Tahlequah Daily Press

March 4, 2013

NeoHealth clinics set new benchmark


TAHLEQUAH — Members of the Northeast Oklahoma Community Health Centers Board of Directors met on Thursday to discuss the search for a permanent CEO and other issues.

The search remains ongoing, and a change was made to the agency’s concealed weapons policy, said Board Chair Bobbie Davis.

“We are still actively involved in the selection process of a full time CEO and believe this is a process and decision that cannot be hurried,” she said.

“A change in the weapons policy was made to allow uniformed, off-duty officers to continue to carry their firearms.”

Acting CEO Scott Rosenthal noted the clinics experienced a benchmark month in January, with a record 1,891 patients being treated, and that an application for possible support funding was authorized.

“Our application to the Oklahoma State Department of Health Office of Primary Care in Rural Health Development for a grant of uncompensated funds was approved. We’ve not participated in this for years, and we’re not sure what we might get out of it,” he said

 “[We] contacted the OKPCA office [Wednesday] in Oklahoma City and we’re allowed to go back to July 2012 to apply for these funds. We have the paperwork, and we’ll go through the process. We’re hoping there are some funds there for us.”

A new nurse practitioner has been hired to provide services in the Westville clinic, according to Davis.

“With this addition, NEO will have a full-time provider in all offices, including the new Muskogee Health Center,” she said.