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In 1951, Comanche County Memorial Hospital was founded by a group of community leaders with the charitable mission of ensuring the availability of medical care to all, regardless of social status or ability to pay. These visionaries, led by such people as Margaret Day, Charles Green, MD; Charles Graybill, MD; Emma and “Curlee” Tomlinson, had a goal of building the most technologically  advanced and modern hospital in the country.

Today we still strive to achieve that goal and we need your help to continue this legacy. Your contributions help fill the gap of funding needs for equipment, technology, capital projects and education.

You can make a difference!


Please join us TODAY by making a gift of any size!

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15% of all donations made to the CCMH Foundation will go to the endowment fund.
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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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Children’s StarLight Country Concert

The 14th Annual Starlight Country Concert raised approximately $230,000 for the Children’s Starlight Fund. With over $135,000 of that in sponsorship dollars before the event’s festivities even began. 680 people showed up to support the CCMH Foundation’s largest fundraiser. Several unique and popular items were donated for both live and silent auctions by generous community supporters, volunteers, and committee members. The funds raised from the Starlight Country Concert will continue to benefit the area’s only NICU as well as CCMH’s Labor & Delivery, Women’s Services, and the Starlight unit. Lea Ann Chandler, Director of the CCMH Foundation said, “We are so grateful for everyone who supported this event. These funds will allow us to support CCMH in their efforts to provide the highest quality healthcare to their smallest patients.” Thank you to all of the Sponsors, Committee Members, Volunteers and Staff that participated to make this event a huge success!

Arvest Foundation makes $20,000 Donation to CCMH Foundation

Recently, The Arvest Foundation donated $20,000 to the Comanche County Memorial Hospital Foundation. The generous funds will benefit the hospital’s Starlight Unit which is dedicated to providing quality healthcare to children. The donation will help replace old cribs with newer, more comfortable ones, purchase a pediatric vein finder and a TC Bilirubin meter, a tool that scans babies’ foreheads to check for jaundice.

“We are just so thankful for community partners like Arvest and Classic Lawton Chevrolet and the incredible support they give to our community hospital,” CCMH Foundation Director Lee Ann Chandler said. “It will be used to fund equipment in our Starlight Unit, which would otherwise probably go unfunded.

“Comanche County Memorial Hospital and the foundation which supports it, are of vital importance to our community,” David Madigan, President and CEO of Arvest Bank Southwest Oklahoma said. “Making sure our children have the best care possible is key when they are at their most vulnerable. It is an honor to be part of such a significant endeavor.”

Last month, Classic Lawton Chevrolet and owners Ervin and Bridget Randle presented a check in the amount of $10,000 to the CCMH Foundation to benefit the Children’s Starlight Fund. This gift came from the proceeds of the Annual Classic Golf Tournament held in September of this year. Thank you to the Randle’s and their committee for being champions for CCMH and the community!

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Organ Donation Helps Save Lives Through LifeShare

On August 17, 2018, a 20 year old man passed away, and his family chose to make his final gift, the gift of organ donation. He was able to donate his left kidney to a recipient in Oklahoma, his liver to a recipient in Oklahoma and right kidney and pancreas to a recipient in Maryland. Because of this act of generosity and kindness, three lives were saved. LifeShare depends on hospital partners like CCMH to help save these lives.

On behalf of these recipients and the donor family, these miracles would not be possible. Year-to-date, Comanche County Memorial Hospital has helped save eight lives!

Stories From the Heart

Five years ago this past September, my Dad, Jim Mulkey, had an accident in which he broke his neck and suffered a spinal cord injury. He was left partially paralyzed and as a result of complications from the fractured vertebrae, he had to undergo the insertion of a peg tube for his nutrition, and later, a tracheotomy. After a lengthy eight month hospital stay where he completed intense rehabilitation, he was able to return home. Doctors from the Memorial Medical  Group(MMG), and their staff, have been a wonderful resource in managing my Dad’s ongoing overall care since his return home.


With the challenges my Dad continues to face, sometimes, emergency situations involving his health can arise. When they do, we are so fortunate to have access right here in Southwest Oklahoma to outstanding, personalized care at the Drewry Family Emergency Center. My Dad has been treated four times over the past four years. The doctors, nurses and staff have done a great job meeting his very specialized needs. Our family is so grateful knowing that help is right here at home when and if we need it.


Despite all of the obstacles my Dad has faced, he has continued to progress every year since the accident and is now walking! Thanks to CCMH for helping us along the journey!


“Care such as this is why I continue to support Comanche County Memorial Hospital Foundation’s goal: To reinvest all profits back into Comanche County Memorial Hospital for renovations, improvements, and the purchase of new advanced technology and equipment. I hope you will join me and consider ending the year with a gift to support Southwest Oklahoma’s community hospital.”


Kim Dodds,
Comanche County Memorial Hospital Foundation Supporter

If you have any questions please contact: Lea Ann Chandler, Director, Comanche County Memorial Hospital
Foundation, by email: or phone: 580.250.5989.

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Comanche County Memorial Hospital Foundation announces major donation to new regional emergency center

Lawton, OK (June 16, 2016) – Comanche County Memorial Hospital (CCMH) was pleased today to receive a generous donation to the CCMH Foundation for construction of the hospital’s new regional Drewry Family Emergency Center.

A check in the amount of $50,000 was presented to the Comanche County Memorial Hospital Foundation by Terry and MG(R) Lee Baxter in memory of Mrs. Josephine Giannella, the late mother and mother-in-law of Terry and Lee Baxter.  The lobby of the new Drewry Family Emergency Center will bear her name to honor her memory per the family’s request.

