Congratulations for Forty Years of Service

Debbie Nauman

Debbie has been a Licensed Practical Nurse since January of 1980 after graduating from the Great Plains Technology Center. She began her career at CCMH in the ICU for the first 12 years and has been with our Home Health Department since 1992. Debbie serves as the subject matter expert for In-Home Wound Vacs for our patients being served by our Home Health Department and other staff members go to her for any questions or concerns about wound care on their patients. Debbie’s patients love her dearly and ask for her by name.

 

Susan Tally

Susan is currently the Coding Manager and has been associated with our Medical Records Team since May of 1979. Previously, She was the Coding Supervisor from 2002 until her promotion to Manager in 2018. Susan began as a Medical Records Clerk until she moved into Coding in 1983 and served in multiple roles until her move into CCMH Leadership. She has been certified as Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) by the American Health Information Management Association, since 1991.

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National Nurses’ Week & Hospital Week Celebrations of Sweets & Treats

CCMH celebrates National Nurses’ Week & Hospital Week. During the week team members enjoyed popcorn & pickles, ice cream with all the toppings, and chocolate chip cookies. Three different food trucks and a coffee truck were on campus on Friday to offer a variety of foods and beverages for lunch. Nursing also had cupcakes for all the nursing units to wrap up Nurses’ week and commemorate Florence Nightingale’s birthday, the founder of modern nursing.

We appreciate all of our team members for all their hard work, commitment and dedication to our patients, staff and the community!

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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

 

hospital week

Celebrating National Hospital Week

As we celebrate National Hospital Week, Comanche County Memorial Hospital would like to recognize the men and women who work hard every day to provide high quality, compassionate care for patients and their families. Not only are we committed to keeping you and your loved ones safe throughout this pandemic, but we are also maintaining the exceptional care you deserve and can expect from CCMH. Our hospital is more than a place where people go for care, it’s a part of the Lawton community that fosters health & wellness and represents hope!

man with face mask

The Truth about Face Masks

It has been said that we are in a fight against a pandemic as well as a fight against misinformation. Misinformation may even be the bigger fight we face in a world of social media where anyone can easily have a platform and spread information that is not just false, it’s dangerous!

One of the trending topics on social media through the COVID-19 fight is whether or not face masks protect you from the spread of a virus. Some articles even claim wearing a mask is more harmful to your health! In this article, we hope to separate fact from fiction and provide a few tips to help protect you and your family from the virus.

 

How face masks protect from the spread of COVID-19

Can face masks help prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus  (COVID-19)? Most certainly, face masks in combination with other preventive measures such as social distancing, help slow the spread of viruses.

You may wonder why then, were face masks not the recommendation at the start of the pandemic? At the time, experts didn’t yet know the extent to which  COVID-19 could spread before symptoms appeared. Nor did we know that some affected persons are asymptomatic. This means that the virus spreads between people interacting in close proximity. For example, vapor droplets spread as individuals speak, cough, or sneeze near each other—even if those people are not exhibiting symptoms.

It is also important to remember that we discussed last week that data shows that individuals may not show symptoms for 2-11 days after infection.

 

Should you wear a mask?

These discoveries led the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to recommend face masks for the general public. Some public health groups argue that masks should not be for the general public to protect the supply for health care workers fighting the virus on the “frontlines.”  A critical shortage of surgical masks and N95 masks took place at the beginning of the pandemic. The CDC acknowledged this concern and recommended cloth masks for the public, not surgical and N95 masks our health care providers use. The CDC then updated its guidance to simple cloth face coverings in public to help prevent transmission of COVID-19 by those who may have the virus and not know it.

 

How do different types of face masks work?

N95 masks

N95 masks are actually a type of respirator. They offer more protection than a surgical mask does because it filters out both large and small particles. N95 earned its name because it blocks 95% of very small particles. N95 masks are designed to be disposable. However, research is ongoing to make N95s reuseable.

 

Surgical masks

Also called a medical mask, a surgical mask fits loosely, is disposable, and protects the nose and mouth from contact with droplets that could contain germs. A surgical mask also filters out large particles. Surgical masks help protect others as they reduce exposure to the respiratory secretions and saliva of the mask wearer.

At this time, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has not approved any type of surgical mask specifically for protection against the COVID-19 virus, but these masks may provide some protection when N95 masks are not available.

