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    Press release

    OKLAHOMA CITY – Sen. David Bullard authored Senate Bill 609 to provide clarification to local and…
  • Volunteers practice processing forms at a POD in Pryor.

    OSDH Holds Statewide…

    Press release

    In an effort to prepare communities for a public health emergency, the Oklahoma State Department of…
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    Since 1950, Eastern Oklahoma Medical Center has provided quality healthcare services to the community.

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  • OJA Employees Provide Nearly…

    Press release

    OKLAHOMA CITY, Feb. 25, 2019— Office of Juvenile Affairs (OJA) employees nearly doubled their…
  • Storm Spotter Training

    Press release

    The Sebastian County Department of Emergency Management and Public Safety in partnership with the…
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Poteau, OKLAHOMA - The Imaging Center of Eastern Oklahoma is hosting a informative meeting on Toxin in your body on Tuesday, March 19, 2019 at 6 PM – 7:30 PM.


Come hear Dr Jones bring information on one of the hottest topics in the news - Toxins - what are some common ones and how do they affect us? For example, have you ever wondered what's the difference between a detox and a cleanse?


Come learn how they're different and how to support your body's detoxification system!

Dr. Jones will cover this and much more.

*She does not charge, but please consider a small donation to help with her travel expenses.


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Press release


OKLAHOMA CITY – Sen. David Bullard authored Senate Bill 609 to provide clarification to local and county law enforcement regarding the transporting of mentally ill patients. The Senate unanimously approved the measure Tuesday.

“There has been confusion as to which law enforcement agency is responsible for transporting mentally ill patients when one agency found the individual but the other was called about the person. Senate Bill 609 clarifies that it is the agency that found the patient that will transport that individual,” said Bullard, R-Durant. “This will help stop the shuffling of patients that’s currently happening while agencies try to figure out who has jurisdiction and get them the care they need faster.”

SB 609 clarifies the definition of “initial contact”. Under current law, the agency that has initial contact with an individual is responsible for transporting. The bill will change that to the agency that initially found the individual. The measure requires municipal law enforcement to be responsible for the transportation of someone initially contacted within the boundaries of their municipality and county law enforcement to be responsible for the transportation of a person initially contacted within their county, but outside of a municipality. A licensed mental health professional must document the location of the initial contact to determine jurisdiction for the responsible transporting agency. If no such professional is available, the law enforcement agency holding the person will be responsible for transportation.

Bullard worked with various sheriff’s departments, police departments and the Department of Mental Health on the legislation.

SB 609, which has no fiscal impact, will now move to the House

Saturday, 02 March 2019 22:28

OSDH Holds Statewide Preparedness Exercises


Press release


In an effort to prepare communities for a public health emergency, the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) recently facilitated a number of exercises across the state to ensure readiness if the need for mass immunization arises.

Local emergency response coordinators and regional emergency planners employed through the agency’s Emergency Preparedness and Response Service coordinated efforts with county health departments and community partners to exercise setting up a point of dispensing (POD) unit. In the event of a public health emergency such as anthrax, plague, or pandemic flu, the PODs will be activated in communities to provide large amounts of medication such as antibiotics to the public.

The Mass Immunization and Prophylaxis Strategy (MIPS) is Oklahoma’s program for distributing the Strategic National Stockpile from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Efforts are coordinated with county health departments, local planning committees, law enforcement, emergency management, schools, tribal affiliates, hospitals and others.

Scott Sproat, director of the OSDH Emergency Preparedness and Response Service, said it is important for communities to be prepared to dispense large amounts of specific medication in the event of a public health emergency to the affected area.

“These exercises help us practice the plans we have in place to extend our reach beyond the metropolitan areas as we serve and protect all Oklahomans during a catastrophic health event,” said Sproat. “We rely on partners from other state agencies as well as local communities to accomplish that task.”

In the last few weeks, exercises were held in Sallisaw, Enid, Ada, Altus, Walters, Cordell, Pryor and Beaver. The drills allowed officials to assess setup, facilities, and the flow of traffic at community locations such as community centers and school gymnasiums designated as PODs. In a separate exercise, the OSDH activated the state’s secondary warehouse to be used in the event the primary location is damaged and unavailable for use. Volunteers, such as those with the Oklahoma Medical Reserve Corps (OKMRC), were activated to simulate activities such as inventory tracking and management, which would need to be accomplished in a real-world mobilization.

There are 22 health departments across the state tasked with coordinating responses with surrounding communities in their area.


For more information, visit


Wednesday, 27 February 2019 08:36

EOMC 68 Years of Service to the Community

Since 1950, Eastern Oklahoma Medical Center has provided quality healthcare services to the community.


EOMC is a public non-profit entity overseen by a Board of Trustees appointed by the LeFlore County Commissioners.


Their 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 offers high-quality services, efficiently, affordably and help keep patients close to loved ones during episodes of care.

They provide competent, compassionate community-based care for the general medical and surgical needs of their patient populations.

Often in small communities, the caregivers in the hospital are neighbors helping neighbors. As in larger hospitals, EOMC's focus is on patient centered care with continuous quality improvement and strive to create an outstanding patient experience.

Located at 105 Wall Street in Poteau - Come and see the EOMC Difference!

Press release


OKLAHOMA CITY, Feb. 25, 2019— Office of Juvenile Affairs (OJA) employees nearly doubled their contributions in cash and nonperishable food items during this year’s “Share the Love” campaign for local food banks.

OJA staff donations during the two-week campaign totaled more than 5,300 pounds of food items, up from 3,430 pounds of food items donated during last year’s campaign. On the average, 3 pounds of food constitute a meal; OJA’s food-bank campaign should provide more than 1,767 meals to Oklahomans across the state.

