Providing an opportunity for staff to take a break, a moment of tranquility, amidst their daily routines is an important initiative of Hillcrest Medical Center leadership.

Evelyn Radichel, women’s and children’s director of nursing, and her colleagues decided to add a quartet of relaxation rooms placed throughout the hospital. 

“The relaxation rooms at Hillcrest Medical Center are designed to meet the needs of the staff for a quick respite from the day-to-day business of the units,” said Radichel. “We have four rooms located throughout the facility strategically for the staff... Read More »

Carla Yost, BSN, MHA, FACHE, CPHQ, was appointed chief nursing officer (CNO) of Hillcrest Medical Center (HMC) in February. It has not taken the Kansas native long to feel right at home.

“When I got here, it was the people,” Yost said when describing the appeal of HMC. “There was a real respect that was shown. Many people told me, ‘Welcome to Tulsa’ or ‘Welcome to Hillcrest.’ It’s the kindness and respect people show that has reiterated that yes, I made a good decision to be here.”

Yost brings 23 years of leadership in nursing, operations and quality to her position.... Read More »

Hillcrest Medical Center (HMC) has once again been recognized by the nation’s most prestigious honor for patient safety with an “A” spring 2022 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade. The grade acknowledges HMC’s full commitment to providing the safest care to patients and protecting them from harm, solidifying the hospital as a strong leader in the Tulsa community.

“It is an honor to receive an A letter grade for the second time in a row,” said HMC CEO Xavier Villarreal. “Every employee at Hillcrest Medical Center continues to work hard to ensure that our patients are safe and receiving... Read More »

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 »