Brent Smith, Chief Executive Officer of CCMH stated “We are sincerely grateful to Terry and Lee Baxter for their generous donation to support the hospital.  As the regional referral center for Southwest Oklahoma, CCMH operates one of the busiest Emergency Departments in the state, providing approximately 55,000 visits annually.  The Baxter’s are well-known for their contributions to the community and the fact that they have chosen to make this donation on behalf of Mrs. Josephine Giannella is a wonderful way to pay tribute to a life well-lived”.

MG(R) Lee Baxter said “Through the years Josephine spent in Oklahoma, her medical needs were met by the caring staff of CCMH. We always felt comfort in the fact that the medical staff that tended to Josephine were thoughtful, compassionate and kind. We feel a great way to memorialize her is through supporting the CCMH growth that can further care for many families and their loved ones”.



Josephine Rossi Giannella, was the mother of Theresa Marie (Terry) Giannella Baxter and mother-in-law of the former Fort Sill Commanding General Major General Lee Baxter.  She was born in Italy in 1920 and immigrated to America when she was 15 years old, where she was reunited with her father and other family members in New Haven, CT.  At age 17, she married her life-long love, Mario, also an emigrant from her hometown.  They settled in Paterson, NJ where the family established the Giannella Baking Company, which flourished into a leading Italian Bakery in New Jersey and New York.

Despite little knowledge of the English language, the Giannella’s achieved the “American Dream” in every sense.  They were true American Patriots.  Josephine was integral to the success of the family business, while devoting herself to raising three successful children:  Terry, a speech-language pathologist; Ralph, a Medical Doctor and Mario, Jr., a physicist within the U.S. National Laboratory System.  While Josephine and Mario had little formal education, the Giannella’s appreciation for education is reflected in the accomplishments of their children.

Josephine was smart, of strong character and values, was witty and possessed a delightful Italian accent.  After her husband’s death in 1980, Josephine single-handedly owned and managed her own business, the M. Giannella Delicatessen in Westwood, NJ.  She was an astute businesswoman, and a loving grandmother and great-grandmother.

In 2004, Mrs. Giannella relocated to Lawton, OK to join her daughter.  Over a period of seven years, she was frequently treated in the Emergency Department at Comanche County Memorial Hospital.  A gift, in Memory of the beautiful life of Mrs. Josephine Giannella, was made to show appreciation to those who cared for her so well, until she perished at the age of 91 on January 17, 2012.

The Ribbon Cutting for Phase I of the Drewry Family Emergency Center will occur on Tuesday, June 28 at 2 pm in the new center.  Phase II, consisting of the renovation of the existing CCMH Emergency Department is scheduled to be completed and open to serve patients by the end of 2016.




In January, 2014, Comanche County Memorial Hospital broke ground on construction of a new state-of-the-art Emergency Center located on the southwest corner of the hospital’s existing building.  The project includes 28,924 square feet of new construction, and the renovation of 11,218 square feet of the Emergency Department originally constructed in 1984, bringing the new center to 40,142 square feet of usable space with an additional 3,715 square feet of shelled space to accommodate anticipated future growth.  The new construction is slated to be complete in June, 2016 with the renovation of the existing area finalized by the end of the year.

The new Drewry Family Emergency Center will increase the number of treatment rooms by 12 to include two new Level 3 Trauma Rooms, state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging, designated specialty treatment rooms for obstetrical and psychiatric patients and a rooftop Heliport landing pad.  The center has been designed with modern design efficiencies in conjunction with input from the physicians and staff of CCMH Emergency Services.  The current CCMH Emergency Department provides about 55,000 patient visits annually making it one of the busiest Emergency Departments in Oklahoma.


Drewry Family Emergency Center Facts:

  • 43,875 total square feet of new and renovated space
    • 28,924 square feet of new floor space
    • 11,218 square feet of renovated space
    • 3,715 square feet of shelled in space for future growth
  • 38 total treatment rooms, including 12 new
    • 2 triage rooms
    • 13 minor care treatment rooms
    • 23 emergent care treatment rooms to include:
      • 10 general emergent treatment rooms
      • 5 Level 3 trauma rooms
      • 4 isolation treatment rooms
      • 2 behavioral health/psychiatric treatment rooms
      • 2 OB/GYN exam/treatment rooms
    • On-site dedicated advanced diagnostic imaging to include:
      • X-ray
      • Computerized Tomography (CT)
    • Rooftop Heliport landing pad
    • Emergency Services (EMT) and Police workroom
    • Family consultation/bereavement room
    • Patient viewing room
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Comanche County Memorial Hospital Foundation to receive major donation for Drewry Family Emergency Center

Lawton, OK (June 15, 2016) – Comanche County Memorial Hospital (CCMH) announced a Check Presentation Ceremony is scheduled for Thursday, June 16 at 2 pm in the Maple Conference Center where a major donation will be made to the CCMH Foundation for the construction of its new state-of-the-art regional Drewry Family Emergency Center scheduled to open this July after nearly three years of construction.

The donation being made by a distinguished local family will be announced, along with a construction update about the new Emergency Center which will open in two phases.  A Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Phase I of the new construction will take place at 2 pm on Tuesday, June 28, 2016, with Phase II of renovation of the existing Emergency Department to occur before the end of 2016, completing the project.

On January 17, 2014, CCMH broke ground on construction to build a new state-of-the-art regional Emergency Center.  The plans were to nearly quadruple the space of the existing Emergency Room opened in 1984.  The new Emergency Center will increase treatment room capacity by 50% which will allow more patients to be treated in a larger facility with modern design comfort and efficiency.

Details about the donation and the new Emergency Center will be provided in a Check Presentation Ceremony on Thursday afternoon.