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Hospital Pharmacist Promotes Drug Knowledge

Posted on Friday, June 22nd, 2018

Hospital CT Upgraded to 16-Slice Scanner

Posted on Friday, June 22nd, 2018

Radiology technologist Rick Stephens shows the hospital's new GE
16 slice CT scanner.


Mercy Health/Love County recently upgraded its CT scanner from a 4 slice scanner to a 16 slice scanner. 

“The 16 slice CT scanner is a lot faster,” said radiology director Rick Stephens, “and the images are clearer.” !-- [if !supportLineBreakNewLine]-- !--[endif]--

That high speed reduces the patients’ exposure to x-ray radiation and the amount of time they spend in the unit. The time difference is important, since patients need to hold their breath for the length of the scan. 

“It took an average of 40-45 seconds for an abdominal scan with the 4 slice CT. With the 16 slice CT we do the test in 15 seconds,” Stephens said. 

The scanner looks like a large doughnut set on end. During the scan, the patient lies on a bed that slides slowly back and forth beneath the opening of the scanner to allow the scanner to take internal pictures of the body. 

The new CT scanner takes 16 two-dimensional images – or slices – during each revolution, and each slice is less than a millimeter wide. The system’s computer “stacks” the information from the slices into 3-D images. 

The CT scans are transmitted electronically to a radiologist in Ardmore for interpretation. Results are delivered within 24 hours. Emergency reads can be accomplished within 30 minutes for trauma patients in the emergency room. 

The equipment, Stephens said, is used mainly to look at internal injuries,...

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State's Top Medicare Volunteer Helping Our Seniors

Posted on Monday, June 18th, 2018

Teamwork Saving Seniors Money on Medicare: Don Sessions (r) of
Falconhead Resort, has been recognized by the Oklahoma Insurance
Department as the state's top Medicare volunteer for 2017. He meets with
seniors to tell them about Medicare choices that can save them money,
especially on prescriptions. As a public service, the Marietta Pharmacy,
represented by pharmacist Jenny Hambrick, provides a consultation
room for Sessions, and Mercy Health/Love County Hospital, represented
by administrator Richard Barker, furnishes a laptop computer for the
room. Since 2008, Sessions has counseled 2,165 people and they
saved $1.2 million.

The top Medicare volunteer in Oklahoma is Don Sessions of Falconhead.  Sessions recently received a certificate award from the Oklahoma Insurance Department for helping more people than any other Medicare counselor in 2017.

He is one of 125 volunteers in the department’s Medicare Assistance Program (MAP). Last year Sessions individually helped 417 Marietta area residents better understand their Medicare benefits as well as learn about the choices they can make each year that would save them money or provide them with better coverage.

Since 2008, Sessions has assisted 2,615 people who altogether saved $1.2 million. That averages $475 a year per person, but individual savings sometimes total thousands of dollars.

There is no cost for using MAP, and MAP volunteers are not paid.

Sessions assists people by reviewing their current medication list...

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Maintenance Engineer Handles Growing Physical Plant

Posted on Friday, June 15th, 2018

Computer Doctor Stays Well Connected

Posted on Friday, June 8th, 2018

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