“I appreciate the generosity of our OJA team to this year’s campaign,” said OJA Executive Director Steven Buck. “In addition to their commitment to Oklahoma's at-risk youth and their families, they demonstrate their resolve to help those who need assistance in our state. I’m thankful to all of those who participated in this year’s effort as well as their ongoing support for other important community initiatives.”

OJA employees in centers and offices across the state competed in this year’s campaign. The winning team will be presented with the traveling “Tin Cup” trophy.

The state OJA office topped donations this year with cash and food donations equaling 2,795 pounds of food, more than twice the 1,146 pounds donated last year.

Last year’s winner, the offices making up OJA’s District 1, which covers northwest Oklahoma and the Panhandle, donated 1,793 pounds of food items. Employees at Southwest Oklahoma Juvenile Center in Manitou raised 798 pounds of food items to finish third.

OJA operates two residential care and treatment centers, and through contractual partnerships provides 17 detention centers, 13 group homes and 39 youth-service agencies to serve at-risk and justice-involved youth across the state.

Sunday, 24 February 2019 23:08

Storm Spotter Training

Press release



The Sebastian County Department of Emergency Management and Public Safety in partnership with the National Weather Service Office in Tulsa, is hosting a free weather spotter class on Monday, March 11, 2019 from 6:00 PM until 9:00 PM.

The class will be held at the County’s Emergency Management and Public Safety Facility, located at 8400 South Zero Street, Fort Smith, AR. No preregistration is required for the class.

A National Weather Service meteorologist will serve as the instructor and speak on topics ranging from storm safety to storm spotting, and storm recognition techniques.

Throughout eastern Oklahoma and northwestern Arkansas, trained and dedicated individuals monitor the skies around their communities during severe weather events. These storm spotters provide first-hand severe weather reports to their local officials and to the National Weather Service in Tulsa, which are used to make critical warning decisions.

Being a storm spotter not only means dedication but also training. Each winter and spring the Tulsa office of the National Weather Service trains members of police & fire departments, emergency management officials, and amateur radio operators on spotting techniques.

The goal of the training is not just to recognize tornadoes but to have some understanding of storm structure, which in turn better prepares the spotter for the extreme and unusual circumstances. Other topics covered include an update on the latest NWS technology and procedures, ideas for organizing/coordinating spotter groups, and important safety considerations.

Sebastian County is a recognized Storm Ready County. Storm Ready helps arm America’s communities with the communication and safety skills needed to save lives and property before and during the event.

Press release

The flu continues to be widespread as the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) and the OKC-County Health Department (OCCHD) report the first pediatric death associated with the flu since the season began in September.


The death occurred in an Oklahoma County resident between the ages of 5-17.

This week’s flu report indicates 1,244 flu-associated hospitalizations and 31 deaths so far this season.


Public health officials remind the public that there are several months remaining in the flu season, and the number of hospitalizations and deaths will continue to increase. A flu shot is encouraged for anyone over the age of 6 months who hasn’t already received one.

“Young children are among those most at risk for serious illness and death from influenza, so healthy individuals who get a flu shot are helping to protect those who cannot take a flu shot, including infants under the age of 6 months,” said OCCHD Executive Director Gary Cox. “Another benefit to getting the flu vaccine is that if you do by chance get the flu, your illness will be much milder than if you had not received a vaccine.”

For the current 2018-19 flu season, more than 500 Oklahomans over the age of 65, and more than 200 under the age of 18 have been hospitalized.


More than 20 people over the age of 65 have died from flu-related complications.

In effort to reduce the number of hospitalizations and deaths, flu shots continue to be offered at no out-of-pocket cost statewide at all county health department sites.

Cox said the OCCHD has given over 7,000 flu vaccines since the start of the flu season last fall.


Statewide, county health departments have given nearly 40,000 doses of flu vaccine.

“It’s not too late to get a flu shot,” said OSDH Interim Commissioner of Health Tom Bates. “At the beginning of the flu season, we made a strategic decision to offer the vaccine at no out-of-pocket cost in effort to lessen the financial burden for those in our communities. We still have an adequate supply of vaccine for our county health departments.”

In addition to getting a flu shot, it is important to practice frequent hand washing and prevent the spread of germs by covering your sneeze and cough. Those who are having flu-like symptoms such as fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, fatigue and chills are encouraged to stay home from public gatherings until they are able to go 24 hours without a fever, and without fever-reducing medication.

Those with the flu may develop secondary infections in the days or weeks following initial symptom onset which require additional medical attention.


Parents should be aware of children with emergency warning signs of flu including the following:

• Fast breathing or trouble breathing
• Bluish skin color
• Not drinking enough fluids
• Not waking up or not interacting
• Being so irritable that the child does not want to be held
• Flu-like symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough
• Fever with a rash

Parents and caregivers should seek medical help right away for any infant who is unable to eat, has trouble breathing, has no tears when crying, and has significantly fewer wet diapers than normal.

Adults should seek medical attention if they or their child have difficulty breathing or shortness of breath, pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen, sudden dizziness, confusion, severe or persistent vomiting, and flu-like symptoms that improve but then return with fever and a worse cough.

For more information, contact your local county health department or visit the OK Flu View at



A service from Eastern Oklahoma Medical Center, Poteau, OK


Spring is right around the corner!


Trees start pollinating in the spring anywhere from February to March and then they pollinate up until May. When you get itchy watery eyes, start sneezing and coughing, you know it's due to pollen in the air, but it can still affect you even when you're inside.


Microscopic particles blow in the wind and can stick to clothing, and travel into your home. And don't forget about your open windows on that nice spring day!


If you know you have allergies and you're outside all day, just simply change your clothes, take a shower and be sure and take your shoes off outside; this prevents you from bringing pollen into your home.


So, when the flowers finally decide to bloom, you will be prepared!


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