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Dementia or Alzheimer’s? What’s the difference?

We’ve all heard of the terms Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease. Unfortunately, they are all too prevalent words in the human vocabulary as we begin to talk about aging and signs of cognitive deterioration, but the distinction between the two can sometimes be a difficult subject to understand. They are most common in aging Individuals 65 or older. People with Dementia experience a decrease in cognitive functions such as reasoning, memory and critical thinking.
Alzheimers is a degenerative brain disease in which cells in the brain break down and can impact memory and behavior. While these sound similar, there is a difference between Dementia and Alzehimer’s.

What is Dementia?

People with Dementia experience a progressive decrease in cognitive functions such as reasoning, memory and critical thinking. Dementia describes a group of symptoms associated with a decline in memory, reasoning or other thinking skills. Many different types of dementia exist and many conditions cause it, meaning that Dementia is not a normal part of aging. Dementia is a result of damage to brain cells that affects peoples’ ability to communicate, which can affect thinking, behavior and feelings.

What is Alzheimer’s Disease?

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, “Alzheimer’s is a degenerative brain disease that is caused by complex brain changes following cell damage.” In addition, Alzheimer’s is actually a type of dementia that affects memory, thinking and behavior. Symptoms eventually grow severe enough to interfere with daily tasks. Individuals with Alzheimer’s disease experience a great deal of difficulty due to confusion and inability to complete thoughts. Alzheimer’s impacts the ability to draw memories together in a complete sequence.

Early onset Alzheimer’s and Mild Cognitive Impairment

Alzehimer’s is most commonly seen in adults aged 65 years or older, however, it can also impact younger individuals. These individuals may experience Mild Cognitive Impairment early on in life that leads to a full diagnosis of Alzheimer’s later in life. Because it is so common for older men and women to be diagnosed with Alzehimer’s, a younger person with early onset is more likely to be misdiagnosed, therefore leading to a mistreatment and lack of support for the condition. Because of this. it’s important to be aware of the symptoms of Mild Cognitive Impairment and monitor its

If you are concerned about you or a loved one experiencing any signs of cognitive impairment at any age, visit your trusted CCMH Provider. For more  information about CCMH Silver Lining Geriatric Psychiatric Care, call us today.


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Giving to the Community & Community Support

CCMH Employees with Lawton Food Bank Director in food storage facility

From the left: Charmain Baldwin, the Lawton Food Bank Director, and Mitchell Spaulding.

Giving to the Community

The Business Services Office had a food drive this month and donated 283 pounds of food to the Lawton Food Bank! “We are so happy to have been able to bless someone,” said Mitchell Spaulding.


BancFirst employees and CCMH nurses with mask strap extenders

From the left: Waheed Gbadamosi, BancFirst; Melissa Alvillar, CCMH Nursing; Tara Deavours, Bancfirst.

Community Support

We are so very grateful to BancFirst who donated 500 mask strap extenders to nursing on Friday, September 11, 2020. These mask extenders will help our front line workers protect their ears.

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National Suicide Prevention Week

During the week of September 6th-12th, Americans recognize Suicide Prevention month with hopes to spread awareness of the prevalence of Suicide in your community. This week is dedicated to sharing ideas of how to care for those who are struggling with suicidal thoughts and provide outlets and resources for help.

Every 40 seconds, one person commits suicide in the United States. That equates to 800,000 people a year who take their own lives. In the state of Oklahoma alone, suicide is the 9th leading cause of death for all people; it is the 2nd leading cause for people ages 10-34. For every suicide, there are approximately 25 attempts. With numbers this staggering, it is important family members, coworkers, and friends are aware of the warning signs for suicidal thoughts in the people we are surrounded by. The following list of risk factors raise our awareness of who may be of higher risk. 

Risk Factors

Every suicide is different and is typically a result of different risk factors. These risk factors may include:

  • History of a mental health problems, especially clinical depression
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Family history of suicide
  • Family history of child maltreatment or abuse
  • Previous suicide attempt(s)
  • History of alcohol and substance abuse
  • Feelings of hopelessness
  • Impulsive or aggressive tendencies
  • Cultural and religious beliefs (e.g., belief that suicide is a noble resolution of a personal dilemma)
  • Local epidemics of suicide or graphic, sensationalized accounts of suicide
  • Isolation, a feeling of being cut off from other people
  • Barriers to accessing mental health treatment
  • Relationship or intimate partner conflict
  • Stressful life events (death, divorce, job loss, legal trouble)
  • Prolonged stress (harassment, bullying, chronic pain, homelessness)
  • Easy access to lethal methods, including firearms and drugs
  • Unwillingness to seek help because of the stigma attached to mental health and substance abuse disorders or to suicidal thoughts

