2019 March of Dimes “Nurse of the Year” Winner and Finalist

Left: NURSE OF THE YEAR WINNER – Surgical Services: Kristen Turner, BSN, RN, CPAN Right: NURSE OF THE YEAR FINALIST – Infection Control: Meagan Garibay, RN-BSN, CIC

Congratulations to Kristen Turner, RN, for winning Oklahoma March of Dimes Nurse of the Year in the Surgical Services category!

For the second year in a row, CCMH has had March of Dimes Nurse of the Year Winners in different categories and several nurses selected as finalists.

CCMH is proud to have two outstanding nurse finalists in two different categories for 2019.

Meagan Garibay, RN-BSN, CIC, was selected as a finalist in the Infection Control category.

Kristen Turner, BSN, RN, CPAN, was selected as a finalist in Surgical Services and won in that category.

Nurses are recognized in an array of nursing categories. Exceptional nurses employed in the state of Oklahoma are eligible. A selection committee of health care professionals review the confidential nomination forms.

The awards were presented October 3rd at the Annual Oklahoma March of Dimes Nurse of the Year Gala in Norman.

NURSE OF THE YEAR WINNER – Surgical Services: Kristen Turner, BSN, RN, CPAN

NURSE OF THE YEAR FINALIST – Infection Control: Meagan Garibay, RN-BSN, CIC

Dr. Richard Brittingham receiving Bronze Star Award

Richard T. Brittingham, MD Receives Bronze Star

On Friday, September 20, Colonel Richard T. Brittingham, U.S. Army, Retired was presented with the Bronze Star Medal with Combat “V” for his heroic actions while serving as a U.S. Marine during Combat Operations in the Republic of Vietnam in 1968. The presentation was held at the Marine Detachment Parade Field, 913 Randolph Road, Fort Sill, Oklahoma.

Dr. Richard Brittingham has been an internal medicine physician at CCMH for 26 years. Congratulations!

MTNRC Awarded Vohra “Center of Excellence” Certification for Wound Management

Dr. Vandergriff, MD and Mina Donnelly, LPN, Wound Nurse.

Dr. Vandergriff, MD and Mina Donnelly, LPN,
Wound Nurse.

McMahon Tomlinson Nursing and Rehabilitation Center has been certified by Vohra Wound Physicians as a Center of Excellence for Wound Management. Only 10% of Vohra’s skilled nursing facility partners have qualified for this annual certification.

MTN&RC places a top priority on healing and rehabilitating their residents to return them to their homes. They admit patients with chronic or complex wounds because they are equipped to treat them with their specialized wound management program.

We have partnered with Vohra Wound Physicians to bring physician-led bedside wound care to our facility. A Vohra wound physician visits our facility weekly to treat our residents with wound and skin issues. This reduces the need to send our residents out to wound care centers or hospitals.

As long as facilities continue to provide more specialized services with complex ailments, the presence of a wound physician is an important link in providing superior care.

CCMH Nurses Selected as Finalists for 2019 Oklahoma Nurse of the Year

CCMH Nurses Selected as Finalists for 2019 Oklahoma Nurse of the Year

Congratulations to two of our nurses who have been selected as a finalist in their category for the 2019

Oklahoma March of Dimes Nurse of the Year Awards Gala.

Meagan Garibay was selected as a finalist in the Infection Control category.

Kristen Turner was selected as a finalist in the Surgical Services category.

The Nurse of the Year Awards Gala will be held on Thursday, October 3, 2019 at Riverwind Casino in Norman.

Licensed nurses in Oklahoma that are in good standing with the OK state board of Nursing are eligible. Nominees must exemplify an extraordinary level of patient care, compassion and service.

Nominees are perceived as leaders among peers and in affecting positive change in the profession, workplace and community.

Last year we had six CCMH nurses nominated for the March of Dimes Nurse of the Year celebration; Kate Copass, Barbara Hays, Tarisha Watson, Meagan Garibay, Amy Smith and Paula Griffith were all nominated by their peers last year! (Kate & Amy won in two categories!)

