Renovation work to Mercy’s emergency department waiting area will begin Monday, Oct. 23.
During renovation, the existing emergency department patient drop-off entrance will be closed and the waiting area space will be reduced. Patients and family members are encouraged to use the co-worker entrance just a few feet east of the existing emergency department entrance.
Mercy will provide complimentary valet parking for emergency department patients in front of the existing co-worker entrance and additional directional signage will be installed to assist with wayfinding. Emergency department staff as well as security will help patients and families locate entrances and registration.
“Patients who come to our emergency department often have a heightened sense of anxiety and fear,” said John Lampert, Mercy vice president of operations. “In order to help create a sense of comfort, we are installing new flooring, paint and furniture, plus elements of nature and expressions of Mercy’s faith throughout the space.”
Renovations are expected to be complete in early December.
Mercy, named one of the top five large U.S. health systems in 2017 by Truven, an IBM Watson Health company, serves millions annually. Mercy includes 44 acute care and specialty (heart, children’s, orthopedic and rehab) hospitals, more than 700 physician practices and outpatient facilities, 40,000 co-workers and more than 2,000 Mercy Clinic physicians in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. Mercy also has outreach ministries in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.

The Santa Market, Benefiting The Alzheimer’s Association
The Santa Market started eight years ago with it’s first craft show that included eighteen vendors. On Nov. 18th this year, The Santa Market will be hosting over 110 vendors, face painting, food trucks and a real Santa for pictures with the kids. Admission is free and the first 1,000 people will receive a swag bag full of goodies donated by the vendors and sponsors for The Santa Market.. Last year alone, The Santa Market raised over $17,000 for The Alzheimer’s Association. This year the goal is even more to help find a cure for this horrible desease that affects so many. The event will take place at the The Edmond Community Center, 28 E. Main in Edmond. For more info: thesantamarket@gmail.com

Date/ Day/ Location/ Time/ Registration #/ Instructor

Nov 2/ Thursday/ Okla. City/ 9 am – 3:30 pm/ 951-2277/ Varacchi Integris 3rd Age Life Center – 5100 N. Brookline, Suite 100
Nov 3/ Friday/ Okla. City/ 9 am – 3:30 pm/ 297-1455/ Palinsky Will Rogers Senior Center – 3501 Pat Murphy Dr.
Nov 3/ Friday/ Okla. City/8:30 am – 3:30 pm/ 721-2466/ Kruck Baptist Village – 9700 Mashburn Blvd.
Nov 4/ Saturday/ Chandler/ 9 am – 3:30 pm/ 258-5002/ Brase Thompson Insurance – 121 W. 10th St.
Nov 7/ Tuesday/ Norman/ 9 am – 3:30 pm/ 307-3176/ Palinsky Norman Regional Hospital – 901 N. Porter
Nov 8/ Wednesday/ Warr Acres/8:30 am – 3 pm/ 789-9892/ Kruck Warr Acres Community Center – 4301 N. Ann Arbor Ave.
Nov 10/ Friday/ Okla. City/ 9 am – 3:30 pm/ 951-2277/ Edwards S. W. Medical Center – 4200 S. Douglas, Suite B-10
Nov 15/ Tuesday/ Midwest City/ 9 am – 3:30 pm/ 691-4091/ Palinsky —date change Rose State College – 6191 Tinker Diaognal
Nov 15/ Tuesday/ Edmond/ 9 am – 3:30 pm/ 340-1975/ Harms Touchmark – 2801 Shortgrass
Dec 8/ Friday/ Okla. City/ 9 am – 3:30 pm/ 951-2277/ Edwards S.W. Medical Center – 4200 S. Douglas, Suite B-10

The prices for the classes are: $15 for AARP members and $20 for Non-AARP. Call John Palinsky, zone coordinator for the Oklahoma City area at 405-691-4091 or send mail to: johnpalinsky@sbcglobal.net

The Grand Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star presented the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation with a check totaling $10,175 at its annual conference on Sunday.
The donation will fund OMRF research on cancer and other diseases, such as lupus, heart disease and multiple sclerosis. With this donation, the Grand Chapter of the Eastern Star has now donated a total of $331,058 to OMRF research since 2002, when it selected OMRF as its charitable beneficiary.
The donation was presented at the Scottish Rite Masonic Temple in Guthrie.
Eastern Star members support OMRF through individual donations made at chapter meetings statewide, including marches and various donations made in memory of loved ones. Overall, 47 additional chapters have also made individual gifts to the foundation.
OMRF Vice President of Development Penny Voss described the Oklahoma Grand Chapter of the Eastern Star as the definition of philanthropy.
“The long-time support from the members of the Oklahoma Grand Chapter of the Eastern Star has a huge impact on OMRF,” she said. “Each year their gifts go directly to our scientists to help in their quest for new treatments and cures for diseases that affect all of us. We are truly grateful to every member for their belief in our mission to help people live longer and healthier lives.”
The Order of the Eastern Star is the largest fraternal organization in the world to which both men and women may belong. It counts approximately one million members across the globe and is dedicated to furthering charity, education, fraternity and science.
It has approximately 8,000 members and more than 90 chapters in Oklahoma, including groups in Bartlesville, Blanchard, Broken Arrow, Clinton, Enid, Guthrie, Hennessey, Lawton, McAlester, Muskogee and Woodward.