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How do I make an appointment for an exam?

To make an appointment, please call our scheduling department at (918) 772-4588.

How can I get copies of my medical records and/or films?

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How do I contact a patient?

Family and friends may call between 7:00 am to 9:00 pm by dialing (918) 453-0641 to be forwarded to the appropriate room.

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A Healthy Message from Northeastern Health System-Tahlequah Chief of Staff Dr. Brent Rotton.

More than 45 million Americans suffer from chronic, recurring headaches. Every year, doctors’ offices are flooded with visits triggered by headaches. June 2-8 has been declared National Headache Awareness Week in order to help people understand what makes their head ache, and how to get relief.

A migraine is a throbbing, one-sided pain that often causes nausea and keeps people from functioning in their work or personal life.  About 30 million Americans suffer from this treatable neuro-biological disorder. Yet, it is estimated that more than half of all people who have migraine headaches have never been diagnosed and are failing to take advantage of the relief that is available today.

Migraines aren’t the only kind of headache to disrupt daily routines.  Tension, sinus and a variety of other headaches can impact the overall quality of life. If you’re bothered by headaches, a headache log can help in identifying triggers that bring on headaches as well as pinpointing the location and type of pain. Even if prevention isn’t always possible, there are new products on the market that can bring relief from all kinds of headaches.


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If you suffer from headaches that interfere with your ability to work or enjoy your daily life, the National Headache Foundation offers a list of 10 steps to take:


  • Seek help. Be a self-advocate. Migraines are a disease and deserve the same care and attention as any health problem.
  • Educate yourself about migraines so you will know how to best work with your doctor to manage your disease.
  • Visit a doctor specifically about your headaches. This lets your doctor know the problem is serious and not just an afterthought. If your primary care physician doesn’t treat migraines, search for a physician who does.
  • Prepare for your physician visit. Keep a headache diary showing when your headaches occurred, how long they lasted, the severity of the pain and any possible triggers. Document the impact on your life in terms of missed work or skipped social activities.
  • Have reasonable expectations for treatment. While migraines cannot be cured at this time, there are effective treatment plans available.
  • Be honest with the doctor treating your headache about any medications (prescription and over the counter) you take and other medical conditions you experience.
  • Focus on solutions. Be positive.
  • Ask for detailed instructions on taking medications, and follow them. Get documentation about how often and how to take prescribed medications.
  • Partner with your physician. Share communication as you follow the treatment plan.
  • Follow-up regularly with your physician. Typically, physicians may want you to pursue a treatment plan for about three months and then schedule a return appointment to evaluate the treatment’s effectiveness.

Headaches are legitimate biological disorders, not psychological conditions.  If headaches are serious and often enough to interfere with your life, it’s time to schedule a visit with your doctor.

News from Northeastern Health System

SMH Enters Management Contract with NHS

Northeastern Health System (NHS), Tahlequah, recently partnered with Sequoyah Memorial Hospital (SMH), Sallisaw, soon to be re-branded as Northeastern Health System Sequoyah. This agreement will maintain the small-town values and community model that patients have come to love and respect. The agreement will have many benefits for both facilities, including the knowledge and experience of Julie Ward, who will serve as NHS Sequoyah’s CEO. Ward brings more than 20 years of rural healthcare experience, having worked at Northeastern Health System since 1995, in which time she earned her CPA and worked her way up to Vice President of Finance. Her ties to Sallisaw and the surrounding communities run deep. She lived right across the street from the hospital, graduated from Northeastern State University, and currently lives in Vian. “I am very excited for this opportunity,” said Ward. “Continuing to remain profitable in today’s environment is the biggest challenge all hospitals face. My heart is in this community and I am excited to bring the knowledge I have gained at NHS to NHS Sequoyah.” With the change in payment plans from Medicare and Medicaid, as well as higher insurance deductibles, many smaller healthcare facilities are finding it difficult to maintain a positive bottom line. Partnering with larger health systems is often a way to continue offering services in rural settings. “We want patients in our surrounding communities to have the best care possible,” said Brian Woodliff, NHS President and CEO. “We can help bring new services and specialties to SMH, while maintaining small–town values that are unique to our management style. This is a win for everyone.” The agreement will... read more

Stout Named NHS Director of the Year

Northeastern Health System recently named Director of Patient and Public Relations, Erielle Stout, as the 2017 Department Director of the Year. Stout was chosen from among more than 50 qualified directors for her strong work ethic and commitment to the health system, as well as for the results of her work. “Erielle always exemplifies leadership and commitment,” said Executive Vice President and Hospital Administrator, Jim Berry. “She doesn’t look to the left or right to see who is with her. She decides that she is all in and welcomes those who want to work on that task with her. If she’s the only one then she is ok doing it on her own.” One of Stout’s job responsibilities is improving the patient satisfaction, or HCAHPS, scores. Through her work with patients, their family members, and the staff, HCAHPS overall scores at NHS improved by almost 20 percent in the past year and a half. “We believe this increase is a direct result of the changes we made by creating a Public Relations and Patient Satisfaction position, filled by Erielle,” said Berry. “She works closely with all departments throughout the hospital to make sure we are exceeding patient expectations at all times. She makes daily customer service rounds to speak with patients, their family members and staff, in an effort to manage the expectation of care for patients and talking up the various departments reflected on the survey.” Stout began her career with NHS, then known as Tahlequah City Hospital, in 2012. She served as a nurse aide on the Medical/Surgical Unit before moving to the clerk position on the... read more

Experts Advise Adding Nurses to Hospital Boards

A recent article in “Trustee Magazine,” suggests adding a nurse to a hospital board of trustees is an often overlooked position. With 3.6 million nurses in the United States, only 5 percent of hospital trustees are nurses. Northeastern Health System falls within that five percent with the addition of Nurse Carol Choate, who has served on the hospital board of trustees for 15 years. “Nurses have a comprehensive understanding of patient care that helps drive decision making, whether it be about quality, finance or outcomes,” said VP of System Clinical Operations at NHS, Amy Williams. “As healthcare continues to evolve, it is important to have a collaborative approach, and nurses must have a seat at the table.” The contributions nurses make as board members in hospitals are quantifiable. “A University Health System Consortium analysis found a correlation between the number of nurse trustees at hospitals and better performance in both quality and safety. Having a nurse on the board also creates a work environment that leads to higher retention rates for staff nurses. “Staff level clinical representation is valuable,” said NHS VP of Patient Care, Donna Dallis. “Carol is able to look at it from the board, the hospital, the community and the staff’s perspective.” The traditional board makeup has leaned heavily on trustees with financial backgrounds, such as bankers and business executives. But that focus on the balance sheet and developing new lines of business has needed adjustment over the past decade as payers such as Medicare and many large insurers have begun demanding quality-of-care information and improvement. Nurses, who spearhead many quality improvement initiatives, are also tied... read more

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