13 March 2020
AST HEALTH SYSTEM PRESS RELEASE:
Subject:Corona Virus (COVID-19) Emergency Response Actions by AST Health System
The Absentee Shawnee Tribal Health System’s Executive Team has activated the Health System’s Emergency Operations Center (EoC) within the tribal health system with assistance of the AST Emergency Manager.
Our 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 to help tribal members, employees, our health workers, and area schools educate and prepare for the coronavirus within the AST Community. While there are NO confirmed cases of the COVID-19 within the AST communities of Shawnee and LittleAxe, the AST Health System wants all the AST families and employees to stay informed and take precautions to reduce the risk.
If any AST tribal members or their family have symptoms like cough, fever or other respiratory problems, they should contact their AST Health System or primary care physician first and not go to the emergency room unless essential (life, limb, eyesight). Emergency rooms need to be able to serve those with the most critical needs. All AST Health Clinics are screening patients to ensure increased safety. Additionally, please contact the clinic prior to arrival if you feel you may have symptoms, or have been exposed, to the COVID-19 virus.
Additional funding of $40 million is being set aside by the federal government for tribes with potentially more state and federal grants becoming available in the next few days and weeks. 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.
MARK E.ROGERS, MAL, FACHE, CMPE, CHC
AST Tribal Health System
NYPD Summer Camp is coming up in June! Native Youth Preventing Diabetes (NYPD) Camp is a diabetes prevention education program designed to provide Native American children, ages 8-12, the necessary information and encouragement to prevent obesity, metabolic syndrome and diabetes later in life. For more info contact Lisa Harrington at 405.701.7977 or email at LHarrington@astribe.com
All AST Health facilities will be closed on Monday, Feb. 17th, 2020 in observance of President's Day. PlusCare Clinic will be OPEN during this holiday closure from 9AM to 5PM, accepting the last patient at 4:30PM. Please call in your Rx refills before the holiday. Questions please call LAHC 405.447.0300 or PlusCare at 405.447.0477
Wednesday, Feb. 5th, 2020
Due to the possibility of inclement weather, the Absentee Shawnee Tribal Health System is CLOSED for Wednesday, Feb. 5th, 2020. The ASTHS encourages all patients to please stay safe and weather aware. Please call ahead before venturing out into bad weather to inquire about operating hours.
Health closures/delays are posted on the Absentee Shawnee Tribal Health Facebook wall “Absentee Shawnee Tribal Health System and on the ASTHS website at www.asthealth.org
February is Children's Dental Health Month. Developing good habits at an early age and scheduling regular dental visits helps children to a good start on a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums.
Our Dental clinic will be visiting schools in our service area during Dental Health Month to educate children about the importance of good dental care habits.
Please call Little Axe Health Center Dental to schedule your child an appointment at 405.447.0300
Our AST Health Pharmacies & MyDNA Rocks are co-hosting Drug Take Back Days at our Shawnee & Little Axe/Norman locations. Bring your expired or unused medication to our permanent disposal sites! There will be giveaways for the first 30 to safely dispose! For more info contact Kasey Dean at 405.447.0300.
Shawnee Clinic Take Back Day: Thursday, Feb. 13th from 1PM to 3PM
Little Axe Health Center Take Back Day: Thursday, Feb. 20th from 1PM to 3PM
All Health facilities will be closed on Monday, Jan. 20th in observance of Martin Luther King Day. PlusCare Clinic will be open, during this closure, from 9AM to 5PM, accepting the last patient at 4:30PM. For more information please call one of our facilities, Little Axe Health Center 405.447.0300 Shawnee Clinic 405.878.5850 PlusCare 405.447.0477
Great news for our Absentee Shawnee Tribe and Absentee Shawnee Health on becoming a permanent safe disposal site for expired and unused prescription drugs! There are now 2 safe disposal drop boxes located in both lobbies of the Little Axe Health Center and Shawnee Clinic. Please take your expired and unused prescription drugs to these sites to have them properly disposed of.