with others, known and unknown to the grand jury, to commit robbery, which unlawfully obstructed, delayed, and affected commerce.


The Honorable Kimberly E. West, Magistrate Judge in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, in Muskogee, accepted the guilty plea and ordered the completion of a presentence report. Sentencing will be scheduled following its completion. The defendant will remain in the custody of the United States Marshal Service.


The statutory range of punishment is not more than 20 years imprisonment, up to a $250,000.00 fine or both.


Assistant United States Attorney Rob Wallace represented the United States.

Thursday, 13 April 2017 18:53

Food prep tips for breast cancer patients

Breast cancer treatment can be exhausting, resulting in fatigue that can make it hard for patients to tackle all of the tasks that come with a typical day. That includes preparing meals, which is often the last thing a person fighting breast cancer wants to do after a day of treatment.

But nutrition plays a vital role in beating cancer. A nutritious diet can promote strength and increase energy levels, something breast cancer patients know is not always easy to come by. The following are a few tips to help men and women undergoing breast cancer treatment maintain a nutritious diet throughout their treatments.

* Plan ahead when you're feeling strong. Breast cancer patients often have good days and not-so-good days during the course of their treatments. When the latter comes around, everyday tasks like cooking meals can seem as exhausting as climbing Mount Everest. So breast cancer patients can plan ahead for such days by going the extra mile on those days when their energy levels aren't compromised. Prepare meals in advance and freeze them so they require minimal effort on those days when energy levels are low.

* Avoid empty calories. Empty calories like those found in a bag of potato chips won't help fight fatigue on those days when your energy levels are low. When eating, opt for foods that are rich in vitamins and nutrients but not heavy in calories. A meal that is dense in nutrients but not calories will benefit your energy levels, while a calorie-dense meal will only foster feelings of fatigue.

* Opt for snacks that are high in protein. When snacking during the day, it's possible to counter any exhausting effects of breast cancer treatment by choosing high-protein snacks. Foods that are high in protein, including low-fat cottage cheese, Greek yogurt and almonds, can improve your energy levels because the body does not break protein down as easily as it does carbohydrates. So protein can be a longer-lasting energy source than snacking alternatives that are low in protein. If you aren't much of a snacker, consider a protein shake.

* Buy in bulk. When visiting the grocery store, buy items in bulk so you won't have to make as many trips there. This can help on those days when energy levels are waning. Further save energy by asking a store employee to carry your groceries to your car. On those days when the cupboard is bare and you don't feel up to a trip to the store, call your local grocer, explain your situation and ask if it's possible to have groceries delivered. Many grocers would be glad to help.

* Modify recipes. In addition to boosting your energy levels, protein helps heal and rebuild tissues, and you can modify recipes to include more protein and improve your energy levels. For example, add cheese to sandwiches, pasta dishes and casseroles, as dairy is a strong source of protein. When cooking, use milk instead of water when possible. Beans are another great source of protein, so add them to chili, pasta sauces or soups when cooking. There are many ways to modify recipes to include more protein that won't compromise taste. If you're unsure of how to do so, discuss this with a physician or dietician.

Fatigue is a common side effect of cancer treatment, but there are many ways men and women undergoing breast cancer treatment can alter their diets to make their meals more nutritious, improving their energy levels as a result.

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Saturday, 18 June 2016 03:26

Foods to help Quit Smoking


Got this information from - and thought it was interesting enough to pass on to everyone.

If you are a smoker - did you know that there are certain foods, which can make food taste bad?

According to a studey from the Duke University, such foods and drinks as meat and caffeinated beverages make cigarettes taste good.
But, dairy products and fresh vegetables make cigarettes taste bad.

The research basically says that certain food can aid in the taste of the cigarette and can be a very good tool for staying smoke free for longer time for those who desire to quit.


Here are foods that can help a smoker kick the habit.

1. Milk and Other Dairy Beverages - Milk makes cigarette taste very bitter and unpleasant. May if someone is trying to quit they should dip the cigarette in milk?

2. Orange Juice - If you want to quit smoking - it is very important to get some Vitamin C in your system. Oranges, lemons, black currants, pomegranates and other powerful natural sources of Vitamin C are the best things to eat for those trying to get rid of nicotine dependence.


