The Survival Flight, a service provider for Comanche County Memorial Hospital, announced their official opening with a ribbon cutting with the Lawton Fort Sill Chamber of Commerce Red Coats Friday. The Drewry Family Emergency Center supporters, Stephanie and Bill Drewry, were in attendance to help in the celebration along with local and surrounding area police, fire and emergency personnel.
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.”
Comanche County Memorial Hospital Foundation Supporter
If you have any questions please contact: Lea Ann Chandler, Director, Comanche County Memorial Hospital
Foundation, by email: LeaAnnChandler@ccmhonline.com or phone: 580.250.5989.
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.
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Comanche County Memorial Hospital is the ONLY hospital in the region offering the Mako™ robotic arm-assisted joint replacement system that allows orthopedic surgeons to perform total hip and partial knee replacements with unparalleled precision and accuracy. State-of-the-art Mako™ robotic arm-assisted technology allows our doctors to perform surgeries that are safer, more accurate, and are customized just for you.
Phase I of construction of the new Drewry Family Emergency Center is now officially open for business. The new center features: nearly 30,000 square feet of new construction, the addition of a rooftop heliport, an on-site state-of-the-art CT scanner and 5 new trauma rooms. Phase II consisting of renovation of 11,218 square feet of the existing Emergency Department is scheduled to open by end of year 2016. Upon completion, the new Drewry Family Emergency Center will provide 40,142 square feet of space and 38 treatment rooms expanding capacity by fifty percent.
The Cancer Centers of Southwest Oklahoma would like to announce the addition of High Dose Rate (HDR) Brachytherapy treatments for gynecological cancers at our Lawton facility. We have added a Nucletron Microselectron 6 channel HDR unit and are ready to begin treating patients with cervical and uterine cancers. This additional treatment option will be of great benefit to patients in Southwest Oklahoma who will no longer have to make the long drive out of town to receive this type of Radiation Therapy.
Delivering these treatments will be Dr. J. Michael Kerley and Dr. M. Leann Smith. Dr. Kerley has over 20 years experience with HDR Brachytherapy performing a variety of procedures. Those procedures include skin treatments, prostate, lung, and gynecological tumors.
Dr. Smith joins our practice after completing her training from the University of Oklahoma at the Stevenson Cancer Center in Oklahoma City, OK. Both physicians have extensive training and knowledge in delivering Brachytherapy treatments and are enthusiastic to begin offering this treatment locally.
To schedule a potential patient please call 580.536.2121, Monday through Friday between 8 AM and 5 PM and our scheduler will be happy to set up the consultation appointment with either Dr. Kerley or Dr. Smith. Additionally, both physicians can be reached at this number if you would like to speak to them personally about a particular patient or with questions about our Brachytherapy program.
A donation of 48 sets of hand crocheted baby blankets and matching hats, and 80 crocheted baby hats were donated to the CCMH Neonatal Intensive Care Unite on Thursday, July 14 from a local group. The Book n Hookers is a group from Elgin that gets together every Saturday at the Elgin Library to crochet together and read. Their goal is to share their hobby, for the joy and benefit of others. In the past, they have donated lap quilts for cancer patients at the Cancer Centers of Southwest Oklahoma and are now working on lap blankets for residents of the Lawton Veterans Center.
Cindi Tracy, a member of the Book n Hookers brought the donation for the group, and said that she and six other ladies crocheted all of the items over the course of 5 months. “This was a labor of love for us to be able to provide a and-crocheted item for these sick children to provide something home-made to show that someone cares”. Tracy went on to say that “This was a true community project. Most of the group members live in Elgin, but two are from Fletcher, and yarn and materials were donated by people from all over for them to use to make the baby items”.
We would like to give special thanks to the Book n Hookers members who made and donated the crocheted baby blankets and hats to donate to NICU babies:
- Laura Barrett
- Peggy Beigler
- Leslie Durham
- Michelle Duvall
- Grant Long
- Cindi Tracy
CCMH opened the areas first and only Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in July 2013. Over the last three years, the unit has treated about 300 premature and sick infants annually who would have otherwise been
transferred to Oklahoma City for lifesaving care.
At Comanche County Memorial Hospital, our goal is to exceed expectations in everything we do. The comments from our patients say it all.
I made an unexpected trip to the ER this morning and was so thankful that I did. The staff were so responsive. Dr. Swaim is amazing. He explained things in a way that I totally understood what was going on. Each and every one I met was so friendly, professional and above all, caring. Thanks Rachelle, Melissa, Rick, Ali, Casey, Candace from Lab, Maribel, Michelle, Noelle and of course Lana. I appreciate your concern and am thankful to receive the care I need. Great team of workers CCMH!
I was seen in the ER on two different occasions and had the pleasure of having Dr. Hitchcock. He was wonderful. He kept me very informed and attempted to do all in his power to keep me comfortable. Keep up the good work!
I have to give a huge shout out to my Orthopedic Surgeon Clint Kirk and his amazing team for a job well done! I am about 5% away from having full extension of my knee. Brandon, part of the surgical team, did an OUTSTANDING job on stitching me back up! What we all first believed was going to be a gnarly scar is instead going to be a scar that is barely seen! Way to go Dr. Kirk and Comanche County Memorial Hospital! You ROCK!!!
One of the worst experiences of my life was watching my mother undergo such pain. Dr. Miller has taken such good care of her that my family and I couldn’t be more happy. The level of care and service at CCMH IS ABOVE AND BEYOND any other hospitals we have been to. Our RN’s Deanna & Erin (In ICU) are so awesome it amazes me. Please let these Dr.’s and nurses know they are doing a great job!!! A nightmare but much more tolerable due to these people!!!! Thank you CCMH AND STAFF!
Labor & Delivery
I was very happy with my stay at CCMH. I am glad CCMH is where I decided to have my baby. Labor and Delivery, Post Partum were both wonderful. I recieved more than excellent care from Dr. Meza! He was absolutely wonderful! I cannot say enough nice and kind things about Dr. Meza. Leisha and Karla went above and beyond to help my baby and I during my stay at CCMH. Leisha was encouraging and helpful throughout the labor process and Karla was very caring and kind to me and my baby. They both helped to keep us calm and informed. The lactation nurse Kate was excellent! She spent an hour with me teaching me how to nurse my baby. Everyone at CCMH was wonderful, and I am glad I had such a wonderful experience having my first child.
Comanche County Memorial Hospital is proud to announce we have received the Gold Seal of Approval from The Joint Commission for Home Care services. This three-year accreditation covers Home Health and Hospice and Lawton Medi-Equip.
“We have the best staff and highest satisfaction scores at Home Health and Hospice,” said Teea Henry, Manager of Home Health and Hospice. “The staff is awesome and work well with physicians in the community. It is a wonderful service for the hospital to offer so we can continue to care for our patients once they return home.”
By receiving the Gold Seal of Approval, the community knows the staff of Home Health and Hospice and Lawton Medi-Equip are able to demonstrate they are capable of providing safe, high quality care to their patients.