Wagner named new CFO

TAHLEQUAH, OK 2019: Northeastern Health System is pleased to announce and welcome Rick D. Wagner, CPA as the newly instated Chief Financial Officer, in charge of overseeing organizational finance and bringing over 25 years of accounting and auditing experience in finding solutions for the multifaceted needs of the healthcare industry. Wagner has maintained a long-standing career working with healthcare institutions as Partner-In-Charge of Medical Professionals and CPA at Eide Bailly, a Top 25 CPA firm in the nation. Within his time at Eide Bailly, Wagner was the lead consult for board members of Northeastern Health System, facilitating the formulation of a strategic plan that resulted in the establishment of several partnerships and specialty clinics. This collaboration has proved to be largely responsible for the financial evolution NHS has experienced over the last two decades. “The healthcare finance and regulatory environment is becoming more complex every day,” said Brian Woodliff, CEO of Northeastern Health System. “Rick Wagner’s credibility and competencies will provide NHS with the confidence to excel facing these challenges.” The 20-year working relationship established between Wagner and Northeastern Health System serves as a strong foundation of accomplishment which will continue to drive NHS forward as a pioneer of rural healthcare. Wagner says his history with NHS and the gratification of seeing their vision come to fruition played no small part in his decision to step into the role of CFO. “I love the people at this hospital and in this community,” said Wagoner. “NHS is the most advanced rural hospital I’ve come in contact with, and I’m excited to be here to help make it better and better.”...
Now Open: Park Place Café

Now Open: Park Place Café

TAHLEQUAH, OK 2019: Northeastern Health System’s Culinary and Nutrition Services recently opened another dining option for employees and surrounding community members called Park Place Café, located in the first floor lobby of the newly constructed Medical Park complex. Park Place provides breakfast and lunch service, including RoseRock Coffee and hot sandwiches in the morning, as well as salad and sandwich options in the afternoon. Snacks such as fruit, trail mixes, muffins and cold sandwiches are also available during all hours of operation, from 7:00am to 2:00pm. Made-to-order and customizable Dr. Smoothie brand blended drinks are also available throughout the day. Customers can choose to add protein powder, fresh fruits or greens to the 100% all natural fruit juice base mix. “We’ve had staff request nutritious smoothies, and these definitely fill that need,” said Lois Fladie, Director of Culinary and Nutrition Services at Northeastern Health System. “These smoothies are a nutrient-packed, quick and great tasting drink.” The cafe is just one of the projects that Northeastern Health System Administration proposed in an effort to prioritize employee health and wellness. The vision of Park Place is to provide healthful options in an efficient and enjoyable way. “This is an opportunity for our staff to offer unique foods and try ideas we read about or see on cooking shows,” said Fladie. “Good cooks want a place to express themselves, and this is one of those places.” While employees regularly utilize the hospital cafeteria located on the second floor of the main building, as well as the Starbucks kiosk, located on the first floor of the main building, Park Place makes the third...
Blood Drive Success

Blood Drive Success

TAHLEQUAH, OK 2019: More than 200 Oklahoma patients’ lives will be positively impacted by the 69 donations collected from Northeastern Health System over the duration of the most recent blood drive in partnership with Oklahoma Blood Institute. As Oklahoma Blood Institute (OBI) serves as Northeastern Health System’s primary blood supplier, these blood drives are crucial to patient care. Participation of 83 donors, including seven fist-time donors, produced the largest turnout NHS has seen since August of 2017. “Groups like NHS are great community partners and make a huge difference when we need it,” said Ashley Hinson Travis, OBI Account Consultant. “We want to thank Northeastern Health System for continuing to trust us to help save lives. We could not do what we do without help from organizations like NHS.” Regularly scheduled blood drives will continue to take place throughout the rest of 2019 and into 2020. The schedule, as it currently stands, includes the following dates: October 29-30, 2029 December 23 & 26, 2019 February 25-26, 2020 May 6-7, 2020 “It’s incredible to witness the impact that these blood drives make,” said Erielle Stout, Senior Director of Marketing and Business Development at Northeastern Health System. “It makes us so proud to experience the selflessness of our employees as they give up their time and comfort to donate blood that could quite possibly save someone’s life. We truly consider every single donor a hero.”   Share...
MIPS Score

MIPS Score

TAHLEQUAH, OK 2019: Northeastern Health System achieved a Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) score of 98.5 out of 100 for the Performance Year 2018, performing extremely well in all categories, including Quality, Improvement Activities and Cost. MIPS is a nationwide program developed by Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), devised to facilitate the transformation of the healthcare industry from “fee for service” toward “pay for value.” This shift in focus has the potential to radically improve both patient experience and quality of service provided by healthcare institutions. “The MIPS program is much more than just data; it’s a pathway to ensure healthcare continues to shift from ‘sick care’ to chronic disease prevention and raises the bar on quality while lowering costs,” explained Cori Beights, Director of Clinic Operations for Northeastern Health System. “The program focuses on preventative medicine, communication between patients and providers and ensuring patients have access to their health information.” Each provider’s MIPS scores are published by CMS, furthering the emphasis on value-based care since scores are widely available to the public and identifiable by clinician and group. Publication of these scores serves to hold each organization accountable for measurable improvements from year to year, as MIPS standards also increase over time. “We were excited to see the results and confirm what we already knew in our hearts, that Northeastern Health System and our wonderful team of providers are providing quality care close to home,” added Beights. “It’s helpful to have tangible results to validate what we are striving for on a daily basis: to provide unsurpassed excellence in healthcare.” Share...
Best of Cherokee County

Best of Cherokee County

TAHLEQUAH, OK. OCTOBER 3, 2019: Cherokee County citizens recently voted two Northeastern Health System physicians as the “Best of the Best” in their respective medical specialties, recognizing George Cohlmia, M.D. as the Best in Cardiovascular and Brent Rotton, D.O. as the Best in General Surgery. Over two thousand residents voted in the Best of Cherokee County 2019 Readers’ Choice Awards, run by the Tahlequah Daily Press. Dr. Cohlmia and Dr. Rotton topped their categories in the Health and Wellness class, while Jack Casas, M.D. and John Fell, M.D. also placed in Cardiology and Family Practice, respectively. Dr. Cohlmia has been in practice for over 40 years and with Northeastern Health System for the last 14, bringing ample experience as well to his role as the Chairman of the Northeastern Oklahoma Heart Center. “You’d be hard pressed to find physicians that work harder or care more than the ones we have here, and Dr. Cohlmia is no exception,” said Jim Berry, Hospital Administrator at Northeastern Health System. “We could not be more appreciative of the time and knowledge he brings to us and shares with his patients.” With more than 10 years of service to NHS and numerous awards and accolades, Dr. Rotton brings valuable expertise to his roles as general surgeon, leader of the Wound Management service line and current elected Medical Staff Chief of Staff. “Dr. Rotton is truly one of a kind,” said Berry. “I appreciate the genuine care he provides to his patients on a daily basis, as well as the excellent leadership he brings to the staff.” Northeastern Health System strives to provide top quality...