3. Celery - specialists claim that eating a lot of vegetables can decrease nicotine dependence. Eating celery sticks can help to decrease cravings.

4. Broccoli helps to lower the risks of having lung diseases, including lung cancer. Broccoli contains sulforaphane, a substance which boosts the activity of NRF2 gene and protects lungs from any toxin-related damage. Unfortunately, the studies found the evidence that this therapeutic property of broccoli does not work for smokers, because nicotine kills the activity of sulforaphane.


5. Red Wine - A glass of red wine a day lowers the risks of lung cancer, both in smokers and non-smokers. The researchers from South California found out that the people who drink a glass of red wine every day have 60% lower chances to have lung cancer.

Wednesday, 08 July 2015 17:53

Trail Mix a healthy snack


Fresh, canned and dried fruit can all be counted towards the recommended daily dose of fruit.



Fresh fruit is hard to get in the dead of winter, so canned and dried fruit become a better option for some.



But dried fruit is more condensed than fresh fruit. For that reason, ½ cup of dried fruit counts as 1 cup of fruit.



Dried fruit are good to eat on the go and can also be added into other foods.



Try making some trail mix using some dried fruits - Why not add raisins and dried apricots together with almonds and whole-grain cereal for a quick and easy trail mix.

Sunday, 12 July 2015 19:00

Few men jump at the chance to diet

Few men jump at the chance to go on a diet. Eating smaller portions while saying "goodbye" to some of your favorite foods is never easy, especially for men who find it hard to resist a bucket of chicken wings or a juicy hamburger.

Though sacrifice is a part of any successful diet, there's more than one way for men to lose weight and keep the weight off once it's gone. The following are a few simple dieting tips for men who want to start eating healthier without making drastic changes to their diets.

* Don't eat after dinner. It might sound simple, but many men eat mindlessly even when they aren't hungry, and this eating frequently occurs after dinner. This can contribute to weight gain, especially if you're snacking on unhealthy fare like potato chips or cookies. When eating anything that is high in carbs late at night, your body might have a hard time breaking that down into energy before you go to bed. If it does, your body will then store it as fat. So if you must eat after dinner, avoid carbs in favor of a low-calorie snack.

* Don't mistake dehydration for hunger. The symptoms of dehydration are similar to those of hunger, so it's easy to mistake thirst for hunger. If you find yourself feeling some hunger pangs even if you just ate, pour yourself a glass of water instead of reaching for a snack. You'll avoid consuming unnecessary calories when you might just need to rehydrate.

* Don't forget a diet is not just about subtraction. Many men feel a diet is all about subtracting foods, but you can also add healthier fare. Add more fruits and vegetables, which can boost your immune system, making you less susceptible to colds and other ailments. If you aren't a fan of vegetables on their own, incorporate them into your recipes rather than serving them as a side dish. Vegetables can add flavor to a host of dishes, including pasta, stir fry and even sandwiches.

* Divide and conquer your calories. Dividing your calorie consumption into several smaller meals as opposed to three meals per day is another way to control appetite and weight. Often referred to as "grazing," this approach to eating involves eating five or six smaller, healthy meals each day in an effort to keep the body's metabolism going all day. This helps men burn more calories and get them used to eating smaller portions. Though the efficacy of grazing has been questioned, many men and women stand by it as an effective way to lose weight and keep the weight off once it's gone.

* Pack in the protein. Research has shown that, when combined with exercise, a diet that is high in protein and moderate in carbohydrates can make it easier to lose weight. Healthy protein sources like yogurt, beans and nuts make the body feel full while encouraging it to burn fat. In addition, protein helps preserve muscle mass and can aid in muscle recovery, which makes for an added benefit for men who are dieting and exercising.

* Drink water. Water can be a dieter's best friend, especially if that dieter has traditionally been fond of high-calorie beverages like soda. Such beverages can pack on the pounds and are often less effective at quenching thirst than a simple glass of water. If water is too bland for you, add a drop of lemon or lime juice.
Drinking water instead of high-calorie beverages like soda is one way men can lose weight and keep the weight off.

