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April 26th, 2013
The LeFlore County Health Department is soon to move into itâ€™s new multi-million-dollar facility located on Dewey Avenue in Poteau.
The current health department was built in the 1960s and has been constantly declining over the years since the department took possession of the building in 1991. The building was originally a nursing home and its dilapidated state was the driving force behind the new facility.
A new health facility that provides services to insured and non-insured patients regardless of their income has made itâ€™s home in Poteau.
The Health and Wellness Center, located at 204 Wall St., Suite A, is a branch of the Stigler-based company and opened its doors locally on October 15, 2012. The plan to find a home for a center in Poteau began several years ago.
For 63 years the Eastern Oklahoma Medical Center has been committed to providing quality health care to the families of southeastern Oklahoma. Its staff and leaders have remained dedicated to providing healthcare in a supportive and compassionate environment by combining state of the art medical technology with the personal touch of down home service.
Over the years, the facility has expanded to 84 beds with a dedicated staff providing comprehensive medical care to the nearly 50,000 residents of LeFlore County and the surrounding areas.
LeFlore County Emergency Medical Services has continued to grow since its inception in 1976. The service has seen expansion from a single ambulance with the administrative office located in the LeFlore County Courthouse to its current size of five stations and a fleet of eight ambulances and two quick-response emergency vehicles.
With a new home in Poteau completed a decade ago, the stations located in Spiro, Pocola and Heavener since have had a makeover from small homes or single-wide trailers to modern stations.
Choctaw Nation Health Services Authority is a prominent leader in providing â€śExcellence in Rural Health Careâ€ť in Southeastern Oklahoma.
Continuing to grow through the addition of new services and facility renovations, guarantees their patients receive the most up-to-date, quality healthcare available and improves patient access to care.
â€śAn Evening at the Galleryâ€ť â€” Poteau Rotary Wine and Arts Festival â€” will take place from 4-8 p.m. Saturday at the Donald W. Reynolds Center.
Admission is $20 online at www.poteaurotary.org or $25 at the door. You must be 21 to attend.
Attendees will be able to taste wines from seven Oklahoma wineries, ample gourmet food selections and peruse gallery artwork.
Entertainment will feature performances by local artists on two different stages and Poteau's Good Times Theatre.
Relay for Life of LeFlore County will kick off this yearâ€™s program at 5:30 p.m. Monday at Poteau City Hall.
The annual cancer awareness and fundraising walk is planned for Sept. 7 at Costner Stadium.
Mondayâ€™s kickoff will include information tables and a chance to meet other participants.
A short video entitled â€śWhat is Relayâ€ť will be shown.
For more information, call April Leathers at (580) 513-6533 or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org. More information is available at www.relayforlife.org/leflorecook.
Plans for a Cinco de Mayo festival in Poteau have been canceled.
Folks looking for traditional Mexican entertainment that weekend aren't out of luck, however.
Heavener Runestone Park will hold its Latin Flair Festival from 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday, May 4, according to organizer Mike Kennerson.
Poteau Main Street Matters dropped plans for it May 5 celebration because preparations fell behind schedule with the recent departure of executive director Kerri Powers, said new manager Eric Standridge.
Main Street Matters
P.O. Box 353 or 104 N. Witte Ave., Poteau, OK 74953
Contact: Eric Standridge, Program Manager at 918-647-8648
Historic Downtown Poteau: Preserving the Past â€¦ Planning for the Future. Downtown Poteau was developed as the business hub of the community in the early 1900s. We still have businesses that have been here since 1896 like Bridgmanâ€™s Furniture.
Poteau Kiwanis Club
700 S. Broadway, Poteau, OK 74953
Contact: Craig Hall, 918-647-4443
The Poteau Kiwanis Club is a service organization with a primary emphasis on serving the youth of our community.
The Kiwanis Club meets each Thursday at noon at the Western Sizzlin.
The Club has several events each year to serve Poteau and the surrounding community.
Each year, the Kiwanis Club puts on the Little Olympics in April, a popular event held at Costner Stadium, drawing elementary students from all over LeFlore County to Poteau for a fun evening of running and competing.