Elvira Webber with Rising Star Award Banner

Rising Star Elvira Webber

Elvira Webber, Business Office Supervisor, goes above and beyond every day in her duties. She shows extreme patience when dealing with patients and family members informing them of their patient liabilities and works diligently to get preauthorization and payer sources in place for them.

Elvira is detail oriented and can multi-task while keeping a positive attitude. She is always willing to help anyone do just about anything and cover for just about everyone when needed so that the residents are taken care of and our facility reputation is upheld. She is able to work under extreme pressure and is able to meet important deadlines and always does this with a kind, caring heart and she is always smiling.

Eric Britten holding Rising Star Award

Rising Star Eric Britten

Eric Britten, Desktop Analyst, is always so helpful and willing to answer questions and fix problems with a positive attitude. Even when working on other things, he takes the time to inquire if there is anything else he can do. He makes people feel like their needs are a priority to him. Eric takes the time to not only address and correct the issues that are assigned to him, but also those that aren’t, such as quietly emptying the trash out of offices he was completing a job in. His selflessness, positivity, dedication and hard work are commendable and appreciated! Thank you for all you do, Eric!

CCMH Faculty holding Rising Star Award banner with Andrew Fanning

Andrew Fanning Awarded Rising Star Award

This week the CARE team recognized Andrew Fanning from Engineering for all his hard work and dedication to our hospital, his co-workers, and to our patients. Andrew is always willing to come in, day or night, to help with any problem he is called for. He has a huge heart, his work ethic is unsurpassed and he is a valuable asset to our organization. Thank you Andrew for being a Rising Star!

Jim Thorpe Rehabilitation Logo & CARF Accredited logo

Congratulations Jim Thorpe Rehabilitation!

Jim Thorpe Rehabilitation at Comanche County Memorial Hospital (JTR CCMH) has once again been accredited as a Provider of Comprehensive Integrated Inpatient Rehabilitation Program by the National Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facility (CARF). This award exemplifies excellence in inpatient rehabilitation program in terms of care delivery by experts, compassionate care, evidence based practice, and outstanding clinical and quality outcomes. The program exists to enhance functions necessary for individual patients to achieve their highest level of independence possible, within the confines of their disease process or injury. This is a testament of our commitment to exemplary service delivery for safe home return, and improved quality of life for the population served.

Congratulations to our organization and team of expertise who utilizes an interdisciplinary team approach to excellent care delivery. Our dedicated team include, physiatrist, physicians, therapists, nurses, dietician, social workers, and case managers to maximize physical, mental, emotional, social, and spiritual balance. The program is dedicated to awareness development, and desire to achieve a greater degree of general health and well being for our patients.

Cancer Centers Award Recipients

Cancer Centers Receives Employer Recognition Award

The Cancer Centers of Southwest Oklahoma has been selected as the 2019 Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation Small Employer Recognition Award recipient. The award was presented on Friday, April 12, during the Recognition Breakfast for Oncology Certified Nurses at the ONS Annual Conference in Anaheim, California.

The Cancer Centers of Southwest Oklahoma put a major emphasis on certification and participation in professional organizations. While newly hired nurses do not have to be certified upon hire, they are required to become certified within the first two years of employment. CCSO is also a major proponent of the Oncology Nursing Society. Reimbursement is given for ONS membership dues, courses taken through ONS, and travel costs to attend the meetings in Oklahoma City. Patients are made aware of certified nurses since we include information on patient education materials, on our website and in patient teaching sessions.

The Cancer Centers of Southwest Oklahoma currently has 31 nurses on staff, 25 RNs and 6 LPNs. 16 are ONC and/or CBNC certified. At the time of nomination, 16 out of the 22 RNs (73%) on staff were certified.

Rising Star Award Honorees

Rising Star Award Honorees

Becky Holland of Accounting and Billie New IT Director Allbritton of Guest Relations, were honored last week with a Rising Star Award. They were nominated by a patient for their help resolving transportation problems. The patient stated they both treated her like family and the care they showed is reflective of the amazing care she has received throughout the organization.

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