Posted on Monday, February 5th, 2024
Marnetta Dorsey, Albert Bearden, and Blake Scott show off
the new x-ray equipment in the Radiology Department.
Other technologists serving patients are Curtis Hembree and
The radiology department at Mercy Health Love County in Marietta is bustling with new equipment, a new service, and new people.
Last December, the old x-ray equipment was taken out and replaced with a brand new Del Medical OTC 18 table, wall stand, and imaging device. The device is mounted to an overhead crane and moves on vertical and horizontal tracks to swing into the best position for the x-ray exam.
“There are not as many manual steps,” said Blake Scott, a registered Radiologic Technologist and director of radiology, as he demonstrated how easily the x-ray tube tilts and turns at a touch. After that, like an automatic camera, the system automatically focuses and centers on an image receptor.
An x-ray technologist then sends a stream of photons from the x-ray tube through the body part being examined. The energy casts an image of the bone or organ onto a receptor film located in a cassette mounted to the bottom of the table.
Bones can clearly be seen on x-rays so doctors rely on them to look for bone fractures or breaks. They also look at x-rays of various organs, such as lungs, heart, and intestines if wanting help in diagnosing disease. X-rays are painless and the patient wears street clothes or a hospital gown for the procedure.
Another type of imaging, ultrasound, is...
Posted on Monday, January 15th, 2024
Have you wanted to shop for a less-expensive Medicare Supplemental (Medigap) Plan but been turned down by insurers due to your health status?
Under a new rule in Oklahoma, Medicare beneficiaries already enrolled in a Medigap plan can now change plans each year without answering a health questionnaire. A “medical underwriting exception” was implemented last fall by the Oklahoma Insurance Department.
It is called the Oklahoma Medigap Birthday Rule because it can be utilized only around the insured’s birthday each year.
One citizen saved almost $500 a month by invoking the Birthday Rule during her birthday month last December. The 75-year-old kidney transplant patient is unable to pass a health questionnaire any other time of the year. But with medical underwriting off the table, her rates plummeted. Instead of paying $619 a month in premiums, she is now paying $140 a month. She successfully changed plans with her same insurance company, in her case choosing to go from Plan F to Plan G.
Beginning on your birthday, you will have 60 calendar days to change your current Medigap policy to one of equal or lesser coverage with no medical questions asked. You can change plans with your current insurance company or, if more cost-effective, change insurance companies.
According to the Oklahoma Insurance Department, an example of changing to a plan of equal value is going from one Plan G to another Plan G. An example of changing to a plan of lesser value is going...
Posted on Monday, December 18th, 2023
Marietta - December 18, 2023:
Giant Food Distribution: With the 53’ long Feed the Children truck in the background at the Mercy Health Love County Growers Market Monday, some of the 25 volunteers who distributed food and resource packages to eligible Love County families take a bow. They are senior students in the ACT Prep class at Turner High School, and include Kadence Wiley, Jaci Hartman, Josey Cavitt, Braylee Foster, Adison Lee, and Peyton Abernathy. At back are Feed the Children Event Manager Aaron Hazel, Chief Corporate and External Affairs Officer Bob Thomas, and Turner High School teacher Brian Sanders. The Feed the Children truck driver (not shown) was Dillon Khal.
Mercy Health Love County and Feed the Children, a leading anti-hunger organization, partnered for a resource rally to distribute food, daily essentials, and resources to 400 pre-identified Love County families Monday, December 18, at the Growers Market Building on hospital grounds.
In the drive-through event, each participating family received a 25-pound box of food such as canned vegetables, cereal, peanut butter, macaroni and cheese, and additional shelf-stable food items; 15-pound box of essentials like shampoo, razors, lotion, toothpaste, laundry detergent, and feminine hygiene products; a dignity box filled with Avon products; children's books and toys.
The hospital's licensed food pantry serving the hungry and food insecure of Love County, led by Lula Finch, and the...
Posted on Thursday, December 14th, 2023
Marietta, OK (Dec. 14, 2023) - Mercy Health Love County and Feed the Children, a leading anti-hunger organization, are partnering for a resource rally to distribute food, daily essentials, and resources to 400 pre-identified Love County families Monday, December 18, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Growers Market Building, 466 Legacy Park Lane.
Each participating family will receive a 25-pound box of food such as canned vegetables, cereal, peanut butter, macaroni and cheese, and additional shelf-stable food items; 15-pound box of essentials like shampoo, razors, lotion, toothpaste, laundry detergent, and feminine hygiene products; a dignity box filled with Avon products; children's books and toys.
The hospital's licensed food pantry serving the hungry and food insecure of Love County, and the Senior Volunteer Program of Love County, which operates the county's food commodity distribution program, are assisting with the event. They pre-identified families regularly served in their feeding programs for eligibility.
"It is only through partnership that we can reach at-risk families during the holiday season," said Travis Arnold, president and CEO of Feed the Children. "No child should go without, and Feed the Children is thankful for our partnerships that can help ease the burden many families are facing."
This holiday season, the Oklahoma City-based nonprofit has a goal of delivering 10 million meals as part of the No Hunger Holidays campaign to help children,...
Posted on Monday, December 11th, 2023
Dollar Tree Award: Love County Chamber of Commerce President Kendra
Tucker presented a 20-year plaque on September 23, 2023, to Rick Pyron,
General Manager of Dollar Tree’s Marietta Regional Distribution Center.
Two major employers in Love County, Dollar Tree, Inc., and WinStar World Casino and Resort, marked their 20th anniversaries in 2023.
Dollar Tree’s Marietta Regional Distribution Center opened in May 2003 and currently employs 485 people. Carmen Aldaba Chavez, Charlotte Butler, Keisha Halstied, Beverly Morris, Ramon Vega Neave, Mark Sampson, Clifton Wright, and Vanessa Wright have been there from the beginning.
The workers sort and ship products to all Dollar Tree variety stores in Oklahoma, Kansas, New Mexico and Texas, and portions of multiple other states. Semitrailer trucks roll in and out of the tract at the interchange of Interstate 35 and State Highway 32 day and night.
At a 20-year celebration on September 23, 2023, Kendra Tucker, representing the Love County Chamber of Commerce, thanked Dollar Tree employees for their participation in community charitable events and celebrations.
Tucker said in recent years, the business paid an average of $500,000 annually in property taxes that are used to fund schools, the health department, and county government, among other entities. “Dollar Tree is making a way for hundreds of families to have the tools necessary to thrive,” she said.
Tucker, the owner of Marietta Abstract Company, then revealed that...