February 2023

Hillcrest Medical Center NICU staff organize Valentine's Day photoshoot for babies

Valentine's Day is extra sweet this year in the Hillcrest Medical Center Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Parents of several NICU babies received special Valentine's Day cards today featuring their newborns. The cards also include their foot prints shaped like hearts and a message that says, "I love you from the bottom of my heart to the tips of my toes!"

Avoiding scald burns around the house

Feb. 5 – 11, 2023 is burn awareness week, and this year, providers are bringing special attention to scald burns. According to the American Burn Association, only 14% of non-fire thermal burns involving ranges or ovens were due to fire or flame. The rest were due to hot liquids, objects or surfaces.  

Kara Hall, RN, nurse manager at the Alexander Burn Center, gives some advice for anyone who experiences a scald burn and how to avoid them in your home. 

Hillcrest Medical Center's NICU flight program takes off

Hillcrest Medical Center is now one of just three Oklahoma hospitals that can receive infant patients who need critical care in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) by helicopter. The program, in partnership with Tulsa Life Flight, launched on Dec. 27, 2022. The first NICU patient was brought to the hospital by helicopter on Dec. 30, 2022.  

When they receive a call, a flight nurse and a respiratory therapist grab about 300 pounds of gear and load everything into the waiting helicopter. They fly to their patient’s location and bring the baby back to the Hillcrest NICU.