Announcements

NOTICE: WEEKLY COVID-19 DRIVE-THRU & ANTIBODY TESTING   LITTLE AXE HEALTH CENTER, 405.447.0300 COVID-19 Drive-thru testing available on Tuesdays from 5:30 pm-7:30 pm ANTIBODY testing available on Thursdays from 4:30 pm-6:30 pm   SHAWNEE CLINIC, 405.878.5850 COVID-19 Drive-thru testing available on Wednesdays from 5:30 pm-7:30 pm Testing is open to the public. For inquiries regarding testing please call: 405.695.1787   For Your Visit PLEASE... Bring proper idenification Remain in your vehicle   For Antibody Testing... Wear a mask Be prepared to have blood drawn Those not being tested will not be allowed entry into the clinic Testing is available to anyone ages 10 and older  
Youth Virtual Suicide Prevention Talent Show Open to Native Youth ages 12-24 years old. Participants wanting to enter may request the talent show paperwork from Margo @ 405.701.7995 or mwahpekeche@astribe.com. All videos and release forms are due by July 16th @5pm. Each participant will receive a prize and all videos will be posted to social media. 
Great news! AST Health will begin offering Drive-Thru COVID-19 testing today and tomorrow for Absentee Shawnee Tribal(AST) members from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM. Testing will take place at both Little Axe Health Center & Shawnee Clinic locations. This event will continue next week for AST members and all other health system patients and AST employees within the following weeks. For more info, please call the 24/7 AST Health System LIVE COVID-19 Info Line at 405.695.1787.
Memorial Weekend Holiday Closure Notice for AST Health. For more information please call 405.447.0300.
TEMPORARY CLOSURE for 5/18/20   The AST PlusCare Clinic is closed for the remainder of the day due to plumbing issues. We will resume normal operations tomorrow 5/19/20 at 11am, apologies for the inconvenience. Please remember our Shawnee Walk-In Clinic is closed (until further notice). Thank you.   Please call ahead for possible health system closures or delays: Little Axe Health Center 405.447.0300 • Shawnee Clinic 405.878.5850 • PlusCare 405.447.0477   Health closures/delays are also posted on the “Absentee Shawnee Tribal Health System” Facebook page and on the ASTHS website at www.asthealth.org.   LAHC 405.447.0300 / Shawnee Clinic 405- 878-5850 / PlusCare 405.447.0477
07 May 2020   AST HEALTH SYSTEM PRESS RELEASE:   Subject: Shawnee Clinic Closure.   We apologize for the inconvenience, but due to the unprecedented COVID19 Pandemic resulting in a National, State, and Tribal States of Emergency, the Shawnee Clinic was closed (temporarily suspended operations except for the pharmacy drive thru, limited Behavioral Health, and Title 6 Meals) on March 25th, 2020 until further notice. The reason was due to the amount of staff that had to be placed on FMLA and Short-Term Disability as being in the identified “high-risk” group by the CDC and ensure the staff’s protection as best possible; additionally, the new CDC guidelines of temperature checks and personal protective equipment (PPE) further strained resources and manpower to continue operations at multiple sites.  To assure ongoing services for all of our patients, the health system is still functioning, however, only by absorbing remaining staff into three care teams, PlusCare (combined with Shawnee Walk-In Clinic Staff remaining) and Little Axe Health Center (combined with Shawnee Clinic Staff remaining).  Please rest assured that we will reopen the clinic once it is safe to do so and as our employees are able to return to full status as they were impacted as well as our patients and their families by the pandemic. It is extremely important to note that all services have continued, on an urgent and emergency basis only, and normal routine appointments were prohibited until the re-opening phases, which are underway now.  It is hoped by early June we will be phasing in the stand-up of the Shawnee Clinic and Walk-In Clinic.  Thank you for your support and understanding as we all press through this unprecedented event in all of our lives.   For any inquiries please contact Absentee Shawnee Tribal Health System at 405.447.0300.  To stay informed of changes and access the most current information, please bookmark the COVID-19 on the following website: https://www.asthealth.org/covid-19. Additionally our AST Health System now is providing a 24/7 AST Health System Corona Virus (COVID-19) Information Number: 405.695.1787 to help tribal members. Ne-yi-wa!
