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Dizzy Days?

Are you dizzy? Feel unsteady or have ringing in your ears? Do you have difficulty riding in the backseat of a car? Is it difficult to walk a straight line or balance on one foot? You may have a vestibular problem. These symptoms can be caused by an inner ear problem, pathology in the neck, Menier’s Disease, labyrinthitis or benign parosysmal positional vertigo.

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Pharmacy News, October 2012

  •  Visit our new, convenient drive-thru at the Little Axe location for refill drop off or pick up!! 
  •  As of January 1, 2012, Oklahoma State Law mandates that a current, state issued photo ID be on file for both the patient and the representative picking up for EVERY fill of ANY controlled medication. 
  •  Deliveries of controlled medications will no longer be allowed. 
  •  Both Shawnee and Little Axe pharmacy locations fill prescriptions for members of all tribes, but outside prescription orders are restricted to Absentee Shawnee Tribal citizens with established charts. 
  •  If you would like to receive a text message to your cell phone when your medications are ready for pick-up, please alert the pharmacy staff and provide us with a current cell phone number. 
  •  The following are a few tips to help us be more efficient in our delivery of pharmacy services to you: 
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Prescription Take Back Day

Prescription “Take Back Day” is being held Saturday, September 29 from 10 am to 2 pm at the Shawnee Mall.


If you have unused or unwanted prescription drugs, they will be accepted and properly disposed of. 

Little Axe Health Center Landscaping Update

As many of you know, the Little Axe Clinic opened to patient care on April 30 of this year. During the past couple of months since the clinic opened, we have had numerous compliments on the building but many complaints about the lawn.  Most of the complaints are about the tall grass and weeds. Right now, we are unable to do anything with the grass and weeds due to the contract we have with the company who placed the landscaping around the clinic. 

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Improving Patient Care at AST Medical Clinics

Following the grand opening of our extraordinary Little Axe Health Center, there are some equally important changes happening to the way we will be delivering care throughout the AST medical clinics. Rest assured that like the new building, these changes are aimed squarely at providing increasingly better patient care. One new initiative is appropriately named Improving Patient Care (or IPC for short.) 

IPC was developed by the Indian Health Service (IHS) to fundamentally transform the quality of care it provides. While the IPC model is uniquely designed to improve the problems in Indian Health clinics, this approach is based on the best practices of the health care quality improvement field. Started under the leadership of former CEO Gary Wabaunsee and continued by the leadership of head clinical administrator and interim CEO Beverly Felton, our clinical staff has begun training and implementation of this exciting IPC model.  

While the effects of IPC generally start small and expand gradually, there are a few changes that you should expect to see in the next few weeks to months at our medical clinics…

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Changes in Pharmacy Mail-Out Program

Prescription drug abuse is on the rise, not only in Oklahoma but around the entire United States. Oklahoma leads the nation in both prescription painkiller abuse and related deaths. Native Americans in Oklahoma are at the same level as the general population when it comes to prescription painkiller abuse and deaths. Painkiller abuse and related deaths are highest among Whites and Native Americans, about three times higher those of Blacks and Hispanics. Because of this abuse and related deaths due to prescription painkillers, the Absentee Shawnee Tribal Health Board of Directors voted at their recent monthly meeting to approve the pharmacy department request to stop the practice of mailing narcotics to out-of-state addresses.  
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Little Axe Health Center Adds Women's Health

Women’s health services have been added to the Public Health Nursing department at the Little Axe Health Center.  Jackie Odell, APRN, CNP and Misty Clouse, RN have been added to provide complete preventative and disease care for women of all ages.  Jackie, the Nurse Practitioner, sees patients Monday through Friday 8:00AM to 4:30 PM.

Preventative care includes pap smears, mammography, breast exams, rectal exams and education for healthy living.  Sexually transmitted disease education, STD testing and treatment are also provided.  Other medical services provided include treatment for abnormal and/or painful menstrual cycles, postmenopausal disorders, and hormone replacement.

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New Website

We've freshly redesigned the AST Health System website.  It's still a work in progress, but we hope it will soon be providing you with news you want to see and information and tips to improve your health.  If you have feedback, good or bad, let us know.

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