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!
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 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.
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.
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.
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.