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1st Wednesday of the Month

Wednesday, May 5, 2017, all of the AST health facilities will be closed from 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM for administrative purposes.  The PlusCare Clinic and Shawnee Clinic Extended Hour services will open at 5:00 PM and both will remain open till 9:00 PM with the last patient accepted at 8:30 PM. 


Drug Take-Back Day 4/28

Turn in your unused or expired medication(s) for safe disposal at the Absentee Shawnee Tribal Police Department on April 28, 2017, from 11 AM to 3 PM.  This is a partnership sponsored by the MyDNA (My Drug-Free Native America) Program/Partnership for Success.  Also, there will be free medication lock boxes - making them available to protect your children, your family and the environment.  For more information, please call (405)701-7993.

Shawnee Clinic Blood Drive 4/28

The Oklahoma Blood Institute has been "Saving the Lives of Oklahomans since 1977" and they will be visiting the AST Shawnee Clinic on Friday, April 28, 2017, from 9 AM to noon.  If you would like to sign up, please email Ms. Chelsea Cope at or call (405)878-5850 or just look for the bloodmobile.  Please come and help us reach our goal!

AST Health Day 4/28

AST Health Day for AST members is to be held on Friday, April 28, 2017 from 8 am to 5 pm. Appointments preferred but walk-ins are welcomed.  Please use CODE: ASTHEALTHDAY at registration for:  acute medical care at Shawnee Clinic Same-Day & PlusCare Clinic, dental at Little Axe Health Center's Dental Department and for vision at the Optometry Department at the PlusCare Clinic building.  These services are not in lieu of your regular, more comprehensive medical, dental or vision appointments but to offer additional access for our AST members.

Spring Cleaning Tips from Diabetes & Wellness

April is a month of renewal, as we are feeling the seasonal changes that come with the spring rains. Use your spring cleaning energy to improve your overall health and well-being by taking stock of the foods you allow into your home.  Consider cleaning out your home food storage areas.  The best diet is the "Don't Buy it ". Purge your pantry; frisk your fridge and freezer! Imagine patting your home food storage areas down for weapons of  diet destruction.


Good Friday

Friday, 4/14, all AST Health facilities will be closed for Good Friday except the PlusCare Clinic. PlusCare will be open 9 AM - 5 PM (last patient accepted @ 4:30 PM).
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Shawnee Clinic Closing Reminder 4/5

On Wednesday, April 5th, the Shawnee Clinic, as well as the rest of the health system, will close at the noon hour for health's first of the month administrative duties.  Shawnee Clinic will not re-open at 5:00 P.M.  The Extended Hours service will be closed on this particular evening and will re-open the following business day.  However, if you need to be seen for an acute illness or injury on the evening of the April 5th, you can be seen at the PlusCare Clinic, 15702 East State Highway 9, Norman, OK 73026, or call (405)447-0477.  They will re-open at 5:00 P.M. and remain open until 9:00 P.M. with the last patient accepted at 8:30 P.M.


Absentee Shawnee Tribal Member Updates

Beginning on April 3, 2017, the Absentee Shawnee Tribal Health System's Contract Health Services Department will be mailing to Absentee Shawnee Tribal members a form to update their information and make any changes necessary.  This is in effort for CHS to better serve tribal members for their coordination of benefits.  Please return the requested information by June 1, 2017.  If you should have any questions, please contact Melinda Ferrell at or call (405)701-7175.



Women and Diabetes


Diabetes can be especially hard on women. The burden of diabetes on women is unique because the disease can affect both mothers and their unborn children.  Diabetes can cause difficulties during pregnancy such as a miscarriage or baby born with birth defects. Women with diabetes are also more likely to have a heart attack, and at a younger age, then women without diabetes. For more information please call AST Diabetes & Wellness at 405-701-7977.  This is a message from the American Diabetes Association and AST Diabetes &  Wellness Program.


Building Blocks III Open House

Building Blocks III Child Development Center in Little Axe will host a ribbon cutting ceremony and an open house on April 6, 2017 at 4:00 P.M.  Please join them for refreshments, games and informational booths. 



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