NeoHealth announces new pediatric clinic
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NeoHealth announces new pediatric clinic

Published 3/24/16

Charity Muehlenweg
TNE Writer

Students needing affordable health care for their families have a new option in the Tahlequah area. Northeastern Oklahoma Community Health Centers, Inc. is excited to announce the opening of NeoHealth Pediatrics.

The pediatric clinic is one of several that NeoHealth offers for the Tahlequah community. Their goal is to provide affordable, quality healthcare by offering family medicine, obstetrical and gynecological, pediatric and pharmacy services.

NeoHealth is a Federally Qualified Health Center, which is a type of medical facility for the uninsured. FQHC  facilities were started to provide help for the underinsured population in rural areas.

Marcus Bruner, NeoHealth marketing coordinator, said NeoHealth receives government grants to help patients who have a disability. This grant enables the medical facility to see those patients on a sliding fee scale. NeoHealth takes Medicare and Medicaid and will see patients regardless if they have insurance.

"Uninsured patients may receive a discount," said Bruner. "We provide a sliding fee scale, based on the patient’s income."

Bruner said they do see manystudents, but it would be great to see even more students utilize their facility.

"A lot of students are still on their parent’s health insurance," said Bruner. "But even for those who aren't, we would be an affordable option due to our sliding fee schedule."

Bruner said NeoHealth does not coordinate with NSU at the moment, but they have visited with some administration at the university about working together more in the future.

"I don’t think student services sees NSU faculty and staff," said Bruner. "Those individuals can certainly take advantage of this facility."

Annie Lindsay, Wagoner junior, said she had not heard of NeoHealth but was excited about this option.

"I usually go back to my hometown to see my doctor," said Lindsay. "I would definitely consider going to NEO for a minor health need, especially if it was affordable for students."

Libby Rogers, NSU student health services director, said the university does not have a direct relationship with NeoHealth, but they do send students that way when they feel it is appropriate to their needs.

"We have an average percentage of students who don’t have health insurance," said Rogers. "If students come in and need a lab or an X-ray, we send them to NeoHealth because they can do it on a sliding scale, which is based on income level."

Rogers said this proves to be very beneficial for many NSU students.

"We have a lot of non-traditional students who are parents, and they need to have some form of insurance for their child, whether they can afford it or not," said Rogers.

The NeoHealth clinic is the only Tahlequah pediatric clinic that offers a sliding scale for patients.

"Students who are parents may not have insurance," said Rogers. "NEO is a great option for those parents to receive good medical attention for their children, for a price they can afford."

Rogers said they also utilize Tahlequah City Hospital as well as Hastings Hospital for student needs.

NeoHealth Pediatrics is located in Suite 102 of the Tahlequah Medical Center building. The facility is staffed by nurse practitioner Kelli Swim and is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Monday through Friday.

Bruner said they encourage appointments but walk-ins are always welcome.

For faculty and staff who are busy during the week, the NEO Tahlequah Extended Care facility is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.  Monday through Friday and from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday.

For more information on NEO Health Systems, visit or call (918) 207-0773.

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