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.
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!
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 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.
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.
November is National Healthy Skin Month! It is important that we take good care of our skin as it is our body’s largest organ. Here are some skincare tips that can help which are easy to add to your daily routine.
Wash your face daily.
Be sure you wash your face everyday as well as after exercising. Use lukewarm water to open and cleanse pores. Water that is too hot can cause excess drying. How many times you wash your face daily depends on your skin type since there are varying degrees of dryness or oiliness. Consult with your dermatologist.
Use an antiperspirant.
Why is an antiperspirant a better choice over deodorant? The ingredients in antiperspirants reduce the amount of sweat your sweat glands produce. Temporary gel plugs are formed in the pores. Your skin’s natural renewal process later removes them. They are also removed when you bathe.
Know your skin type.
Is your skin oily? Dry? A combination of both? Normal or sensitive? Are you unsure? Those with oily skin usually have problems with acne and shininess. Those with dry skin often notice itching and flaking. Combination skin traits include having cheeks that dry easily but oil in the area known as the T-zone. If you imagined drawing a large ‘T’ over your face the T-zone is identified by the forehead, nose and chin.
It is important that you know your skin type and choose skin care products that won’t harm your skin. For example, those with dry skin will benefit from gentle, creamier cleansers. Those with oily skin should choose oil-free foaming cleansers that are also non-comedogenic (does not block pores). Ingredients such as salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide are good choices to reduce acne.
Moisturize and protect.
It is important that everyone uses a moisturizer. Even if you have skin that is oily and rarely dry, your skin will be better protected and stay healthier and younger looking longer with moisturizer use. Apply moisturizer when your skin is damp from bathing to experience the full benefits. Those with dry skin should choose a heavier moisturizer than those with oily skin of course.
Petroleum jelly also works as an excellent moisturizer for dry skin and nails and treats minor injuries.
We need to protect our skin more than just in the summertime too. Make sure you are using a moisturizer that contains a broad spectrum sunscreen.
Prevent blistering and corns.
Make sure your shoes fit correctly and you feel no rubbing. Nylon or moisture-wicking socks will protect your skin from sweat. Keep your toenails trimmed too.
Examine your skin.
Take a look regularly for signs of skin cancer. Ask a family member to help with the areas that it is difficult to see such as your back. Make note of any new or unusual spots. Consult with your dermatologist about spots that change, itch or bleed.
Do you need an appointment with a dermatologist? Visit CCMHHealth.com/directory/specialties/dermatology to find the contact information for Dr. Hensley or Dr. Roundtree.
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Denis Wells was born right here at Comanche County Memorial Hospital and was raised in Lawton. After earning her bachelor of accounting degree from Cameron University in 1995, Denis moved to Plano, TX, where she began her career in public accounting. She became a certified public accountant in 1997 and continued her career in the public forum with an emphasis in the non-profit industry. In 2007, Denis returned to Lawton to be near her family.
Since returning, she has worked as a Controller in various industries throughout Southwest Oklahoma and North Texas. She is excited to join the accounting team at CCMH and even more excited to be working closer to home. When not crunching numbers, Denis spends her time being Mom to her three children, Braden (18), Brycen (17) and Reign (3). She is also a volunteer for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention where she provides support for survivors of suicide loss.
Jack Whiteman joined CCMH as Director of Engineering in July. For the past 20 years, Jack was employed at Great Plains Technology Center, he started as a Residential and Commercial Electrical instructor and then was promoted to Director of Purchasing and Maintenance. Prior to GPTC, Jack was co-owner of Pat and Jack’s Electrical Contractors of Lawton. He holds an Oklahoma Contractor’s License as an electrician and attended Cameron University. Jack enjoys golf and spending time with his grandchildren.
Donald Weese, M.D. was born and raised in Glendale, California. He graduated Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). He attended medical school at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas and then completed a six year urology residency at the Kaiser Foundation Hospital in Los Angeles in 1993. He moved to Idaho in 1993 where he practiced until moving to Lawton in August 2018.
Dr. Weese is a certified Diplomate of the American Board of Urology and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He also is a member of the American Urological Association. He has a special interest in minimally invasive endoscopic and laparoscopic surgery and has been performing robotic-assisted laparoscopic urologic surgery with the DaVinci robot for more than nine years.
He has expertise in treating all types of urologic cancers (prostate, bladder, kidney, testicular and penile cancers), urinary slowing and other prostate problems, kidney stone disease, urinary incontinence, prosthetic surgery, erectile dysfunction and vasectomy. Dr. Weese treats urologic problems in men, women and children.
He is married and has four children. He enjoys hiking, wakeboarding, tennis, golf, playing paintball, traveling and spending time with his wife and family.