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Happy New Year 2017 From Your Physicians and Staff

Friday, December 30th, 2016



Your Home Town Health Providers Wish You a Happy New Year

Physicians and Staff Bring Season's Greetings

Friday, December 23rd, 2016




Merry Christmas 2016 from Hospital, Clinic, and EMS!

Pat Owens Brings Primary Care to All Ages

Friday, December 16th, 2016




Family Care Provided by Family Nurse Practitioner Patricia Owens

Meet Dr. Stephen Hutchins in Our Clinic

Friday, December 9th, 2016



Stephen Hutchins, M.D.,  Is a Board-Certified Family Physician

Meet Ms. Rhonda Mose, Adult Care Practitioner in Our Clinic

Friday, December 2nd, 2016



Rhonda Mose Provides Primary Medical Care to Adults, Seniors as an Adult Nurse Practitioner

Meet Dr. Terry Jones in Our Clinic

Friday, November 25th, 2016



Call Our Clinic for an Appointment with Dr. Terry Jones

Swallowing, Speech, Language Therapies Available Here

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016


Amanda Wray, SLP-CFY, the speech-
language pathologist for the hospital and 
clinic, displays packets of food thickener, along
with assistive devices used in the treatment of
swallowing disorders.


Nearly 50 muscles are involved in swallowing. Amanda Wray, SLP-CFY, is a therapist who helps patients to improve function in muscles that have been affected by stroke, neurological disease, surgery, or other incident.

She may appear at your bedside in Mercy Health/Love County Hospital to...

After Opening Legacy Park Trail, Local Racewalker Hits the Bigtime

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016


Rob Robertson walks 100 miles in 24 hours.

Rob Robertson displays the Jack Webber Cup for
outstanding race performance as the top male and
overall first place finisher in the 2016 Australian
Centurion Walk.


Editor's Note: Rob Robertson participated in the honorary first lap to open the hospital's Legacy Park Recreational Trail in March 2016. The ultra-distance racewalker has made international news since then.


By Barbara W. Sessions

Ever wondered how to walk 100 miles in 24...

Meet Dr. Margaret Western in Our Clinic

Friday, November 18th, 2016



Call Our Clinic for an Appointment with Dr. Margaret Western

Meet Dr. Joe Witten in Our Clinic

Friday, November 11th, 2016



Our Clinic Has 6 Primary Care Providers - Welcome Our Newest, Dr. Joe Witten

Pulmonary Rehabilitation Done Here!

Friday, November 4th, 2016



Region's Only Pulmonary Strength Program for COPD Taught by Our Respiratory Therapists

Physical Therapy Done Here!

Friday, October 28th, 2016



Get Help Managing Pain and Restoring Use of Limbs and Muscles from Our Physical Therapists

Occupational Therapy Done Here!

Friday, October 21st, 2016



After Illness or Injury, Restore Your "Occupations" of Daily Living Like Eating, Dressing,  and Toileting With the Help of Our Occupational Therapists

Speech Therapy Done Here!

Friday, October 14th, 2016



Has Stroke or Other Event Impaired Swallowing, Chewing, or Speaking Clearly? Our Speech Therapists Help!

Ultrasound Done Here!

Friday, October 7th, 2016



Ultrasound uses sound waves, not radiation, to paint a picture of internal organs

Bladder Scans Done Here

Friday, September 30th, 2016


Bladder Scan Identifies Possible Cause of Urinary Tract Infection

Community Welcomes Dr. Joe Witten

Friday, September 30th, 2016


Joe Witten, D.O.


The community has welcomed a new doctor to Mercy Health/Love County Hospital and Clinc.

Joe Witten, D.O., started in August and already has a busy schedule, seeing patients throughout the day. In his family practice, he cares for men, women, and children in the clinic, hospital, and emergency room.

"I enjoy being here. I know that patients value having physicians in the community and not having to drive to Ardmore for medical care. This is an upbeat place to work....

