Donations Stay in the Community at NHS Blood Drives

Donations Stay in the Community at NHS Blood Drives

Northeastern Health System will host a blood drive on Wednesday, May 30, from 12:30 – 5:30 p.m., and on Thursday, May 31, from 12:00 – 5:30 p.m. Giving at an NHS sponsored blood drive is different than giving at others drives, as the hospital receives one unit of blood for every five units donated at NHS to help save lives right here in the community. Make plans now to help your community by donating blood at the NHS blood drive. The drive will be held at the NHS West Conference Room, located directly behind Armstrong Bank on Downing Street in Tahlequah. Walk-ins are welcome, or donors may schedule an appointment by calling (877) 340-8777 or visit obi.org. A photo ID is required and donors will receive a free T-shirt and two tickets to Safari Joe’s H2O waterpark. Share...

NHS Sequoyah Upgrades to Latest Mammography Technology

Northeastern Health System Sequoyah now offers 3D mammography, the latest in mammography technology. The new 3D Mammography System, recently installed at the NHS Sequoyah Imaging Center, 213 E. Redwood Ave., Sallisaw, is the first offered in the area and is FDA-approved as superior for women with dense breasts. It is called the most accurate exam available and detects cancer earlier than traditional 2D units. “The 3D process is painless and no different from the traditional 2D exam except for the use of the imaging technology,” said Andrea Weber, NHS Sallisaw Radiology Director. “I would highly recommend it. It gives the doctors a clearer picture, which results in less call-backs for further imaging, which, in turn reduces the patient’s exposure to radiation. If there is something in there, they are going to see it. You have a better chance of being detected.” 3D imaging differs from 2D imagery in that it takes 9 images of breast tissue that can be subdivided into many layers. This image layering allows the radiologist to zero in for a closer look at suspicious spots instead of viewing one flat image that, previously, could result in a patient having to be called back in for additional testing. The GE 3D equipment has been proven 30-60 percent more effective in detecting breast cancer, and while 2D mammograms are still being offered, more insurances are covering the 3D option. In 2017, Northeastern Health System Tahlequah partnered with Sequoyah Memorial Hospital. This partnership is bringing significant enhancements and new services offered to the Sallisaw community, such as the 3D mammography system. “With this 3D technology, we can see...
NHS Welcomes Radiation Oncologist

NHS Welcomes Radiation Oncologist

NHS is pleased to welcome Dr. Frederick Willison, a radiation oncologist at NHS’s Northeast Oklahoma Cancer Center.  Willison replaced Dr. Daniel Murphey following Murphey’s unexpected death in 2017. “I was close personal friends with Daniel P. Murphy, M.D., the former medical director who passed away unexpectedly last year.  I worked closely with him as a colleague and knew of the potential for NHS from that relationship,” said Willison.  “I have also worked closely with several of the Warren Clinic medical oncologists in Tahlequah for over 20 years.  Those relationships created a natural fit.  In addition, the executive leadership of NHS is uniquely collaborative and inspirational.  They are dedicated to moving the health system into the forefront of medical care in Oklahoma through partnerships with physicians.” Willison graduated from the Medical College of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia.  He completed his radiation oncology residency at the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Maryland, however, radiation oncology wasn’t his immediate choice. “I started a residency in Internal Medicine with plans to be a cardiologist until I did an elective in radiation oncology,” said Willison.  “I learned that I loved the patients, the technology, and the possibility of completely curing life-threatening problems.  The serious nature of the illness creates a special bond between doctor and patient.  The field presents daily challenges to win the most important battle a person may ever face.  New technologies are frequently developed providing a lifelong opportunity to learn new things with great potential.” Like his predecessor, Dr. Murphy, Willison is known as one of the premier radiation oncologists in northeast Oklahoma. “We have been very blessed to have two of...
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...