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Casino Patrons Served by First Aid Attendants

Friday, December 26th, 2014

Emergency Medical Service/Fire Brigade

Tens of thousands of patrons pass through WinStar Casino in a 24-hour period, giving rise to a need for emergency medical responders. Love County EMS/Fire Brigade employs the First Aid Attendants, who provide potentialy life-saving reatment and first aid until an ambulance arrives. Below, meet three of our valued First Aid Attendants at WinStar Casino.

Tyler Hundt, EMT
First Aid Attendant, WinStar Casino

"I love helping people. This is the kind of...

EMTs at Casino Summon Ambulances

Thursday, December 18th, 2014


Emergency Medical Service/Fire Brigade

Under  contractual arrangement, Love County EMS/Fire Brigade employs First Aid Attendants inside WinStar Casino and Riverwind Casino. Twenty-four hours a day, they are first on the scene at medical events involving the many thousands of casino patrons or employees. Ahead of responding ambulances, they apply oxygen, check vital signs, and make patient assessments. Below, meet three of our valued First Aid Attendants at WinStar Casino.



Emergency Vehicles Modern & Maintained

Thursday, December 11th, 2014

Emergency Medical Service/Fire Brigade

Love County EMS/Fire Brigade vehicles are modern, well-equipped, and kept in good repair. They include:


4 primary ambulances, each a 2010 or newer model;2 backup ambulances, each a 2008 model;
2 reserve ambulances, each a 2002 model.

Fire Trucks

1 75-foot ladder truck, a 1992 model refurbished in 2008;
1 pumper/engine truck, a 1995 model refurbished in 2008;
1 brush truck, refurbished in 2008.

Various Utility Vehicles

View pictures of the...

EMS-Operated Fire Service is Unique

Thursday, December 4th, 2014

Emergency Medical Service/Fire Brigade

Hospital, ambulance, fire brigade -- they fit together here as in no other community. The hospital manages the ambulance service (since 1994), which in turn established (in 2008) a fire brigade that serves WinStar Casino and backs up the Thackerville and Shady Dale Volunteer Fire Departments in southern Love County.

WinStar Casino contracted for the EMS/Fire Brigade at Station 2 because they were enamored of the quality of the emergency response they...

Physical Test for Firefighters Is Intense

Friday, November 28th, 2014

Emergency Medical Service/Fire Brigade

Applicants for Fire Brigade positions are strenuously tested for strength, endurance, and physical ability. To pass, the applicant must finish in a total time of less than 16 minutes.

Run 1/2 mile (in 6 minutes or less)
Recover to a satisfactory heart rate while donning full fire gear (in 4 minutes or less). Then, within the next 6 minutes:
Climb a 20-foot extension ladder twice.
Drag a charged 1-1/2” hose for 100 feet, and drag a 185-pound dummy for 50...

Is Your 911 Address Posted on Your Home?

Friday, November 21st, 2014

Emergency Medical Service/Fire Brigade

Would ambulance, fire, or law enforcement be able to find your house in a 911 emergency?

Posting your 911 address at the driveway entrance and on your home will alleviate any confusion as to whether emergency responders have the correct location. 911 addressing replaced rural routes and box numbers and often changed house numbers and street names several years ago. Unless you use a post office mailbox, your 911 address serves a dual purpose as your...

Local Agencies Helping Enroll in 'Obamacare'

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

Consumers are heading into the second year of the health care law. Open enrollment for 2015 coverage through the health insurance marketplace began Saturday and continues though February 15, 2015.

This is the period when uninsured adults under age 65 get enrolled or possibly face a tax penalty for not having sufficient health insurance. Consumers who were already covered by a marketplace plan this year can change plans during open enrollment.

For in-person assistance, several local...

Responders Ride Out On Top Notch Vehicles

Friday, November 14th, 2014

Emergency Medical Service/Fire Brigade

Top notch ambulances and firefighting equipment are standing by 24 hours a day to respond to 911 emergencies in their area of Love County. The trained dispatchers at the E911 center in Marietta give the orders to depart from EMS/Fire Brigade stations. The dispatchers remain in telephone contact, where possible, with the 911 caller and relay what they are learning to Paramedics and firefighters en route. Inside their emergency vehicles, the responders...

