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Eighth Grade Health Conference Honors Barker and Hospital

Friday, November 2nd, 2012

Reprinted from Senior News
of Love County Retired Sernior Volunter Services (RSVP)

Janie-Pennington Cagle presents a conference T-shirt along with a plaque to Richard Barker and Mercy Health/Love County Hospital for years of underwriting of the annual Eighth Grade Health Conference.

Almost half (49%) of all pregnancies in the U.S. in 2011 were mistimed, unplanned, or unwanted at the time of conception, according to the Centers for Disease Control. 

Among teens, the rate of unplanned...

Community Performs Health Needs Assessment

Friday, October 26th, 2012


 Results of Community Health Needs Assessment 2011-2012






A Simple Idea in Senior Nutrition Grows and Grows

Wednesday, August 1st, 2012

Article Reprinted from August 2012 Senior News
of Love County Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP)

An ardent advocate for senior nutrition came up with a simple volunteer initiative last November at the Love County Community Coalition in Marietta, and RSVP of Love and Marshall County has turned “Drive by Fruiting” into a robust local-soon-to-be-statewide project.

Underway in Love County since March, and starting in Marshall County in October, “Drive by Fruiting,” delivers a potato,...

Extraordinary Services for Women, Children Praised

Monday, July 2nd, 2012


Jean Gordon, Sissy Burge, Sherri Snyder, and Debra Woodbridge at the Love County Community Coalition on July 2, 2012.
Sissy Burge (left foreground) listens as speakers laud her service at the C/SARA Foundation.
The unique and unprecedented contributions of the C/SARA Foundation and its outgoing executive director, Sissy Burge of Marietta, to crisis support for child and adult victims of sexual assault were extolled by members of the Love County Community Coalition at...

Unreal Patients Give Medics Real World Training

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012


Dr. Paul Nioce uses ultrasound to place a central line needle during practice at a trauma training. Assisting him is Dr. Mike Wilcox, CALS instructor.
Emergency medical personnel recently received sophisticated hands-on training in skills to stabilize critically ill or injured patients.
Emergency medical personnel recently received sophisticated hands-on training in skills to stabilize critically ill or injured patients.
The CALS (Comprehensive Advanced Life Support...

Swing Bed Patients Need Activities, Too

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012


Teaching from the Book: Instructor Frances R. Seidl, RN (middle) teaches swing-bed activities to Stacy Smith and Chelsea Rich from her authoritative book on the subject.
Swing-bed patients of the hospital need activities, too, just as though they were receiving skilled nursing care in a nursing home or skilled nursing facility.
“Activities” means social, psychological, and recreational means for brightening the patients’ days while hospitalized.
Activities also build the...

Volunteer Fire Departments Rely on County Sales Tax

Monday, June 11th, 2012

A 1% county sales tax is up for renewal on the June 26 ballot, and this has volunteer fire fighters anxious about what voters will do.
The tax produced revenues of about $86,000 per month last year with 10%, or about $8,600, per month going toward county fire protection.
“It’s not much, but it’s close to half of what we get for the entire year,” said Wesley Dill, chair of the county fire chiefs’ association and chief of the Jimtown Volunteer Fire Department.
The association...

Puppet Show Concludes Child Abuse Prevention Month

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012


Don Sessions of the Love County Community Coalition assembles the Blue Ribbon display on the front lawn of Mercy Health/Love County Hospital and Clinic.
For the 18th year, a Child Abuse Prevention Month puppet show will make its way to all Love County Elementary Schools, April 23-26.
In the performances, the puppets tell about abuse and what they did about it. The purpose is to make it clear to young children that when personal safety or discomfort is involved, the child can...

Love County Health Center Celebrates 40th Anniversary

Monday, January 30th, 2012



Coworkers with 30 or more years of service stand in front of the 40th anniversary banner with Willis Choate III (red sweater) a member of the Founding Public Health Committee from the 1960s: Connie Barker, Richard Barker, Rick Stephens, Linda Dixon, Betty Galloway, Dr. Vergil Smith (credited with admitting the first hospital patient on January 30, 1972), Sally Stephens, and Marie Ross.
Are you in better shape at age 40 than at age 20? Your local hospital is. 
A robust Love County...

Who's Who on the 40th Anniversary of Love County Health Center

Monday, January 30th, 2012

Above: EMS Station 1, Training Center, Hospital, Clinic, therapy Building and Food Pantry in Marietta, May 2011. Below: EMS Station 2, WinStar Casino, Thackerville, May 2011.


Board of County
James Wade, Dist. 1;
Herschel “Bub” Peery, Dist.
2; Michael White, Dist. 3.
Hospital Board
Of Control
Darlene Beardsley, Chair;
Bob Brannan, Andrea Locke,
Steve Smith, Jr., Jack
Love County EMS Board
Marty Grisham, Chair;
Lawrence Anderson, Dr.