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Wound Care Center Receives Center of Distinction Award

The CCMH Center for Wound Healing and Hyperbarics recently earned the Center of Distinction award, which was given by Healogics®, the nation’s largest provider of advanced wound care services. The Center achieved outstanding clinical outcomes for twelve consecutive months, including patient satisfaction higher than 92 percent, and a minimum wound healing rate of at least 92 percent within 28 median days to heal. There were 601 Centers eligible for the Center of Distinction award and 367 achieved the honor.

“We are fortunate to have an advanced wound care facility in our area. Patients can stay close to home while receiving state-of-the-art care for their wounds,” said Brent Smith, CEO of CCMH. “Our team at Comanche County Memorial Hospital has worked hard to ensure we’re providing the highest quality of care to change the lives of our patients.”

Center for Wound Healing and Hyperbarics is a member of the Healogics network of over 600 Wound Care Centers® and provides access to benchmarking data and proven experience treating approximately 2.5 million chronic wounds. The Center for Wound Healing and Hyperbarics offers highly specialized wound care to patients suffering from diabetic ulcers, pressure ulcers, infections and other chronic wounds which have not healed in a reasonable amount of time. Leading edge treatments at the Center include negative pressure wound therapy, total contact casting, bio-engineered tissues, biosynthetic dressings and growth factor therapies. The Center also offers hyperbaric oxygen therapy, which works by surrounding the patient with 100 percent oxygen to help progress the healing of the wound.

To be awarded the Center of Distinction, a Center must be conducting the Medical Surveillance Review process per policy and excel in Key Performance Indicators:

  • Patient Satisfaction: Greater than or equal to 92%
  • Healing Rate: Greater than or equal to 92%
  • Outlier Rate: Less than or equal to 16%
  • Median Days to Heal: Less than or equal to 28

Congratulations to The Wound Care Center!

CCMH Ambulance with blue overlay and "EMS Week" text

CCMH Celebrates Emergency Medical Services Week

EMS Week brings together local communities and medical personnel to honor the dedication of those who provide the day-to-day lifesaving services of medicine’s “front line.” CCMH celebrates these heroes and would like to thank them for their service to our community. This year, CCMH EMS members were asked to reflect on what it means to them to be an EMS practitioner:

“I chose EMS because I wanted to help people. I wanted to be a part of the team that gives people the best chance at surviving the situation they are in. I believe I chose one of the best teams to be a part of.”
Amanda Sheffield, EMT-Basic

“I chose EMS initially as just a job, but it quickly evolved into a passion and a calling to serve others. It has molded and shaped me into the person that I am today.”
Nolan Abner, EMT-Basic

“I wanted to be in EMS to help people and to take care of them. I love helping and taking care of people and this job means everything to me. Holding the hand of someone in the worst moment of their lives, and just being there so they aren’t alone, is the greatest feeling in the world. We make a difference one call at a time. It is bigger than each of us, but together we can accomplish and overcome anything and everything.”
Proud EMT and a Proud Mom of a Medic!
Kimberly Selby-Adrahtas, EMT

“After coming across my grandfather in full arrest and playing a vital part in saving his life, I knew EMS is what I was meant to do. It’s not about recognition or cool lights and sirens, it’s about being there in whatever way possible to help someone.” Meagan Lynch, EMT

“I got into EMS because it’s what I’ve wanted to be since I was a little bitty girl. I love every single thing about this job. I live and breathe EMS and it’s my passion. At the end of the day I couldn’t imagine doing anything else.”
Savannah Marsh, EMT-Basic

“You asked why. I wanted to pay it forward for those who have helped my family. As a dispatcher, I knew I could get help sent to those in need. This service can be redundant and lacks the thrill of a 911 call, but it is one of the greatest services that we do. It is a comfort to family members to know their loved one will be transported safely to their destination.”
Debbie Levick, Ambulance Dispatch

“I didn’t choose EMS it chose me…as a junior in high school, I witnessed a T-Collision. An elderly lady was hurt in the accident; I grabbed her hand and she begged me not to let it go. She looked at me with so much fear in her eyes. I called her husband and family and I stayed till 911 arrived. When I joined the Army I knew my passion was to help people rather than hurt, so I picked a medical MOS. I picked combat medic not knowing I would be good at patient care, compassion and more. EMS fits and flows naturally with me.” Javar Manley, EMT-Paramedic