Officers Lead 48 Hour Shifts

Friday, November 7th, 2014

Emergency Medical Service/Fire Brigade

EMS/Fire Brigade crews serve in 48-hour shifts. Between emergency calls, they train, exercise, prepare their meals, rest, and perform maintenance and cleaning duties inside their station house. Station 1 is at Exit 15 of Interstate 35 on the hospital campus in Marietta. Station 2 is at Exit 1 of Interstate 35 on the WinStar Casino grounds near Thackerville. Backup ambulances move between stations as needed to keep each part of Love County optimally...

Heath and Walker Are Service's Senior Captains

Friday, October 31st, 2014

Emergency Medical Service/Fire Brigade

Captains direct the emergency medical service and fire brigade day-to-day. At emergency scenes, they act as “incident commanders,” coordinating the deployment of equipment and crews. At the EMS/Fire Brigade stations, they have overall responsibility for the crew’s daily duties and for maintaining ambulances and fire apparatus in a ready state.  They file “run reports” for administrative and billing purposes. Meet two of our captains below.

Captain Obie Heath

Public Board Governs EMS/Fire Brigade

Friday, October 24th, 2014

Emergency Medical Service/Fire Brigade


The hospital manages the day-to-day operation of the Emergency Medical Service/Fire Brigade on behalf of the Love County EMS Board of Control. A formal document, the “inter-local agreement,” sets forth these responsibilities, and hospital management reports quarterly to the EMS Board in their public meeting. Membership on the EMS Board consists of Marty Grisham, chair, Marcella Kirk, Jesse Kirk, Lawrence Anderson, and Dr. Stephen Hutchins. All...

Paramedic Aboard on All Ambulance Runs

Friday, October 17th, 2014

Emergency Medical Service/Fire Brigade


There are seven ambulances, and no vehicle rolls without a Paramedic on board as leader. These Paramedics are trained in Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Pediatric Advanced Life Support, and Pre-Hospital Trauma Life Support. Assisting the leader is another Paramedic or an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT). The crews answer more than 2,000 emergency calls per year and render pre-hospital care that saves the lives of critically ill or injured patients....

Hospital's New Building Keeps DHS in County

Friday, October 10th, 2014


Social Services Building at 275 Wanda St. on the
hospital campus is keeping the Department of
Human Services in Love county, serving patients
and the public.


Eyvonna Lemons, director, (right), and Janeane
Hartman, fulltime volunteer will operate the
Love County Senior Program inside the hospital's
new Social Service Building one block south of
Mercy Health/Love County Hospital in Marietta.

Love County Senior Program moved into a brand new building at 235 Wanda St. in September.



Hospital Management Rallies Near Defunct EMS

Friday, October 10th, 2014

The County placed management of the ambulance service with the hospital 20 years ago. Facing insolvency in 1993, the EMS since has risen to become one of the state’s best-equipped and trained ambulance services and the only EMS to add a fire service. To see photos of vehicles and coworkers in action, visit the EMS website at


Adam Zimmerer



Interested in emergency services
as a youth, he joined his hometown’s
volunteer fire department at

Hospital Has Nation's First EMS With Fire Service

Friday, October 3rd, 2014

Emergency Medical Service/Fire Brigade


Love County EMS/Fire Brigade employs first aid attendants, Paramedics, Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) and firefighters to serve WinStar Casino near Thackerville.


Guests in the thousands visit the mega-complex daily and, on weekends, the “population” inside the hotels and gaming centers may rival that of a city of 15,000. In terms of gaming floor space, WinStar is said to be “world’s largest casino.”


In 2004, Mercy Health/Love County...

EMS Has Most Paramedics in Rural Oklahoma

Friday, September 26th, 2014


Emergency Medical Service/Fire Brigade


The hospital operates Love County EMS/Fire Brigade under Tad Hall, PA, emergency room manager.  The service provides ambulance and fire response within Love County and, by contractual arrangement with the Chickasaw Nation, to WinStar Casino near Thackerville.


