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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Although there are things you can do to reduce your risk of developing breast cancer, no one is immune from this disease. The McMahon Center for Breast Health, at Comanche County Memorial Hospital, is the first and only comprehensive breast cancer program in Southwest Oklahoma, providing a multidisiplinary approach to preventing, detecting, treating and ultimately beating cancer. The key to survival is early detection and access to state-of-the-art technology and treatment.

The McMahon Center for Breast Health features the most advanced diagnostic tools to include: 3D mammography, breast MRI and the only fellowship trained breast cancer radiologist in the region, giving our patients the greatest chance of early detection and survival. During National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, take the first step to survival and schedule your mammogram today by calling 580.250.5846

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CCMH Recertified as an Advanced Primary Stroke Center

We have been an Advanced Primary Stroke Center (PSC) through The Joint Commission since 2016. Although the foundation to achieve and provide better stroke care started years earlier with Debbie Cofer, RN, BSN, CPHQ; Debra Schultz, RN and an assembled stroke team of various areas. As an Advanced Primary Stroke Center we must report on several metrics to improve the overall quality of stroke care. We concurrently track and report measures set by CMS and Get With The Guidelines. This program has enabled our facility’s stroke care to continuously improve and enhance the overall stroke system of care here in Southwest Oklahoma. Not only is it a goal to improve stroke care, but to also raise awareness in regards to stroke signs and symptoms. Community education in raising awareness is a key factor in prevention and earlier treatment of stroke. There are many requirements that we must fullfill as an organization to be a PSC. It is a true team effort! We have a stroke team that meets on a monthly basis and they continually help come up with solutions and ideas to overcome obstacles that challenge us from time to time. It is because of the dedication of our stroke team, ED nurses, physicians & residents, pharmacy, lab, and CT that we have achieved over the National Average in giving tPA within 45 minutes. It is also because of our incredible team with addition of unit nurses from all units, physicians, hospitalists, therapy, neurologists, and education that we were awarded the American Heart Association Bronze Award in 2018. This year one of our goals is to achieve the AHA Silver Award and we are on track.

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Summer Weeks is Recognized as the Jim Thorpe V.I.P

Congratulations to Summer Weeks as she has been recognized as the Jim Thorpe V.I.P.

Summer’s achievement is the result of hard work, dedication, and her continued support for the Rehab Team. She was nominated by her peers for her ability to give great advice and tips for success as well as her willingness to help out when needed. She is praised by her patients as being “really great and helpful.”

Summer is recognized by leadership for her hard work and positive attitude. She completes tasks asked of her without hesitation while maintaining a positive attitude. Summer helps rehab therapy stay organized by setting the daily board schedule, which is a huge help to the whole team.

Thank you Summer for contributing your time and talent to the best rehab team.

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September is Suicide Prevention Month

In the healthcare setting it’s easier to think about the patients who might be at risk of suicide than about our peers who might be at risk. But suicidal thoughts effect all groups and occupations. As co-workers, we are in a good position to notice changes that may suggest a team member is contemplating suicide.

Most people who take their lives exhibit one or more of the following warning signs.

  • Talking about wanting to die or to kill oneself
  • Looking for a way to kill oneself, such as searching online or obtaining a gun
  • Talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live
  • Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain
  • Talking about being a burden to others
  • Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs
  • Acting anxious or agitated; behaving recklessly
  • Sleeping too little or too much
  • Withdrawing or feeling isolated
  • Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge
  • Displaying extreme mood swings

These warning signs indicate a serious risk for suicide, especially if the behavior is new or has increased or is related to a recent, painful event such as a break-up, financial set-back, family disruption or trauma. If you spot one or more warning signs, don’t wait for someone else to act.

The BeThe1To campaign suggests five action steps you can take:

  1. Ask your co-worker, “Are you thinking about suicide?” then listen without judgement.
  2. Keep them safe. If the person has a plan or if they have immediate access to means and intend to take their life, they are in immediate danger and need emergency services.
  3. Be there. Whether in person or on the phone, being there increases connectedness and shows support.
  4. Help them connect, for example, by calling the Suicide Prevention Lifeline (800-273-8255), referring to a mental health provider, reaching out to a counselor or other community or workplace resources.
  5. Follow up. Giving them a call, sending a text, and other forms of contact are an important part of showing support and preventing suicide.

Patients are not the only ones who may be at risk. Our peers in healthcare may be at risk, too. We can help prevent suicide by being aware of these warning signs and by our willingness to act.

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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!

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CCMH Welcomes Denis Wells, Accounting Controller

Denis WellsDenis 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.

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CCMH Welcomes Jack Whiteman, Engineering Director

Jack WhitemanJack 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.

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MMG & CCMH Welcomes Donald Weese, MD – Urologist

Donald WeeseDonald 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.

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Celebrating National Health Center Week – August 12-18

Lawton Community Health Center is celebrating their 10 year anniversary this week. There will be several events taking place all week at each clinic such as patient appreciation day, gourmet popcorn, kids coloring contest, staff appreciation day, snow cones, barbecue, ice cream social and group exercises. On Wednesday all of the staff will be dressed in their favorite Super Hero costumes. So be sure to visit your local clinic, participate in the events and there will be giveaways for everyone.

National Health Center Week 2018 (NHCW) provides an opportunity to visit a Community Health Center and see firsthand why they are now at center stage in a changing health care landscape. This past year, Congress, with strong bipartisan support, invested in health centers, recognizing that a strong community-based system of care where people have easy access to doctors and preventive care will save lives and reduce health care costs.

Health centers like ours in Comanche, Elgin, Lawton and Marlow are part of a nationwide network that is the family doctor to more than 27 million Americans. Our mission to provide affordable options for primary care is well established. What may be lesser known is that we are proven innovators and problem-solvers in treating chronic disease. We look beyond medical charts not only to prevent illness but also address the factors that actually cause poor health, such as poverty, homelessness, substance use, mental illness, lack of nutrition, and unemployment.

“We are happy to be able to provide quality care to this community and throughout Comanche County. Since inception we have provided more than $1.3 million in sliding fee adjustments to make healthcare affordable” said Sean McAvoy, LCHC Executive Director.

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