NHS’s Duncan Receives Under 30 Recognition

NHS’s Duncan Receives Under 30 Recognition

Northeastern Health System’s Patient Financial Services Director, Keeli Duncan, recently received the NextGen Under 30 award for demonstrating talent, drive and service in both healthcare and the community. Now in its seventh year, NextGen Under 30 recognizes and encourages the next generation of innovative, creative, and inspiring individuals who push the boundaries in various categories of endeavor. In addition, award winners are selected based upon their participation in and contribution to their communities. A panel of respected business and civic leaders serve as judges. “I feel extremely honored to receive this award,” said Duncan. “To be recognized as a leader in healthcare out of numerous nominees across Oklahoma is humbling, and makes me proud to be a part of the NHS team.” Duncan joined the NHS family in 2016 and has made tremendous strides in the Patient Financial Services department. “Keeli is a valuable member of the NHS team,” said Executive Vice President and Hospital Administrator, Jim Berry. “We are very proud of her accomplishments both in the community and in the hospital. She is well deserving of this award.” The 30 Under 30 NextGen Award program was founded by ionOklahoma Magazine in 2011. Since then, more than 3,000 outstanding individuals aged 30 years and younger have been nominated for their contribution to their organizations and communities. The 2017 program honored 185 winners in 15 categories. There were hundreds of applications from across Oklahoma, each including an essay. “I look forward to continuing to promote Northeastern Health System by doing the best job I can and ensuring that the best quality services are provided to our patients.” Share...
Faith, Family and Strangers Help Cancer Patient

Faith, Family and Strangers Help Cancer Patient

Inner strength, a compassionate medical team, caring family and friends, and faith in God, are what carried Jackie Webb through one of the worst ordeals of her life – breast cancer. As a busy mom, she quickly discovered that breast cancer does not discriminate and it doesn’t care about the patient’s schedule. When Webb received the call in April 2016, that she had breast cancer, she and a friend were driving to her son’s golf tournament. Her cancer was detected by her yearly mammogram by Dr. Kelly Cole at Northeastern Health System. “The first words that came out of my mouth were, ‘What do I do? What do I do? What do I do?” What followed were many tears, medical procedures and prayers. “I had a lumpectomy five days before my youngest son’s high school graduation,” said Webb. “Cancer doesn’t care what your plans are!  The margins weren’t clear so one week later I had another surgery. I then had four months of chemotherapy followed by 37 radiation treatments.” Webb’s niece, Dr. Tara Wilson performed her surgery. She then underwent Chemo with Dr. Leslie Walker and radiation with the late Dr. Daniel Murphy at NHS. Like most cancer patients, Webb created a close bond with her medical team. “Daniel Murphy was a dear friend of mine for years. I never thought my friend or my niece would be providing care of my medical needs,” said Webb. “My treatments at NHS were amazing. Of course, Daniel called me routinely to check on me!  Brent and Kristen actually administered my radiation treatments. One Monday I was having a really, really bad...
Now Hiring for Clinical Decision Unit

Now Hiring for Clinical Decision Unit

The Clinical Decision Unit (CDU) of Northeastern Health System will provide evaluation and care of patients whose medical needs can most often be taken care of within a 24-hour time frame. A patient in the CDU receives monitoring, diagnostic testing, therapy and assessment of symptoms to determine whether he or she will require further treatment as an inpatient or can be safely discharged from the hospital setting. If a patient is deemed medically stable, he or she may be discharged from the CDU at any time during the day or evening. Examples of conditions treated in the Clinical Decision Unit include: Chest pain Asthma Abdominal pain Dehydration Who provides care and medical treatment?  Patients in the Clinical Decision Unit are cared for by highly skilled professionals. These include, but are not limited to: A Hospitalist physician (MD or DO) has overall responsibility for a patient’s care. Every patient is seen by a physician. They talk with the nurses, evaluate the patient and any test results, and confer with other doctors as necessary to determine a course of treatment. A registered nurse (RN) will assess and monitor a patient’s physical condition, give medication, maintain an IV and keep family and/or friends informed of any tests and procedures. Nurses also provide important discharge information before patients go home. Each nurse is responsible for several patients and works very closely with other doctors as necessary to determine a course of treatment. Nurse practitioners, licensed practical care nurses, and case managers are also active participants in a patient’s care. To apply, or for more information, contact our Human Resources department at (918) 453-2170 or visit http://nhs-ok.org/index.php/jobs/. Share...
Weight Loss Leads to Cancer Discovery

Weight Loss Leads to Cancer Discovery

Kelly Goldman was feeling great after her recent 15 pound weight loss. Then, while changing into a sports bra, she discovered a lump in her breast leading to her battle against breast cancer. “I attribute my weight loss to helping the lump become more noticeable,” said Goldman. “I had not had my mammogram that year and actually completely forgot. That won’t happen again.” Goldman was diagnosed with Triple Negative Breast Cancer, Stage 2, unilateral. “I had a strong feeling it was cancerous, knowing it was not painful at first and wasn’t there before,” said Goldman. As a former radiological technician, Goldman was knowledgeable about the possible signs and symptoms of cancer. “I can honestly say I wished I did not know as much as I did, medically that is,” said Goldman. “I wanted to be just a regular person with no idea of what was to come or expect. I didn’t wanted to know the worst case scenario. I was in shock, and scared to put my children and husband through what was to come.” Goldman contacted her healthcare provider and received a mammogram which confirmed the mass. She then had a biopsy preformed, which confirmed the cancer.   From there, Goldman saw an oncologist who informed her she would need radiation and chemotherapy, as well as a lumpectomy or mastectomy. She chose the lumpectomy, as the survival rate was the same.   Goldman was able to receive both her chemotherapy and radiation treatments in Tahlequah, thanks to the partnerships created through Northeastern Health System. “I received my chemotherapy from Warren Clinic Medical Oncology-Tahlequah office, and the Northeastern Health System...
Northeastern Health System offers Mammography Special

Northeastern Health System offers Mammography Special

In recognition of October being Breast Cancer Awareness month, Northeastern Health System is offering mammogram screenings for a flat fee of $75. The focus of this annual effort is to educate women, and those who love them, about the important benefits of early breast cancer detection. “Unfortunately, too many women fail to receive their annual mammography screenings,” said Misty Brenan, NHS mammography technologist. “In some cases, this can be attributed to a lack of education. There are still some people who do not understand the importance of mammography in early breast cancer detection.   Other women avoid the annual tests because they are afraid; scared that the test itself will hurt or afraid of receiving possible bad news.” The messages for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month are important: Early detection saves lives. Mammography screening is the single most effective method of early detection. An annual mammogram is recommended for all women over 40 years of age. Women should know how their breasts normally feel and should report any changes to their health care provider. Breast self-examinations (monthly from age 20) and clinical examinations (at least every three years from age 20 to 35, and annually from age 40 and up) should be a part of regular breast health screenings.“Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women,” said Branan. “Finding a tumor at its earliest stages and getting appropriate treatment not only provides the best chance of surviving a breast cancer diagnosis, but also provides the broadest range of effective treatment options.”Estrogen-Related Risk Factors: In addition to the inherited higher risk from a “breast cancer” gene, a number of other...