As a result, Love County has more Paramedics rendering emergency care and transport than any other rural county in Oklahoma. In addition, the Fire Brigade provides primary fire...

Proudly Presenting Our Medical Providers

Friday, September 19th, 2014


Medical Clinic Providers

Seated from Left:
Ms. Pat Owens, APRN-CNP, Family Nurse Practitioner, On staff since 1979
Dr. Stephen Hutchins, M.D., Board Certified in Family Practice, On staff since 1989

Standing from left:
Dr. Paul Nioce, M.D., Family Practice, On staff since 2011
Ms. Rhonda Mose, APRN-CNP, Adult Nurse Practtioner, On staff since March
Dr. Terry Jones, M.D. Board Certified in Family Practice, On staff since June

A primary care provider (PCP) is your main health care provider....

Clinic Director Adds Elective Office to Full Career

Friday, September 12th, 2014

Connie Barker
Medical Clinic Director

Her entire career, since age 19,
has been spent in local clinic services.
She is a certified medical coder. She has
managed the Medical Clinic
since 1990 and served simultaneously from
1990-1997 as business manager of
the hospital.

In the community, Barker is an elected
member of the Marietta Board of
Education (since 2004)
and an elected member of the
Chickasaw Tribal Legislature (since 2008).
She is the first and only chair of the
Love County 911 Board, by...

Clinic Greeters Are 'Face of Mercy'

Friday, September 5th, 2014


Medical Clinic


“We are the face of Mercy,” says Manuela Barrientos, speaking of the clinic’s customer service representatives who answer the continually ringing telephones and converse with arriving and departing patients. “Most patients are hurting or in pain. We want to be compassionate, understand them, and take the time to relay what they say to their chart for the doctor’s attention.”
Naomi Lornes
Customer Service Representative
Schedules appointments for the

Lab Work/X-Rays/ Are Steps Away from Clinic

Friday, August 29th, 2014

Medical Clinic


Clinic patients don’t have to drive anywhere to obtain many of the diagnostic screenings or tests their physician orders. Across the lobby and into the hospital are facilities for laboratory testing, x-rays, CT scans, bone density scans, and ultrasounds.
Has your doctor recommended rehabilitation therapy? Around the corner in the Therapy Building are physical therapy, occupational therapy, and respiratory therapy.
The medical clinic and the hospital have the same...

Hospital and Other Wellness Programs Recognized

Friday, August 29th, 2014


Health Programs Recognized Statewide – Rebekah Williams,
representing Drive by Fruiting; County Clerk Shelly Russell,
representing Love County employees’ Health + Wellness Team; and Danny
Dvorak, representing the local wellness program of Mercy Health

System, celebrate their programs’ awards at the Love County Senior
Nutrition Center.


Three health programs underway in Love County are being recognized statewide. 
Love County Employees Healthier and Richer!  -- Thirty-one employees...

Clinic Specialists Handle Your Insurance Claims

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

Medical Clinic

Patients with and without medical insurance are welcome at the clinic. A dedicated onsite business office is here to answer your billing questions or help you file claims for payment from Medicaid, Medicare, or your insurance company.



Misti Kirk

Business Office Coordinator 

Since 1998, has been the clinic's billing and
insurance specialist. After each patient visit,
she compiles the medical charges and transmits
a claim for payment to the patient or his or her

Medical Clinic Had Noble Start in 1990

Friday, August 15th, 2014

Teresa Steen Landreth, LPN, 
Nurse for Rhonda Mose 

“I love what I do. It’s not
a job,” says Steen Landreth,
LPN, who finds joy in serving
the public. She has been
a clinic nurse since 2003,
with prior experience dating
to 1995 as a hospital nurse.

She has been a member of
the county’s search and rescue
operation and a volunteer
firefighter and first responder.

