The Grand Lake Medical Park on Monkey Island held an open house over the weekend in lieu of their grand opening that is scheduled for Tuesday July 1st.

The 14,000 square foot facility is located at the junction of state highway 125 and state highway 85A just outside Monkey Island proper and came into being based on a need of the citizens in the area.

“The citizens of this area of the lake asked us to help them with medical services,” said Terry Shambles, who serves as the Chief Administrative Officer for the facility. “So we studied, developed, and came up with a good plan and this is the reality of it.”

The Medical Park is an affiliate of the Craig General Hospital in Vinita.

“We want to bring the services to where the people are to make it more convenient for them,” Shambles said. “That’s the whole purpose of it.”

The Medical Park combines most of the features found in a large metropolitan hospital condensed down to the needs of rural residents.

“We have a lot of services here to offer,” said Shambles. “We have a full time family practice doctor, Dr. Michael David. He’s had an office in Grove for eight years. He’ll be here full time. We also have a mid-level physician assistant or nurse practitioner that will be here to see patients as well.”

The Medical Park will have extended hours through the week, to 8:30 PM, for certain types of immediate care.

“We will also have extended hours for convenient care purposes up to 8:30 on weeknights and Saturday from 10 to 8 and Sunday from 10 to 4,” said Shambles. “It’s certainly not an emergency room but it’s an urgent care and convenient care clinic where minor injuries or minor illnesses can come and be seen on a walk-in basis or by appointment.”

The facility features some standard-issue health care tools and a few that are cutting-edge.

“We also have available an on-site X-ray unit as well as laboratory services so all of your needs can be met here,” said Shambles.

“We’ll have an on-site ultrasound echo for those procedures and tests and an on-site open MRI unit,” Shambles continued, “We’ll have a bone densitometry unit that measures bone density. We also have a Terrific Wellness Center, which includes physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy. It also includes an aqua-therapy pool, which is unique to this area.”

Besides the cutting-edge equipment the Park will also host a variety of medical specialists.

“We’ll have Dr. Faye Whiting, OBGYN services, that will be here on a regular basis once a week,” said Shambles. “We’ll have Dr. Matthew Roberts, a podiatrist, who will be here every Monday. Oklahoma Heart Institute Cardiology Group, out of Tulsa, will be here as well. We’re finalizing arrangements and will soon announce the dates for those.”

The weather Saturday was stormy but hundreds of area citizens turned out for the gala. The Park served up hot dogs, hamburgers, soft drinks, and other assorted goodies to all who came. The First National Bank of Grove and Vinita helped with the food preparations. Visitors gathered under a large tent to hold off the elements as they enjoyed the fellowship and treats.

The Park also featured a Moon Walk exhibit for younger visitors as well as a balloon artist and other assorted games and prizes.

“We spent about a year planning it and about a year to construct it,” Shambles said. “Even with the weather we’ve had a tremendous turnout and we’re very pleased that people came out to see us and look at the facility.”