The meeting began with a presentation and discussion with Jeff Campbell from the Rogers County Health Department. Jeff’s responsibilities include inspection of restaurants, hotels and pools in and around the Rogers County area.
Jeff was asked what the biggest concern for local restaurant patrons should be, to which he answered, “Hand washing. 92% of food-borne illness can be prevented by proper hand washing.”
The next visit was to the Hillcrest-Claremore hospital. Hillcrest-Claremore is an 89-bed facility and employs over 300 people. They are rated in the top 10% in the nation for safety and recently received an A rating from Leapfrog, an independent rating system for hospital services.
The hospital tour included stops in the Cath Lab where they do lifesaving heart procedures; the Emergency Room that can see over 70 patients per day during flu season; Radiology that does over 3200 mammograms per year; Labor & Delivery which delivers over 700 babies a year and the 6 bed Intensive Care Unit.
Lunch was provided by A Perfect Pair, a healthy meal delivery and catering service based out of Pryor. A Perfect Pair provides healthy, pre-made meals and snacks to those looking for gluten-free, Paleo, Ketogenic, and Whole 30 options. The menu is posted a week in advance and orders are due by Thursday. Meals are then delivered to multiple locations in Claremore, Pryor and Miami.
After lunch, the group visited the Claremore Indian Hospital for a discussion and tour provided by Chief Executive Officer George Valliere. The Claremore Indian Hospital serves all federally recognized tribes, 29 of which can be found in Oklahoma.
The Claremore Indian Hospital is a 46-bed facility offering family medicine, emergency medicine, surgery, pharmacy and labor and delivery. Claremore Indian Hospital currently has 110,000 active patients and runs off of a funding plan started in 1970 which was based on just 30,000 patients.
Chief Executive Officer George Valliere stated “Our goal is to provide the best primary care we can. We do what we can and we do it well.”
The next stop was the Claremore Recreation Center. The Claremore Recreation Center offers those in and around the Claremore area a great place to exercise and take steps toward a healthy lifestyle. They have everything from cardio equipment, a junior Olympic-sized swimming pool, fitness classes for every skill level and a large gym and full-size tennis courts.
The day ended with a discussion with Jody Reiss, Program Director of the TSET Healthy Living Program. Jody explained that healthy living is a sum of small changes made throughout your day. Moving just a little more each day helps to promote healthy habits. Jody had the group stand and do some low impact exercises to demonstrate the difference just moving a little throughout the day could make.