Bone Density Scans Done Here

Friday, September 23rd, 2016



Men and Women of a Certain Age Take Bone Scan as Test of Osteopososis

CT Scans Done Here

Friday, September 16th, 2016



When Ordinary X-Rays Are Not Enough, CT Presents Hundreds of Internal Pictures of the Body

Automated Testing in Our Public Laboratory

Friday, September 9th, 2016



Up to 47 Tests on a Single Blood or Body Fluid Sample!

Laboratory Open To Patients of Any Physician or Provider

Friday, September 2nd, 2016



Don't Drive Somewhere After Fasting, Get Laboratory Tests Here

Stroke Diagnosis Done Here!

Friday, August 26th, 2016



Mercy Telestroke Technology Brings Stroke Doctor Assistance to Bedside

Better Breathing Via Our Respiratory Department!

Friday, August 19th, 2016


Breathing Assessments, Treatments, COPD Exercise Therapy, Home Heart Monitors and More

Our Ambulance Is Paramedic Level!

Friday, August 12th, 2016


Full Life Support Rated Ambulance Brings Paramedic Aid To Every Call

Medic Wins International Academic Award

Friday, August 5th, 2016


Healthcare Academic Contest Winners: Taylor Westbrook, Mercy
Health/Love County EMS firefighter/paramedic, second from left,
won the gold medal in the public health division for postsecondary/
collegiate students at the HOSA International Leadership Conference
in Nashville in June, along with teammates Jeff Steinkamp, Ashley
West, and Michael Brain.

Taylor Westbrook had one shot at entering the international academic competition among students in the healthcare field, and he walked away a...

Have You Visited Our Brand New ER?

Friday, August 5th, 2016


Walk-In Service, New Treatment and Waiting Rooms in 24-Hour Emergency Room

Swing From Acute to Skilled Nursing Care

Friday, July 29th, 2016

Released from Acute Care? Stay Here for Skilled Nursing Facility Care!



See Us for Skilled Nursing Stays

Friday, July 22nd, 2016



No Matter What Hospital You Used, Ask Your Physician To Send Your Skilled Nursing Orders to Us

UV Light Disinfection Deployed in Hospital Rooms

Friday, July 22nd, 2016


UV Light Cleaning Rooms: Kari VanBeber, housekeeping supervisor,
Kelvin McMillan, infection control officer, and Megan Yow, quality assurance
officer, gather around the hospital's new ultraviolet light system for
cleaning rooms of viruses and bacteria.

Mercy Health/Love County has added a new housekeeping weapon, ultraviolet light, in the fight against hospital-associated infections. 

Hospital rooms are receiving a dose of short-wave UV light before the next patient is admitted. 

See Us for CT Scan, X-Rays and Lab Tests!

Friday, July 15th, 2016



No Matter Where Your Physician Is Located, Request X-Rays and Testing From Us

We've Got the Therapies You Need!

Friday, July 8th, 2016


Physical, Occupational, Speech Therapy Close to Home

Hospital Equipped for Decontamination Need

Friday, July 1st, 2016




Decontamination Showers Aid Incoming Patients, Protect Hospital Interior

Technology Society Meets Here

Friday, June 24th, 2016



Arbuckle Technology Society Meets Monthly at Hospital Radio Room

Why Not Become a Ham Radio Operator?

Friday, June 17th, 2016



Hams Have Fun and Help Others

Nurse Practitioners Building Their Profession

Tuesday, June 14th, 2016


Follow Me: Nurse practitioners Rhonda Mose (standing
left) and Pat Owens are sharing their clinical knowledge
as preceptors to student nurse practitioners LaDonna
Culp and Jennifer Hicks (seated) in the clinic of
Mercy Health/Love County Hospital.


Patricia Owens, family nurse practitioner, is popular with patients in the clinic of Mercy Health/Love County Hospital. 

But she may be an even bigger champion to registered nurses studying to become nurse practitioners. 

For 20 years, Owens...

Hospital Backs Up Public Safety Signal Towers

Friday, June 10th, 2016



Hospital's Repeaters Keep Public Safety Communications Running

Emergency Radios Contact Area Dispatch Centers

Friday, June 3rd, 2016



Radio Room Keeps Up With Public Safety Threats in the Region 

Run 4 Love Hospital Team Competing Saturday

Wednesday, June 1st, 2016


Run 4 Love says the back of the shirt. The hospital
team will compete in the Frontier Days foot races
Saturday, June 4, 2016, in downtown Marietta.