 

Cloth masks

While the supply of N95s and surgical masks is not great, cloth masks are more accessible, reusable, and easy to make out of a variety of materials. Cloth masks still help slow the spread of COVID-19. Cloth masks help protect others in case the wearer has the virus. An N95 mask, on the other hand, helps protect the wearer from getting the virus. However, if we all do our part, the transmission of the virus as a whole is less to all our friends and neighbors.

Countries that quickly implemented rules regarding testing, face masks, isolation, and social distancing early in the pandemic seem to have had some success at slowing the spread of COVID-19. Common sense, of course, is that some protection is better than none. Wearing a cloth face mask loses all of its value, however, if it isn’t combined with frequent hand-washing and social distancing.

Cloth masks are cheap and simple to make. Instructions are easy to find online. Masks can be made from everyday materials, like sheets made of tightly woven cotton. The CDC has published instructions for no-sew masks made from T-shirts and bandanas. Cloth masks should have multiple layers of fabric.

 

How do I wear a cloth face mask?

Wear a cloth face mask when you are in a public place where it is difficult to maintain social distance, especially in “high traffic” places like the grocery store.

 

Pointers for mask placement and removal:

Position the mask over your nose and mouth.
Secure the mask behind your head or use ear loops.
Don’t touch the mask while wearing it.
Wash or sanitize your hands if you accidentally touch the mask.
Untie the mask or lift it off the ear loops without touching your face or the front of the mask.
Immediately wash your hands after removing the mask.
Wash your mask with soap and water in the washing machine after each wear.

 

Face mask safety precautions:

Don’t put masks on anyone who cannot remove the mask without help, has difficulty breathing, or is unconscious.
Use masks only on those age two and older.
Don’t consider face masks as an alternative to social distancing.

 

Have other questions about COVID-19? Visit ccmhhealth.com/covid-19-resources.

 

Disclaimer

The Comanche County Memorial Hospital website does not provide specific medical advice for individual cases. Comanche County Memorial Hospital does not endorse any medical or professional services obtained through information provided on this site, articles on the site or any links on this site.

Use of the information obtained by the Comanche County Memorial Hospital website does not replace medical advice given by a qualified medical provider to meet the medical needs of our readers or others.

While content is frequently updated, medical information changes quickly. Information may be out of date, and/or contain inaccuracies or typographical errors. For questions or concerns, please contact us at contact@ccmhhealth.com.

A Salute to Healthcare Heroes

Flyovers from Altus Air Force Base and Sheppard Air Force Base took place on Friday, May 1, over the Comanche County Memorial Hospital campus.

The first flyover was from Altus Air Force Base as a salute to healthcare workers, first responders and other essential personnel supporting the COVID-19 effort in Oklahoma.

The second flyover was from Sheppard Air Force Base giving a high flying “Thank You” with Operation Spirit over Texoma.

Col. Clayton Bartels, 80th FTW Vice Commander was at CCMH communicating with the lead aircraft.

The 97th AMW and 71st FTW encouraged viewers to tag the bases on social media in photos and videos they captured during the flyovers using #AirForceSalutes, #MobilitysHometown, #VanceProud and #SpiritOverTexoma.

women with covid-19

Do I Need to be Tested for COVID-19?

As new information emerges during the evolving COVID-19 Pandemic, it seems you can find an article with just about any possible symptom pointing to COVID-19. You may begin to wonder, “Do I have COVID-19?” Information you gather from reliable, medically-based sources may be useful. However, research should never replace the assessment of a physician. These are unusual circumstances though. During the time of social distancing when seeking medical treatment may put you more at risk for coming in contact with this novel coronavirus, there are a few questions you can use to self-assess.

 

 

Here are the questions to consider:

 

Do you have any of the following emergency symptoms?

If you have emergency COVID-19 signs and symptoms, such as chest pain or pressure, confusion, trouble breathing, or blue lips or face, seek medical care immediately! A trip to the ER or call to 911 sounds necessary. Let the emergency operator know your symptoms and wear a face covering over your mouth and nose if being transported by ambulance. The phone number for our emergency department is (580) 355-8620.

 

Do you have any of the following symptoms?

