Tahlequah Daily Press

April 9, 2013

Cherokee County ranks high in wellness

By BOB GIBBINS
Special Writer

TAHLEQUAH — Cherokee County ranks in the top half of Oklahoma counties when it comes to wellness, Tahlequah City Hospital board members learned Monday.

TCH CEO Brian Woodliff told the board about a new report that ranks the county 34th healthiest of 77 counties. He also said the county ranks highly in terms of physician-to-population ratio.

The county ranked 64th for health behaviors such as smoking, obesity and inactivity.

In related news, he said there will be a health fair next Saturday, April 13, from 9 a.m. to 3  p.m., in Norris Park. TCH and Cherokee Nation Hastings Hospital will be taking part.

Dr. Berry Winn, who presents the Medical Staff Affairs report, told board members Radiology and Solutions had busy months. Solutions reported 17 admissions and 19 referrals.

Winn also said TCH saw a lot of people with respiratory infections in the past month.

Woodliff said TCH will be participating in  the Help-In-Crisis “Walk  A Mile In Her Shoes” event on April 20.

The ribbon-cutting for the new dialysis center in Sallisaw will be April 23 and Woodliff said May 10  will start Hospital Week.

The CEO told the board a tremendous amount of recruitment was going on at the hospital. Board members approved credentials for several physicians at the conclusion of the meeting.