Thursday, 04 June 2015 23:00

Kill the Hill Bicycle Challenge

The Poteau Athletic Community in conjunction with USA Cycling, Inc. is hosting a bicycle event on June 6th


The event was rescheduled to June 6th due to the recent flooding.


"Kill the Hill Challenge" is a bike challenge created to help promote bike awareness in the community.


The challenge has three different levels of difficulty: 25 mile fun ride, the 40 mile ride and the 50 mile Kill the Hill Challenge.


The challenge will start at the Donald W Reynolds Center in Poteau then go down Broadway.


Those doing the 50 mile challenge will go up Cavanal, back down, then on to Wister, Heavener, before returning back to Reynolds Center.


The 42 milers skip the adventure on Cavanal but will travel to Wister, Heavener and return to the Reynolds Center in Poteau.


The 25 milers will travel along the Cavanal Scenic Expressway to Wister and back to the Reynolds Center.


There will be aide stations available along each route and a cookout at the end of the event.


To register for the event go to

Saturday, 11 February 2017 14:00

Create Professional Looking Desserts




Dessert makes the perfect finishing touch to a special event. Hosts and hostesses frequently fret over which foods to serve at their parties, and that includes dessert.

But hosts won't need a professional pastry chef to serve some imaginative and impressive desserts. In fact, it's easy for even novice foodies to make their own delicious desserts.

* Invest in a star decorator's tip and pastry bag. There's no limit to what you can do with a simple pastry bag, icing and a decorative tip. Instead of slathering frosting on cupcakes, use the tip to pipe on individual stars or swirls so the cupcakes look dressed up. The same concept can be applied when baking a cake in a molded pan-and-pipe on the frosting to create the design. You can also use it to add a dab of homemade whipped cream to a serving plate aside a slice of pie. Get creative with your pastry tip and explore different possibilities.

* Make garnish sauces. Professional chefs understand that many people eat with their eyes. That means guests may be more inclined to "ooh and ahh" over desserts if they are presented in a special way. Take a cue from restaurants and garnish the plate prior to adding the dessert. Create simple sauces from cooked-down strawberries or raspberries with sugar and water. Or look to premade syrups. Grab that bottle of chocolate sauce and create a design on a dish and then place the dessert on top.

* Use leaves or flowers. In addition to sauces on the plate, you may want to add a few mint leaves or an edible flower to cleanse the palate. This adds a touch of class to the presentation and makes guests feel special.

* Create individual servings. A dessert served in an individual ramekin or tin can be a nice presentation in itself. Plus, guests may feel like you individually created each dessert with them in mind. Individual servings look and serve well, rather than having a larger dessert demolished by slices or scoops.

* Go for the wow factor. Certain desserts lend themselves to dramatic display. Creme brule or flambe desserts will catch attention. Simply lighting a meringue-topped pudding on fire for a few minutes also can create a memorable moment. Use a good-quality liqueur for fire-enhanced desserts, so the alcohol can burn off quickly and evenly.

* Embrace the use of fondant or gum paste. These pastry art materials are frequently used by professional pastry chefs. They're essentially a moldable dough made out of sugar. Fondant can be rolled to cover cakes, cut to turn into intricate shapes or hand-molded to be turned into figurines or other edible pieces. Just about any dessert can be enhanced with a fondant trinket. Make a flower or a heart out of fondant and lay it aside a slice of cake. Give in to a child's sense of whimsy by molding edible cartoon characters for them to enjoy at a birthday party. Fondant-covered petit fours may be delicious and eye-catching.

* Use cookie cutters to create different shapes. Instead of a standard layer cake, use cookie cutters to cut out cake pieces and then layer them with frosting in between. Think about baking a pie and cutting out a piece of the pre-baked top crust with a cookie cutter that gives a clue to the filling inside (i.e., an apple cutout for an apple pie). Place on top of the crust before baking.

Creating special desserts doesn't require much effort or any specialized skills.

As soon-to-be graduates prepare for prom and their trip down the auditorium aisle to receive their diplomas, many believe a glowing tan is a must-have accessory.


However, the method by which that tan is achieved could mean the difference between bronze skin and a life-threatening disease.


