NHS Nurse Uses Cancer Experience to Help Others

NHS Nurse Uses Cancer Experience to Help Others

In June of 2015, Licensed Practical Nurse Kelly Hatley, discovered a lump in her breast. The lump grew rapidly, prompting Hatley to contact her physician and schedule a mammogram, an X-ray of the breast used to detect cancer. The results would lead her on a life-changing path and fight against breast cancer. “I went in for a needle biopsy in late August 2015, with a negative result.  I then went in for a lumpectomy on September 18, 2015, with a positive result of cancer,” said Hatley. A few days later she was diagnosed with Stage II, Invasive Ductal Carcinoma – Breast Cancer. On October 20, 2015, she underwent a bilateral mastectomy followed by chemotherapy and radiation. Hatley received her chemo treatments at the chemotherapy center at Northeastern Health System. “I had four rounds, every other week, of AC chemotherapy, and 6 rounds of T,” said Hatley. “I was scheduled for 12 rounds of T, but neuropathy set in my fingers and toes so I had to end early.” An AC-T regimen is an abbreviation for a chemotherapy combination used to treat breast cancer. It includes drugs doxorubicin hydrochloride and cyclophosphamide, followed by treatment with paclitaxel. Following chemotherapy, Hatley underwent 33 radiation treatments at Northeast Oklahoma Cancer Center at Northeastern Health System, where she now works helping other cancer patients. “My experience at NHS was a very good experience.   I could not ask for better treatment.  The staff that took care of me, my supervisors, co-workers and others, treated me with sincere kindness,” said Hatley. “As for how I felt? Initially I was mad, upset, going through the grieving process...
Harp Named New NHS Laboratory Director

Harp Named New NHS Laboratory Director

After 38 years of service, Northeastern Health System’s Lab Director, Clint Horn, retired. Filling Horn’s vacated seat is Melissa Harp. Harp, a Medical Laboratory Scientist (MLS), brings a wide variety of skills and assets to the NHS team. “I have great respect for Clint Horn, who preceded me,” said Harp. “As well as a colleague, Clint is a fellow church member. I’m definitely interested in being part of a team that employed him for 38 years. I am blessed to have him remain as a consultant to help me transition.” When deciding her career path, Harp chose to follow the family business, as many of her family members have made careers in the medical field. “I come from a healthcare family. My dad is a retired MLS, and my mom is a retired LPN. My sister Jennifer is an RN at NHS. It is in my genes,” said Harp. Harp’s 18 years of experience in the laboratory include being the microbiology supervisor with Indian Health Service. She also has a good amount of experience in hematology and is proficient in infectious diseases. “I have worked in all areas of the lab,” said Harp. “Microbiology and Hematology are my passions.” Harp earned her bachelor’s degree in Medical Laboratory Science from Northeastern State University in 2000, and completed her internship at St. Francis Hospital School of Medical Technology, and is fortunate to have had a large support system along the way. “My dad, David Hayes, he raised me to be curious about the world and let me look into his microscope as a young child. I take after him with a...