Press Release Friday, April 3, 2020 For Immediate Release Mark Hinkle, Acting Press Officer press.office@ssa.gov News Release SOCIAL SECURITY Statement from Social Security Commissioner Andrew Saul about COVID-19 Economic Impact Payments for Beneficiaries “I want to provide an update to people who receive benefits from the Social Security Administration. The Department of the Treasury (Treasury) announced on April 1 that Social Security beneficiaries who are not typically required to file tax returns will not need to file an abbreviated tax return to receive an economic impact payment. The IRS will use the information on the Form SSA-1099 to generate $1,200 economic impact payments to Social Security beneficiaries who did not file tax returns in 2018 or 2019. Treasury, not Social Security, will make automatic payments to Social Security beneficiaries. Beneficiaries will receive these payments by direct deposit or by paper check, just as they would normally receive their Social Security benefits. For updates from the IRS, visit www.irs.gov/coronavirus. Note for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Recipients: We are working closely with Treasury to address outstanding questions about our SSI recipients in an attempt to make the issuance of economic impact payments as quick and efficient as possible. We realize people are concerned, and the IRS will provide additional information at www.irs.gov/coronavirus when available. Please note that we will not consider economic impact payments as income for SSI recipients, and the payments are excluded from resources for 12 months. We will continue to update Social Security’s COVID-19 web page at www.socialsecurity.gov/coronavirus/ as further details become available.” To get more Social Security news, follow the Press Office on Twitter @SSAPress.
29 March 2020   AST HEALTH SYSTEM PRESS RELEASE:   Subject: Title VI Meal disbursement for March 30th moving forward until further notice.   Due to the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic the Title VI meal program is implementing the following meal disbursement plan beginning March 30th and the same process will continue until further notice. In an effort to limit exposure to our elders while at the same time continuing to provide a very necessary service, we are implementing preventative measures. See the schedule below for elderly meals through the Title VI Program:   For homebound elders receive: Monday—we will deliver 1 hot meal and 4 additional meals consisting of non-perishable food items for  (milk/juice) Thermometers will be given out during home deliveries.   Elders to Pick up Meals at Shawnee Title VI (LA Title VI will be closed): Monday—10:00am-2:00pm, you will be given 5 days’ worth none perishable food items (milk/juice)        For your safety and staff, prior to receiving your meal, you will be stopped by AST Police to have your temperature checked       For any inquiries please contact Absentee Shawnee Tribal Health System at 405.701.7621.  To stay abreast of changes and access the most current information, please bookmark the COVID-19 on the following website: https://www.asthealth.org/covid-19. Additionally our AST Health System now is providing a 24/7 AST Health System 24 hour LIVE Corona Virus (COVID-19) Information Number: 405.695.1787 to help tribal members. Ne-yi-wa!    
29 March 2020   AST HEALTH SYSTEM PRESS RELEASE:   Subject: Title VI Meal disbursement for March 30th moving forward until further notice.   Due to the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic the Title VI meal program is implementing the following meal disbursement plan beginning March 30th and the same process will continue until further notice. In an effort to limit exposure to our elders while at the same time continuing to provide a very necessary service, we are implementing preventative measures. See the schedule below for elderly meals through the Title VI Program:   For homebound elders receive: Monday—we will deliver 1 hot meal and 4 additional meals consisting of non-perishable food items for  (milk/juice) Thermometers will be given out during home deliveries.   Elders to Pick up Meals at Shawnee Title VI (LA Title VI will be closed): Monday—10:00am-2:00pm, you will be given 5 days’ worth none perishable food items (milk/juice)        For your safety and staff, prior to receiving your meal, you will be stopped by AST Police to have your temperature checked       For any inquiries please contact Absentee Shawnee Tribal Health System at 405.701.7621.  To stay abreast of changes and access the most current information, please bookmark the COVID-19 on the following website: https://www.asthealth.org/covid-19. Additionally our AST Health System now is providing a 24/7 AST Health System 24 hour LIVE Corona Virus (COVID-19) Information Number: 405.695.1787 to help tribal members. Ne-yi-wa!        
Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic we have made the following adjustments to our clinic hours.Thank you for your patience while we adjust to better serve you.   Little Axe Clinic (LAC)- Mon-Fri 8am-5pm Little Axe Pharmacy- Mon-Fri 8am-5pm, Sat & Sun 9am-5pm Pluscare (PC)- Mon-Fri 11am-7pm, Sat & Sun 9am-5pm Optometry- Mon-Fri 8am-5pm Shawnee Clinic- Closed until further notice Shawnee Pharmacy- Mon-Fri 11am-7pm, Sat & Sun 9am-1pm   All patient visits are by appointment ONLY, please call ahead.   LAC405.447.0300/PC- 405.447.0477/ Optometry- 405.701.7606/ Shawnee Pharmacy- 405.878.5859   Clinic and status updates: http://www.asthealth.org/covid-19 and follow us on Facebook.   Coronavirus (COVID-19) Call Center: 877.215.8336 (for everyone)   NEW! 24/7 AST Health System 24-hour LIVE Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information Number: 405.695.1787 (for Absentee Shawnee Tribal Members and ASTHS patients)
21 March 2020   AST HEALTH SYSTEM PRESS RELEASE:   Subject: Title VI Meal disbursement for March 23-27, 2020.   Due to the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic the Title VI meal program has made meal disbursement changes this week. In an effort to limit exposure to our elders while at the same time continuing to provide a very necessary service, we are implementing preventative measures. See the schedule below for elderly meals through the Title VI Program for the week of March 23-27th:   For homebound elders receive: Monday           1 hot meal and 1 sack lunch (milk/juice) Wednesday     1 hot meal and 2 sack lunches (milk/juice)   Homebound meal delivery on Monday & Wednesday: 4 Title VI drivers will be accompanied by 4 health staff Meals will be delivered beginning at 10:00am (health staff to arrive at 9:00am)   Elders to Pick up Meals at Shawnee Title VI (LA Title VI will be closed): Monday           10:00am-2:00pm        5 frozen dinners for each elder not homebound     For all non-homebound elders, you will be receiving a call this weekend to be informed of these changes. For any inquiries please contact Absentee Shawnee Tribal Health System at 405.701.7621.  To stay abreast of changes and access the most current information, please bookmark the COVID-19 on the following website: https://www.asthealth.org/covid-19. Additionally our AST Health System now is providing a 24/7 AST Health System 24 hour LIVE Corona Virus (COVID-19) Information Number: 405.695.1787 to help tribal members. Ne-yi-wa!  
AST HEALTH SYSTEM PRESS RELEASE:   Subject: Corona Virus (COVID-19) Emergency Response Actions by AST Health System   The health system rapidly moved out upon the declaration of a National, State, and Tribal States of Emergency declared this month due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The Health Emergency Operations Center (EOC) was stood up on 2 March 2020, and daily Tribal Crisis Action Team (TCAT) meetings are being held twice daily to monitor the deteriorating situation. Maximum effort was engaged in establishing temperature checks for employees, implementing the CDC guidelines for employees and their families, as well as implementing the AST Pandemic and All Hazards Response Plans. Daily meetings with the OSDH Regions 6/8, the AST Public Safety and AST Emergency Manager have been vital in a coordinated and synergistic response under the direct oversight of the Executive Committee and Health Boards Chairwoman.  Quick actions and solid plan execution are ensuring that all homebound patients are being provided meals with all infection control protocols in-place as well as care packages being provided to homebound patients. Additional coordination with the White House with Tribal Leaders, other federal agencies, and the state all combine to assure vital National Stockpile Supplies were delivered and implemented within our plan quickly.  Several COVID-19 exposure “false alarms” were experienced early on as criteria was in flux and moving into a contingency configuration which was attained within only a few days as the health system partnered with the state to get ahead of the deadly COVID-19 outbreak curve. While it will be some time before we all move back into a “normal” life again, the spirit of determination, cooperation, and assistance remain key to this large-scale Public Health response.    The AST Health System has additionally stood up a 24/7 AST Health System 24 hour LIVE Corona Virus (COVID-19) Information Number: 405.695.1787. We will continue to monitor the situation and push out information via our website and through our Facebook page. To stay abreast of changes and access the most current information, please bookmark the COVID-19 on the following website: https://www.asthealth.org/covid-19 and/or follow us on Facebook.         The AST Health System always strives to make your health its top priority, and you all make a difference for our health system and the health and wellness of all of our patients!     Mark E. Rogers, MAL, FACHE, CMPE, CHC Executive Director AST Tribal Health System  

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