Protective Factors

It can be difficult to notice when someone may be close to taking their own life. If you suspect someone is contemplating suicide, you can help locate or provide these Protective Factors to provide support and potentially prevent a suicide attempt:

  • Support of family, friends and others (counselors, managers, etc.)
  • The presence of an intimate, supportive partner
  • Church attendance and participation in religious activities
  • Religious coping (prayer, worship, meditation, Scripture, meeting with spiritual leaders, etc.)
  • Moral and spiritual objections to suicide
  • Moral and spiritual sense of responsibility to family, God, etc.
  • Beliefs that aid survival or coping with trials such as “I am loved,” “I am not alone,” and “I can overcome.”
  • Problem solving skills and ability to regulate one’s own emotional response
  • Personal strengths such as persistence, resilience, hope, etc…
  • Family cohesion


Ultimately, suicide can be a difficult topic to discuss with anyone. If you or a loved one are struggling with coping with external factors that induce suicidal thoughts, remember help and support are here for you. Ways to help prevent suicide include:

  • Strengthen economic supports such as housing stabilization and household financial security.
  • Strengthen access and delivery of care including mental health care and insurance
  • Create protective environments with reduced access to lethal means and excessive alcohol.
  • Promote connectedness with peer norm programs and community engagement
  • Teach coping and problem-solving skills.
  • Identify and support those at risk with possible crisis intervention and re-attempt prevention courses.

Whether you or someone you know is at risk for suicide, know that there is help and support available. You are cared for and not alone. If you do wish to speak to someone about your current mental health needs, your CCMH Providers are here to help as we all navigate these challenging times. 


The Comanche County Memorial Hospital website does not provide specific medical advice for individual cases. Comanche County Memorial Hospital does not endorse any medical or professional services obtained through information provided on this site, articles on the site or any links on this site.

Use of the information obtained by the Comanche County Memorial Hospital website does not replace medical advice given by a qualified medical provider to meet the medical needs of our readers or others.

While content is frequently updated, medical information changes quickly. Information may be out of date, and/or contain inaccuracies or typographical errors. For questions or concerns, please contact us at



Helping Prevent Suicide: A Three-Part Series from Chaplain Paul Gore (PDF)

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CCMH Coronavirus Update

CCMH continues to promote a culture of safety and accountability during the COVID-19 pandemic. With the number of new cases in Oklahoma remaining at high levels, it is more important than ever that all people inside the facility are wearing masks.

There is currently no timeline for a vaccine, which means masks will be the “New Normal” in CCMH going forward. Incident Command, Occupational Health, and the Infection Preventionists are meeting weekly to continually discuss the direction of all CCMH activities moving forward. Thank you all for being part of a caring and supporting team during the challenging time!

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CCMH Celebrates Emergency Medical Services Week

EMS Week brings together local communities and medical personnel to honor the dedication of those who provide the day-to-day lifesaving services of medicine’s “front line.” CCMH celebrates these heroes and would like to thank them for their service to our community. This year, CCMH EMS members were asked to reflect on what it means to them to be an EMS practitioner:

“I chose EMS because I wanted to help people. I wanted to be a part of the team that gives people the best chance at surviving the situation they are in. I believe I chose one of the best teams to be a part of.”
Amanda Sheffield, EMT-Basic

“I chose EMS initially as just a job, but it quickly evolved into a passion and a calling to serve others. It has molded and shaped me into the person that I am today.”
Nolan Abner, EMT-Basic

“I wanted to be in EMS to help people and to take care of them. I love helping and taking care of people and this job means everything to me. Holding the hand of someone in the worst moment of their lives, and just being there so they aren’t alone, is the greatest feeling in the world. We make a difference one call at a time. It is bigger than each of us, but together we can accomplish and overcome anything and everything.”
Proud EMT and a Proud Mom of a Medic!
Kimberly Selby-Adrahtas, EMT

“After coming across my grandfather in full arrest and playing a vital part in saving his life, I knew EMS is what I was meant to do. It’s not about recognition or cool lights and sirens, it’s about being there in whatever way possible to help someone.” Meagan Lynch, EMT

“I got into EMS because it’s what I’ve wanted to be since I was a little bitty girl. I love every single thing about this job. I live and breathe EMS and it’s my passion. At the end of the day I couldn’t imagine doing anything else.”
Savannah Marsh, EMT-Basic