The public is aware that sunburns can be particularly dangerous, but scientific evidence increasingly suggests there's no such thing as a safe tan -- particularly if that tan comes by way of baking in the sun or on a tanning bed.


The World Health Organization's cancer division listed tanning beds as definitive cancer-causers. Research indicates that the risk for melanoma, the most common form of skin cancer, rises as much as 75 percent in people who were frequent tanners in their teenage years and early twenties.


The risk from tanning beds is so great that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration had an open hearing to figure out stricter tanning bed regulations and more obvious warning labels on the devices.


For those who still want to have tanned skin but not experience the risk associated with tanning beds or UV exposure, spray tans or sunless tanning creams are good options. These products contain a substance called dihydroxyacetone (DHA).


The Mayo Clinic says that DHA reacts with dead cells in the outermost layer of the skin. This temporarily darkens the skin's appearance. While the coloring doesn't wash off, it will gradually fade as the dead skin cells slough off within a few days.


Some of these products also contain coloring pigments to help even out the tan and make it visible before the DHA reaches maximum effect. These products are generally safe for most of the body but need to be avoided around mucous membranes and the eyes.


While most of the sunless tanning products are safe, it is not adviseable to take sunless tanning pills. These pills contain a color additive that can turn the skin orange when taken in large quantities. They also may cause liver damage and the formation of crystals in the retina of the eye.


For those considering the sunless tanning route, there are some ways to get an even-looking tan.


* Exfoliate the body with a wash cloth to remove excess dead skin cells that may darken more in contrast to other parts of the skin.


* Use a light touch and go sparingly with the product. For hard-to-reach areas of the body, have someone help you apply it. Many people like professional spray tans at salons because the application method tends to be more even than with lotions and creams.


* Wash hands after applying the product so your palms don't turn color, and pay special attention to your fingernails. Then use a cosmetic sponge or cotton ball to apply the tanner to the top of each hand.


* Use sunblock on the body even while using a self-tanner. These lotions generally don't contain sunscreens, and the tan will provide no protection at all.


* Make sure to wait until the tanner dries completely before you get dressed. Otherwise you can be left with stained clothing.

Graduates who want a sun-kissed look for parties and other end-of-school events should consider sunless tanners instead of sunbathing or tanning beds.

Fresh salmon is the answer for time pressed moms and can help address the growing obesity issue in children, says Holly Clegg, recognized author, chef, and working mother.

"Working moms are facing huge challenges getting healthy food quickly on the table for their families," says Clegg. "We know that fresh salmon itself can multi-task: it's a super health food, it's fast, and you can make more than one meal at once.

"Fresh salmon from Maine and Atlantic Canada is one way to attack the myth that fast means unhealthy," says Clegg. "It's high in protein and it contains key vitamins and minerals, so you know it's a great food to serve your family. And with very little planning you can cook one meal and make three more out of it, minimizing mom's time in the kitchen."

Clegg adds that salmon is a natural source of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids, which recent studies have shown to be critical for vision and improved brain development in infants. Pregnant women, nursing moms, as well as developing children, will benefit from salmon's "brain food" qualities.

Clegg, known as the "Queen of Quick" and author of a best-selling cookbook series, takes every opportunity to show moms, who are often in charge of meal planning and preparation, how to boost their families' menu with what she called the new 'super fast food.' Her recipes are simple to prepare and use everyday ingredients. Using a basic salmon recipe for one meal, Clegg shows moms that by cooking extra they can prepare three other unique and delicious recipes like salmon salad, bisque, and sliders.

Clegg is eager to help as child obesity rates continue to rise. With parents working more hours, it leaves them with less time to shop for healthy food options and to prepare healthy meals. Time-pressed families are relying more on fast food and packaged food, which tend to be high in fat and calories, just to get food on the table quickly, she says.

"Working moms are under so much pressure from so many sources -- if we can provide them with ways to juggle all those demands and know they are keeping their family healthy, then hopefully we're taking some of that pressure off," says Clegg.

"The great thing about fresh salmon is how easy it is to get it fresh," says Clegg. "If you buy salmon from Maine and Atlantic Canada you know it was literally swimming just a couple of days earlier, and that's hard to beat."

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