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 »

Hillcrest Medical Center Director of Pastoral Care, Jacob George, impacted a young Ian Davis during one of the most difficult moments in his life; so much so, that Davis remembered George’s influence when it came time for one of his brightest days.


George was there to comfort Davis when the then 21 year old was grieving the death of his baby girl. George helped preside over the funeral. More than 15 years later, Davis, who had since moved to Pennsylvania, was planning to get married in the Tulsa area and wanted George... Read More »

Already saddled with severe COVID-19 symptoms, an Owasso woman thought the upcoming birth of her first child would be more than her body could take.

“I came in and was on death’s door,” said the patient who requested anonymity.

Experiencing pneumonia and asthma, she required 10 liters of oxygen to help her breathe when she was admitted to Hillcrest Medical Center.

“I was losing hope. I had said my goodbyes to my husband. I felt like I was going to die.”

... Read More »

August is World Breastfeeding Month. In recognition, the Hillcrest Medical Center lactation consultants Rebecca Onyirioha, RN, MSN, IBCLC; Karen Stockwell, RN, BSN, IBCLC; and Roberta Tyler, RN, BSN, IBCLC, answered several questions about breastfeeding from a recent Facebook live event. Here is a summary of those questions asked during the session:

Q: How do I know that my baby is getting enough to eat?

A: That’s a common question we get. Some of the best ways to know:

... Read More »

The back-to-school season can be crazy busy. Hillcrest Medical Center dietitian Andrea Shotton gives tips for families to have healthy meals, even on a budget.

Stir fry

Time-saving tip, many grocery store chains now have pre-cut, fresh stir-fry veggies with the sauce pouches (and occasionally noodles) in the produce section. In a large wok or sauté pan, heat 1 to 2 tablespoons of avocado oil over medium-high heat. Add pre-cut raw chicken breast tenderloins and cook serval minutes until browned.... Read More »

We’re proud to share the Hillcrest Medical Center 2020 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. See report here.