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Press release

Officials at the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) are preparing for what they anticipate to be an overload of visitors in the weeks before Oklahoma schools start classes. That concern is intensified with Oklahoma City Public Schools’ decision to start classes this year at the same time as most other schools in the state.

Parents who have children beginning school in August are encouraged to order the official copy of their child’s birth certificate in advance. An official copy of a birth certificate is typically required for students enrolling for the first time or enrolling at a different school.

OSDH Director of Vital Records Kelly Baker said she is expecting a 50 percent increase in customers during a time of the year already known to bring increased traffic and long lines.

“We could see historic numbers with over 1,200 visitors in our lobby a day,” said Baker. “Wait times could exceed four hours on days with high traffic. We encourage parents to begin the application process now to prevent extreme crowds in August. If you need to change a record to correct the spelling of a name or add a parent prior to enrollment, now is the time to do that.”

For those who prefer to avoid the lines, information about back-to-school applications for birth certificates may be viewed and submitted online at with a credit card, or applications may be printed and returned with payment and a copy of a photo ID by mail.

Those parents or legal guardians wishing to obtain a certificate in person should visit the OSDH at 1000 NE 10th Street in Oklahoma City. Lobby hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. All applicants must present a current legal photo ID along with payment and their application. Applicants who are not identified as a parent on the record, will need to provide proof of parentage or guardianship.

For more information about birth certificates, eligibility, and acceptable IDs, visit the OSDH website at Questions may also be answered by phone at (405) 271-4040 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Press release


FDA Investigated Recalled Duncan Hines Cake Mixes Potentially Linked to Salmonella Agbeni Illnesses


On January 14, 2019, CDC reported that this outbreak appears to be over.


The FDA, CDC, public health and regulatory officials in several states worked together to investigate this multistate outbreak of Salmonella Agbeni infections.


In early November, FDA investigated the facility that produced the recalled cake mix; however, product and environmental samples collected at that time were negative for Salmonella.


There was not enough epidemiologic and traceback information available to determine if the ill people in this outbreak had eaten the contaminated cake mix produced by Duncan Hines.


Press release

Oklahoma earns D in Smokefree Air; Lung Association calls on legislators to take action



OKLAHOMA CITY – Tobacco use remains the nation’s leading cause of preventable death and disease, taking an estimated 480,000 lives every year. This year’s “State of Tobacco Control” report from the American Lung Association finds Oklahoma earned failing grades on its efforts to reduce and prevent tobacco use. The American Lung Association calls on Oklahoma officials to pass a comprehensive smokefree workplace law in order to save lives.


The need for Oklahoma to take action to protect youth from tobacco is more urgent than ever, with youth e-cigarette use reaching epidemic levels due to a 78 percent increase in high school e-cigarette use from 2017 to 2018, according to results from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s 2018 National Youth Tobacco Survey. This equals one million additional kids beginning to use e-cigarettes, placing their developing bodies and lungs at risk from the chemicals in e-cigarettes as well as a lifetime of addiction to a deadly product. This has caused the U.S. Surgeon General to declare e-cigarette use among young people an epidemic in an Advisory issued in December 2018.


“In Oklahoma, our smoking rates remains at 20.1%. Tobacco use is a serious and deadly addiction and we need to invest in the proven measures to prevent and reduce tobacco use outlined in ‘State of Tobacco Control’,” said American Lung Association Advocacy Director, JoAnna Strother “The report provides a roadmap on how to save lives, but much work remains to be done in communities across Oklahoma to prevent and reduce tobacco use.”


The 17th annual “State of Tobacco Control” report grades states and the federal government on policies proven to prevent and reduce tobacco use, and finds that while Oklahoma has taken significant steps to reduce tobacco use, including increasing the tax on cigarettes, elected officials must do more to save lives and ensure all Oklahoma residents benefit from reductions in tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke:

• Funding for State Tobacco Prevention Programs – Grade D
• Strength of Smokefree Workplace Laws - Grade D
• Level of State Tobacco Taxes - Grade D
• Coverage and Access to Services to Quit Tobacco - Grade B
• Minimum Age of Sale for Tobacco Products to 21 – Grade F


The American Lung Association encourages Oklahoma to fully fund tobacco control efforts at levels recommended by the CDC, and this year’s report highlights the need to focus on passing a comprehensive smokefree workplace law in Oklahoma.


The U.S. Surgeon General has concluded there is no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke, and if Oklahoma passed a comprehensive smokefree law that eliminates smoking in all public places and workplaces, workers across the state would benefit. This health protection would benefit everyone and is especially critical for those who work in the service and manufacturing sectors who are often exposed to secondhand smoke daily.


“Opportunities for better health begin where people work, live and play, and a person should not have to be exposed to the dangers of secondhand smoke to put food on the table,” said Strother.


“This report provides a blueprint that states and the federal government can follow to put in place proven policies that will have the greatest impact on reducing tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke in the U.S. The real question is: Will lawmakers in Oklahoma end their failure to act and take this opportunity to achieve lasting reductions in tobacco-related death and disease?”



