Hospitals and medical services

July 1, 2013 no comments Important Services

If you or you family have any medical needs whether it is an unexpected emergency or you need ongoing attention for a specific illness or condition, then you will be reassured to know that Claremore has a strong infrastructure of hospital facilities and healthcare services. One of the busiest medical institutions is the Hillcrest Hospital which is situated close to the heart of the city and surrounding suburbs on North Muskogee Place. This hospital provides a multitude of services for patients with a variety of differing medical needs and employs over four hundred employees including 54 active physicians, as well as 23 Provisional doctors and 58 Courtesy consultants. It has eighty nine standard beds plus six specialized ones for those patients who are in a critical condition.

hillcrest-hospitalThe emergency room here offers round the clock assistance from courteous, friendly professionals 24/7 to ensure you receive prompt medical attention when you really need it. The hospital also has a pioneering Birthing Centre – which has been appropriately named New Beginnings – and also offers out patient care for post surgery patients as well as preventative care and many other departments in specialist fields. These include areas such as Anesthesiology Cardiology, Gastroenterology, Geriatrics, Gynecology, Obstetrics, Oncology, Ophthalmology, Orthopedic and also General Surgery, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, Radiology and Urology. In addition, this facility offers a wide range of additional services that deal with medical matters like Allergy & Immunology conditions, Behavioral Science (providing assistance with mental health issues and geriatric diagnosis like Alzheimer’s and Dementia), Women’s Welfare, Nutritional Counseling, Occupational Health, Rehabilitation (including Occupational, Physical and Speech Therapy) and a Laboratory with state of the art equipment to process Hematology, Microbiology, Immunology, Transfusion, Blood Gas Analysis and Serology results. There is a Pharmacy service onsite too. This hospital also has one of the best Cardiac Units in the area at its Heart Centre and outpatient specialist testing services like CT and MRI scans, Nuclear Medicine, Mammography, Bone Densitometry, Ultrasound, EEG, EMG, Stress Testing and Holter Monitoring.

As the city still has a reasonable sized Native American population (just under 15% in total), the Claremore Indian Hospital on South Moore Avenue which is part of a federal program set up across the country to cater for the healthcare needs of American Indians and Alaska Natives. Generally referred to as the IHS, this program currently services almost two million Native Americans across the USA in over thirty five of its fifty one states for over half a century now. Its goal is to ensure that these citizens have comprehensive public health services that are essential to their well being but which are also culturally acceptable on a personal level for each of these individuals to raise and maintain their physical, mental, social and spiritual health to the highest possible levels. There are also some emergency only clinics dotted around the city however these offer very basic services and are generally open business hours only – Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.