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  • Week 2 Mammo Giveaway Winner…

    Eastern Oklahoma Medical Center in Poteau would like to say congratulations to Nancy Martin.

    Martin was the week…

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  • State Immunization Rates…

    Press release

    According to results of the latest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Kindergarten Survey,…

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  • EOMC Menu for…

    Monday, October 15 - Manwich, Grilled Chicken, Potato Wedges, Mediterranean Veggie Blend, Broccoli & Cheese Soup.

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  • Decorating Wisely: Day of the…

    Since you’ve got your Halloween decorations out, I thought I would talk about another fun holiday, Day of the Dead or…

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  • EOMC ANNOUNCES WEEK ONE…

    Eastern Oklahoma Medical Center in Poteau would like to say congratulations to Patricia Lydy.

    Lydy was the week…

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  • EOMC Offering a free gift in…

    During the month of October Eastern Oklahoma Medical Center is offering a bag of goodies and a chance to win in a…

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  • Decorating Wisely: Simple…

    By Glenda Wise

    I had a relaxing weekend last weekend putting up all my Halloween décor. I started with another trip…

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  • OSDH Receives $7 Million to…

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    The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) has received notice of an award totaling more than $7…

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  • Decorating Wisely: Let’s Get…

    By Glenda Wise

    Donnie has a cycling race in Little Rock and Ashton and Amy are going to the football game,…

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  • Oklahoma State Department of…

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    The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) will offer flu vaccine statewide beginning Monday, Oct. 1…

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  • Decorating Wisely: Dorm…

    By Glenda Wise

    I cannot believe I forgot to tell you last week that Grayson and her roommate, Karsyn, won the OU…

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  • HHS Awards $1 Billion in New…

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    MUSKOGEE—The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced over $1 billion in funding for a new…

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  • Health Officials Remind…

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    While the season for West Nile virus (WNV) has been mild compared to previous years, the Oklahoma State…

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  • Foster Parent Exclusive…

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    When families choose to become foster families, they provide for their foster children as if they were…

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  • Members of the Poteau Chamber and friends join Jenny Carpenter for her Ribbon Cutting

    Nature Girl Health Coach…

    Poteau, OKLAHOMA - The Poteau Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce Nature Girl Health Coach as a member of the…

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Health & Wellness
Tuesday, 16 October 2018 01:00

Week 2 Mammo Giveaway Winner at EOMC

 

Eastern Oklahoma Medical Center in Poteau would like to say congratulations to Nancy Martin.

 

Martin was the week two winner of the Mammo giveaway basket.

 

Congratulations!

 

During the month of October come in and get a Mammogram and get registered to win a gift basket.

 

The basket prize will be drawn on Friday's every week in October.

 

To schedule an appointment call EOMC today at 918-635-3590.

Press release


According to results of the latest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Kindergarten Survey, vaccination coverage for those entering school remains high, helping to ensure protection of students and classmates against multiple vaccine preventable diseases. The survey encompasses millions of children across the United States.


More than 90 percent of children enter Oklahoma public schools with all their immunizations up to date. The rate for private schools surveyed is below 85 percent. The rate for children entering school with their measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccinations is 92.6 percent, below the national average of 94.3 percent.


“While our immunization efforts statewide are commendable, it is obvious that we still have work to do to reach the nationwide target of 95 percent coverage for MMR,” said State Epidemiologist Dr. Kristy Bradley. “Unless we can assure that children entering school are protected through immunization, we are continuing to be at the risk of outbreaks of vaccine preventable diseases.”


The statistics for Oklahoma represent 48,000 students from public and private schools whose schools responded to the survey. The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) in collaboration with the Oklahoma State Department of Education performs an annual assessment of children enrolled in kindergarten to determine how many children are fully vaccinated with age-appropriate vaccines upon school entry and what proportion of kindergarteners have a medical or non-medical exemption on file.


Oklahoma is following the national trend of a slight increase in the number of parents seeking exemptions from immunizations for their children. Compared to the findings of the 2016-17 Kindergarten Survey, Oklahoma’s exemption rate increased by 0.3%. The state’s overall exemption rate for any reason is 2.2 percent, which is equal to the national median rate. That figure includes a 5.9 percent exemption rate among private school students.


More private schools responded to the current survey than at any previous time. The OSDH utilized a combination of methods to increase participation from private schools in the Kindergarten Survey and validate a large proportion of the immunization records providing increased confidence in the results.


For the first time, the Kindergarten Survey provided a statistical breakdown by county. Tillman County was the only county to report a 100 percent immunization rate. Eighteen counties reported no immunization exemptions.

 

The highest reported exemption rate was 4.7 percent in Dewey County. The county level information will help the OSDH provide targeted outreach to school districts that need assistance in raising immunization rates.

 

 

 

 

Eastern Oklahoma Medical Center in Poteau would like to say congratulations to Patricia Lydy.


Lydy was the week one winner of the Mammo giveaway basket.

 

Congratulations!

