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.

CCMH Honors Martha Lou Lawson

CCMH Honors Martha Lou Lawson

CCMH extends our deep condolences to the family of Martha Lou Lawson, a supporter and friend to our hospital. Mrs. Lawson served on the Comanche County Memorial Hospital Trust Authority for 15 years and later served on the Comanche County Memorial Hospital Foundation Board. The Martha Lou Lawson Chaplaincy Center, located on the first floor, honors a woman with a servant heart who worked to improve the well being of our community. Mrs. Lawson was a compassionate, caring lady who was sincere in her commitment to others. She will truly be missed.

FIRST in Oklahoma and only second in the nation Primary Heart Attack Center

Comanche County Memorial Hospital has attained Advanced Certification by the Joint Commission and the American Heart Association for Primary Heart Attack Centers! This means when you come to CCMH for a heart attack, you can be sure you will receive the next generation of cardiac care. We would like to recognize the team who made this achievement possible. Their dedication of care through the years not only is now nationally recognized, but countless lives have been saved as well. We are so proud of the work they do each and every day for our patients.

CCMH Leadership with certificates of appreciation from Lawton Chamber & State Representatives

CCMH Recognized for Continued Support of Chamber’s Mission

The Lawton Fort Sill Chamber of Commerce recognized CCMH for its continued and considerable support of the chamber’s mission. A proclamation was also given to CCMH and was the brain-child of Representative Daniel Pae and signed by Representatives Daniel Pae & Rande Worthen and Senators John Michael Montgomery and Chris Kidd.

Caitlyn Reser holding award behind Rising Star banner with CCMH Staff

Caitlyn Reser, Nurse Aid, Receives Rising Star Award

Caitlyn Reser, Nurse Aid, at the Jim Thorpe Rehabilitation Center provides outstanding service to not only the patients of Rehab but the Rehab team as well. Caitlyn is always willing to go the extra mile for our patients and her coworkers. Her caring attitude and excellent service shine in all that she does—from the way she accommodates therapy needs by helping organize rooms so patients can get back into bed safely while the therapist positions them, to the way she constantly makes herself available to her team.

You would never know that Caitlyn has not been in healthcare for very long. She is able to expertly anticipate the needs of her patients and coworkers. She is self-motivated and does not hesitate to take action. She is selfless, often eating last, staying late and coming in extra. She always has a smile, and her positive attitude is contagious. Caitlyn is professional, sweet to all, and a pillar of our unit.

Caitlyn is always putting others first and is an example to all. We are proud to have Caitlyn apart of our CCMH family.

Shamika Galloway holding Rising Star Award

Shamika Galloway, Lead CNA, Receives Rising Star Award

On Wednesday, July 31, a patient on 3North was very hesitant to allow any needle sticks, whether it be from nursing or lab. When Shamika Galloway heard this, she rounded up a few nurses that were on shift from CVCU and headed into the patient’s room. She talked to the patient, held her hand, and was able to calm her and gain her trust. As a result, they were able to successfully gained IV access for pain medicine and, most importantly, her IV antibiotics.

This is just one example of how Shamika is always going above and beyond for our patients. She also has tremendous love for her fellow team members. This past winter, CVCU had a nurse who had fallen on hard times and needed to take the NCLEX. Shamika rallied right away, and in 24 hours had gathered enough funds from coworkers for this nurse to test for NCLEX and purchase a few Christmas gifts for the nurse’s children.

Shamika is always putting others first, and for this she deserves all the recognition in the world!

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.

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