About the American Lung Association
The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease, through research, education and advocacy. The work of the American Lung Association is focused on four strategic imperatives: to defeat lung cancer; to improve the air we breathe; to reduce the burden of lung disease on individuals and their families; and to eliminate tobacco use and tobacco-related diseases. For more information about the American Lung Association, a holder of the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Guide Seal, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit:

American Lung Association • 55 W. Wacker Drive, Suite 1150 • Chicago, IL 60601
1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872)

Press release

The Child Abuse Prevention (CAP) Action Committee invites communities to take action for children by participating in the 11th annual “Build a Blue Ribbon Tree for Kids” campaign.

The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH), along with various community organizations, are working together to build a “Blue Ribbon Tree” state. Blue ribbon trees will be blossoming throughout Oklahoma communities in April, which is National Child Abuse Prevention Month.


The blue ribbon is the international sign for child abuse prevention and serves as a constant reminder that everyone has a responsibility in helping protect children. Communities are invited to participate by displaying blue ribbon trees during April. To have a tree showcased in a video, trees must be completed and registered by April 3.

Robyn Sears is a Child Development Specialist with the Oklahoma University Health Sciences Center (OUHSC) Child Study Center and member of the Child Abuse Prevention planning committee.

“The goal is to get 2,019 blue ribbon trees blooming across the state with increased participation by businesses, childcare programs, churches and individuals for April 2019,” Sears said.

Photos of the decorated trees will be highlighted at various events, including at the 2019 Annual Oklahoma Child Abuse and Neglect Conference, the Child Abuse Prevention Month scrapbook, on the OSDH Family Support and Prevention Service web page and on social media sites. A registration form is provided for individuals and organizations to register their trees with the OSDH Office of Child Abuse Prevention at

Any materials may be used in creating a blue ribbon tree. If using a live tree, choose a highly visible location and secure needed permission. Creativity is encouraged.

For more information, contact Sherie Trice at (405) 271-7611 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Saturday, 26 January 2019 10:20

EOMC's OB Dr's Rock



Poteau, OKLAHOMA - Eastern Oklahoma Medical Center in Poteau Oklahoma is pleased to introduce the doctors in their OB department.

If you or someone you know is expecting and you have not chosen a doctor yet, EOMC would be honored for you to check them out and see what these wonderful doctors can provide.


Anyone who has any questions about the services EOMC provides, or maybe would like a tour of the OB Department give them a call at  918-635-3150.
EOMC is located at 105 S Wall St in Poteau, Oklahoma.
dr darrow

Dr. Bruce Darrow, MD OB/GYN 


dr hites
Dr. Beth Hites, DO Family Practice with OB 


dr payne
Dr. Kassandra Payne, DO Family Practice with OB


* Don't forget to ask about their Free Childbirth Classes!


Come and See the EOMC Difference!


Press release

A recent study indicates Oklahoma ranked second in the nation for prevalence of Hepatitis C (HCV). Health officials believe significant contributing factors are injection drug use being seen in the state’s opioid epidemic.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in collaboration with several universities, analyzed data gathered during a national survey conducted from 2013-2016 as well as other studies used to estimate the number of Americans living with HCV. There are approximately 2.4 million adults estimated to be living with HCV in the United States, with Oklahoma estimated to rank second at 1.82 per 100 population, behind only the District of Columbia at 2.34 per 100 population. In addition to this study, data collected by the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) and other state public health officials indicate the number of new cases of HCV is on the rise. The CDC estimates more than 41,000 Americans were newly infected in 2016 alone.

A major contributing factor to the high occurrence of HCV is the sharing or re-using of needles when using injection drugs such as opioids. Opioid injection and HCV increased dramatically in younger Americans from 2004-2014. Among people aged 18-29, HCV increased by 400 percent, and admission for opioid injection by 622 percent. Those aged 30-39 saw an increase of HCV by 325 percent, and admission for opioid injection by 83 percent. It is important for those who use injection drugs to understand their increased risk of contracting HCV through shared needles.

“Far too many individuals are unaware of their risk of infection and importance to get tested,” said Kristen Eberly, director of the OSDH HIV/STD Service. “Although the ongoing opioid epidemic has contributed to recent increases in HCV infections among adults under age 40, it’s also important for Oklahomans to understand hepatitis C poses a serious health concern for people of all ages, including infants born to infected mothers.”

Baby boomers also account for a large portion of chronic HCV infections. Health officials recommend all adults born between 1945 and 1965 be tested at least once for HCV. Testing is also recommended for anyone who may be at risk of contracting the virus through injection drug use.

“The numbers are sobering, but this challenge can be tackled if the right steps are taken,” said Interim OSDH Commissioner Tom Bates. “We recognize that there is a cost to providing help, but even though it might be expensive, it is not hopeless. There is a 90 percent cure rate with treatment. We urge everyone at risk to get tested now.”

The cure rate is improving and reducing the length of treatment from a year to three months. However, the wholesale treatment cost for new cases ranges from $417 to $1,125 per day.
Hepatitis C is a blood-borne virus which can result in serious long-term health problems such as liver disease, liver failure, and even death. There is no vaccine to prevent the virus. The best way to prevent it is by avoiding behaviors known to spread the disease, especially injecting drugs. It can also be spread when getting tattoos or body piercings in unlicensed facilities with non-sterile instruments. The only way for a person to know if they have HCV is through a blood test from a health care provider.

