Team Expansion

TAHLEQUAH, OK NOVEMBER 2019:  In a concerted effort to continue providing quality and convenient care for Cherokee County and surrounding communities, Northeastern Health System would like to welcome Doctors Hilton McDonald, Lea Humphrey and Brent Webb to the medical team. These additions will offer multiple services, hired with patient needs in mind. Additional services such as these are made possible by collaborative efforts between Northeastern Health System and their community partners, including Northeastern Oklahoma Community Health Centers. McDonald and Humphrey, a father-daughter duo, both specialize in Otolaryngology, also known as Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT). McDonald first attained his Masters in Speech Language Pathology from University of Northern Colorado in 1982 before returning to academia to earn his doctorate in Osteopathic Medicine from Oklahoma State University in 1994. McDonald operated under his own practice from 1999-2006, serving patients in Owasso and Claremore. Since that time, McDonald has practiced in Missouri and Arkansas, and recently returned to Oklahoma to continue his career. He brings numerous accolades to his profession, including Best ENT in 417 area code and being named Physician Leadership Committee Chairman. Humphrey brings five years of experience to her practice, graduating from Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2010 and completing her internship and residency in St. Louis, MO in 2015, where she was also named Chief Resident of the Year. Her current services are provided through NeoHealth. ENT services commonly include diagnosis and treatment of ear infections, nasal, sinus and thyroid disorders and allergy testing, as well as other throat, head, neck, ear and nose related problems. Both McDonald’s and Humphrey’s clinics are located at 1203 E...

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...