Leadership Rogers County Learns About Health in the Community

The Leadership Rogers County Class of 2021 met recently for Health Day. The group heard from Eric Eaton, Director of Operations at Hillcrest Hospital in Claremore, along with George Valliere, CEO at the Indian Hospital in Claremore.   

The overwhelming amount of information provided by both gentlemen gave the LRC Class a much better understanding of the steps each location is taking to not only administer and care for coronavirus patients during this pandemic, but what they are doing to protect the staff and patients using strict disinfecting standards. 

The class traveled to the Northeastern Oklahoma Cancer Institute right here in Claremore where they were awed by the information received in regards to the state-of-the-art Varian Halcyon radiation machine.    

Did you know that the Varian Halcyon radiation machine at this very facility was number 19 off the production line and the first one off the line in use outside of an academic institution? This machine is incredible and has provided amazing results for our local residents. 

The class learned that the goal of the parent company of Northeastern Oklahoma Cancer Institute, Radiation Business Solutions, is to focus on providing quality care for cancer patients in rural settings. Research has shown that patients respond much better to treatment when they are able to receive it close to home. The precision and accuracy that this machine provides has significantly reduced treatment times, which allows patients to spend much less time receiving the treatment, and more time recuperating at home.   

The class also had a fun leadership activity presented by Megan Edwards of Northeast Tech. She had the class go through a stack of “Motivation” cards in which they had to narrow down the top five things that motivated them to be great leaders and/or great employees. It was interesting to hear everyone’s top five and how even those that had similar results, their varying perspectives, job roles and experiences contributed to vastly different reasons behind why they chose those motivators. 

All in all, it was a very informative day in which the class was able to listen to local health leaders talk about the amazing efforts going on in this community that perhaps we do not see on a day to day basis. Great things are happening in Rogers County! 

For more information about enrollment in Leadership Rogers County, please contact Executive Director Ashley May at ashley@moreclaremore.com. Visit leadershiprogerscounty.org for more information.

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