Over the river and through the woods: St. Mary’s brings care to Elk City

Pictured at top are St. Mary’s Elk City nurses (L-R)  Peg Gehring, Michelle Hain-Flores, and Shelli Lothspeich at the Elk City Clinic in town.
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Pictured at top are St. Mary’s Elk City nurses (L-R) Peg Gehring, Michelle Hain-Flores, and Shelli Lothspeich at the Elk City Clinic in town. Contributed photo

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— “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night” may be the postman’s creed, but it certainly applies to the staff at St. Mary’s Hospital and Clinics as well. Each month, St. Mary’s providers head upriver to Elk City, braving cold and snow and ice in the winter months, to offer medical services to a community that might otherwise have a difficult time obtaining them. Last month, those care providers consisted of Peg Gehring, NP, Shelli Lothspeich, Michelle Hain-Flores, nursing staff, and Kelly Williams, admissions manager.

“We make every effort to be there each month, although this winter it’s been a challenge,” said Williams. “Last month we made it up there but pretty much had to shovel our way in! As of now, we haven’t been able to set a January date due to all of the snow and ice on the roads. It’s our goal to get up there each month, but who knows what this winter will do?”

“Our Elk City Clinic is a full-service facility. Vaccines, injections, wellness checks, med checks, accident/illness visits, ER/hospital follow-ups, stitches and referrals, we do it all,” Williams continued. “Providing staff at the clinic means that patients who may already be in poor health don’t have to get out and travel, and our primary goal is always to keep our patients and the community as safe as we possibly can.”

Those in need of care and who are interested in the dates of service at the Elk City Clinic, contact Patricia Menough in Elk City. She will post the clinic dates as soon as they become available. In her absence, Mike Edmondson is also a contact for St. Mary’s.

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