Recently, Sequoyah Memorial Hospital was honored to be selected as the 2011 Community Health Champion for the Champions of Health award system sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Oklahoma, Oklahoma Hospital Association, Oklahoma Osteopathic Association, Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, Oklahoma State Department of Health, and the Oklahoma State Medical Association. The award system benefits the Oklahoma Caring Foundation which has as its mission “to support programs that provide Oklahomans access to preventive health services.” The Oklahoma Caring Foundation was created by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Oklahoma in 1994 to offer needed health care services to Oklahomans.
Sequoyah Memorial Hospital applied for the award on the platform of the hospital’s Telestroke Program. The main focus for the hospital’s telemedicine program has been stroke intervention and treatment. Sequoyah Memorial is proud to be a Primary Stroke Center- a distinction only given to health care facilities with the ability to provide patients immediate stroke intervention and treatment by connecting to a neurologist, allowing a live evaluation. Sequoyah Memorial utilizes telemedicine capabilities to connect stroke patients with Margaret Tremwel, MD, PhD of Sparks Health System. Dr. Tremwel has partnered with Sequoyah Memorial’s stroke team to provide stroke patients with immediate, lifesaving treatment. “Seconds count when having a stroke, so having this technology in our community is essential to saving lives,” said Debbie Knoke, CEO. “We are very proud of our stroke team and the accomplishments our team has made in the field of telemedicine.” The award received will be proudly displayed in the hospital and the grant funds will be used to further services for telemedicine. “The possibilities for telemedicine are endless,” said Knoke. “Rural healthcare should not be underestimated. Our professionally educated staff is very dedicated and innovative. The SMH team is second to none.”
Representatives from Sequoyah Memorial were honored to attend the awards gala on October 25 to receive the hospital’s prestigious award. At the event, many healthcare officials spoke on the state of Oklahoma’s health, and excitedly, former First Lady Laura Bush served as the keynote speaker. A special reception was held and Mrs. Knoke and Dr. Tremwel were in attendance and had the opportunity to visit with Mrs. Bush about the SMH Telestroke Program. “Sequoyah Memorial was honored to be among so many institutions dedicated to the health of our state,” said Knoke. “It is very exciting to consider the advances we are making in patient care. We could not be more proud at this moment.”
For more information on Sequoyah Memorial and telemedicine services, visit www.sequoyahmemorial.com, or call 918-774-1100.