For additional information, visit the OSDH HIV/STD website at


For assistance with finding local resources for opioid treatment, call 211.


Additional information about drug overdoses is available at


Linda Hoffman, APRN is ready to take care of you and your family's needs? Just some of the services that she offers at Family Medical Clinic in Heavener include:


• Walk in appointments
• Bilingual services
• DOT Physicals
• School Physicals
• LHI (Military) Physicals
• All age groups seen
• Lab services
• Flu Shots
• Well Child Checks


For an appointment call 918-653-2918.


Family Medical Clinic in Heavener office hours are Monday- Friday 8:00-5:00

Thursday, 10 January 2019 23:54

Sleep with ease at EOMC

Poteau, OKLAHOMA - The sleep Center at Eastern Oklahoma Medical Center specializes in helping patients who may have sleep disorders. The center is designed to be as comfortable as possible for patients who stay overnight so a sleep technician can monitor their sleep habits and record information for physicians to review for follow up treatment and recommendations.


Good sleep is important for good health. According to the National Sleep Foundation, 65% of Americans report that they do not get enough sleep (most adults need 6 to 8 hours). Sleep disorders are not just annoyances; they are serious health problems because they cause the oxygen content of the blood to drop to dangerously low levels, depriving the body and vital organs of oxygen.


These negative effects can lead to poor job productivity and are contributing factors in motor vehicle accidents, weight gain, heart attacks, strokes, high blood pressure, colds and flu, just to name a few.


Why is good sleep so important?

Think of your body like a factory that performs several vital functions. As you drift off to sleep, your body begins its night-shift work:
* Healing damaged cells.
* Boosting your immune system.
* Recovering from the day’s activities.
* Recharging your heart and cardiovascular system for the next day.


The staff at EOMC know the value of sleeping well, and we’ve all experienced the feeling of being refreshed after a good night’s sleep-and the feeling of fatigue after a poor night’s sleep. But even though we know this, in our busy society, many of us are not getting the quality sleep needed to truly receive the health benefits of sleep.


The sleep Center at Eastern Oklahoma Medical Center specializes in helping patients who may have sleep disorders. The center is designed to be as comfortable as possible for patients who stay overnight so a sleep technician can monitor their sleep habits and record information for physicians to review for follow up treatment and recommendations.


Do you need a sleep study? Come and see the EOMC Difference.


Call for an important today (918)635-3593.

Press release

WASHINGTON—Congressmen Markwayne Mullin (R-OK-2) and Kurt Schrader (D-OR-5) celebrate a legislative victory as the Senate companion (S. 2278) to their bill (H.R. 5641), the State Offices of Rural Health Reauthorization Act of 2018, was signed into law late last year. The bill reauthorizes the State Offices of Rural Health grant program through 2022 and helps provide rural communities with vital resources to improve rural health care and increase access to quality, affordable care to individuals in rural communities.

“Americans in rural parts of our country routinely face difficulties accessing health care,” said Rep. Mullin (OK-2). “As a whole, rural America has far fewer doctors, specialists, and hospitals per population than in urban and suburban areas. The reauthorization of the State Offices of Rural Health grants allows this program to keep critical access hospitals open, training programs running, and most importantly, patients healthy. I am proud to work with Congressman Schrader to get a bill signed into law that improves the quality of life for rural Americans.”

“I am very pleased that our legislation to reauthorize the State Offices of Rural Health grant program was signed into law at the end of the year,” said Rep. Schrader (OR-5). “For our rural communities, state offices of rural health provide vital services to areas that often have limited resources and access to health services. In Oregon, our Office of Rural Health worked to develop recruitment and retention programs to attract health care professionals to our underserved areas. It has also connected our small rural health systems with state and federal resources, while providing technical support for our rural health care delivery systems. Our bipartisan bill expands these crucial services that ensure our rural communities have access to affordable, quality health care.”

"The passage of State Offices of Rural Health Reauthorization bill is an important step to ensure the support for rural hospitals, clinics and health care practitioners,” said Teryl Eisinger, Executive Director of the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health. “State Offices of Rural Health are anchors of information and technical assistance for rural health improvement and we are thrilled by Rep. Mullin and Rep. Schrader’s work to get this signed into law."

Established in 1991, Oklahoma State University’s Office of Rural Health was created as part of a federal mandate to coordinate, plan, and promote quality health care for underserved rural Oklahomans. The Office of Rural Health works with rural communities to help ensure their health care infrastructure is economically viable and to broaden and improve the access and quality of health care services.

Established in 1979, the Oregon Office of Rural Health was created to improve the accessibility of quality health care for underserved rural Oregonians. The Office of Rural Health works with rural communities to help ensure their health care infrastructure is economically viable and to broaden and improve the access and quality of health care services.

Congressmen Mullin and Schrader introduced H.R. 5641 on April 26, 2018. The bill was signed into law by President Trump on December 31, 2018.

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