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.
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.
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, 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.
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!
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
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!
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.
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, 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.