When there is an emergency, you want to know where to turn. At Hillcrest South, our team of physicians, nurses and staff, specifically trained in emergency medicine, are there for your family day and night. “Hillcrest South offers very convenient access to quality medical care,” explains Hillcrest South Emergency Department Medical Director Dr. Gavin Gardner.  “It is also important to note that our hospital offers most of the same services that many of the larger hospitals do, but without the Emergency Department wait times that you may experience at those facilities.”

As we age, we know we need to pay special attention to our health. We try to eat right, exercise and schedule regular physical exams. We make sure our blood pressure and cholesterol are properly managed. We understand the importance of breast cancer screenings, with one in eight women diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. However, one area women may not be paying enough attention to, however, is their bone health.

When you walk through the doors of a hospital, there’s a lot on your mind. Whether you are coming here as a patient, family member or visitor, your first thought as the doors slide open is likely “where do I need to go?” Hillcrest South leadership is making sure before you have a chance to ask, they are there introducing themselves and welcoming you to the hospital.

Nearing his 94th birthday, John Schwabauer thumbs through a record book of his daily workouts. He tracks every time he walks on his treadmill, noting the various speeds and time intervals it takes to complete one mile, something he was not able to do at 91. “I would get tired real easy before getting out of a chair sometimes,” he says of noticing his energy quickly diminishing. “I was overweight, short of breath. I just needed some energy.”

Allergies plague many of us every year. In fact, one in five adults suffers from allergies. Allergens are often called hay fever, or seasonal allergic rhinitis, and the most common symptoms are sneezing, stuffiness, a runny nose and itchiness in the mouth, throat, eyes or ears. Allergies often do not stop when women become pregnant; the question of whether the use of decongestants are safe during pregnancy is often an unclear answer to many women suffering from allergies.

Flip-flops have no doubt found their way into a permanent part of our summer wardrobe. As temperatures start to rise, we begin to exchange our constricting heels and no-nonsense dress shoes for our favorite pair of breezy flip-flops.

School is out, temperatures are rising and across the state, the sound of cleats and bat bags hitting the pavement fill ballpark parking lots. Summer is the time for baseball and softball in Oklahoma. The Orthopaedic Center’s Dr. Darnell Blackmon shares tips for athletes to stay injury free this summer season.

Memorial Day weekend is fast approaching, which means summer break is fast approaching, if not already here for some families. What will you do with the long days of summer? We thought it would be a good idea to share some healthy, educational and fun “summer bucket list” activities that you may consider for your family this summer.