“You asked why. I wanted to pay it forward for those who have helped my family. As a dispatcher, I knew I could get help sent to those in need. This service can be redundant and lacks the thrill of a 911 call, but it is one of the greatest services that we do. It is a comfort to family members to know their loved one will be transported safely to their destination.”
Debbie Levick, Ambulance Dispatch

“I didn’t choose EMS it chose me…as a junior in high school, I witnessed a T-Collision. An elderly lady was hurt in the accident; I grabbed her hand and she begged me not to let it go. She looked at me with so much fear in her eyes. I called her husband and family and I stayed till 911 arrived. When I joined the Army I knew my passion was to help people rather than hurt, so I picked a medical MOS. I picked combat medic not knowing I would be good at patient care, compassion and more. EMS fits and flows naturally with me.” Javar Manley, EMT-Paramedic

“I chose to become a paramedic at 12 when a devastated mother rang our doorbell and handed me a lifeless baby and begged me to help him. I did everything I could until help arrived. Being in EMS means you have the chance to be part of someone’s best day when you hand them their newborn baby, or their worst day when they sat alone on a mountain and took their own life and all you can do is touch their face and whisper ‘You are loved and I am so sorry I wasn’t here for you.’“
Marcy Pennington, EMT-Paramedic

“I got into EMS because I want to help as many people as I can. Being in EMS has been the best career path I believe I could have chosen and I can’t wait to further my education even more.”
Ryan Upchurch, EMT-Paramedic

“In an emergency medical situation the patient doesn’t care who you are. Although they may never remember your name, they’ll always remember how you treated them. It’s an honor to give someone a positive experience during a traumatic time one call at a time.”
Leif Johnson, EMT-Basic

“I got into the EMS field after being a part of a volunteer fire department and seeing the good we could do in the community. I love helping people! Kindness and caring is what I try and provide, along with awesome medical care.”
Elizabeth Woods

CCMH Hospice Volunteer in front of new We Honor Veterans wall

We Honor Veterans

On Friday, CCMH Hospice staff unveiled our “We Honor Veterans” memorial wall. It’s our way of showing appreciation and gratitude to military servicemen and women that devoted their lives to defending our country and freedom and who were patients of CCMH Hospice. The wall display includes portraits of current and former CCMH Hospice patients who served in a branch of the military. We were honored with the presence of Bruce Dwyer, a Purple Heart recipient, who retired from the United States Marine Corps and is a volunteer for CCMH Hospice. “We Honor Veterans” is a program of the National Hospice & Palliative Care Organizations & Veterans Administration that is designed to empower hospice professionals to meet the unique needs of terminally ill veterans. CCMH Hospice team honors our veterans with a certificate of appreciation along with pinning them with an American flag.

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National Nurses’ Week & Hospital Week Celebrations of Sweets & Treats

CCMH celebrates National Nurses’ Week & Hospital Week. During the week team members enjoyed popcorn & pickles, ice cream with all the toppings, and chocolate chip cookies. Three different food trucks and a coffee truck were on campus on Friday to offer a variety of foods and beverages for lunch. Nursing also had cupcakes for all the nursing units to wrap up Nurses’ week and commemorate Florence Nightingale’s birthday, the founder of modern nursing.

We appreciate all of our team members for all their hard work, commitment and dedication to our patients, staff and the community!

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Celebrating National Hospital Week

Below are the names of long-time employees who received awards for their dedicated years of service this year.

