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TAHLEQUAH, OKLAHOMA Cherokee Nation's first rate doctors, healthcare staff and progressive diabetes treatment programs continue to rake in state and national awards.
WW Hastings Hospital Medical Director Douglas Nolan demonstrates a heart procedure to Sohail Khan using his iPad
Cherokee Nation Health Services, which oversees eight health centers, an employee clinic and a hospital, was recently honored by three prestigious organizations for its outstanding work.
WW Hastings Hospital Medical Director Douglas Nolan was named Physician of the Year by the Rural Health Association of Oklahoma. Hastings pharmacy received a Local Impact Award from the National Indian Health Board for its intensive diabetes monitoring service of patients. And Health Services' overall Diabetes Program snagged the John Pipe Voices of Change Award from the American Diabetes Association for helping curb the disease in Indian country.
Nolan was named Physician of the Year for directing the Family Medicine Residency Program in Tahlequah and mentoring medical students and residents at Hastings and Tahlequah City Hospital, according to the Rural Health Association of Oklahoma.
Nolan was instrumental in making student rotations possible and stepped in to keep the program alive in Tahlequah, Managing Director of Rural Health Association of Oklahoma's Andy Fosmire said.
“This is quite an honor,”
"We continue to strive to be the provider of choice for Cherokee citizens and I think this shows we are doing things the right way and we're actually being recognized for the expertise we are providing."
Health Services' pharmacy program educating diabetic patients to manage their disease more efficiently also won recent praise from the National Indian Health Board. Patients are put in charge of their health and given the proper tools to live healthier lives and have really stepped up to that challenge, said Brandon Taylor, pharmacy clinical coordinator at Hastings.
"There are several points of significance to the program. The Cherokee Nation and its medical providers recognize the value of clinical pharmacists practicing at the top of their licensure which improves access to care because the physicians are freed up to see more patients,"
“And more significantly, over 90 percent of the patients in the clinic improved in at least one measure with more than 30 percent reaching all goals for diabetes, including blood pressure and cholesterol management.”
The ADA cited the tribe's work serving more than 10,000 diabetes patients and its 16 week diabetes prevention classes that led to 92 people in the program losing a total of 2,752 pounds. The award is given to programs helping Indian communities and named in honor of the late John Pipe of Montana, a longtime diabetes advocate.
In addition to these three major awards, Cherokee Nation's A-MO Salina Health Center, Bartlesville Health Center, Vinita Health Center and Will Rogers Health Center in Nowata have all received Government Performance and Results Act awards from the Oklahoma City Indian Health Service area office.
posted October 5, 2012 8:40 am edt