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Wah-Zha-Zhi Health Center looking to fill positions left by Stabler and Lemon

Two positions will open at the Wah-Zha-Zhi Health Center come July 13 after two staffers elected to the Sixth Osage Nation Congress are resigning from the clinic to take their oaths of office the next day.

Clinic Manager Paula Stabler and Registered Nurse and Case Manager Brandy Lemon won Congressional seats in the June 4 general election and will be sworn in with other elected officials at the July 14 inauguration at the Ponca City Osage Casino Hotel.

Dr. Ron Shaw, CEO for the health center, advised the Health Authority Board of the staffing update at their June 21 meeting. “It’s going to be sad to lose both of them,” but they will both be supporting the clinic in a different position, Shaw said.

Lemon started working for the WHC in October 2016 and took on additional nursing duties as needed for the clinic operations, Shaw said.

Stabler said she will be sad to leave the clinic but noted her job vacancy “gives the opportunity for someone else to do great things.” The two positions are yet to be advertised on the Nation’s website under job opportunities.

In other staffing updates, Shaw said the clinic recently hired a full-time optometrist, but that position will not be filled until August. In the meantime, Dr. Marshall Walker has agreed to work part-time and provide peer review work for the Optometry Department, Shaw said. He also noted Mary Hammer is now an administrative assistant working at the clinic.

Shaw also said the newly-built women’s Primary Residential Treatment facility will not open until August due to delays in ordering furniture for the clients who will use the drug and alcohol residential treatment service.

The furniture purchase took place after the Fifth ON Congress passed a $268,458 appropriation bill (ONCA 18-09 sponsored by Congressional Speaker Angela Pratt) for the treatment facility to cover operation costs and staffing. According to a fiscal analysis of the bill, the appropriation will cover four months of operating costs for the women’s newly built PRT facility and five months of operations for the men’s facility, including new furniture for the buildings.

As of June 29, several health-related openings are advertised on the Nation’s job opportunities website. Those available positions include a part-time PRT monitor for the facility clients; a licensed behavioral health professional; a licensed professional nurse to promote health awareness including diabetic care; and a clinic patient registration staff member.


Benny Polacca

Original Publish Date: 2018-07-10 00:00:00


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Benny Polacca
Benny Polacca started at the Osage News in 2009 as a reporter and has covered various stories and events impacting the Osage Nation and Osage people. Polacca is part of the News team awarded the Native American Journalist Association’s Elias Boudinot Free Press Award in 2014 and other NAJA Media Awards and SPJ Oklahoma Pro Chapter awards for news coverage and photography. Polacca is an Arizona State University graduate and participated in the former American Indian Journalism Institute at the University of South Dakota. He previously worked at The Forum newspaper covering the Fargo, N.D. region as the weeknight reporter.

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