2015 MRHC Volunteer of the Year Paula Lewis
Our volunteers are the heart of our organization. It is with pride that we named Paula Lewis as our MRHC Volunteer of the year. Paula Lewis joined the MRHC Auxiliary in 2007. Since then, she has worked two afternoons in the gift shop and going above those duties of the gift shop, she spent much of her time trying to find ways to save money and shop for items both locally and online to fill our gift shop with wonderful items for patients and their families. She also purchased all the materials, cut and sewed the half-moon pillows and the breastfeeding pillows for our new mothers in the OB department. Paula was always there to help, the perfect example of what an MRHC volunteer should be.
2015 MRHC Spirit Award Winner Julie Powell
Julie Powell, RN, BSN, CIC, is the Director of Education, Quality and Infection Prevention at MRHC. She was selected as the MRHC Spirit Award winner because of her spirit of achieving cost savings. Julie has been employed with MRHC for 20 years and has held many roles throughout the years. Julie facilitated education to drive improvements in Hospital Acquired Conditions by improving patient safety, quality of care and efficiency to drive health care costs down. She drives the nurse extern program to nurture and grow our own nurses to have the compassion, skills and professionalism that we expect from our culture of care. Her leadership within our organization exemplifies our values of Excellence, Professionalism, Integrity and Compassion. She spends hours working to find new and intuitive ways to educate our staff on a very small budget, and can always be counted on to move our hospital forward.
2015 MRHC Physician of the Year Dr. Jason McElyea
For the first time, MRHC recognized as the MRHC Physician of the Year one of our own physicians for high marks in patient satisfaction, employee satisfaction, a high referral to MRHC services as well as a great love for our communities of McAlester and Southeast Oklahoma. Dr. Jason McElyea touches many people as he serves MRHC. He works not only in the Emergency Room, but also serves as a Hospitalist and is the Medical Director for our Residency program. Dr. McElyea has taken home several awards that highlight MRHC as his home. He serves as the CDI Champion for our Health Information Services and helps our other physicians stay compliant with these Health Information Standards. His patient satisfaction survey numbers are among the highest and our nurses say Dr. McElyea is one of the best when it comes to how they are treated as health care providers. He continuously works with physician recruiting to help MRHC attract quality physicians who will stay and serve the community and our needs.
2015 MRHC Resident of the Year Dr. Stephanie Patyk
MRHC also named a Resident of the Year. Dr. Stephanie Patyk arrived at MRHC in 2013 and became a proven leader among the residents in the program. Dr. Patyk graduated in 2016 as a Family Medicine physician and will serve the healthcare field well, paving the way for other residents and students to make their mark starting at MRHC.