Remarkables Resale Store Undergoes Renovations

Remarkables Resale Store Undergoes Renovations

Remarkables Resale Store, in downtown Tahlequah, has recently undergone a major renovation. The store, operated by the volunteers of Northeastern Health System, is now a beautiful mixture of new construction and historic features. “The tin ceiling, which had been painted numerous times throughout the years, was crumbling,” said Pamela Coonce, Remarkables manager. “It has now been restored and is a great feature of the store.” The three-month renovation is almost complete and the volunteers look forward to hosting a grand opening. “We are still accepting donations,” said Coonce. “They can be dropped off at Remarkables and we will pick them up daily. We accept clothes and house wears and look forward to opening the store with some very nice things.” All proceeds made from the sale of donated items are used to benefit Northeastern Health System, it’s staff and patients. The Auxiliary currently pays for medications and transportation for patients who need help, as well as provides scholarships to employees and equipment for the hospital. “We do this work because we know how important it is to offer quality healthcare to our rural city,” said Coonce. “Northeastern Health System has expanded so much that there is hardly any need to travel to a big city to get care.” Donations may be dropped off anytime at the back door of Remarkables, located at 114 S. Muskogee Ave., Tahlequah. Share...
Renowned Dermatologist Joins NHS Ft. Gibson Clinic

Renowned Dermatologist Joins NHS Ft. Gibson Clinic

Dermatologist, entrepreneur, teacher and man of God, Dr. Steven Smith, recently joined Northeastern Health System’s Ft. Gibson Clinic. “I am making a comeback,” said Smith. “After a brief retirement from 32 years of full-time dermatology practice, I am back.” Smith is restarting his career in Ft. Gibson and is currently taking new patients. “I am very excited about my new affiliation with Northeastern Health System,” said Smith. “These caring, compassionate and well organized people will make it a joy for my patients to be seen– and worth the 45 minute drive from Broken Arrow.” Smith graduated from Indiana University Medical School and became board certified in Dermatology and Internal Medicine in the early 1980’s. His philosophy is to combine the healing streams of traditional and natural medicine with prayer, keeping Psalms 103 at the forefront of his practice. “I am seeking to restore excellence in caring for the patient in a setting of good customer service,” said Smith. “Everyone I’ve met [at NHS] has been so helpful and positive. That is very refreshing in the current healthcare environment.”In 1985, Smith was employed by Oral Roberts University School of Medicine, where he formed the section of Dermatology in the Department of Internal Medicine. He taught dermatology curriculum to third-year medical students before becoming the Clinical Director of dermatology instruction for fourth-year medical student electives. In 1988, he opened his own dermatology clinic, which soon became a multi-million dollar company. Two years later he founded Loma Lux Laboratories, known as Plymouth Pharmaceuticals, Inc., which developed and marketed a new line of eight oral over-the-counter products and four prescription products for treatment...
NHS “Cafeteria Lady” Helps Feed Tahlequah’s Hungry Children

NHS “Cafeteria Lady” Helps Feed Tahlequah’s Hungry Children

In 2003, a little boy in Oklahoma City fainted in his school lunch line due to lack of food over the weekend. This event prompted the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma to create the Food for Kids Backpack Program. NHS’s self-proclaimed “Cafeteria Lady,” Ruth Stell, decided to help feed children in Tahlequah by collecting nearly $1,000 for the Tahlequah backpack program. “If you’ve ever visited the NHS cafeteria, you would remember Ruth,” said Mark McCroskey, VP of Operations. “She is a remarkable woman with an incredibly giving heart.” The program provides chronically hungry children with backpacks filled with non-perishable, nutritious, kid-friendly, shelf-stable food to sustain them over weekends and school holidays. During the 2015-2016 school year, the Backpack Program served 18,816 elementary school students attending 512 schools across 53 central and western Oklahoma counties, providing more than 2 million meals for chronically hungry children. “There are starving children all over the world,” said Stell, “and it’s good to work to feed them, but with seventeen percent of all Oklahoma children living in poverty, we need to feed our children right here at home too.” Stell began taking donations, selling recipes and crocheting items for sell in the NHS cafeteria. Soon she had raised $900 to donate to the local backpack program. “You should always give back. So many people are less fortunate than most of us, so we should help out if we can,” said Stell. “If I can fill one belly, then yay!” Photo Caption: The NHS “Cafeteria Lady,” Ruth Stell, right, raised nearly $1,000 for the Tahlequah Backpack Program. Here she is seen donating the money to...
NHS Welcomes New EMS Director

NHS Welcomes New EMS Director

Northeastern Health System is happy to announce Mike Cates as the new Director of Emergency Services. Mike replaces long-time director David Carroll who will oversee the Wound Management Center, as well as maintenance on the ambulances. Cates previously spent 25 years working for Muskogee County EMS, a job that has prepared him well for this new role. “I have had several mentors growing up in this business,” he said. “I have worked with some very good doctors, medics and nurses over the years that have all influenced me in my career.” Cates chose NHS because he was impressed with the size and the family atmosphere. “I treat everyone the same,” he said. “Ever patient is someone’s family. I treat them the exact same way I would want my family member treated.” Cates plans to increase the education of the NHS EMS team, which will in turn, provide better health care for patients. “Patients should choose NHS because we are a caring service,” said Cates. “Our technology is growing with leaps and bounds.   There’s no question that our care at NHS will rival any other hospital our size in the country.” The administration, providers and staff at Northeastern Health System strive to provide convenient and affordable access to a full range of services, including many primary and specialty care services, and consider it a privilege to serve the community. “I would like to thank Muskogee County EMS for the years of experience and knowledge that I gained while working there, and all the relationships that I built while there,” said Cates, “and I would like to thank Northeastern Health Systems...
National HIM Week

National HIM Week

We want to say THANK YOU to our HIM staff for the amazing work they do every day! Happy HIM week! Health information management (HIM), an allied health profession, leads efforts to ensure the availability, accuracy, integrity, and security of all data related to patient healthcare encounters. This results in better clinical and business decisions that enhance healthcare quality. They play a key role in the effective management of health data necessary to deliver quality healthcare to the public. Share...