CCMH Awarded TSET Grant for Another Five Years

Congratulations to Sandy Foster, Healthy Living Program Director, for successfully writing for and receiving a continuing grant to the Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET).

The five-year grants, renewable annually, will support communities in developing strategies, programs and policies to improve health by preventing or reducing tobacco use, improving nutrition and increasing physical activity in an effort to decrease premature death in Oklahoma. The program prioritizes work in communities where health risk factors – tobacco use, poor nutrition and sedentary lifestyle – are among the highest. The new grant program will begin July 1.

“The coronavirus pandemic has shown that prevention is more important than ever for public health,” said TSET Board of Directors Chair Bruce Benjamin, Ph.D. “Those with underlying conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure, or heart or lung disease are more likely to experience serious complications and death from the coronavirus. TSET is investing in building healthier communities in the areas where we see the greatest health disparities.”

The new Healthy Living Program 2.0 program is the second generation of the TSET Healthy Living Program. The new program takes a comprehensive, community approach to health and looks for ways for targeted high-impact interventions.

“This initiative builds on years of success through multiple community based programs funded by TSET. It places a laser focus on communities with the greatest need,” said TSET Executive Director Julie Bisbee.

CCMH has operated this grant for the past 16 years. Great job Sandy!

summer sunglasses

Summer Habits to Establish and Continue All Year

We have had some incredible weather so far this spring! The official first day of summer will be here before you know it! As you are participating in all the outdoor activities of summer, there are many things to remember to help keep you healthier and enjoying during these warmer months. 

 

Here are our 7 summer health tips to implement this summer and the rest of the year as well. Some of us are better at remembering to do these tasks during the summer, but truly these are great tips to remember year-round!

 

Protect your skin

 

The sun’s rays are strongest during the summer months. Your skin is your largest organ and the first line of defense against the elements, so treat it well! However, summer is not the only time to remember sunscreen!  Your skin is still exposed every day. You probably don’t need to apply sunscreen as frequently as a summer day at the beach, but it is still a good idea to remember a little sunscreen daily, no matter the season or weather. 

 

Stay hydrated 

 

 With heat exhaustion and heatstroke serious summer threats, we tend to be more mindful of thirst in the summer. It’s important to stay hydrated, not just when you feel parched in the heat. Once summer passes, you may not feel as parched. Staying hydrated is still crucial to keeping your body at its best, however.

If you struggle with drinking enough water, buy a big jug you can fill up and keep near you all day. You need to drink approximately half of your weight in ounces of water every day.

 

Protect your eyes

 

Sunglasses are more than shade for your eyes and a fashion statement. Without them, you’re at the mercy of harmful UV rays and “blue light.”  This exposure puts you at risk for macular degeneration, cataracts, and eyelid cancer. Furthermore, sunglasses aid with more comfortable and improved vision from not having to squint. Sunglasses just might keep more than just your eyes safe as well. Good vision is especially important when you’re participating in outdoor sports. 

 

Get moving more 

 

Sunny summer days and evenings beckon us outdoors to soak up the sun, but don’t let dreary days in the fall, winter, or spring keep you from getting some exercise. If you have an office job on top of that, it can seem difficult to get moving. Get a fitness tracker to help you make sure you’re getting your steps in around the office or consider getting a standing desk to get you on your feet to keep exercise in focus year-round. 

 

 

Don’t leave swimming to the kids 

 

Swimming is excellent exercise for the entire family. As a low-impact exercise, anyone can do it. Just thirty minutes of light to moderate lap swimming may burn over 230 calories! Unless you are fortunate enough to live in a very temperate climate though, swimming is not enjoyable for much of the year. However, you may have a good indoor swimming pool available. Many gyms do, such as our local Family YMCA

 

Protect yourself from mosquitoes 

 

West Nile and Zika viruses are mosquito bite spread conditions and are no joke! Insect repellants can help. Also, cover exposed skin whenever possible and avoid going outside during dawn and dusk hours when mosquitoes are active. Remember not to scratch when you do get a bite! It will only make the itch worse! 

 

Eat seasonal foods

 

When you think of eating fresh, seasonal veggies and fruits, you probably think of summertime. In summer months, we tend to eat more fruits and veggies because they’re fresh. This can help us stay away from unhealthy snacks. Strawberries and tomatoes may not always be in season, but don’t forget fall superfoods around the corner. Brussels sprouts, pumpkins, and apples can be just as delicious and are also excellently healthy! 

 

If you are in need of a checkup or to find a new provider, summer is a great time to plan to do so when winter cold germs and the flu are lingering. Check out our list of providers at ccmhhealth.com/providers.

 

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.

CCMH Hospice Volunteer in front of new We Honor Veterans wall

We Honor Veterans

On Friday, CCMH Hospice staff unveiled our “We Honor Veterans” memorial wall. It’s our way of showing appreciation and gratitude to military servicemen and women that devoted their lives to defending our country and freedom and who were patients of CCMH Hospice. The wall display includes portraits of current and former CCMH Hospice patients who served in a branch of the military. We were honored with the presence of Bruce Dwyer, a Purple Heart recipient, who retired from the United States Marine Corps and is a volunteer for CCMH Hospice. “We Honor Veterans” is a program of the National Hospice & Palliative Care Organizations & Veterans Administration that is designed to empower hospice professionals to meet the unique needs of terminally ill veterans. CCMH Hospice team honors our veterans with a certificate of appreciation along with pinning them with an American flag.

men in kitchen

Stroke: a Great Concern for Men’s Health

According to the CDC, stroke is the fifth leading cause of death for men. It kills almost the same number of men each year as Alzheimer’s disease and prostate cancer combined. It is also a leading cause of long-term disability, being more common in men under age 44 than in younger women. Since June is Men’s Health Month, what better time to discuss stroke prevention for men than now!  

 

Although these facts seem concerning, did you know about 4 in 5 strokes are preventable? This prevention starts by knowing your risk for stroke. You can take a self assessment on the National Institute of Health website.

 

What is a stroke?

 

A stroke is a brain attack. It occurs when blood flow to an area of the brain is cut off. Brain cells that are starved of oxygen die. Stroke is a medical emergency. It’s important to seek care for someone experiencing the signs of stroke right away. Seconds truly do count when a stroke occurs, and the damage to the brain is decreased by quick intervention. 

 

What are the signs of a stroke?

 

Signs of stroke include a drooping face, arm weakness, and slurred speech. Other sudden changes that may indicate stroke include sudden numbness, confusion, difficulty walking, and difficulty seeing. 

 

What risk factors should men know about?

 

Hypertension (high blood pressure)  is a main risk factor for stroke, with about 1 in 3 men having stage 2 hypertension. Stage 2 hypertension is having a blood pressure greater than or equal to 140/90 mmHg). More than half of men with stage 2 hypertension do not have it under control.

 

Other risk factors that are common health problems for men include diabetes, smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, physical inactivity, and obesity.

 

How can stroke be prevented?

 

Healthy lifestyles and keeping health conditions under control are the best methods for preventing stroke. Controlled blood pressure, cholesterol and giving up smoking are all steps in the right direction. Discuss other health conditions or family history with your doctor such as diabetes or heart disease. 

Incorporate healthy foods into your diet such as foods low in salt, or sodium, fruits, vegetables, and foods that are rich in fiber and whole grains. 

 

Learn more about Comanche County Memorial Hospital’s excellence in stroke care at ccmhhealth.com/stroke-care.

 

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.

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.

Handing out snacks to nurses and hospital staff

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!

hospital week

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.

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