Hillcrest HealthCare System of Tulsa is closing its outpatient clinics in Tahlequah and Bartlesville, which will leave more than 400 clients - many of them children - to find new providers. The clinics will close by March 31 as part of a plan by Hillcrest to concentrate on its inpatient programs, officials said.
The Tulsa Regional Medical Center's Children's Medical Centers sent letters to clients notifying them of the closures, Hillcrest spokeswoman Sally Huggins said in a report from The Associated Press.
Mike Brose, executive director of the Mental Health Association in Tulsa, said his agency's concern is for clients' follow-up care. "This can be very problematic in a rural area because there may not be another provider who can pick up the need. There is a high risk in this situation that these children and their families may end up on their own, which is unacceptable."
Cynthia Koller, behavioral health services director for the Hillcrest system, said Hillcrest officials "are confident that patients will be able to access any of the community clinics and experience a smooth transition with uninterrupted services."
The Tahlequah and Bartlesville centers, both private facilities, provided counseling, rehabilitation and medication to children and families. Neither contract with the state.
The Tahlequah clinic will refer about 300 patients to Blue Sky Behavioral Health, Counseling Associates, Green Country Behavioral Health Services, Tenkiller Behavioral Services Inc., Bill Willis Community Mental Health Center and People Inc. The Bartlesville clinic will refer about 130 patients to Grand Lake Mental Health Center, Youth and Family Services, BlueStem Mental Health, Samaritan Counseling & Growth Center and Family Crisis Counseling Center.
American Nursing Services
American Nursing Services has expanded into Oklahoma to provide nurses on an as-needed basis in the Tulsa area.
Stacy Wilde, a registered nurse, has been named clinical director of the Tulsa branch.
Shelley Casey was appointed staffing and recruitment coordinator. Casey has been working in the medical staffing industry around Tulsa for more than seven years.
American Nursing Services is a 12-year-old supplemental staffing agency that now operates 24 branch offices. The company provides nurses to more than 1,000 hospitals across the country.
Edmond Medical Center
Jeremy Cole has joined the medical staff of Edmond Medical Center. Cole's practice will be in internal medicine and pulmonary disease, with a special interest in sleep disorders.
Cole received his medical degree from SUNY at Buffalo and completed his internship, residency and fellowship at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles. Prior to coming to Edmond, he was in private practice in Sherman Oaks, Calif. …