History


Sequoyah Memorial originated August 24, 1949, as a 24-bed short term general hospital. It was financed by a Sequoyah County Bond Issue and Hill-Burton Grant. In 1965, the citizens of Sequoyah County again voted in favor of a bond issue, which along with a second Hill-Burton Grant, made possible an addition to the hospital. Total bed capacity was increased to 41 and a modern surgical suite, obstetrical delivery room, and emergency center were constructed to expand the realm of services.

A third county bond issue was passed in 1967 for the purpose of total renovation of the original hospital patient wing including the addition of new Dietary and Laboratory departments. Radiology Services were incorporated into the scope of patient care in 1968. Administrative and business offices were built in 1970 and on October 26, 1980, an open house for the community was held to celebrate the completion of another construction and renovation project which increased patient care capacity. Financing for this project was made possible through the formation of a City-County Trust and by the approval of an additional city sales tax for improvements made through the trust.

In 1986, Mammography equipment was acquired in Radiology. Home Health services joined Sequoyah Memorial in 1990 to provide continuing health care for the patient at home. The year 1990 was also the beginning of Rehabilitative Services which offered physical and occupational therapy. Hospice care evolved in 1994 to provide home health care for patients in the final stages of life. Services to meet personal care needs were included with Extended Care in 1995.

In 2003, an outpatient clinic was opened and certified to serve Medicare, Medicaid, Sooner Care, and private insurance patients as well as others. The clinic was managed by a staff of one Physician's Assistant, one nurse, and two clerical employees. This clinic was absorbed into the scope of outpatient services in 2007.

In June of 2006, another family practice clinic, SMH Redwood Clinic, was incorporated to enhance care to the community. Rick Robbins, DO, practices out of this clinic. In August of 2006, Sequoyah Memorial incorporated a Hospitalist program, a program intended to enhance and improve patient care. A hospitalist is an individual who stays in close proximity to the hospital and is available to hospital patients 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The hospitalist and the primary care physician work closely as a team to coordinate the best quality care for the patient. In the spring of 2012, the program was changed to a team of area physicians of the hospital's medical staff, physicians more familiar to patients.

In February 2009, the hospital added bone density screening. Our dexascanner uses x-ray technology to scan a person's spine and hips and determine the density of their bones, thus resulting in their risk of or diagnosis of osteoporosis.

In April of 2009, Sequoyah Memorial excitedly brought surgery services back to the community! Faisal Khan, MD, FACS, joined the team, offering preventive services such as colonoscopies, and other procedures such as lumpectomies, appendectomies, and much more. In September of 2009, Dr. Hal Robbins joined Dr. Khan performing colonoscopies. In July 2009, the hospital dedicated the Oliver Chapel, a religious sanctuary dedicated to family, quiet, peace, and rest. The hospital is thankful to the Oliver family for their generous donation which made the Chapel possible.

In May of 2010, Sequoyah Memorial was deemed a Stroke Center by the Oklahoma State Department of Health. As a Stroke Center, a physician is on call and immediately available to respond to the Sequoyah Memorial Emergency Department when a patient presents to the ER with stroke symptoms. Essentially, a Stroke Center provides immediate access to a team of specially trained health care providers, including a neurologist, for the assessment and treatment of stroke patients.

In September of 2011, Sequoyah Memorial was honored to receive the Community Health Champion award for the Champions of Health award system. The hospital received the award for accomplishments with the telemedicine program. Along with honors, the hospital received a $5000 grant to further the telemedicine program.

In March of 2012, Sequoyah Memorial was deemed a Certified Healthy Business by the State Department of Health, the State Chamber, Oklahoma Turning Point, and The Oklahoma Academy.

In the summer of 2012, the Sleep Disorder Center was remodeled and moved to a new area of the hospital.

In April 2011, the hospital made the step to move to electronic health records. The lengthy process was begun, and completed in the summer of 2012.

In April 2013, the lengthy process of installing a new CT scanner began. A total remodel of the medical imaging area of the hospital was required, and the new CT was installed in July of 2013.

Today Sequoyah Memorial is proud to portray one team of health care professionals "bridging the gap" in comprehensive health care from hospital to home.