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Hillcrest and BCBSOK Reach Agreement

Hillcrest HealthCare System (HHS) and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma (BCBSOK) have reached a multi-year agreement that maintains access to BCBSOK’s PPO and HMO networks for HHS patients.

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Gynecologic Oncologist Joins Team at CTCA

Cancer Treatment Centers of America at Southwestern Regional Medical Center in Tulsa (CTCA) recently announced the addition of David McIntosh, MD, as a gynecologic oncologist. Board certified in gynecologic oncology, as well as obstetrics and gynecology, Dr. McIntosh is dedicated to using evidence-based cancer treatments to fight gynecologic malignancies on multiple fronts. He is also trained in robotic surgery and has the ability to fully diagnose and treat GYN cancers.

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Oklahoma Heart Institute Weight Loss Program Ranked Best

Trying to find a plan you can stick with to lose weight and get healthy in 2018? A program offered by Oklahoma Heart Institute (OHI) and created by HMR Weight Management Services (HMR) has been named a No.1 Best Fast Weight-Loss Diet for 2018 by U.S. News & World Report. This is the third consecutive year in which HMR’s simple diet and high intensity lifestyle intervention program has earned this honor.

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Cancer Treatment Center Stays Busy for Community

WELCOMING KOMEN: Supporters of the Susan G. Komen Tulsa Chapter celebrated the opening of their new location on the campus of Cancer Treatment Centers of America with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Feb. 1.

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CTCA Spotlights 16 Superfoods for the New Year

Superfoods contain a larger than average nutrient value, providing more nutrients to the body than another food of a similar serving size, says Kalli Castille, director of integrative and culinary services with Cancer Treatment Centers of America in Tulsa. As an example, wild salmon is a superfood for its large protein content and rich source of omega 3 fatty acids. 

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Six CTCA Physicians Earn ‘Fellow’ Designation

In 2017, six Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) in Tulsa physicians earned the designation of “fellow,” which represents the pinnacle of integrity, professionalism and scholarship. The distinction of fellow is considered recognition of one’s accomplishments and achievements over and above the practice of medicine in his or her specialty of medicine.

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Urgent Need: Blood Shortage Prompts Call for Donors

This January, National Blood Donor Month, the American Red Cross has an urgent need for blood and platelet donors of all blood types to make an appointment to give now and help address a winter blood donation shortage.

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OSU-CHS Establishes Center For Opioid Research, Recovery

The Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences has announced the establishment of the OSU Center for Wellness and Recovery to combat the impact of opioid addiction in Oklahoma. Drug overdose is the leading cause of accidental death in the U.S.

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CTCA in Tulsa Expands with Oncologist, Surgeon

Cancer Treatment Centers of America at Southwestern Regional Medical Center in Tulsa (CTCA) recently announced two physician changes: Asha Karippot, M.D., has joined the hospital as a medical oncologist and hematologist, and Michael Thomas, M.D, F.A.C.S., who has been serving as acting medical director of surgery, has been additionally promoted to medical director of breast surgery.

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New Leadership at Tulsa Spine & Specialty Hospital

With the retirement of Terry Woodbeck, chief executive officer of Tulsa Spine & Specialty Hospital (TSSH), a part of Hillcrest HealthCare System, at the end of the year, Trent Gastineau, TSSH’s current chief operating officer, will assume the CEO role.

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Senior Star Announces Internal Changes

Senior Star Management Company recently announced the promotion of Anja M. Rogers to chief executive officer. Previously chief operating officer, Rogers now leads the company’s customer-focused team in its ongoing mission to provide a community lifestyle that inspires people to embrace senior living.

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CTCA and NFL Alumni Team Up for Prostate Lab Screening

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer among men. In an effort to increase awareness of the disease and the benefits of early screening, the National Football League Alumni Association (NFLA), Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) and LabCorp have teamed up to educate men and increase access to screenings.

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Coalition Receives Grant for Statewide Database


The federal government recently selected Oklahoma’s Route 66 Coalition to receive a $4.5 million grant to create an Accountable Health Community, which will create a statewide database that will address patients’ social issues and needs, in addition to medical needs.

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Nurse Brings Sunshine To Her Patients at CTCA

Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) in Tulsa is a proud DAISY Award Partner, recognizing one nurse each quarter. The DAISY Award is an international program that rewards and celebrates the extraordinary, compassionate and skillful care given by nurses every day. Amy Susan, who is a nurse in the Infusion Center at CTCA and lives in Owasso, recently received the DAISY Award.

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Local Optometrist Continues Efforts in Bahamas


Local nonprofit Vision for Children Charitable Foundation (VCF) will hold its fourth annual fundraiser, A Gala of Sight, on Sept. 7 at Spain Ranch, 732 E. 116th St., in Jenks.

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