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.
On Wednesday, January 9, co-workers, staff, family and friends all gathered to give farewell wishes to Connie Bryant, Lab Director, at her retirement celebration. A tile in her honor was revealed on the wall of the Martha Lou Lawson Chaplaincy Center on the first floor of CCMH. Afterwards, everyone attended a reception where they could write down memories of working with Connie or share them with attendees. “Connie always put the patients first in whatever task she was completing, building up her coworkers and finding positive ways to resolve any obstacle set before her. Her service here is a great legacy for us to follow” said Jamie Kendall, Interim Lab Director. Administration thanked Connie for her 31 years of caring service to the hospital, patients and families.
The annual Jim Thorpe Inpatient Rehabilitation Reunion at CCMH was held on October 11th to celebrate the success of former rehab patients.
Each year, a courage award is given out to a patient who has shown the most strength and perseverance. This year’s courage award went to Gloria Dille.
Gloria suffered a stroke in May. She started her rehab and was in the Jim Thorpe Inpatient Rehab for about a month working with the speech, physical, and occupational therapists.
Gloria said if it wasn’t for the rehab center, she wouldn’t be back home with her husband, which was her goal all along. “This facility sets a bar and nobody else can touch it. They really take care of their patients. They put the patients first. You develop a bond with each person you work with.” There were many nominations for this year’s award. The winner is chosen by the Leadership team from the rehab center.
Sara Grover is the 4th family member to join the CCMH team. Her grandmother Leanne has been in the food and nutrition department for 20 years. She also has an aunt and her mother works here as well, making Sara a legacy!
Sara is a dynamic young lady with a heart of gold. She has so much compassion that it really shines through when she delivers meals to our patients. Sara greets everyone with a smile and a friendly hello. It was this very reason that Sara was nominated and won the Rising Star award. A resident needed some help and Sara was more than willing to help her and listen to the resident which in her words “blessed her”. She is a very hard worker and is always willing to help her peers or her leadership team.
We have been an Advanced Primary Stroke Center (PSC) through The Joint Commission since 2016. Although the foundation to achieve and provide better stroke care started years earlier with Debbie Cofer, RN, BSN, CPHQ; Debra Schultz, RN and an assembled stroke team of various areas. As an Advanced Primary Stroke Center we must report on several metrics to improve the overall quality of stroke care. We concurrently track and report measures set by CMS and Get With The Guidelines. This program has enabled our facility’s stroke care to continuously improve and enhance the overall stroke system of care here in Southwest Oklahoma. Not only is it a goal to improve stroke care, but to also raise awareness in regards to stroke signs and symptoms. Community education in raising awareness is a key factor in prevention and earlier treatment of stroke. There are many requirements that we must fullfill as an organization to be a PSC. It is a true team effort! We have a stroke team that meets on a monthly basis and they continually help come up with solutions and ideas to overcome obstacles that challenge us from time to time. It is because of the dedication of our stroke team, ED nurses, physicians & residents, pharmacy, lab, and CT that we have achieved over the National Average in giving tPA within 45 minutes. It is also because of our incredible team with addition of unit nurses from all units, physicians, hospitalists, therapy, neurologists, and education that we were awarded the American Heart Association Bronze Award in 2018. This year one of our goals is to achieve the AHA Silver Award and we are on track.
Congratulations to Summer Weeks as she has been recognized as the Jim Thorpe V.I.P.
Summer’s achievement is the result of hard work, dedication, and her continued support for the Rehab Team. She was nominated by her peers for her ability to give great advice and tips for success as well as her willingness to help out when needed. She is praised by her patients as being “really great and helpful.”
Summer is recognized by leadership for her hard work and positive attitude. She completes tasks asked of her without hesitation while maintaining a positive attitude. Summer helps rehab therapy stay organized by setting the daily board schedule, which is a huge help to the whole team.
Thank you Summer for contributing your time and talent to the best rehab team.