Posted on Friday, April 20th, 2018
Posted on Friday, April 13th, 2018
Health Needs Assessment: Citizens and members of the Love County
Community Coalition review local health needs with Lara Brooks,
Rural Health Analyst with the Oklahoma Office of Rural Health.
Mercy Health/Love County Hospital, Clinic, and EMS services are highly regarded, with 9 out of 10 patients reporting satisfaction with the care received.
The overall results among 193 patients surveyed was a 99.3% favorability rating for the doctors, family nurse practitioners, and physician assistants, and 95.4% satisfaction for the hospital overall.
The ratings were gleaned from a written survey conducted during a recent health needs assessment.
The study was conducted by citizens and members of the Love County Community Coalition in cooperation with the hospital. The purpose was to evaluate current care and define priorities for additional health services. Topping the list of community needs were:
• Dental care – including care for patients who do not have coverage and an awareness campaign to remind parents that children enrolled in Sooner Care are covered for dental care.
• Mental health services – especially more inpatient psychiatric care for children, and drug counseling for young people.
• Specialist visits to Marietta. Suggested specialties were obstetrics, surgery, and ophthalmology. (The clinic already has a cardiologist who travels here).
• Exercise facility for all ages, to include weight room and indoor pool.
Posted on Friday, April 6th, 2018
Posted on Friday, March 30th, 2018
Above & Below: Some of the trees arrayed for planting.
Legacy Park north of Mercy Health/Love County Hospital took a beautiful leap forward on March 20 with the installation of 33 trees donated by Love County organizations and individuals.
Very soon the trees will provide shade to walkers and joggers on the popular ½ mile Legacy Park recreational loop trail that opened in 2016.
Among the Oklahoma native trees planted were bald cypress, Chinese pistache, sycamore, chinkapin oak, live oak, bur oak, and red oak.
“We are so thrilled with those trees. Man, they are pretty,” exclaimed hospital CEO Richard Barker, following the busy day of excavating and planting. The park is on land held in trust by the Love County Health Center Foundation at 466 Legacy Park Lane.
Benefactors funding the tree purchase were Mercy Health/Love County Hospital, Love County Senior Volunteer Program, the Rose Garden Club, Love County Library Book Club, and the families of Claudell Higgins, Delores and Don Harvey, Paulette Manning, Ron Jacobs, Barbara and Don Sessions, and Eyvonna and Bud Lemons.
All purchasers will be recognized with tree plaques. A new fund has been started for additional tree purchases. Interested organizations and individuals may contact the Senior Volunteer Program at (580) 276-9410 to donate. Each tree costs $200.
Eyvonna Lemons, seniors’ director, leads the park beautification project. She pointed out that volunteers contributed their time, labor,...