Recent News

Oklahoma Heart Institute (OHI), in partnership with the Oklahoma Heart Research & Education Foundation and Edwards Lifesciences, was the first center in the world to use the new Edwards PASCAL Precision system for treatment of severe mitral valve regurgitation (leaky heart valve) as part of the CLASP IID/IIF Pivotal Trial on May 25, 2021.

This research trial is a prospective, multicenter, randomized, controlled pivotal trial to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of transcatheter mitral valve repair with the Edwards PASCAL Transcatheter Valve Repair... Read More »

With summer on the horizon, so is being outdoor in the sun. Here is what to do if you get a sunburn, according to Wendi Slay, an RN with the Alexander Burn Center at Hillcrest. While Slay cautioned the treatment of sunburns depend on the severity of symptoms, here are a few tips:

1. Take a cool or lukewarm bath.

2. Place a cool, wet cloth on the sunburned area.

3. Moisturize the skin with non-fragranced white lotion.

4. Apply aloe vera gel.

5. Take acetaminophen or ibuprofen for pain relief.

6. Drink plenty of fluids to stay hydrated.

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Dr. Frank Gaffney, a cardiologist at the Oklahoma Heart Institute, said Hillcrest's post-COVID pulmonary rehab program has proven invaluable for many patients already, and he’s grateful many insurances companies and Medicare have also recognized it as such.

See the how this program helped Vannessa Kennison regain her life in an extraordinary story from the Tulsa World.

Jeffrey Galles, M.D., chief medical officer at Utica Park Clinic spoke about the impact of lingering COVID-19 effects.

“We had this big wave in October, November and January, now a lot of those people are just starting to feel the process of improvement,” Galles said.

See the rest of Galles interview with FOX23 here.

Even through an unprecedented year, Hillcrest HealthCare System continued to make a tremendous impact through the communities and patients it served throughout Green Country. Here is a look at our 2020 Community Benefit Report. 

A tidal wave of information has circulated social media for the last few months regarding the COVID-19 vaccine.

But what parcels of information can be trusted?

Hillcrest HealthCare System Chief Medical Officer Guy Sneed, M.D., and Utica Park Clinic Chief Medical Officer Jeffrey Galles, D.O., addressed 10 common concerns surrounding the vaccine.

Here are their answers to those concerns:

Concern: The vaccines are unsafe because their development was rushed.

Sneed: While the current COVID-19 vaccines available were developed over a very tight timeline, their... Read More »

What a wonderful story about one of our nurses, Micah Neuenschwander, and a patient he forever made an impact in a story on Ch. 2.

Jaclyn Duvall, M.D., of Utica Park Clinic shares with News on 6 how severe headaches can impact COVID-19 patients. See story here.

As elective surgeries restart across the U.S., including Oklahoma, it’s important for patients to know what health care facilities are doing to ensure their safety. The good news is hospitals and clinics within Hillcrest HealthCare System have always been safe, following rigorous protocols and policies every day. With the addition of COVID-19, existing policies have been enhanced and additional safety protocols are being observed.

“We are committed to observing safety practices that keep our health care workers and patients safe at all times during the COVID pandemic,” said Guy... Read More »

The American College of Cardiology (ACC) has recognized Hillcrest Hospital South for its demonstrated expertise and commitment in treating patients with chest pain. Hillcrest Hospital South was awarded Chest Pain Center Accreditation with Primary PCI in April based on rigorous onsite evaluation of the staff’s ability to evaluate, diagnose and treat patients who may be experiencing a heart attack. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 730,000 Americans suffer a heart attack each year. The most common symptom of a heart attack for both men and women is chest... Read More »