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Geriatric clinics opening in the Choctaw Nation

Elders_2 The Choctaw Nation is pleased to announce the grand opening of its new Geriatric clinics in the McAlester, Idabel, Poteau, and Talihina facilities. A clinic will also open next to the Employee Health Clinic on Westside Blvd in Durant. The opening of the clinics is one piece of the Healthy Aging Initiative introduced in March by the Choctaw Nation Health Services.

The Healthy Aging Initiative provides care management involved with wellness, social services and geriatric functional assessments by an RN case manager. These services are provided throughout the 10.5 counties of the Choctaw Nation. Four board certified or board eligible geriatricians have been hired by the Health Service and will be an integral part of the Healthy Aging Initiative. The ratio of geriatrician to patient population ranks the Choctaw Nation in the top 5 percent of this field of medicine.

The Geriatric clinics will provide patient centered, team based care for clients 65 years and older. Our elders are a high care priority for the Choctaw Nation. The new clinics will provide evidenced based, best practices in geriatric care. The goal is to help elders maintain the most independent level of living possible. Geriatric patients have complex medical and/or social needs, such as memory problems, gait or balance issues, depression or anxiety, medication management as well as other problems associated with aging. The needs of the aging patient tend to be more complex and take more time to provide a thorough assessment and care.

Elders The clinics provide consultative services through referrals from the patient’s primary care provider or self-referral. Patient must have CDIB card to receive services. Regardless of the referral source or reasons for the consultation, the clinic will maintain regular communication with the patient’s primary care provider regarding the team findings and recommendations. For more information, please contact the Choctaw Nation Health Services. To learn more about these services and referral to a clinic, please call 1-800-349-7026 ext. 33004.

Additional information:

Geriatrics Clinic

  • Who: Age 65 and older
  • How: By Referral from Primary care provider
  • Where: Durant, Idabel, Poteau, McAlester and Talihina
  • Appointment information:Initial Appointment 1 hour. Follow-up appointments 30 minutes

Osteopathic Manipulation Clinic

  • Who: Any Patient, Any age
  • Physician: Physician: Dr. Larry Ellis
  • How: By Referral from Primary care provider
  • Where: McAlester on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
    Talihina on Thursday and Friday
  • Appointment information:Typical Appointments 45 minutes

Additional information on Osteopathic manipulation provided by
Osteopathic manipulation involves hands on care to diagnose, treat, and prevent illness or injury. Osteopathic physicians move muscles and joints using techniques including stretching, gentle pressure, and resistance. OMT can help people of all ages and backgrounds. The treatment can be used to ease pain, promote healing and increase overall mobility. OMT is often used to treat muscle pain. But it can also help patients with a number of other health problems such as:

  • asthma
  • sinus disorders
  • carpal tunnel syndrome
  • migraines
  • menstrual pain

When appropriate, OMT can complement, and even replace, drugs or surgery. In this way, OMT brings an important dimension to standard medical care.