She grew up on a farm and
had an early career as a horse trainer. 
Kim McCage
Medical Assistant for Dr. Hutchins 

Joined Mercy...

Medical Clinic Nurses Earn Patients' Trust

Friday, August 8th, 2014

Medical Clinic Nurses

A physician's office nurse is someone patients learn to trust as much as the doctor, PA, or nurse practitioner.

These professionals escort the patient to the exam room, take "vital" signs, and hear and assess the patient's medical need. They assist the clinic physician in treatments and administer injections. They arrange for lab work, x-rays, prescription refills, and specialist consultations. They contact the insurance companies for prior authorization for testing,...

Barker Nears 25th Anniversary As Administrator/CEO

Friday, August 1st, 2014

Richard Barker, FACHE
His hospital service dates to 1973. Has
been managing the organization since 1990.
Earned Board certification as a Fellow of
the American College of Healthcare
Executives (FACHE) in 2012. Is licensed in
long-term care administration
and respiratory therapy (RRT).
Holds master’s degrees in healthcare
administration (University of Minnesota) and
business administration (Ottawa University, Kansas).
Earned undergraduate degrees in hospital...

Hospital Has Its Own Computer Doctor

Friday, July 25th, 2014

James Riggs, Director,
Information Technology

His A+ certification demonstrates his competency
as a computer technician, but Riggs’ education has
gone on a lifetime. “My father, Bob Riggs, is in his
45th year as director of data processing at Mercy
Memorial, Ardmore. He brought in their first computer
system, in the late 1960s. I grew up in their server
room and worked there for seven years before
joining Mercy Health/LoveCounty.” A stint as manager
of Staples’ electronics department while...

Maintenance Engineer on Top of Upkeep and Repair

Friday, July 18th, 2014

Clancy Hallum, Supervisor,
Maintenance and Engineering
For six years has been responsible for
the upkeep and repair of hospital buildings.
He oversees the work of local carpenters,
electricians, and other tradesmen when
their services are needed. Hallum’s
prior experience includes metal building
construction and road construction. For
five years he represented the people of
District 3 on the Board of Love County
Commissioners. Hallum’s wife, Melissa,
is an RN at Mercy Hospital, Ardmore.

ER Expansion and Renovation is Underway

Friday, July 18th, 2014

Richard Barker, Administrator (right) and Clancy Hallum,
Maintenance Engineer, look over blueprint drawings for the hospital’s
enhanced Emergency Department.

A major enhancement of Mercy Health/Love County’s emergency department is underway. The hospital’s administrator Richard Barker outlined the exciting changes. 

Renovation to Existing 1,200 Square Feet

  • The current waiting room is being replaced with a patient holding room (for a patient whose symptoms are being observed).
  • The...

Stephens Purchases Hospital Supplies, Equipment

Friday, July 11th, 2014

Sally Stephens, Supervisor,
Materials Management
For 20 years has been buying and
managing all materials Mercy Health/
Love County uses, except furniture and
large medical equipment. She joined
the hospital in 1981 and was trained
in physical therapy. Stephens provided
patient care for more than 10 years
before moving to her current position.
"I like the fulfillment of working for the
community and being of service to
This department is...

Meet the Hospital's Longest-Serving Coworker

Friday, July 4th, 2014


Linda Dixon, Registered Medical Coder, Manager of Health
Information Services
The hospital was not yet two years old when Linda Dixon took a job as a switchboard operator and clerk on December 9, 1973.
Now in her 41st year, she is the hospital’s longest-serving coworker.
“Other than summer jobs during high school, I’ve never worked anywhere else. I had graduated from Turner High School in May.”
Dixon soon was promoted and...

Your Hospital Medical Record Available Here

Friday, June 27th, 2014

Medical Records
This department maintains the medical record of your hospital stay or visit to the emergency room, x-ray, laboratory, respiratory, or therapy departments for tests or treatment.
The record is available for your inspection or copying or transmittal to another health care provider. It is in electronic format.
Medical Coding
Skilled medical coders in the department act on data in the patient’s medical record early in the billing...

