Email sent to Congressman Steve Russell 08/04/2017

Sent to Steve Russell

Oklahoma 5th District Representative, 2015 – present

I am the Founder of Ostomy 2-1-1 Inc.

Ostomy 2-1-1, Incorporated is an organization dedicated to providing mutual aid, education, supplies, and support; thus improving the quality of life to those who have undergone, or will undergo ostomy or continent bowel/bladder surgery, and to their caregivers/family.

Paid Membership in a club or group is not a requirement to receive benefits from Ostomy 2-1-1.  Our programs and services include, but are not limited to:

  • Pre- and post-operative visits and patient education
  • Patient navigation and advocacy
  • Referrals to other groups that provide related resources and services.
  • A searchable resource and service directory
  • Emergency ostomy supply pantry
    • 1201 NW 10th St; Oklahoma City, OK
    • 60 Vera Pl; McLoud, OK
  • Weekly in-person, ostomy-related support group
    • 1201 NW 10th St; Oklahoma City, OK
  • 24/7 private ostomy-related online support group

I am extremely concerned about our healthcare system and how it affects the patients and constituents of Ostomy 2-1-1 and the District you represent.

Competitive bidding on the hospital level makes it possible (almost forces) medical staff to use product on a patient that is NOT based on what is best for the patient – it is what brand won the contract.   This is too often NOT what is best for our patients, and I would like to see that changed.

In Oklahoma, a nurse does not have to possess any type of special training, skills, nor certification to call them self an “Ostomy” nurse.  I would like to be a part of changing this for the betterment of our patients and other constituents.

I have ideas that I would like to share with you if you have time to visit with me.  Can we make that happen?