We’re proud that CCMH’s EMS was recognized by the American Heart Association for their achievement in AHA’s Mission: Lifeline Bronze Award for implementing quality improvement measures for the treatment of patients who experience severe heart attacks. CCMH is committed to providing excellent heart and stroke care that aligns with the latest research-based treatment guidelines.
Dr. Ben Cooper won the Rosemary Bellino Lifetime Achievement Award from Lawton Enhancement Trust Authority, designated for someone who has shown a long-time pattern of service to the community.
Dr. Cooper, administrative physician to Comanche County Memorial Hospital, has said he can link his interest in children’s health to his role of physician. He has served as chairman of the Fit Kids of Southwestern Oklahoma Community Coalition since 2005. The roles overlap because they are dedicated to improving community health.
On April 11, we had the opportunity to celebrate and appreciate the incredible CCMH Volunteers at the Hilton Garden Inn. Not only were 125 human volunteers honored, but five furry ones as well. The hospital would not be the caring, compassionate place of healing without these selfless people going above and beyond to help others. One night is not enough to thank our incredible volunteers!
To bring awareness to National Donate Life month, CCMH staff participated in a balloon release on April 2 and recognized the ICU Nurses who ran LifeShare’s 5K in honor of a young organ donor they cared for. This event was to encourage people to consider organ donation, honor those who became donors and saved countless lives. Organ donation gives hope, support and strength to patients waiting, recipients, and donor families. Please sign up to be a donor today. Visit www.donatelife.net.
Western Oklahoma State College has a long-standing partnership with Comanche County Memorial Hospital. WOSC established its nursing program in 1981 and opened an additional site location in Lawton on the Cameron University campus in 2003. CCMH offers access to the most critical areas of nursing care. From 2004-2011, CCMH has donated more than $850,000 to support the WOSC nursing program. CCMH has also provided an excellent clinical experience for the nursing students with many of CCMH’s own employees serving as clinical instructors for the program. In 2018, WOSC started an online LPN-to-RN track as part of the nursing program and is scheduled to graduate more than 100 nursing students in 2019. WOSC continues to partner with CCMH to research ways to expand the nursing program in the Lawton area. This partnership provides well-trained, highly educated registered nurses to meet the health care needs of southwest Oklahoma.
The Cancer Centers of Southwest Oklahoma has been selected as the 2019 Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation Small Employer Recognition Award recipient. They were chosen from among the best in the country as a shining example of oncology nursing at it finest. The award will be presented on Friday, April 12, during the Recognition Breakfast for Oncology Certified Nurses at the ONS Annual Conference in Anaheim, California.
The CARE team is proud to present the Daisy Award to Candice White, LPN. The Silver Linings team nominated Candice for her many kind and considerate deeds toward patients. She loves to spend time and talk with her patients. The patients say they enjoy Candice. Specifically, one patient says she’s grateful for Candice. The patient was expressing her desire to go home, but she didn’t have the essentials required to go at the time. Candice discovered the patient did have a home and worked on taking the steps to help set up her utilities again and automatic monthly payments for her living expenses. Candice also called the patient’s local church to assist with getting the patient food and helped start the process for her to receive food stamps. The Silver Linings team says the patient’s discharge plans were to go to a shelter, but over a three day period Candice changed that individual’s life by giving them hope! Candice was relentless in her efforts and her tireless work allowed a patient to go back home. Candice has a true patient focused attitude and we are proud to have her as part of our team.
Brandon Adams works in the engineering department at McMahon Tomlinson Nursing & Rehabilitation Center. He is consistently friendly and available to others. His peers describe him as honest and hard working. Our residents and patients love Brandon. He is always friendly toward them and very helpful.
During Christmas Brandon heard of two co-workers’ families in need. He provided two full Christmas meals for those families. He did this very quietly and respectfully. We would have never known about this thoughtful deed if not for one of the family members. Brandon is truly an asset to McMahon Tomlinson Nursing & Rehabilitation Center and is an example for all.
The RBC Care Team celebrated the accomplishments of our leaders with their first Awards Banquet. The highlight of the evening was recognizing the RBC Rising Star of the Year and the RBC Lifetime award.
The winner of the RBC Rising Star of the Year: Amber James.
The winner of the RBC Lifetime Award: Yvonne Hall.
The nominees were: Jayne Gallimore (CCSWOK), VeEtta Wandick (2 South), Chandra Lucksted (Education), Scott Odebrecht (Engineering), Jennifer Walters (Cath Lab), Erica Ochsner (Outpatient Rehab), Hollie Holbrook (Surgery), Susan Milam (Surgery), Craig Andrus (Pharmacy), Blanca Gonzalez (Respiratory), Sara Ann Grover (Nutrition Services), Toshia Fanning (GI Lab), George Alvillar (Nursing Admin), George Obinero (Hospitalist), Amber James (Nursing Float).
Congratulations to this year’s winners!
Kimberly Brunty (LCHC Case Mgr) recently received the RBC Rising Star Award for her outstanding work in patient care and supporting team values. On multiple occasions, Kimberly has helped staff from other departments with patient issues like denture replacement, rides to OKC for vision appointments, and financial assistance. These are all things that case managers do, but Kimberly does them for everyone and always with a smile. She doesn’t just do her job, she goes above and beyond to make our families feel cared for. Several families have stated that she makes a difference in their care and that they would not know what to do without her.
Kimberly’s actions not only show the character of the staff that work for us but they show that she is willing to always take the extra time to get to know our patients and provide that individualized care that makes such a difference.