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!"


This is a tradition for the Hillcrest Medical Center NICU, where staff members organize special photo shoots for most major holidays. Our nurses work to get the babies dressed, posed and photographed and spend... Read More »

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. 

Common scald burns

“A scald burn usually occurs with a hot liquid or gas, and patients who get scald burns are usually... Read More »

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.  

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Lyndon Goff’s goal was to get back on his feet. When he found a foot wound that started to quickly deteriorate, he went straight to Hillcrest Medical Center. After his wound was evaluated, he was referred to the hospital’s Advanced Wound Center for additional treatment. 

“I was doing my laundry one day and I saw a blood spot on my sock,” said Goff. “I checked my foot, and I had a little hole in my foot.”  

Goff says because of his diabetes, this kind of wound simply appearing is normal for him. 

“I’m diabetic and I’ve lost fingers and stuff,” said Goff. “The wound was... Read More »

For the second time in 2022, the Leapfrog Group recognized Hillcrest Medical Center as a top-performing hospital in patient safety across the country. HMC received an “A” Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade for fall 2022, the nation’s most prestigious honor for patient safety. The hospital also received an “A” for spring 2022. 

The Leapfrog Group, an independent national watchdog organization, assigns “A” through “F” grades to hospitals across the country based on over 30 national performance measures reflecting errors, injuries, accidents and infections, as well as harm-prevention... Read More »

Hillcrest Medical Center awarded 91-year-old Margie Perdue for her volunteer hours at a ceremony in December 2022. Margie has been volunteering at our hospital for more than 20 years! Margie spoke to News on 6 about how she’s spent over 19,000 volunteer hours helping our patients and staff. You can watch the story here.

Hillcrest Medical Center held its annual awards banquet in December 2022 to celebrate its volunteers. About 40 people have donated a total of more than 5,500 hours of their time at the hospital this year.

Margie Perdue retired from a career in accounting 29... Read More »

After being dismissed by other doctors about her health concerns, Casey Chitwood just wanted to be heard. It was not until she arrived at Hillcrest Medical Center (HMC) that the Collinsville resident finally felt she had a voice. 

“I had been to other hospitals, and they were not listening to me,” Chitwood said. “The Hillcrest people were so good to me. They listened and they saved me and my baby’s life.” 

Chitwood’s concerns started after her 20-week ultrasound when she learned her baby had multiple abnormalities. She was devastated when doctors told her that her soon-to-be... Read More »

Our Hillcrest Medical Center NICU nursing team dressed up these tiny turkeys for the Thanksgiving holiday! These photoshoots are a team effort. The NICU staff starts planning these months in advance and spends about 10 to 15 minutes with each baby during their photo shoot. Our nurses work to get the babies dressed, posed and photographed.  

Every tutu in these photos is hand made by our NICU nurses. Parents also received a card that features a handprint of the baby. Handprints are more difficult to get from babies than footprints, but our NICU nursing staff still made sure to get a... Read More »