40 years

Deborah Nauman

Susan Tally

30 years

Dennis Green

Joe Harrell

Leann Legako

Elke Price

25 years

Janis Anderson

Serpil Ausley

Kimberly Brown

Michelle Callihan

George Cooper

Jennifer Craig

Lillian Estep

Bobbie Fite

Kimberly Hodges

Denise Jones

Michael Kern

Susanne Kohler

Beverly Nix

Letitia Robinson

Debra Shepherd

Lois Veal

20 years

Melissa Alldredge

Kimera Carel

Andrea Cole

Debra Deveaux

Christine Harbert

Becky Holland

Nicole Kilgore

Beth Lashley

Lori Medicinebird

Heather Moore

Rhonda Muilenburg

Marilynn Pahcheka

Tina Sahr

Charity Shaw

Edward Stone

Summer Taylor

Martha Vela

Karen Warner

Pamela Wiggins

15 years

Albert Allauigan

Bryan Barnes

Debbie Bracken

Jenifer Brown

Lusinday Burleson

Karen Butler

Sikiu Cimmino

Briana England

Rebecca Ervin

Sandra Foster

Harvester Glover III

Scarlett Harris

Carley Hester-Morales

Carrie Hill

David Jefferson

Benjamin Laird

David Lyon

Sonja McInnis

Kevin Murray

Scott Odebrecht

Rebatee Panta

Malvin Price

James Puckett

George Schutz

Sarah Sullivan

Aaron Trachte

Daisy Walkup

Chris Webster

10 years

Jennifer Barrier

Zachary Berry

Yolanda Caddell

Stephen Coakley

Tiffiany Collins

Valerie Craig

Lisa Dodson

Jennifer Fox

Meagan Garibay

Blanca Gonzalez

Gloria Gordon

Barbara Greenroyd

David Hanley

Kimberly Hanley

Blanca Huerta

Fred Judy II

Natasha Kaiser

Kathy Kappelle

Jill Kendall

Julie Kilgore

Clint Kirk

Susan Marshall

Steve McDonald

Twilla McDougle

Ellen Phillips

Whitney Powell

Kristi Pratt

Sheryl Robinson

Kylah Rucker

Laura Samek

Joseph Santos

Crystal Satepeahtaw

Sieglinde Sloniker

Tina Smith

Tonya Stokes

Tracy Sweeney

Dustin Williams

Vicky Winham

5 years

Daysi Alvarado

Tiffany Anderson

Tamesha Bailey

Shannon Ballou

Angela Beddor

Cynthia Booher

Jacob Bridges

Latrina Britton

Michel Bryce

LeaAnn Chandler

Monica Christensen

Jovida Craig

Frankie Crisswell Morales

Vicki Culbertson

Brittney Cunningham

Ariana Curwen

Dexter Decano

Mina Donnelly

Michell Drake

Tina Dukes

Stephanie Evans

Susan Ewing

Toshia Fanning

Sharon Fithian

Kimberly Fonvil

Christian Foster

Don Frazier

Sherry Frierson

Kayla Fritz

LaTaya Gilmore

Francillia Graham

Veronica Granados

Erica Grant

Amber Grayson

Carla Griffith

Jamie Gunnels

Dania Gutierrez

Nakeda Hall

Sameh Hanna

Shelly Harkey

April Hawks

Erin Hayes

Ralph Heirigs

Rachel Hennessee

Karin Hightower

Kayla Hill

Kara Hodek

Dana Hulbert

Joanne Hults

Dilan Humphrey

Summer Hurleyjacks

Jung Hee Hwang Hong

Lorri Jackson

Amber James

Nenad Jekic

Angela Johnson

Shawn Jolin

Navnidhi Kaur

Michele Kendall

Jessica Kenney

Jimmy Kerley

Elena Ketner

Heidi Lane

Kelsie Lawson

Mary Lenhardt

Yizhi Liang

Nina Lincourt

Christina Locklear

April Long

Victoria Longoria

Michael Masterson

Taren McAllister

Jennifer McCreery

Daniel McLaughlin

Andrew Mithlo

Tim Monetathchi

Amber Morrow

Gary Munoz

Elio Neal

Pamela Neugebauer

Linda Nix

George Obinero

Audrey Obinero

Elena Ochoa

Tanner Olsen

Julie Parkinson

Danielle Parra

Tashara Persky

Andrea Rendina-Brown

Kristen Richards

Alan Riddle

Alisa Riley

Candis Rogers

Joe Roundtree

Bradley Santor

Karen Schafer

Deanna Sevier

Sandra Shaw

Brian Shelton

Kathleen Shepard

Brent Smith

Deidra Smith

Franklin Smith

Christy Smith

Anna Spencer

Andrica Sweeney

Virginia Taylor

Valerie Teakell

Tiffanie Underwood

Holly VanPelt

Beckey Watkins

Amanda Weishaupt

Lindsey Whan

Debbie White

Jimmy Williams

John Wilson

Ryan Winfrey

Stephani Wroge


A Salute to Healthcare Heroes

Flyovers from Altus Air Force Base and Sheppard Air Force Base took place on Friday, May 1, over the Comanche County Memorial Hospital campus.

The first flyover was from Altus Air Force Base as a salute to healthcare workers, first responders and other essential personnel supporting the COVID-19 effort in Oklahoma.

The second flyover was from Sheppard Air Force Base giving a high flying “Thank You” with Operation Spirit over Texoma.

Col. Clayton Bartels, 80th FTW Vice Commander was at CCMH communicating with the lead aircraft.

The 97th AMW and 71st FTW encouraged viewers to tag the bases on social media in photos and videos they captured during the flyovers using #AirForceSalutes, #MobilitysHometown, #VanceProud and #SpiritOverTexoma.

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