 

During the month of October come in and get a Mammorgram and get registered to win a gift basket.

 

The basket prize will be drawn on Friday's every week in October


To schedule an appointment call EOMC today at 918-635-3590.



 

 


During the month of October Eastern Oklahoma Medical Center is offering a bag of goodies and a chance to win in a weekly drawing.


This Breast Cancer Awareness Package drawing will be held every Friday in October.


Come to EOMC during the month of October for a Mammogram, and get a bag full of goodies.


“Come and see the BEST Mammo unit in the River Valley (along with the best technicians) and experience the EOMC Difference!”

 

The American Cancer Society recommends these screening guidelines for the early detection of breast cancer in most adults:


Yearly mammograms are recommended starting at age 40 and continuing for as long as a woman is in good health.
Clinical breast exam (CBE) about every 3 years for women in their 20s and 30s and every year for women 40 and over.
Women should know how their breasts normally look and feel and report any breast change promptly to their health care provider. Breast self-exam (BSE) is an option for women starting in their 20s.
Some women – because of their family history, a genetic tendency, or certain other factors – should be screened with MRI in addition to mammograms. (The number of women who fall into this category is small: less than 2% of all the women in the US.) Talk with your doctor about your history and whether you should have additional tests earlier and at more frequent intervals.

 

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Eastern Oklahoma Medical Center is a licensed 25-bed critical access hospital that serves LeFlore and the surrounding counties with a total population of approximately 48,000. EOMC has been serving the needs of this community for over 60 years by combining the personal touch of a community hospital with state of the art technology. We provide a full range of medical services to the community.

 

Since 1950, EOMC has worked to provide quality healthcare throughout Southeastern Oklahoma. EOMC is a public non-profit entity overseen by a Board of Trustees appointed by the LeFlore County Commissioners. Our goal is to efficiently provide comprehensive personal healthcare services by making available modern medical equipment, specialized medical services, and medical knowledge which would be limited without proper facilities.

 

EOMC is located at 105 S Wall St in Poteau
(918) 647-8161

Press release


The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) has received notice of an award totaling more than $7 million from the Health Resources and Services Administration to support home visiting services to women during pregnancy, and to parents with young children through kindergarten completion. Award funds are allocated through September 2020.


The funds are awarded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to support Oklahoma’s Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Program, which served 1,100 households during FY 2017. Serving high-risk populations, 33 percent of the households have low income, 10 percent included pregnant teens, and nearly 5 percent reported a history of substance abuse.


“These funds will help support our ongoing commitment to the health and safety of our children and families,” said Interim Commissioner of Health Tom Bates. “We have a dedicated team of professionals who are working to provide support and guidance to families during an important time in their lives, and in the lives of their children.”

 

Oklahoma’s home visiting programs implement evidence-based initiatives that have proven to help prevent child abuse and neglect, support positive parenting, promote child development and school readiness, and improve the health of families and their children. Services are provided on a voluntary basis, at no cost to families.


For more information about Oklahoma’s home visitation programs, call 1-877-271-7611 or visit parentPRO.org

Press release


The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) will offer flu vaccine statewide beginning Monday, Oct. 1 at all county health department locations. Flu shots will be provided at no out-of-pocket cost to recipients. Those with insurance are asked to provide their card showing coverage.


Flu vaccination is recommended each year for everyone 6 months of age and older. When more people are vaccinated against the flu, there is less opportunity for flu to spread in families, schools and communities. The flu vaccine is formulated each year to keep up with flu viruses as they change. Also a yearly flu shot is needed because a person’s immune protection from being vaccinated decreases after a year, and yearly vaccination provides the best protection against the flu through the entire flu season.


OSDH Interim Commissioner Tom Bates will help kickoff the effort by getting his immunization at the Rogers County Health Department in Claremore next Wednesday morning, October 3.


“We are encouraging everyone to get their flu vaccination and we hope this effort to provide the shots at no out-of-pocket cost to recipients will make it more accessible,” said Bates. “The last season was especially devastating and we want to ensure that as many people as possible can receive the added protection that the flu vaccine provides.”


Last flu season there were 291 deaths and 4,819 hospitalizations between September 2017 and May 2018.


In addition to getting a flu shot, public health officials recommend the following prevention tips:


• Adopt a healthy lifestyle by eating nutritious foods, exercising regularly, and getting a full night’s rest.
• Wash hands frequently using soap and water, or alcohol-based products such as hand gels when hands are not visibly soiled.
• Use tissues to cover coughs and sneezes, then dispose of them and wash your hands immediately. When tissues are not readily available, cough into your sleeve, not your hands.
• Stay home from work, school and other public places when feeling ill.


Oklahoma County and Tulsa County residents should check with their city-county health departments to find out when flu clinics will be available.
For more information, call a local county health department or visit the OSDH website at www.health.ok.gov to get locations for your local county health department.

Press release


MUSKOGEE—The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced over $1 billion in funding for a new round of grants to combat the opioid crisis nationwide. Over $1.8 million was awarded to Native American tribes by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). This is in addition to the $50 million specifically allocated for tribes for their efforts to combat the opioid crisis.


