"Sequoyah Memorial is vitally important to our community. Healthcare
and the availability of quality healthcare is one of the first things
people ask when inquiring about our community or when deciding whether
or not to move here. I also feel that the new services that have just
recently been implemented at the hospital are vital to our growth- our
continued growth- as a community. It is important to have those services
locally available to our residents."
Judy Martens, Executive Director
Sallisaw Chamber of Commerce
Located in eastern Oklahoma in the heart of green country, Sequoyah Memorial Hospital sits in the center of the bustling and growing town of Sallisaw. Originated in 1949, over the years Sequoyah Memorial has grown to a 41-bed unit serving Sequoyah County. The hospital prides itself on managing acute trauma, providing long term treatment, and assisting patients in their homes. Sequoyah Memorial prides itself on being a progressive healthcare system in a growing community. The hospital strives to be consistently aware of and meet the healthcare needs in our community.
The dedicated staff of Sequoyah Memorial Hospital offers the best primary healthcare to our community by providing local access in a cost effective manner to enhance individual health and well-being.
A third county bond issue was passed in 1967 for the purpose of total renovation of the original hospital patient wing including the addition of new Dietary and Laboratory departments. Radiology Services were incorporated into the scope of patient care in 1968. Administrative and business offices were built in 1970 and on October 26, 1980, an open house for the community was held to celebrate the completion of another construction and renovation project which increased patient care capacity.
Financing for this project was made possible through the formation of a City-County Trust and by the approval of an additional city sales tax for improvements made through the trust. In 1986, Mammography equipment was acquired in Radiology. Home Health services joined Sequoyah Memorial in 1990 to provide continuing health care for the patient at home. The year 1990 was also the beginning of Rehabilitative Services which offered physical and occupational therapy. Hospice care evolved in 1994 to provide home health care for patients in the final stages of life. Services to meet personal care needs were included with Extended Care in 1995.
In 2003, an outpatient clinic was opened and certified to serve Medicare,
Medicaid, Sooner Care, and private insurance patients as well as others. The
clinic is managed by a staff of one Physician’s Assistant, one nurse,
and two clerical employees.
Today Sequoyah Memorial is proud to portray one team of health care professionals “bridging the gap” in comprehensive health care from hospital to home.
In the fall of 2010, Sequoyah Memorial Hospital (Sequoyah County – City of Sallisaw Hospital Authority), in conjunction with Oklahoma State University Extension Office, coordinated a series of meetings which comprised the Community Health Engagement Process. A collection of documents were produced from the meetings and also the community survey conducted by the Oklahoma Office of Rural Health, Center for Rural Health through the OSU Center for Health Sciences affiliated with the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service of Oklahoma State University. A report analyzing the Economic Impact of the Health Sector on the Sequoyah Memorial Hospital Medical Service Area was completed in September of 2010. A telephone survey of area residents examining the Sequoyah Memorial Hospital Medical Service Area was completed in October of 2010. Finally, also in October, an Analysis of the Demand for Primary Care Physicians in the Sallisaw, Oklahoma, Medical Service Area was completed. These reports can be found at the link below. In the survey report, the community’s description is outlined, including demographic, salary, and education information of area residents. The results document also outlines that information was collected during a telephone survey. The survey revealed health needs and other feedback from community residents, and is also available on the Oklahoma Rural Health Works website.
Clarice Roberts Chisum
Debbie Knoke, MBA