“I chose to become a paramedic at 12 when a devastated mother rang our doorbell and handed me a lifeless baby and begged me to help him. I did everything I could until help arrived. Being in EMS means you have the chance to be part of someone’s best day when you hand them their newborn baby, or their worst day when they sat alone on a mountain and took their own life and all you can do is touch their face and whisper ‘You are loved and I am so sorry I wasn’t here for you.’“
Marcy Pennington, EMT-Paramedic

“I got into EMS because I want to help as many people as I can. Being in EMS has been the best career path I believe I could have chosen and I can’t wait to further my education even more.”
Ryan Upchurch, EMT-Paramedic

“In an emergency medical situation the patient doesn’t care who you are. Although they may never remember your name, they’ll always remember how you treated them. It’s an honor to give someone a positive experience during a traumatic time one call at a time.”
Leif Johnson, EMT-Basic

“I got into the EMS field after being a part of a volunteer fire department and seeing the good we could do in the community. I love helping people! Kindness and caring is what I try and provide, along with awesome medical care.”
Elizabeth Woods

CCMH Awarded TSET Grant for Another Five Years

Congratulations to Sandy Foster, Healthy Living Program Director, for successfully writing for and receiving a continuing grant to the Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET).

The five-year grants, renewable annually, will support communities in developing strategies, programs and policies to improve health by preventing or reducing tobacco use, improving nutrition and increasing physical activity in an effort to decrease premature death in Oklahoma. The program prioritizes work in communities where health risk factors – tobacco use, poor nutrition and sedentary lifestyle – are among the highest. The new grant program will begin July 1.

“The coronavirus pandemic has shown that prevention is more important than ever for public health,” said TSET Board of Directors Chair Bruce Benjamin, Ph.D. “Those with underlying conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure, or heart or lung disease are more likely to experience serious complications and death from the coronavirus. TSET is investing in building healthier communities in the areas where we see the greatest health disparities.”

The new Healthy Living Program 2.0 program is the second generation of the TSET Healthy Living Program. The new program takes a comprehensive, community approach to health and looks for ways for targeted high-impact interventions.

“This initiative builds on years of success through multiple community based programs funded by TSET. It places a laser focus on communities with the greatest need,” said TSET Executive Director Julie Bisbee.

CCMH has operated this grant for the past 16 years. Great job Sandy!

CCMH Hospice Volunteer in front of new We Honor Veterans wall

We Honor Veterans

On Friday, CCMH Hospice staff unveiled our “We Honor Veterans” memorial wall. It’s our way of showing appreciation and gratitude to military servicemen and women that devoted their lives to defending our country and freedom and who were patients of CCMH Hospice. The wall display includes portraits of current and former CCMH Hospice patients who served in a branch of the military. We were honored with the presence of Bruce Dwyer, a Purple Heart recipient, who retired from the United States Marine Corps and is a volunteer for CCMH Hospice. “We Honor Veterans” is a program of the National Hospice & Palliative Care Organizations & Veterans Administration that is designed to empower hospice professionals to meet the unique needs of terminally ill veterans. CCMH Hospice team honors our veterans with a certificate of appreciation along with pinning them with an American flag.

Congratulations for Forty Years of Service

Debbie Nauman

Debbie has been a Licensed Practical Nurse since January of 1980 after graduating from the Great Plains Technology Center. She began her career at CCMH in the ICU for the first 12 years and has been with our Home Health Department since 1992. Debbie serves as the subject matter expert for In-Home Wound Vacs for our patients being served by our Home Health Department and other staff members go to her for any questions or concerns about wound care on their patients. Debbie’s patients love her dearly and ask for her by name.


Susan Tally

Susan is currently the Coding Manager and has been associated with our Medical Records Team since May of 1979. Previously, She was the Coding Supervisor from 2002 until her promotion to Manager in 2018. Susan began as a Medical Records Clerk until she moved into Coding in 1983 and served in multiple roles until her move into CCMH Leadership. She has been certified as Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) by the American Health Information Management Association, since 1991.

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Celebrating National Hospital Week

Below are the names of long-time employees who received awards for their dedicated years of service this year.

