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Lela Choate wanted to make a holiday meal. She never dreamed it would end with her in the hospital.

Just a couple of days before Christmas 2021, the Bartlesville resident was preparing to cook deep-fried ribs for her family when a grease fire started and quickly escalated before burning out of control. The blaze charred portions of Choate’s home, which she had lived in for 25 years, down to the studs.

Fortunately, Choate survived the incident, but she did experience burns on the left side of her head, hands and chest. She was transported by ambulance to the Alexander Burn... Read More »

Connie Lankford experienced a lingering headache for more than a week back in March 2021. At least that’s all she thought it was.

“I was about to email my doctor about the headache,” said Lankford, who had just returned to her Hubert home from an out-of-state business trip. “I was going to get an appointment.”

Lankford’s headache continued to intensify, so she laid down in hopes the pain would subside. Unable to shake the headache, she called husband, Kenny, to let him know she wasn’t feeling good. But her words were inaudible over the phone.

Lankford’s son, Corbin,... Read More »

When Megan Hawthorne was crowned the 2021 Inola Hay Day queen, it put a happy ending on a year-long journey that began with some question marks for the high school sophomore.

During the summer of 2020, Hawthorne was driving an ATV near her home. According to Hawthorne, she lost control while driving at high speed and was flipped on her side and dragged at least 50 feet by the ATV.

She experienced friction burns down the left side of her body, which included a deeper open wound on her left ankle and resulted in significant tissue loss. Hawthorne was treated at a Tulsa hospital... Read More »

Hillcrest Medical Center is one of the first hospitals in the state to earn top honors on safe sleep from a national organization.

Created by Cribs for Kids, the National Safe Sleep Hospital Certification Program recognized Hillcrest as a gold level hospital. Hillcrest is the lone site in the Tulsa area and one of just two in Oklahoma to receive this level of accreditation. Cribs by Kids is dedicated to preventing infant sleep-related deaths due to accidental suffocation. As a nationally certified safe sleep hospital, Hillcrest... Read More »

Quality care requires all facets of Hillcrest Medical Center working together in synergy. And that includes those who care for the instruments used to care for our patients.

Sterile Processing Manager Anthony Adams leads a 23-person department that ensures those devices utilized during medical procedures are clean and ready for use for the next patient.

“We clean the dirty instruments and we put them together, making sure instruments are ready to go,” Adams said. “I love it. It’s exciting. There’... Read More »

Janet McKenzie does not have to look far to find inspiration for continuing her mammogram screenings on a regular basis.

Back in 1943, McKenzie’s grandmother, age 43 at the time, was diagnosed with breast cancer. Her grandmother had a double mastectomy, a part of a treatment plan that enabled her to live another 48 years.

“We were always aware of that,” said McKenzie, who also had a cousin and great aunt that succumbed to breast cancer. “So, I thought a mammogram was something I can do to take... Read More »

Mark Knowlton faced life or death situations as a former active service member, but none were as horrifying as what he encountered when he was recently diagnosed with COVID-19.

The 51-year-old’s condition quickly changed from having a cough and fever to developing pneumonia in both lungs to being intubated and put on an ICU ventilator after being admitted to Hillcrest Medical Center in mid-August.

“Being shot at is scary because you could have died,” Knowlton said. “But not being able to breathe... Read More »

COVID-19 has put a wrench in the way of life for many people. Cathy Teahan realized one thing she could not afford to let the pandemic change was her wellness routine. 

For 23 consecutive years, Teahan has faithfully taken the time to get her mammogram. She did so after both of her aunts were diagnosed with breast cancer. Fortunately, Teahan had walked away from each of her screenings with a clean bill of health. When it came time for her annual screening in December 2020, she was hesitant due to concerns over the coronavirus.... Read More »