Medical Bill Woes? See Our Financial Counselor

Friday, June 20th, 2014

Can uninsured patients become insured?
The hospital’s financial counselor, Kari VanBeber, screens patients for eligibility for the public health insurance programs, Medicaid and Medicare. These programs have been around since 1965, helping pay medical bills for low income and elderly/disabled patients, respectively.
Starting in 2014, the hospital also has begun screening for eligibility under the Affordable Care Act. Most Love County working adults ages 18 to 64 qualify for a...

Clinic Welcomes Adult Nurse Practitioner

Friday, June 20th, 2014


Rhonda Mose, Adult Nurse Practitioner

Rhonda Mose, APRN-CNP, did not have to travel far to find a home at Mercy Health/Love County.
Since late March, the Carter County resident has been seeing patients five days a week in the medical clinic adjacent to the hospital.
“She is adding patients and developing a following,” said Rural Health Clinic Director Connie Barker.
Mose’s special interest is in adult patients (age 13 and older), especially senior citizens.
“I feel...

2 New Coworkers Join Business Office

Friday, June 13th, 2014

The business office recently welcomed new coworkers, Paulina Robles and Regina Walton.

Paulina Robles
Customer Service Specialist II
There's someone new at the reception
desk in the hospital's front office: She is
Paulina Robles, an experienced customer
service specialist, who is fluent in both
English and Spanish. "I have been
interested in joining the Mercy system for
sometime," said Robles, who started work
in May following six years with a
medical clinic in...

Customer Service Face to Face and Behind Scenes

Friday, June 6th, 2014

Customer service is happening both face to face and behind the scenes. Meet two valued coworkers of the hospital's business office.

Angela "Angie' Lange,
Charge Entry Specialst
For the past three years has been
verifying that the record of medical
services and supplies ("charges") used
in treating a hospital patient is complete
and correct before the hospital
requests reimbursement from Medicare,
Medicaid, insurance companies, or
the patient.

Involved is a review...

Business & Admin Sustaining Patient Services

Friday, May 30th, 2014

On the business side of the hospital is a team of people who believe deeply in the patient services they provide.
"We are not on the nursing floor tending to patients or practicing medicine, but we are collecting from the proper payers to sustain that," says Connie Graham, business office director.
"It is a ministry. Our team is committed to helping patients feel better when they come to the business office by treating them the way we would like to be treated at a...

For Better Breathing: Respiratory Therapy

Friday, May 23rd, 2014

Respiratory care refers to the treatment of disorders affecting a person's ability breathe.
In the emergency room, respiratory care practitioners start oxygen or, in extreme cases, initiate ventilators or devices to open airways. "We're the first people patients see. Nurses depend on us when something happens," says Robert Umphrey, RRT.
They also run and log EKG tests of the heart to learn whether heart disease may be causing shortness of breath.
In the hospital, they visit...

Physical Therapy Arises For War Injuries

Friday, May 16th, 2014

World War I gave rise to the physical therapy profession. Specialists were needed to help wounded soldiers regain the use of injured limbs.
The ability to maintain an upright posture and to move our arms and legs to engage in tasks and activities is a key component of our health.
Physical therapists are experts at examining and treating joints, backs, and muscles. They often teach patients how to do exercises to gain strength and perform tasks without difficulty or pain.

Occupational Therapy Aids Independent Living

Friday, May 9th, 2014

Since 2010, the hospital has provided an expansive therapy building filled with exercise, cardio workout, and rehabilitative equipment. Patients train to restore function to muscles, joints, or other injured or diseased body parts on a pace and schedule specially designed for their needs.
But the occupational, physical, and speech therapists are just as likely to be found working with bed patients in the hospital wing and even in the public schools, as they travel to Marietta,...

Laboratory Director Likes Career More and More

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

Kelvin McMillan, MLT (ASCP),
Laboratory Services Director
For years, laboratory director Kelvin McMillan has been freely advising young people to load up on science and computer classes and consider becoming a laboratory specialist.
With good reason: Medical laboratory technologist consistently ranks among “The 50 Best Careers” in U.S. News & World Report’s annual survey of high-demand careers.
But, more than that, scientific advance in disease detection shows up first in...

