Bri Hadley had a tough time keeping food down the early stages of her pregnancy in 2021. She lost 75 pounds during her gestation period. When Hadley started experiencing numbness in her legs, she believed her symptoms were the result of malnutrition.

Hadley immediately received artificial nutrition through a round of IV supplements. But her condition worsened. By the next morning, Hadley could not walk. She was then put on bed rest, again told lack of nutrition was the culprit.

“I was able to put down a bit of food,” Hadley said. “But my husband had to carry me to the... Read More »

We’re proud to share the Hillcrest Medical Center 2021 Community Benefit Report. Along with hospital statistics, this report reflects Hillcrest Medical Center’s impact on the community through unfunded care, discounts to uninsured patients and support to local vendors. It’s an honor to provide unsurpassed care and support to our community every day. Click here for full report.

(March 30 is National Doctors’ Day. Hillcrest Hospital South would like to thank our physicians for the dedication and passion they show for their patients. In honor of National Doctors’ Day, we would like to spotlight urologist, Dae Kim, M.D.)

Dae Kim, M.D., has taken an interesting path on his way to becoming a board certified urologist with Hillcrest. But it is part of Kim’s journey that has made him uniquely qualified to care and treat his patients.

As a Korean American, Kim appeared to be destined to become an engineer before a change of heart landed him in medicine... Read More »

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 »