“Indian Country has been hit hard by the opioid crisis,” said Mullin. “American Indians and Alaska Natives have the highest opioid overdose rate in the country—higher than any other minority. I am glad to see HHS award grant funding to tribes across the country so tribal leaders can secure the resources and services necessary to turn the tide of the crisis devastating their communities.”


Congressman Mullin advocated strongly for tribes to receive their own opioid funding, rather than having to petition the state for grant funding. HHS will allot an additional $50 million to tribes on September 30, 2018.

 

This allotment fulfills the legislative intent of the Tribal Addiction and Recovery Act (TARA), which Congressman Mullin introduced in March that allows tribes direct access to federal opioid grants and permits grants to be used to treat all substance abuse disorders.

 

 

Press release


While the season for West Nile virus (WNV) has been mild compared to previous years, the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) encourages residents to take precautions to reduce the risk of contracting WNV, a mosquito-borne illness.


So far in 2018, the OSDH reports there are seven confirmed cases of WNV disease with one case leading to a death. Five cases have occurred among Oklahomans older than 50 years of age. Most cases have been reported during the months of August and September.


Although relatively mild temperatures and heavy rainfall have contributed to a milder WNV season, health officials are reminding the public that mosquitoes often spread the virus through October and it is important to take precautions to prevent getting bitten by an infected mosquito.


WNV is spread through the bite of the Culex mosquito, which feeds on infected birds and transmits the virus when biting humans, horses and some other mammals.This type of mosquito increases in numbers during mid to late summer when the temperatures climb and the weather pattern is dry.


Precautions to prevent mosquito bites include:
• Use an insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin, or IR3535 on exposed skin and clothing when going outdoors, particularly between dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are more likely to bite. Insect repellent with permethrin should be used on clothing only. Always follow instructions when applying repellent.
• Avoid spraying repellent on a child’s hands, eyes, mouth or irritated skin. Adults should apply repellent to their hands and then apply to a child’s face. Products containing DEET may be used on children older than 2 months of age.
• Protect infants by putting a mosquito net over infant carriers and strollers.
• Avoid outdoor activities when Culex mosquitoes are most active in the early morning and early evening.
• When weather permits, wear long sleeves, long pants, and socks when outdoors.
• Repair or install window and door screens to keep mosquitoes out of the home.
• Prevent items such as buckets, cans, pool covers, flower pots, children’s toys and tires from holding water so mosquitoes don’t have a place to breed.
• Clean leaves and debris from rain gutters regularly to ensure they are not clogged.
• Repair any leaking faucets or irrigation systems.


Symptoms of WNV vary widely depending on a person’s risk for more severe disease that involves the central nervous system. Some may experience sudden onset of fever, headache, dizziness, and muscle weakness and recover within one to three weeks while others develop life-threatening meningitis or encephalitis causing confusion, stupor, paralysis or a coma.


Long-lasting complications of WNV disease can include difficulty concentrating, migraine headaches, extreme muscle weakness and tremors, and paralysis of a limb. Those older than the age of 50, diabetics, or those suffering from uncontrolled hypertension are at greater risk of developing severe neurologic disease from WNV.

 

There is no vaccine or treatment drug for the illness, so taking steps to avoid mosquito bites is the only defense.


For more information, visit the OSDH web site at http://go.usa.gov/wpz

 

 

Press release

 

When families choose to become foster families, they provide for their foster children as if they were one of their own. This means not only providing the basics like food, shelter and clothing, but also enriching the whole child. From simple things like furniture or haircuts, to more specific opportunities like dance classes or meaningful play that supports both body and mind, raising children is expensive.

 

“While DHS and its partner agencies are able to offer a number of supports to families who choose to foster, like medical coverage for the children, reimbursements to meet the children’s needs, as well as connections to local resources, we know that resource gaps still exist,” said Ashley Hahn, Oklahoma Fosters Executive Director. “For this reason, we are excited to announce the Foster Parent Exclusive Benefit program which represents another important resource for foster families and a unique public-private partnership between the agency and participating businesses.”

 

Certified Oklahoma foster families have been mailed Exclusive Benefit cards entitling their households to membership discounts at more than a dozen businesses around the state. These membership cards are non-transferable and must only be used by the foster parent to whom they were issued and whose signature appears on the back of the card. From clothing and accessories, to dance classes and construction services, these businesses are acknowledging that it truly does take a village to raise a child. Find out about the discounts and participating businesses at https://okfosters.org/benefits/

 

If your business would like to join the village supporting Oklahoma’s children in foster care and their foster families, partner now by visiting https://okfosters.org/get-involved/partner-now/

 

If you are not sure what you would like to offer but want to help in some way, submit your form, and someone from the Oklahoma Fosters partnership team will contact you to discuss options that could most benefit foster families.

 

For more information on becoming a foster parent, call the Foster Care and Adoption Support Center at 1-800-376-9729, or visit https://okfosters.org/

 

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