The Run 4 Love team tunes up with a lap around
the Legacy Park Recreational Trail at 7:30 a.m.
May 31. 

Run 4 Love Team on May 31. These are just some
of the 36 total team members! They come from
the hospital clinic, EMS, and adult day center.

Front row: Dee Wickware, Dr. Margaret Western,
Pauletee Manning, Connie Barker, Misti Kirk, Marie

ER Welcomes New Physician Assistants

Monday, May 9th, 2016

Maria Maynard, PA


Brittany Zimmerman, PA


Mercy Health/Love County Hospital welcomes the addition of Maria Maynard, PA, and Brittany Zimmerman, PA. 

Both women are Physician Assistants in the hospital’s emergency department.  

They completed clinical rotations in the ER while students in the University of Oklahoma Physician Assistant Program in the OU College of Medicine. 

Maynard graduated last December and joined the ER fulltime in January. 

“I have found a welcoming staff and...

It's National Hospital Week 2016!

Friday, May 6th, 2016



Salute To Hospital Coworkers and Volunteers

Hospital Has Radios for Short- and Long-Range Signals

Friday, April 29th, 2016



Radio Room Stays in Touch with Amateur Radio Operators Near and Far

Hospital Radio Room Relies on Local Ham Operators

Friday, April 22nd, 2016



Amateur Radio Operators Provide Emergency Dispatch Help

EMS Tools Break Through Doors and Windows

Friday, April 15th, 2016



Firefighters Wield Axe and Halligan Bar To Force Entry

Rope Gear Lowers Rescuers To Patient

Friday, April 8th, 2016



Fire Brigade Rope Gear Lowers Firefighter Down Embankments

Fire Trucks Light Up Emergency Scene

Friday, April 1st, 2016



Fire Trucks Cast Bright Light on Accident Scenes

650 People Visit Legacy Park on Opening Day

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016

Leader of the Pack: Lance Stinley, age 6, takes an early lead in the Turner School
pre-kindergarten foot race around the 1/2-mile recreational trail at Legacy Park
on March 21.

Ready, set, go! Legacy Park Recreational Trail opened with a flurry of activity on March 21. An estimated 650 people visited the new, 1/2-mile loop northeast of Mercy Health/Love County Hospital during opening day festivities from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

They walked and ran and asked lots of questions about the trail...

Opening Day Photos

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016


Legacy Park Opens With a Flurry!


Legacy Park Recreational Trail Grand Opening: Hospital
Administrator Richard Barker addresses the audience at the grand
opening of Legacy Park Recreational trail, northeast of Mercy
Health/Love County Hospital, on March 21. An estimated 650 people
visited the opening day festival from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Photo
by Don Sessions)


Honorary Lap Leaders: The state champion Marietta High School
girls and boys cross country teams, led by All-State seniors...

First Response Experts Train in Domestic Violence Crimes

Friday, March 18th, 2016

Cops, Counselors, Nurses Team Up: Kristi Crutchfield Cox,
Licensed Professional Counselor (l), was one of 55 area
therapists, police officers, family service workers, and nursing
students training in domestic violence intervention from
Love County Victim Advocate Yolanda Gay (right) at
Mercy Health/Love County Hospital.


A packed house of 55 law enforcement and victim service workers convened at Mercy Health/Love County Hospital in March to train together in domestic violence...

County's Top Runners, Walkers Stepping Out At Trail Dedication

Saturday, March 12th, 2016


Rendering of future phase of Love County Legacy Park in Marietta. The
park's Recreational Trail opens officially at 8:30 a.m. Monday, March 21, 2016.

After a 10-day weather delay, the Love County Legacy Park Recreational Trail in Marietta will open Monday, March 21. Running and walking events for all ages will follow a ribbon cutting at 8:30 a.m.(See Schedule)

Some of Love County's top runners and walkers will lead participants and spectators on the honorary first lap around the 1/2-mile...