40 years

Deborah Nauman

Susan Tally

30 years

Dennis Green

Joe Harrell

Leann Legako

Elke Price

25 years

Janis Anderson

Serpil Ausley

Kimberly Brown

Michelle Callihan

George Cooper

Jennifer Craig

Lillian Estep

Bobbie Fite

Kimberly Hodges

Denise Jones

Michael Kern

Susanne Kohler

Beverly Nix

Letitia Robinson

Debra Shepherd

Lois Veal

20 years

Melissa Alldredge

Kimera Carel

Andrea Cole

Debra Deveaux

Christine Harbert

Becky Holland

Nicole Kilgore

Beth Lashley

Lori Medicinebird

Heather Moore

Rhonda Muilenburg

Marilynn Pahcheka

Tina Sahr

Charity Shaw

Edward Stone

Summer Taylor

Martha Vela

Karen Warner

Pamela Wiggins

15 years

Albert Allauigan

Bryan Barnes

Debbie Bracken

Jenifer Brown

Lusinday Burleson

Karen Butler

Sikiu Cimmino

Briana England

Rebecca Ervin

Sandra Foster

Harvester Glover III

Scarlett Harris

Carley Hester-Morales

Carrie Hill

David Jefferson

Benjamin Laird

David Lyon

Sonja McInnis

Kevin Murray

Scott Odebrecht

Rebatee Panta

Malvin Price

James Puckett

George Schutz

Sarah Sullivan

Aaron Trachte

Daisy Walkup

Chris Webster

10 years

Jennifer Barrier

Zachary Berry

Yolanda Caddell

Stephen Coakley

Tiffiany Collins

Valerie Craig

Lisa Dodson

Jennifer Fox

Meagan Garibay

Blanca Gonzalez

Gloria Gordon

Barbara Greenroyd

David Hanley

Kimberly Hanley

Blanca Huerta

Fred Judy II

Natasha Kaiser

Kathy Kappelle

Jill Kendall

Julie Kilgore

Clint Kirk

Susan Marshall

Steve McDonald

Twilla McDougle

Ellen Phillips

Whitney Powell

Kristi Pratt

Sheryl Robinson

Kylah Rucker

Laura Samek

Joseph Santos

Crystal Satepeahtaw

Sieglinde Sloniker

Tina Smith

Tonya Stokes

Tracy Sweeney

Dustin Williams

Vicky Winham

5 years

Daysi Alvarado

Tiffany Anderson

Tamesha Bailey

Shannon Ballou

Angela Beddor

Cynthia Booher

Jacob Bridges

Latrina Britton

Michel Bryce

LeaAnn Chandler

Monica Christensen

Jovida Craig

Frankie Crisswell Morales

Vicki Culbertson

Brittney Cunningham

Ariana Curwen

Dexter Decano

Mina Donnelly

Michell Drake

Tina Dukes

Stephanie Evans

Susan Ewing

Toshia Fanning

Sharon Fithian

Kimberly Fonvil

Christian Foster

Don Frazier

Sherry Frierson

Kayla Fritz

LaTaya Gilmore

Francillia Graham

Veronica Granados

Erica Grant

Amber Grayson

Carla Griffith

Jamie Gunnels

Dania Gutierrez

Nakeda Hall

Sameh Hanna

Shelly Harkey

April Hawks

Erin Hayes

Ralph Heirigs

Rachel Hennessee

Karin Hightower

Kayla Hill

Kara Hodek

Dana Hulbert

Joanne Hults

Dilan Humphrey

Summer Hurleyjacks

Jung Hee Hwang Hong

Lorri Jackson

Amber James

Nenad Jekic

Angela Johnson

Shawn Jolin

Navnidhi Kaur

Michele Kendall

Jessica Kenney

Jimmy Kerley

Elena Ketner

Heidi Lane

Kelsie Lawson

Mary Lenhardt

Yizhi Liang

Nina Lincourt

Christina Locklear

April Long

Victoria Longoria

Michael Masterson

Taren McAllister

Jennifer McCreery

Daniel McLaughlin

Andrew Mithlo

Tim Monetathchi

Amber Morrow

Gary Munoz

Elio Neal

Pamela Neugebauer

Linda Nix

George Obinero

Audrey Obinero

Elena Ochoa

Tanner Olsen

Julie Parkinson

Danielle Parra

Tashara Persky

Andrea Rendina-Brown

Kristen Richards

Alan Riddle

Alisa Riley

Candis Rogers

Joe Roundtree

Bradley Santor

Karen Schafer

Deanna Sevier

Sandra Shaw

Brian Shelton

Kathleen Shepard

Brent Smith

Deidra Smith

Franklin Smith

Christy Smith

Anna Spencer

Andrica Sweeney

Virginia Taylor

Valerie Teakell

Tiffanie Underwood

Holly VanPelt

Beckey Watkins

Amanda Weishaupt

Lindsey Whan

Debbie White

Jimmy Williams

John Wilson

Ryan Winfrey

Stephani Wroge


newborn sleeping next to CCMH and Baby-Friendly USA logos

Comanche County Memorial Hospital Re-Designated as a “Baby-Friendly” Hospital

Comanche County Memorial Hospital is proud to announce it has achieved the highly prestigious international Baby-Friendly ReDesignation after a rigorous review process conducted by Baby-Friendly USA, the organization responsible for bestowing this certification in the United States.

