Surgeries on Hold at Poteau Hospital after State Inspection


The surgical and obstetrical departments at the Eastern Oklahoma Medical Center are taking a hit after a state-mandated shutdown, this according to published reports.

EOMC Medical Director B. Don Schumpert says the shutdown was enabled after a visit from the Oklahoma State Health Department.

“Due to structural, mechanical and operational issues with the surgery department that was discovered during an Oklahoma State Health Department survey, EOMC has temporarily suspended operation of the surgical department,” said Schumpert. “Unfortunately this also temporarily affects the obstetrical department in that, without surgical services, obstetric service cannot be offered.”

According to published reports, Schumpert said the hospital administration is taking action to correct the issues and the hospital is making sure affected patients find alternative treatment.

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