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 »

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.”

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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:

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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 »