New trouble breathing, shortness of breath, or wheezing may all be symptoms that point to COVID-19. Other symptoms include muscle aches, sore throat, diarrhea, loss of smell, change in taste, a cough, and a fever. Generally, patients suffering from COVID-19 have a fever of 100.5 or greater.

 

Consider your contact with others

Have you been within 6 feet of someone with a confirmed case of COVID-19? Did you see him or her for at least 5 minutes, or have direct contact with their saliva or mucus at any point in the past 14 days? Does the person with COVID-19 live with you?

According to the CDC, although we are still learning about how the virus transmits, it is thought to spread mainly from person to person through respiratory droplets. These droplets reach others when the infected person coughs or sneezes. When these droplets land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or the person inhales them into their lungs, they may also become infected.

The incubation period is the time someone comes in contact with the virus until symptoms are present. For COVID-19, the incubation period is typically 2-11 days. To be safe, health professionals are asking patients to consider who he or she has come in contact with within a two week period.

 

If you feel it is possible you may have COVID-19, self isolate if you are not in need of immediate care, and reach out to your medical provider by phone. He or she will advise you how it is best to act.

 

 

Do you have other questions about COVID-19? Check out or resources at ccmhhealth.com/covid-19-resources.

 

Disclaimer

The Comanche County Memorial Hospital website does not provide specific medical advice for individual cases. Comanche County Memorial Hospital does not endorse any medical or professional services obtained through information provided on this site, articles on the site or any links on this site.

Use of the information obtained by the Comanche County Memorial Hospital website does not replace medical advice given by a qualified medical provider to meet the medical needs of our readers or others.

While content is frequently updated, medical information changes quickly. Information may be out of date, and/or contain inaccuracies or typographical errors. For questions or concerns, please contact us at contact@ccmhhealth.com.

 

coronavirus annoucement

Coronavirus Update

CCMH continues to employ new up-to-date practices in the fight against COVID-19. We have two very exciting announcements! First, CCMH has recently acquired the ability to test for COVID-19 in-house! CCMH is now able to test patients in the ED for COVID-19 before being admitted to the hospital. The chemicals needed to run these tests are very limited, so we are only able to test those patients that need hospital admission. These tests allow for quicker placement of patients, and lets us continue to preserve PPE within the hospital.

Second, CCMH recently partnered with the Mayo Clinic in a clinical trial using COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma for acutely-ill patients. This plasma comes from patients who have already recovered from COVID-19, and contains antibodies that can help fight the virus. The process of using convalescent plasma has been known to the scientific community for decades, but the number of COVID-19 recovered patients has finally gotten high enough to begin collecting this plasma. CCMH is proud to take part in this study and do the most for our patients and the Lawton community.

For more information and the latest updates on COVID-19, you can visit coronavirus.health.ok.gov and www.cdc.gov.

newborn sleeping next to CCMH and Baby-Friendly USA logos

Comanche County Memorial Hospital Re-Designated as a “Baby-Friendly” Hospital

Comanche County Memorial Hospital is proud to announce it has achieved the highly prestigious international Baby-Friendly ReDesignation after a rigorous review process conducted by Baby-Friendly USA, the organization responsible for bestowing this certification in the United States.

This distinguished honor demonstrates that CCMH’s Women’s & Children’s Department is adhering to the highest standards of care for breastfeeding mothers and their babies. These standards are built on the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding, a set of evidence-based practices recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) for optimal infant feeding support in the precious first days of a newborn’s life.

“CCMH has long been a recognized leader in the care of women and newborns,” said Brent Smith, CEO. “This designation is a tribute to our commitment to ensuring that every woman who delivers a baby at our facility is given the resources, information and support needed to help her and her baby get the best, healthiest start in life.”

The positive health effects of breastfeeding are well documented and widely recognized by health authorities throughout the world. For example, the Surgeon General’s 2011 Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding stated that “Breast milk is uniquely suited to the human infant’s nutritional needs and is a live substance with unparalleled immunological and anti-inflammatory properties that protect against a host of illnesses and diseases for both mothers and children.”

CCMH joins a growing list of more than 20,000 Baby-Friendly hospitals and birth centers throughout the world, 604 of which are in the United States. These facilities provide an environment that supports breastfeeding while respecting every woman’s right to make the best decision for herself and her family.

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