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Peggy V. Helmerich Visits Hillcrest’s Women’s Health Center Named in Her Honor

PRESIDENTIAL WELCOME: Kevin Gross, Division President of Ardent Health Services, which includes Hillcrest Medical Center, welcomes Peggy V. Helmerich to a reception honoring her during the 15th Year anniversary celebration of the Peggy V. Helmerich Women’s Health Center.

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The Peggy V. Helmerich Women’s Health Center, Tulsa’s first hospital dedicated to women’s health services, celebrated its 15th birthday in August by welcoming the center’s namesake. Mrs. Helmerich, known professionally in her acting work as Peggy Dow, offered words of encouragement to the staff received a tour of the neonatal intensive care unit where she had the opportunity to hold some of Hillcrest’s tiniest patients.

The Peggy V. Helmerich Women’s Health Center at Hillcrest Medical Center offers specialized physician care, state-of-the-art technology and service excellence for women seeking medical care for labor & delivery, breast health, gynecological oncology, uro-gynecology and reproductive endocrinology. The staff is trained and experienced in understanding the needs of women and infants, and the facilities are designed with spacious, private suites to provide a peaceful environment for recovery from surgical and other procedures.

The Center offers care for women throughout all stages of life, including a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and the state’s only hospital-based perinatal palliative care program, the SILAS program. The Leta M. Chapman Breast Center at Hillcrest Medical Center provides 3-D mammography and other breast health care.

 Recently named a Blue Cross Blue Shield Designated Blue Distinction Center, the Peggy V. Helmerich Women’s Health Center at Hillcrest Medical Center is the only hospital in Tulsa with Baby-Friendly designation.
About Peggy V. Helmerich
Known professionally as Peggy Dow, Peggy (Vamadow) Helmerich was discovered by a talent agent in 1949. She was quickly cast in a television show.

Following her television debut, she was signed by Universal to a seven-year contract. During her tenure with Universal, she made nine films, most notably Harvey (wherein she played a nurse), Bright victory, Reunion in Reno and You Never Can Tell.

After working in show business for three years, she retired to marry Walter Helmerich III who became president of Helmerich & Payne. The couple was married 60 years and had five sons before Mr. Helmerich’s passing in 2012.

Ms. Helmerich is a strong supporter of the Tulsa community. The Tulsa Library Trust named their Peggy V. Helmerich Distinguished Author Award in her honor. The University of Oklahoma drama school and the auditorium at Northwestern’s Annie May Swift Hall also bare her name alongside the Peggy V. Helmerich Women’s Health Center at Hillcrest.

Updated 09-12-2018

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