CCMH School of Medical Technology graduates

CCMH Graduates Med Tech Students

The CCMH School of Medical Technology graduated 6 Medical Laboratory Scientists (MLS) and 1 Chemistry Technologist from its 2019-2020 class on July 10, 2020. The Graduation Ceremony was held in the Outside Employee Lounge Area and was hosted by Program Director Stacey Paryag-Stevens. The 2020 class is the largest graduating class since 2009.

Lizabeth Landoll, Chemistry Technologist graduate, is the first student to complete the Structured Technologist program (13 weeks) with the CCMH MT School. The graduates remained committed to their training even during this COVID-19 crisis and we are so proud of their success!

13 awards were presented to the students. Samikchhya Humagain was awarded “Labodoodle Award” for best overall performance. Graduates voted on and presented the “Teaching Tech of the Year Award” to Susan Pustejovskey; DeAngela McClain was the “Do It Well Award” winner.

Special thanks to Toni Brite, Dr. Robbie Graham, Jamie Kendall, Toluwalope Adeyemi, and Stacey Paryag-Stevens, for presenting during the ceremony and thank you to Engineering, Dietary, Housekeeping, Luis Mendes, Christy Tate and DeAngela McClain for helping with the preparation and set-up of the ceremony.

All 7 graduates are remaining at CCMH to work in the Laboratory Department as Medical Technologists and we are thrilled to have them as co-workers.

The MT School has a 100% graduation rate, placement rate, and ASCP certification passrate over the past 3 years and successfully meets NAACLS accreditation standards. Thank you to the CCMH Administration, the MT School Advisory Committee, and the Faculty members for all that you do for the MT program. You are greatly appreciated!

The program’s new 2020-2021 MT class will begin its 51 weeks long training on July 20, 2020 with 7 MLS students and 1 Hematology Technologist student (15 weeks). For more information about the School of Medical Technology, please visit

Saradell Horton and CCMH Staff

CCMH Childbirth Educator Retires After 41 Years

Saradell Horton started teaching Childbirth Education Classes at CCMH in 1979, helping moms-to-be and new moms prepare for delivery and life after the baby is born.

In the 90’s, she and the nurses she taught with became board certified lactation consultants. She says they enjoyed establishing that at the hospital.

While Horton is looking forward to spending more time with her grandkids now that she’s retired, she’s also happy that the classes will continue.

“We appreciate Saradell and all that she has done for moms in this community. We have someone who has stepped up and volunteered and is super excited to be going forward in the tradition that Saradell has set. We should be starting those classes within the next month, COVID willing, and we’re really excited about it,” said Paula Griffith, Director of Women and Children Services.

hospital week

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


CCMH Welcomes New Provider

CCMH & MMG Welcomes Michael Yost, DO

Michael Yost, DO

Michael Yost, DO.

Dr. Yost is from Emporia, Kansas where he has been practicing orthopedics for 13 years. He worked with the athletic teams from the local high schools and Emporia State University during his tenure there.

Dr. Yost received his Bachelors degree in biology from Colorado College where he played both football and baseball. He went to graduate school at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. He graduated from medical school from the University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine in Kansas City. Dr. Yost did his residency training at St. Anthony’s Hospital in Oklahoma City and completed a fellowship in shoulder and elbow and Sports Medicine at the University of South Florida in Tampa.

He specializes in disorders of the shoulder and elbow as well as sports related injuries. Dr. Yost performs arthroscopic rotator cuff repairs, shoulder stabilization and subacromial decompression as well as total shoulder arthroplasty and reverse total shoulder arthroplasty for chronic rotator cuff arthropathy.

Dr. Velury and Dr. Kochenower speaking at Peripheral Artery Disease Lunch & Learn

Peripheral Artery Disease Lunch & Learn

Dr. Velury and Dr. Kochenower were special guest speakers at a lunch and learn last Thursday at CCMH on Peripheral Artery Disease or PAD to nearly 50 people. They talked about how they work together across a continuum of care, from awareness, to early detection, to wound treatment, and ongoing management, to help reduct the chances of amputation and improve the quality of life for patients.

Dr. Velury (left) and Dr. Kochenower (right)

Dr. Velury (left) and Dr. Kochenower (right)

crowd at PAD Lunch & Learn

2019 March of Dimes “Nurse of the Year” Winner and Finalist

Left: NURSE OF THE YEAR WINNER – Surgical Services: Kristen Turner, BSN, RN, CPAN Right: NURSE OF THE YEAR FINALIST – Infection Control: Meagan Garibay, RN-BSN, CIC

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

Dr. Richard Brittingham receiving Bronze Star Award

Richard T. Brittingham, MD Receives Bronze Star

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!

Walk to End Alzheimer's Image

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.

Jim Thorpe Rehabilitation Logo & CARF Accredited logo

Congratulations Jim Thorpe Rehabilitation!

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.

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.

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