Blogs

  • Inside Volunteer @ Hillcrest with Louise Bush

    “Hillcrest Medical Center, how can I help you?” Louise Bush says with a comforting confidence as she answers the phone. “I started here on the information desk initially, 2 days a week – Thursdays and Fridays,” she explains. Over the last 27 years, Louise has given her time, compassion, understanding, and guidance to help patients and visitors at Hillcrest Medical Center as a volunteer. “People come in and some times they are terrified, because they are going to have a procedure or someone they love is going to have a procedure.

     
  • Volunteer @ Hillcrest

    At Hillcrest, changing lives is not limited to our patients and healthcare providers. Our more than 525 volunteers are also changing lives: changing the spirits of a patient, the day of an employee and the life of a hospital - all by simply being there. With every smile, every conversation they begin, directions they give, paperwork they file, baby booties they knit, patient they transport, flower arrangement they design, and mail they deliver—our volunteers are leaving a unique imprint upon the life of our hospitals and the lives of the people they encounter.

     
  • Reduce Your Risk of Developing High Blood Pressure

    High blood pressure, or hypertension, affects one in three American adults. The reason this concerns health care providers is due to the role high blood pressure plays in magnifying patients’ risk of suffering a heart attack, stroke and heart failure. You may think you have nothing to worry about, because you don’t notice any signs or symptoms of high blood pressure, but the truth is there are often no warning signs with high blood pressure.

     
  • Why you should care about your heart health today.

    February is National Heart Month – the time we are reminded heart disease is the number one killer of both women and men. But when do we think about our own heart health? Do we wait until we hear the words, “You’ve had a heart attack.” Or do we begin to think about making lifestyle changes when we can’t get our blood pressure and cholesterol numbers under control, even with medication?

     
  • Ready to eat? Super Bowl Ranks a Top Day for Calorie Consumption

    Last year, more than 108 million people tuned into the Super Bowl. While some devoted fans sat on the edge of their seat watching play by play, many of us gathered around the buffet table featuring an endless supply of dips, chips, desserts, and of course, pizza. With our craving for football, fun and friends has come an insatiable appetite for food…and a lot of it.

     
  • Young and living with knee pain? It could be osteoarthritis.

    Most people think osteoarthritis strikes later in life and any knee pain or discomfort when you are young and active is something that will go away on its own. If you are not getting relief from chronic knee pain following rest and anti-inflammatory medication, it could be the onset of osteoarthritis. Brought on by genetics, obesity, strenuous exercise, or injury, experts say osteoarthritis is developing earlier in life – around the age of 56 versus 72 in the 1990s.

     
  • Is it the flu? Pneumonia? Or a Cold?

    According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Oklahoma is one of 25 states reporting a “widespread” flu outbreak. However, does that mean that every time we get sick it is the flu? While we are familiar with the signs and symptoms of the flu – severe body aches, fever and a dry cough, we may not be able to tell the difference between the flu, pneumonia or a cold. So when should we go to the doctor or just try fluids and rest at home?

     
  • Living Healthier in Tulsa - 2014 New Year's Resolutions

    As December is ending, many Oklahomans are looking to improve their lifestyles in order to have a happier, healthier new year. New Year’s Resolutions are a popular way to achieve specific goals or to break bad habits, and health.com estimates that roughly one in three Americans participate in these resolutions. Unfortunately, only 46 percent of Americans stay on track with their goals six months later, a study found.

     
  • Best of 2013

    The year is coming to a close and along with you, we are taking a moment to look back at all 2013 had to offered. From lives changes, to milestones celebrated and the moments that made us stop to recognize the beauty of the human spirit, we are thankful to our patients and their families, our doctors, nurses and staff and the community for allowing Hillcrest to be a part of it all. Through our blog and social media channels, we have a chance to not only share our stories, but also connect with you online. We appreciate your comments, feedback, suggestions, and involvement.

     
  • Why $1.50 extra per day is worth it

    Researchers say we now know how much more expensive healthy diets are compared to unhealthy diets - $1.50 per day. The reason healthier options like fruits and vegetables cost more than processed meats, snacks and grains is due to the current food policies in place, supporting inexpensive, but high volume production of the unhealthier fare.