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
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. …