Laboratory Professionals Celebrate 'CSI' Skills

Friday, April 25th, 2014

Medical Laboratory Professionals Week, April 20-26, is an annual celebration of the nation's laboratory professionals and pathologists.  They play a vital role in every aspect of health care.
Since they often work behind the scenes, few people know about the critical laboratory testing and interpreting they perform every day. 
"The doctors are Batman and Robin. We're CSI," says Elmer Denoso of Mercy Health/Love County, where 40,000 laboratory tests will be performed this year.

'We are the Laboratory of the County'

Friday, April 18th, 2014

Doctors use "lab work" to help them diagnose medical conditions and monitor diseases. Medical technologists test samples of blood, urine, or body tissues and report the results to the physician.
They keep the laboratory operational 24 hours a day under strict protocols for safety and accuracy.
"We are the laboratory of the county," says Kelvin McMillan, laboratory services director. We serve patients of the clinic, hospital, and emergency room, and travel to work sites that have...

Nursing Director Gave Life To Health Care Early

Friday, April 11th, 2014

Marie Ross, RN, Director of Nursing
Sent to town to bring a doctor to the bedside of her asthmatic mother, 10-year-old Marie Cross (Ross) determined then and there to give her life to health care.
“I watched my mother struggle with illness, and I wanted to bring relief to anyone who suffered,” she said.
After graduating from Marietta High, she followed her three brothers, in 1969, into the U.S. Navy, where she trained and served as a Hospital Corps Wave (HN3).

Nursing as Profession Dates to Wartime Sisters

Friday, April 4th, 2014

Professional nursing grew from religious and military origins. In 1800s Europe and the United States, armies in combat looked to nuns as the most experienced health care providers.
A painting commissioned by President Abraham Lincoln depicts a Sister of Mercy tending a Union soldier in a tent hospital.
The first professional training school for nurses in the U.S. opened following the Civil War, in 1873.
By the 20th century, nursing had come to be regarded as a distinct...

5 Nursing Schools in Local Area

Friday, March 28th, 2014

A one-year program, qualifying graduates to sit for the Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) license, is at Southern Oklahoma Technology Center in Ardmore. A two-year (associate degree) program, qualifying graduates to sit for the Registered Nurse (RN) license, is at Murray State College in Tishomingo. A four-year (bachelor degree) program leading to RN licensure and more is at East Central University in Ada and Ardmore. In Texas, North Central Texas College (Gainesville) and Grayson County...

Monday the Deadline to Buy Health Insurance

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014


For Love Countians who don’t have health insurance, midnight Monday is the deadline to buy it.
Local enroller Melodie Schaffer says dozens of applicants have purchased coverage on Oklahoma’s federally-run health insurance marketplace in the past few weeks.
Enrollment help at two sites in Love County is free and does not add to the cost of insurance.
They are Big Five Community Services in Marietta, phone 276-3154, and Schaffer’s Pearman Insurance in Thackerville, phone...

Original Hospital Nursing Staff, 1972, Remembered

Friday, March 21st, 2014

The hospital opened on January 7, 1972, with the following nursing staff: Nurse's aides Frances Grice, Leatrice Palmer, Catherine Rambo, Margaret Stewart, Dorothy Gaither, and Alma Low Thacker; Licensed Practical Nurses Martha Lehman, Clara Henderson, and Mary Harris; Registered Nurses Ethel Lafferty, Cheryl Ann Stewart, and Annetta Frank. Below are three valued members of our current staff: 

Denise Trivett, LPN
Was ready in 1992 to leave her long-
time job assembling tires at...

Job Outlook for Registered Nurses Is Bright

Friday, March 14th, 2014


The job outlook for Registered Nurses is bright, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. RN employment is growing faster than the average for all occupations. The reasons: “Increased emphasis on preventative care; growing rates of chronic conditions, such as diabetes and obesity; and demand for health care services from the baby boomer population, as they live longer and more active lives.” 