This distinguished honor demonstrates that CCMH’s Women’s & Children’s Department is adhering to the highest standards of care for breastfeeding mothers and their babies. These standards are built on the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding, a set of evidence-based practices recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) for optimal infant feeding support in the precious first days of a newborn’s life.

“CCMH has long been a recognized leader in the care of women and newborns,” said Brent Smith, CEO. “This designation is a tribute to our commitment to ensuring that every woman who delivers a baby at our facility is given the resources, information and support needed to help her and her baby get the best, healthiest start in life.”

The positive health effects of breastfeeding are well documented and widely recognized by health authorities throughout the world. For example, the Surgeon General’s 2011 Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding stated that “Breast milk is uniquely suited to the human infant’s nutritional needs and is a live substance with unparalleled immunological and anti-inflammatory properties that protect against a host of illnesses and diseases for both mothers and children.”

CCMH joins a growing list of more than 20,000 Baby-Friendly hospitals and birth centers throughout the world, 604 of which are in the United States. These facilities provide an environment that supports breastfeeding while respecting every woman’s right to make the best decision for herself and her family.

Awards & More at CCMH

Dr. Jentry McLaughlin HeadshotOU Outsdanding Resident of the Year

Dr. Jentry McLaughlin, one of our ER Residents, was chosen by OU as the Outstanding Resident of the year. This is out of all residents who rotated through both our Trauma and OU Trauma. Congratulations to Dr. McLaughlin.



Heather Moore Named New ED Patient Access SupervisorHeather Moore Headshot

Heather worked in developing a “Training Program” that was started from MedAccounts, Business Services and now with Patient Access. This was developed to help with focusing new employees and teaching them the success of learning their jobs before putting them out there to work. Heather has been in the training position for five years and we would like to welcome her into her new role as Patient Access ER Supervisor. Her 20 years of experience will help us take the ED Registration to the next level.

Congratulations Heather and welcome into your new role!


Merinda Rice and the 3 North housekeeping crew with Housekeeping AwardHousekeeping Traveling Award

Donna Wingate, Housekeeping, has started a “traveling award” for the unit that has received the highest Housekeeping HCAHPS score for the closing quarter. This award will be displayed at the unit’s nurses’ station for the following quarter until it is awarded to the next quarter’s winner. It is a way for the Housekeeping Department to thank the Nursing staff for their help. We believe that even though each department is scored separately, it is a joint effort to keeping patients happy, healthy, and satisfied. The closing quarter’s (Oct 2019–Dec 2019) highest score winner is Merinda Rice and the 3 North crew.

Keanu Ashmore and CCMH Staff with Rising Star Award Banner

CARE Team Presents Keanu Ashmore – Rising Star Award

Keanu Ashmore works in Food & Nutrition Services as a tray passer but he does more than just that, he makes sure every patient he gives a tray to is greeted with respect and caring words. He also takes the time out to sit with them to have a friendly conversation. He seems to always put smiles on the patients’ faces. One day, Keanu noticed one of the patients was very scared because she had no family present and she was going to start chemo therapy. He brought her a handmade scrub hat that had smiley faces all over it and gave it to her, letting her know she was not alone and he is here for her. Some tray passers just give the patients food but Keanu goes beyond that, he gives love, compassion and comfort too.

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