August 13th, 2013
Beginning Oct. 1, Eastern Oklahoma Medical Center will be one of 2,225 hospitals nationwide to be penalized by the Centers For Medicare and Medicaid Services as part of the Affordable Care Act program targeting hospital readmission rates, according to CMS.
â€śThirty-day readmissions have been a problem identified by CMS for a hospital performance improvement,â€ť said EOMC CEO Mike Carter. â€śIt was estimated that one in five Medicare beneficiaries were readmitted within 30 days of the initial admission and discharge.â€ť
Terrell McIntosh, 52, died Sunday, Aug. 11, 2013, in Tulsa.
Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 14, in the New Talihina Cemetery with Gary McCutchan officiating.Â Arrangements are under the direction of Talihina Funeral Home.
Alfie L. Cooper, 81, of Spiro died Friday, Aug. 9, 2013.
Services will be held at noon Wednesday, Aug. 14, in the Mallory-Martin Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Forest park Cemetery, Fort Smith, Ark.
A wake will be held from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. An online guestbook is available at www.mallorymartinfuneralhome.com
Mary Lou House, 69, of Heavener died Sunday, Aug. 11, 2013, in Heavener. Mary was born July 24, 1944, in Big Cedar to James Lewis and Allie Elizabeth (Roberts) Branscum. She was a dietary specialist at Eastern Oklahoma Medical Center. Mary was preceded in death by her parents; son, Jeffery Stewart; five sisters and two brothers.
Leon Barnes, 79, of Cameron died Saturday, Aug. 10, 2013, in Fort Smith, Ark. He was born, Oct. 21, 1933, in Pocola to Cooper Minor and Ruby Kathryn (Martin) Barnes. He was a rancher and a member of the First Baptist Church of Pocola.
Leon is preceded in death by his parents; wife Linda (Cunningham) Barnes; daughter Vanessa Barnes; sister Linda Kathryn; two brothers, Travis Gene and Bobby Ray.
Betty L. Shockley, 77, of Poteau died Saturday, Aug. 10, 2013, in Poteau.
Betty was born Jan. 2, 1936, in Clint, Texas, to Jesse B. and Bernice (Frey) Nichols. She was a homemaker who enjoyed spending time with her Facebook friends and researching family genealogy. Betty was preceded in death by her husband, Melvin E. Shockley; her parents; and sister, Evelyn Nichols.
While summer will not end until next month, for all intents and purposes it really has â€” at least for me.
The 2013 fall high school fast-pitch softball season and baseball season will get under way this week.
So, officially my summer ended on Monday when I went up to cover the opening day of the Pocola Invitational â€” as well as photograph two high school football teams' opening day of practice.
All I can say is, â€śLet the games begin.â€ť
Questionnaires, Team Photographs Needed
Poteau High School students who will participate in extra-curricular activities this upcoming school year will have their drug testing take place this month inside the senior hall of the high school.
Drug testing will take place from 8 a.m. to noon Wednesday.
Cost is $10 cash per student.
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Registration is open for the 2013 LeFlore County Express Fall Soccer League.
Registration can be done through the Internet at www.leflorecountysoccer.com.
Late registration cost per child is $40.
Payment method details are available at the website.
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