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December 20, 2012

Neo changes officers

HULBERT — The Northeastern Oklahoma Community Health Centers Board of Directors made some officer changes during its regular monthly meeting at the Hulbert-based executive office site Tuesday.

Bobbie Davis will remain board chairwoman, while Dr. Breanna Batey will be vice chairwoman. Batey was serving as treasurer, but recently-appointed board member Sen. Jim Wilson accepted that role for 2013.

“Beverly Runnels will continue to be secretary,” said Davis. “We had some conflict with Tuesday and the 6 p.m. start time,” she said. “We’re now going to meet the fourth Thursday of the month at 6:30 [p.m.]”

The search for a new CEO is ongoing, but the list of candidates is now at six. The names of the candidates – other than Melissa Gower, David McClain and current acting NeoHealth CEO Scott Rosenthal – have not been released, Davis said.

“We have a total list of six candidates, but I’m not sure at this point and time if they want those names released,” said Davis. “The chairman of that committee has not given me that information, and I’m reluctant to give out that information without something from the committee. All of those people are still employed.”

Gower is the former group leader for Cherokee Nation Health Services, while McClain is the former chief operating officer for Tahlequah City Hospital. Rosenthal is currently vice president of TCH Physician Services.

No action was taken on hiring the CEO during the meeting, said Davis.

In other business, NeoHealth physician Dr. Paul Plowman, who specializes in obstetrics and gynecology, spoke to the board about a laparoscopic hysterectomy he recently performed.

According to a press release, Plowman conducted what is known as the second-most common procedure performed in the country, but moved the course of action to a new level using what is referred to as a single-port surgery.

Plowman is among only a handful of surgeons in the U.S. now performing these procedures.

“A single-port surgery is surgery that is literally performed through a single port, or incision, in a patient’s navel,” said Plowman.

Single-port surgery is a form of minimally invasive, or laparoscopic, surgery, which traditionally includes use of a telescopic rod connected to a video camera, or laparoscope, that is inserted through a  tiny cut or opening in the abdomen, per the press release.

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