A Message From Brent Smith, CEO

A Message from Brent Smith, CEO

I want to take this opportunity to thank you for all your efforts throughout 2019. The success of our hospital is built on the efforts of our employees and in this past year, we have enjoyed many successes. Thank you for the dedication, loyalty and commitment that each one of you has shown to our patients and each other.

We’ve come through a year that was filled with both challenges and victories. How reassuring it’s been to know that we can count on all of you regardless of what faces us. On behalf of Comanche County Memorial Hospital, please allow me to extend my personal and genuine appreciation to each and every one of you for your valuable contributions to this organization.

Working with you this past year has been a pleasure and I’m proud to have you all on our team. Best wishes and happiness to you and your families as we all look forward to a successful and healthy 2020.

Brent Smith, Chief Executive Officer

CCMH Annual Holiday Meal

Thanks to Food & Nutrition Services for the beautiful and delicious Holiday meal last Wednesday. Lisa Van Brunt, Director of Food & Nutrition Services, and her staff prepared prime steak, turkey and all the trimmings for the annual free feast for all of our employees. They served 1,357 people during lunch and dinner. Thanks for all you do! Life Work Balance handed out gloves and wooden ornaments.

CCMH Foundation Golf Tournament A Huge Success!

The 3rd annual CCMH Foundation Golf Tournament was the most successful to date with more than 90 golfers participating and raising more than $19,000! The proceeds will benefit the Foundation’s general fund. Thank you to all the sponsors for supporting the cause, Sodexo for providing the food, the Lawton Country Club and all the golf tournament volunteers for their help.

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More than $5000 raised by McMahon Tomlinson Nursing and Rehabilitation for 2019 Walk to End Alzheimer’s

More than 500 residents from Lawton and surrounding communities joined the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s on Saturday, at Elmer Thomas Park.

McMahon Tomlinson Nursing and Rehabilitation’s team raised more than $5,000 for this year’s event to help fund Alzheimer’s care, support and research programs.

Holiday Meal & Atrium Gardens Renovation Ribbon Cutting

The Food and Nutrition Department is so excited to be in our beautiful new cafeteria! We started the day with a ribbon cutting and then opened our doors so our employees could finally feast on the wonderful food created by Chef Clayton Bell, Supervisor Ileana Wheeler and the FNS team. Over 2500 pounds of prime rib and 3600 pounds of turkey plus traditional accompaniments were served to over 1550 staff and family members!

The CCMH family shared plenty of oohs, ahhs, and laughter while gathered together in the new bright and inviting dining room. They were also able to tour the new servery which created great anticipation for the following day when they could finally dine in the renovated cafe.

The 51 item salad bar; which is the biggest in Lawton, was particularly of great interest for those that are looking for healthier options in the new year. Of course, the new burger bar and pizza slab continued to be a favorite.

The Food and Nutrition team is so proud of our new facility and hope that everyone who waited so patiently will agree that it is worth the wait!

In Remembrance of Analyssa Orjuela, MD

CCMH is saddened by the loss of one of our physicians. Dr. Analyssa Orjuela unexpectedly passed away last Wednesday morning as a result of a multiple-vehicle accident.

About her life

Born on June 13, 1987, Analyssa grew up in McAllen, Texas. She also graduated from McAllen High School. She loved and excelled in many activities including music, dance, gymnastics, cheerleading and academics. However, despite her many activities, she cherished time with her family above all.

Upon graduating from high school, Analyssa attended The University of Texas – Pan American where she received her bachelor’s degree. She then attended The University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, Texas where she received her Doctor of Medicine. She completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Dr. Orjuela had a selfless spirit and passion for helping others. She was always there for her patients, siblings and friends in a time of need. Others considered her an inspiration to work hard and live a life of grace and dignity.

Her career at CCMH

After completing her residency, Dr. Orjuela relocated to Lawton to pursue her lifelong dream of practicing medicine. She was a valued member of our team for the past two years with our MMG Obstetrics and Gynecology clinic.

Dr. Orjuela meant a great deal to many of her patients. Many fondly referred to her as “Dr. O.” She always showed kindness and compassion in her practice, and it was obvious that she truly loved her profession.

Dr. Orjuela’s current patients will still be cared for by her colleagues at the OB/GYN clinic. She made a wonderful and positive impact on our staff, patients and the community. On behalf of CCMH Administration, our thoughts and prayers go out to her family, friends and colleagues.

CCMH Blessing

Blessing Ceremony Performed on Survival Flight & Crew

CCMH Blessing

 

Last Monday, a cedar smoke blessing ceremony was performed on the Survival Flight helicopter and crew members. The ceremony was performed by Lloyd Heminokeky a language and culture specialist of the Comanche Nation NAGPRA.
“We are very excited to be resuming operations at Comanche County and we are very grateful for the blessing that our crew and aircraft received,” said Ryan Sand, Survival Flight Base Clinical Manager.