Trail Opening Rescheduled for March 21

Tuesday, March 8th, 2016


Soaked grounds and a forecast threatening more thunderstorms accompanied by lightning for Friday has caused organizers to set a new date for the planned dedication of the Legacy Park Recreational Trail.

The trail was to have been formally opened at 8:30 a.m. Friday, March 11. Instead, the dedication and full schedule of events will now take place on Monday, March 21. 


Schools and running and walking groups will participate as planned (See Schedule).

Heavy thunderstorms on Monday and...

Legacy Park Trail Opens March 11

Thursday, March 3rd, 2016


Schedule of Events For the Big Day 





Facts About Legacy Park Recreational Trail

Thursday, March 3rd, 2016


Finishing Touches: The trail is asphalted in February 2016 for
access to walkers, runners, bikers, skaters, and wheelchairs.
The trail is 10 feet wide and describes a 1/2 mile loop 
roughly following the perimters of the hospital complex.

The county's recreational trail at Legacy Park will be dedicated on Friday, March 11. The ribbon cutting is at 8:30 a.m. and will be followed by walking and running events for all ages throughout the day.

Legacy Park is a public health and fitness...

EMS Trench Gear Frees Trapped Victims

Friday, February 26th, 2016


When Utility Trench Collapses, EMS-Fire Brigade Responds

EMS Lifting Bags Hoist Cars

Friday, February 19th, 2016


EMS Lifting Bags Raise Heavy Objects

SOTC Medical Assistants Train at Clinic

Friday, February 19th, 2016


Graduates and Students: Clinic nurses Sierra Hinds, LPN,
and Lorena Salazar, RMA, have their pulse taken by medical
assistant students Daisy Sanchez and Stephany Flores. Hinds
and Salazar graduated from the SOTC program. Sanchez and
Flores are concurrent SOTC-Marietta High School seniors.

Unlike the groundhog, nurses in the medical clinic at Mercy Health/Love County always see shadows this time of year.

Spring semester brings selected Southern Oklahoma Technology Center students into the...

EMS Rescue Tools Cut Through Cars

Friday, February 12th, 2016


Trapped Motorists Rescued From Cars

Protective Clothing Shields Firefighters

Friday, February 5th, 2016



What is Turnout Gear or Bunker Gear?

Hospital Acquires Tornado Shelters

Friday, February 5th, 2016


Shelter in a Storm: A crane lowers a Survive-A-Storm
tornado shelter onto a concrete slab, as Mercy Health/
Love County makes provision for the safety of patients,
staff, and visitors. 

The 10 foot by 48 foot shelter, located on the east side of
the hospital, between the Therapy Building and the
Food Pantry, will hold 125 people. A smaller unit will serve
Mercy Love County Adult Day Center one block south.
(Photo by Don Sessions)

Education Fever Strikes Nursing Department

Friday, February 5th, 2016

Educated Nurses: Jennifer Hicks, RN, left, is working on a
master's degree in nursing from Oklahoma City University,
while Marie Ross, RN, earned recognition as "star student"
from the Kramer School of Nursing at OCU in 2015.

Education fever has struck the nursing department of Mercy Health/Love County Hospital. The study bug is pleasingly contagious.

Since 2014, one after another Registered Nurse from a two-year program has elevated her credentials with a four-year bachelor of science in...

EMS Aerial Ladder Deployed at Tall Buildings

Friday, January 29th, 2016


Aerial Ladder Fulfills a Tall Order

Firefighters Use Gas Detectors and Varied Fire Hose

Friday, January 22nd, 2016



Hospital's EMS-Fire Brigade Deploys With Essential Technology for Fire Suppression and Safety

Thermal Imaging Camera Finds Fire Hot Spots

Friday, January 15th, 2016


Hospital's EMS-Fire Brigade Locates Electrical Fire Risks with Heat-Sensing Camera

EMS Manikin Has Realistic Mouth, Eyes

Friday, January 8th, 2016



Facial Features of Manikin Mimic Real Life Assessments for Medics

Medics Open Airway on EMS Manikin

Friday, January 1st, 2016



Medics Practice Administering Oxygen Therapy to Unconscious "Patient"