EOMC faced with surgical, obstetrical department shutdowns

Child birth and surgeries are on hold at Eastern Oklahoma Medical Center after a state-mandated shut down.According to EOMC Medical Director B. Don Schumpert, the shutdown was the result of an Oklahoma State Health Department visit. "Due to structural, mechanical and operational issues with the surgery department that was discovered during an Oklahoma State Health Department survey, EOMC has temporarily suspended operation of the surgical department," said Schumpert. "Unfortunately this also temporarily affects the obstetrical department in that, without surgical services, obstetric service cannot be offered."Schumpert said the hospital administration is taking action to correct the issues and the hospital is making sure affected patients find alternative treatment. "We are making every effort to correct these issues in the most expedient manner possible. We are contacting the patients directly affected by this decision and informing them of their options and assisting them in determining their health care needs so that there is no interruption in their care," said Schumpert."EOMC is dedicated to continuing to provide the best care possible to this community and we believe that the remodeling to be done in the surgical wing will enable us to continue to provide that care in a state of the art surgical facility."