NHS Celebrates Patient Access Week

NHS Celebrates Patient Access Week

In the face of our quickly changing healthcare environment, there is one constant: the Patient Access department. The first interaction patients have often begins with the Access department, which makes it so necessary to have a friendly face to connect with. We acknowledge our special goodwill ambassadors in the Access Department for setting the standard of care that all our hospital staff aspires to achieve.     Share...
March is Head & Neck Cancer Awareness Month

March is Head & Neck Cancer Awareness Month

by Dr. Susan Anderson OPEN UP AND SAY Ahhhhhhh! April is Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Awareness month. What Is Head and Neck Cancer? As its name implies, head and neck cancer includes cancer of the: Lip, tongue, gums and oral cavity, salivary glands, tonsils, throat (pharynx), voice box (larynx), lymph nodes in the neck, nasal cavity, sinuses and ear. Worldwide, head and neck cancer accounts for more than 550,000 cases and 380,000 deaths annually. In the United States, head and neck cancer accounts for 3 percent of all cancers, with approximately 63,000 Americans developing head and neck cancer annually and 13,000 dying from the disease. The Changing Face of Head and Neck Cancer? Classically, head and neck cancer was found in older patients (typically men in their 60’s and 70’s) who had a significant history of tobacco use. Alcohol and tobacco use are the two most important risk factors for head and neck cancers, especially cancers of the hypopharynx(tissues near the voice box), and larynx. Those who use both tobacco and alcohol are at greater risk of developing these cancers than people who use either tobacco or alcohol alone. In the past 10 years there has been a marked shift in the profile of patients being diagnosed with head and neck cancer and the location of the cancer within the head and neck. Patients are younger (35-55 years old) and cancers involve the oropharynx (most commonly the tonsil or base of tongue). Over the past decade, there has with a steady increase of oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma (OPSCC) and a decline in cancers of the larynx and hypopharynx....
Join Our Team – ED Director Needed

Join Our Team – ED Director Needed

Apply Now at Northeastern Health System and begin working and servicing patients in our community! Invest your time in providing quality care for the communities we serve! Northeastern Health System is a community healthcare provider that truly believes in a patient-first approach. Northeastern Health System is seeking a Director of Emergency Department. The Director of the Emergency Department provides for the overall management the Northeastern Health System Level III Trauma Emergency Department and the Northeastern Health System Clinical Decision Unit (CDU). Responsibilities include patient satisfaction, continuously improving quality and clinical performance, maintaining compliance with all federal/state regulations, company policies, and Center for Medicare and Medicaid standards, hiring and developing excellent clinical personnel, maintaining positive physician relations, achieving staff productivity goals, and achieving financial/budget results. This position reports to the Assistant Vice President of Clinical Nursing.   Specifically responsible for: Clinical Outcomes Quality & Performance Improvement Customer Service Staff Management Service Line Growth Financial Management Compliance Leadership Communication & Relationship Building Nursing On-call and Call-in support is required, if needed We offer a competitive benefit package of Medical, Dental and Vision plans. 401K, Education Assistance, Paid Time Off / Sick Leave and much more!  Qualifications: Registered Nurse in the state of Oklahoma. CPR, ACLS & FEMA certifications required Must possess Bachelors’ in Nursing (BSN), Masters in Health Administration or Nursing, Healthcare or Business Administration preferred 3-5 years of nurse management experience within a hospital 5 years of experience in emergency room, med-surg, telemetry, critical care or operating room experience. Outstanding communication skills Strong problem solving and critical thinking skills Ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment   Share...
NHS Names New VP of Finance

NHS Names New VP of Finance

Northeastern Health System names Larry Stephens as the Vice President of Finance. Stephens, a native Oklahoman, earned his Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Oklahoma State University and is a Certified Public Accountant. Stephens has more than 30 years of healthcare experience, with the last nine as the Chief Financial Officer of PMC, a health system in Shawnee, Oklahoma, that managed seven critical access hospitals. With most of his career serving hospitals, Stephens has developed considerable proficiency for understanding financial needs and meeting those requirements in an efficient and effective manner. He gained healthcare financial expertise while serving in the financial departments of Baptist, Deaconess and Midwest City hospitals. He is recognized for his auditing and analytical skills, gained by 10 years of accounting, as well as firm experience with EideBailly and Price Waterhouse. Stephens is an active member of the Oklahoma Society of Certified Public Accountants, Healthcare Financial Management Association and the American College of Healthcare Executives. He is married to Pam, his wife of 35 years. They have one grown child, Jessica, who is an accomplished cellist and conductor of music in Oklahoma City. Share...
NHS Volunteer Vera Freeman Receives Hearts of Gold Award

NHS Volunteer Vera Freeman Receives Hearts of Gold Award

Vera Freeman was the recipient of the Hearts of Gold Award, sponsored by the Tahlequah Hospital Auxiliary. Freeman grew up in Tahlequah where she and her five siblings lived with her paternal grandparents after her mother passed away when Freeman was only five years old. Freeman attended Sequoyah Elementary and Bagley High School in Tahlequah until her Sophomore year and then graduated from Chilocco Indian School in 1953. She began her college education at Northeastern State University and then graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education and a Master’s Degree as a reading specialist from Emporia State University in Kansas. She married Reverend Patrick Freeman, a pastor with the United Methodist Church; and together, they raised three children, Courtney, Eric and Patrick Junior. Their ministry took them to several communities. It was in Lebo, Kansas, where Freeman began her first elementary teaching job before later teaching in Baldwin City, Kansas City, and for the Cherokee Reservation in North Carolina where she retired in 1997. Over the 60 years that she and her husband were married, their family often returned home to Tahlequah where Freeman was pleased to note the changes and growth, both with the hospital and the city itself. Throughout her church ministries, Freeman would visit many hospitals, noticing the volunteers, thinking she might enjoy this service once she retired. Northeastern Health System is her third hospital in which to volunteer, and she believes saving the one in her hometown for last has been the best. She appreciates how the hospital continues to grow and the services provided to the community. She feels the hospital appreciates the work...
Dr. Brent Rotton Receives the McIntosh, Masters, Medearis Award

Dr. Brent Rotton Receives the McIntosh, Masters, Medearis Award

The McIntosh, Masters and Meadearis Award, sponsored by Carter Healthcare, was presented to Dr. Brent Rotton at the 13th Annual Hearts of Gold Gala. With a rich history of doctors in the family, including his parents whose careers in higher education were spent at Northeastern State University, along with his brother, Bruce, who is Chief of Surgery at W.W. Hastings Hospital, it was clear at an early age that Rotton wanted a career in medicine and followed in his older brother’s footsteps as a general surgeon. Rotton graduated with his Doctor of Osteopathy from the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine. He went on to complete his residency at Tulsa Regional Medical Center and joined his brother in practice in Missouri. After practicing for more than ten years, Rotton returned home to practice in Tahlequah as a specialist in general surgery where he could also participate in medical leadership. For the past six years, Rotton has served as Chief of Staff for Northeastern Health System. Sharing his knowledge with future medical professionals is important to him and why he serves as an adjunct clinical assistant professor of surgery at OSU. Rotton and his wife, Monica, who serves on the hospital’s foundation, have been married for 23 years. Together, they have two children, daughter, Kristy and son, Chet, and one grandson, Kash. Rotton cherishes his time with family and also enjoys the outdoors whether it be hunting, fishing or spending time at the lake. Active in the American Medical Association, the American Osteopathic Association and the Oklahoma Osteopathic Association, he still finds time to give back to the...