By ROB W. ANDERSON
The Northeastern Oklahoma Community Health Centers Board of Directors discussed recent interactions with state legislators and other health center boards, and met two facility providers, during Thursday’s meeting at the executive office site.
The Westville clinic now has a full-time nurse practitioner, and Daphany Parker has been visiting with businesses and community members. Parker was raised in Checotah, is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma, and has been a nurse practitioner for six years.
“I like Westville. It’s been a pretty good experience so far,” she said. “I’ve been going to some of the businesses. I’ve started to get my hair cut there. I’m trying to meet up with people and make myself known. Dean, down at the pharmacy, is absolutely wonderful. It’s a good little town.”
Dr. James Meyers has been with NeoHealth since October 2011, helping develop and prepare the pharmacy services that officially launched last month. Meyers, who lives in Tulsa, told board members he has been in practice for over 35 years, and that everybody calls him “Boone.”
“I’m glad to have the opportunity to come down and help Neo get its pharmacy started. We’re growing slowly, but surely,” said Meyers. “Things are looking up for us. I’m glad to be here.”
Hours for the Hulbert NeoHealth Pharmacy, 124 E. Main St., are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays.
NeoHealth CEO Scott Rosenthal talked about at trip he and several facility administrators made to the state capitol to participate in the Oklahoma Primary Care Association Legislative Breakfast.
Rosenthal said the group met with State Reps. Mike Brown, D-Tahlequah; Arthur] Hulbert, R-Fort Gibson; and William Fourkiller, D-Stilwell; and Sens. Kim David, R-Wagoner, Earl Garrison, D-Muskogee; and Wayne Shaw, R-Grove.
“We had several folks from administration go, and several board members attend. We had a great representation there. It was one of our first times to attend an OKPCA function,” Rosenthal said.
“The legislators were very kind in giving us the time they could, but both houses were in session. So we had to dash in and out between different bills they were voting on.”
NeoHealth board members traveled to McAlester March 26 to attend a OKPCA board training seminar, Rosenthal added.
“It was a good meeting. I thought we learned a lot,” he said. “I think we had good interaction with some of the other people who were there.”
NeoHealth Board Member JoAnn Bradley said being able to meet and talk with board members from other towns and organizations was enlightening.