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Parkside Honored

Parkside created the “By Your Side” Patient Assistance Program to provide patients in need, as well as their families, access to a food pantry, books, clothing and transportation.

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St. John Owasso Named Top Hospital

St. John Owasso, 12451 E. 100th St. N., was recently named a Truven Health Top 100 Hospital, being the only hospital in Oklahoma to receive the recognition. 

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Arubah Clinic Expands to Better Serve


Since opening its doors in 2011 to provide health care to the uninsured population, Arubah Clinic, 1021 W. Main St. in Collinsville, is continuing its efforts to remain responsive to its patients’ needs. Last year, in order to decrease patient wait times, the clinic expanded its hours.

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Dr. Terry Rigdon Provides Excellence in Dentistry

Tulsa-based Dr. Terry Rigdon is highly regarded nationwide for his skills in dentistry. He routinely provides dental services to his fellow dentists. In addition, he treats patients from all over northeastern Oklahoma, many of whom are referred by other dentists. Patients from Missouri, Kansas, Arkansas, Illinois, California, even France and the Ukraine (in the former Soviet Union) have sought treatment from Dr. Rigdon.

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CTCA Adds Medical Oncologist/Hemotologist, Promotes Medical Director

Cancer Treatment Centers of America at Southwestern Regional Medical Center in Tulsa (CTCA) has announced two recent physician changes. Kathryn Arrambide, M.D., F.A.C.P., has joined the hospital as a medical oncologist and hematologist and Kevin Tulipana, D.O., who served as a hospitalist in the special care unit, has been promoted to medical director of hospital medicine.

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Hillcrest HealthCare Expands to Mayes Co.

Hillcrest HealthCare System (HHS) has signed a long-term management agreement to assume operations and associated assets of AllianceHealth Pryor in Pryor, Oklahoma. The seven-year agreement between HHS and the Mayes County Hospital Authority is effective May 1.

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CTCA Matches Employees with Community Caring Organizations

More than 30 non-profit organizations gathered at Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) for the hospital’s third annual Community Day held March 2.

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Broken Arrow, Jenks Utica Park Clinics Announce Doctors

In March, Taniesha Buffin, M.D., Ob/Gyn, joined the team at Utica Park Clinic Broken Arrow. Buffin is board certified in Obstetrics & Gynecology and has been practicing since 2010. She is particularly skilled in the areas of abnormal uterine bleeding, menopause, and contraception management and is fluent in both English and Spanish.

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Hillcrest Receives Stroke Certification

Hillcrest Medical Center recently received certification as a Comprehensive Stroke Center from DNV GL Healthcare, a national health care accreditation organization that certifies hospitals’ quality and patient safety protocols. The certification reflects the highest level of competence for treatment of serious stroke events. Hillcrest Medical Center is one of two hospitals in northeast Oklahoma with Comprehensive Stroke certification.

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Going Bald for Cancer

FUNDING RESEARCH: Chelsey Beathard, a second-year student at Oklahoma State University’s College of Medicine, prepares to have her head shaved by Ashton Alagdon, of Epic Salon in Broken Arrow, as part of a St. Baldrick’s Foundation head-shaving event, hosted by OSU-COM, to raise money for lifesaving childhood cancer research.

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CTCA Founder to Receive Horatio Alger Award

Courtesy Horatio Alger Association

Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans, Inc., a nonprofit educational organization honoring the achievements of outstanding individuals and encouraging youth to pursue their dreams through higher education, has announced that Richard J Stephenson, founder and chairman of Cancer Treatment Centers of America, has been selected for membership in the prestigious organization. Stephenson, widely recognized for his philanthropic efforts, global business leadership, and establishment of a new standard in personalized cancer care, joins 10 other esteemed business and civic leaders from across North America in receiving this honor in 2017. For the last 70 years, the Horatio Alger Award has been annually bestowed upon admirable leaders who have succeeded despite facing adversity and who are committed to higher education and charitable efforts in their local communities.

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B.A. Senior Center to Hold Health Fair

The Broken Arrow Senior Center and the Rotary Club of Broken Arrow will hold the 27th annual Senior Resource & Health Fair on April 21. The free event is held to benefit senior citizens and their families in the Tulsa and Broken Arrow area.

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Bailey Medical Recognized

TOP EMPLOYER: Bailey Medical Center employees celebrate Bailey’s recognition as one of the “150 Top Places to Work in Healthcare” by Becker’s Healthcare for the sixth consecutive year. The list features both U.S. health care provider organizations, such as hospitals, health systems, ambulatory surgical centers and home health agencies, as well as other types of health care-specific companies, like consulting firms, health IT vendors and medical societies. Hillcrest HealthCare System’s Hillcrest Hospital South, located in south Tulsa, also made this year’s “150 Top Places to Work in Healthcare” list.

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Red Cross Calls for Type O Negative and AB Blood Donors

The American Red Cross has issued a call for individuals with type O negative and AB blood to make an appointment to give after severe winter weather in some parts of the country caused about 250 Red Cross blood drives to cancel in March, resulting in more than 8,500 uncollected blood donations.

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Senior Star Receives Accreditation, Supports ASHA Website

Senior Star recently announced its three-year term of accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) and the launch of a new website by the American Seniors Housing Association (ASHA),, a website that Senior Star employee Letitia Jackson played a role in developing.

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