Lindsey Stilley, CNA
The newly trained
Certified Nurse’s Aide
grew up in...

Nurses Our First Lines of Communication

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

"Nurses serve their patients in the most important capacities. We know that they serve as our first lines of communication when something goes wrong or when we are concerned about health." -- Lois Capps, Nurse and Member of Congress  

Elaine Polizzo, LPN
Has 16 years in nursing, 13 at Baylor
Hospital and 3 as medication clerk
here. She is enjoying the profession
she spent years pursuing. "I stopped
and re-started training twice, once to
care for my mother, and again to spend

100 RNs and LPNs Live in Love County

Friday, February 28th, 2014

Of the two nursing credentials, RN and LPN, RNs have more academic and clinical education and their duties are broader in scope. Registered Nurses (RNs) and Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) are licensed by the State of Oklahoma and regulated for competency by the Oklahoma Board of Nursing (OBN). OBN statistics for 2013 show a total of 100 RNs and LPNs residing in Love County.  


Diana Delgado, RN (left) Was a Marietta High School senior when she began her
quest to become a Registered...

Funeral Services Set for Dr. John Hester

Monday, February 24th, 2014

Funeral services for John W. Hester, DO, will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, February 27, 2014, at Craddock Funeral Home, 525 S. Commerce St., Ardmore.

Dr. Hester, a physician in the clinic and hospital died February 22. 

Hester, 60, underwent eight hours of emergency surgery in Ardmore after being stricken by illness earlier in the day, said clinic director Connie Barker.
Barker, along with other stunned and saddened colleagues, was at the clinic in Marietta Sunday afternoon notifying...

Nursing Rated Most Trusted Profession

Friday, February 14th, 2014

The public continues to rate nurses as the most trusted profession, according to Gallup’s annual survey. Nurses have ranked at the top 12 years in a row. In 2013, 82 percent of Americans rated nurses’ honesty and ethical standards as “very high” or “high,” a full 12 percentage points above any other profession.  

Luann Embry Locke, R.N.
Entered the profession in mid-life,
after her children were grown, but has
since practiced for 30 years. She
retired from the hospital in Ardmore

Affordable Insurance Available at

Thursday, February 6th, 2014


Are you an uninsured adult under age 65?
The deadline for you to buy a health insurance plan for 2014 is March 31.
For most Love County families, the best buy is through
This is the federal health insurance marketplace created by the Affordable Care Act, “Obamacare.”
The majority of Love County households will find that the full monthly premium of a plan purchased from the marketplace is subsidized.
A subsidy lowers your share of the cost in order to...

We're Honored!

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014



Readers of the Ardmoreite voted us third favorite hospital -- behind Mercy Hospital Ardmore and Norman Regional Hospital -- in the newspaper's Readers Choice Survey published on Sunday, February 2.

Thank you, Ardmoreites, for choosing Love County for physician and nursing care, outpatient therapy, laboratory services, emergency room,and adult day care! 


In January, the state awarded an "excellence" certification lauding our hospital's efforts to...

Nursing Department Works 'Round the Clock

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

The nursing department works around the clock to care for and comfort patients and their family members. Every patient in the hospital or emergency room receives professional nursing services, whether their stay is for minutes or weeks. Marie Ross, R.N., Director of Nursing, supervises this department, which has 20 coworkers. Meet three of them: 

Kathryn Porter Miller, R.N.
Has 12 years in the department, and leads
the nursing floor as Charge Nurse. Spent 13
prior years in emergency...

Adult Day Center Opens January 6!

Friday, January 3rd, 2014


Mercy Love County Adult Day Center & Family Services (foreground) at 200 Wanda St., Marietta, OK, is one block south of its parent organization, Mercy Health/Love County Hospital & Clinic (background). The Adult Day Center will furnish social activities in a medically-supervised setting during weekdays for adults with dementia or physical challenges. The Family Services department will bring Marietta-based Licensed Professional Counseling services back to Love County individuals and...