Awards & Accreditations
EASTAR Health System (EASTAR Health Services) offers community focused healthcare services in Muskogee, OK. The people of EASTAR Health Services have dedicated themselves to providing the highest quality of health care to the people of Muskogee County, OK and the surrounding areas. Today, our physicians, nurses, and other professionals take great pride in our hospital’s inviting atmosphere and the quality of its services. Accredited by The Joint Commission, EASTAR Health System offers an extensive range of medical and surgical services.
Cardiologists on EASTAR Health Services’s Medical Staff have been continuously involved in national as well as international landmark studies conducted to compare various medications in the effectiveness of treatment on cardiac patients. In addition, the medical center is periodically involved in Health Care Quality Improvement Projects, statewide cardiology studies sponsored by the Oklahoma Foundation for Medical Quality.
Muskogee’s Cancer Program Earns National Accreditation
EASTAR Health Services’s cancer program has earned a full three-year accreditation from the Commission on Cancer, recognizing the hospital’s commitment to patients with cancer as well as to the community. The Commission on Cancer is a multidisciplinary program of the American College of Surgeons. CoC approval is nationally recognized by organizations such as The Joint Commission, American Cancer Society, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, National Quality Forum, and the National Cancer institute as having established performance measures for the provision of high-quality cancer care. Congratulations are extended to Cancer Registrar Debbie Hannis and Dr. Lawrence Cibula as well as to the Tumor Board and the Cancer Board for leading the hospital to this accomplishment.
EASTAR Health Services Earns Prestigious CME Certification
The Oklahoma State Medical Association has granted EASTAR Health System full accreditation as a sponsor of Continuing Medical Education. Congratulations are extended to CME Coordinator Sandra Bell, Dr. YeeSee Ong and the CME Advisory Board for their hard work and dedication to providing comprehensive education for health professionals.
EASTAR Health Services Providence Imaging Earns ACR Accreditation
EASTAR Health Services Providence Imaging has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in mammography as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology (ACR). Mammography is a specific type of imaging test that uses a low-dose x-ray system to examine breasts. A mammography exam, called a mammogram, is used to aid in the early detection and diagnosis of breast diseases in women.
The ACR gold seal of accreditation represents the highest level of image quality and patient safety. It is awarded only to facilities meeting ACR Practice Guidelines and Technical Standards after a peer-review evaluation by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field. Image quality, personnel qualifications, adequacy of facility equipment, quality control procedures, and quality assurance programs are assessed. The findings are reported to the ACR Committee on Accreditation, which subsequently provides the practice with a comprehensive report they can use for continuous practice improvement.
The ACR is a national professional organization serving more than 34,000 diagnostic/interventional radiologists, radiation oncologists, nuclear medicine physicians, and medical physicists with programs focusing on the practice of medical imaging and radiation oncology and the delivery of comprehensive health care services.
EASTAR Health Services’s Laboratory is staffed by personnel certified by the American Society of Clinical Pathologists. The Lab is divided into five special sections, each of which deals with a different area of laboratory science: Chemistry, Hematology, Blood Bank, Microbiology and Histology. Laboratory technology and equipment at EASTAR Health Services are constantly changing as new advances are made in the science of Medical Technology.
The CAP Laboratory Accreditation Program is an internationally recognized program and the only one of its kind that utilizes teams of practicing laboratory professionals as inspectors. Designed to go well beyond regulatory compliance, the program helps laboratories achieve the highest standards of excellence to positively impact patient care. The laboratory at EASTAR Health System is CAP accredited.
The program is based on rigorous accreditation standards that are translated into detailed and focused checklist requirements. The checklists, which provide a quality practice blueprint for laboratories to follow, are used by the inspection teams as a guide to assess the overall management and operation of the laboratory. Click here to learn more about how Pathologists contribute to your health.
The EASTAR Health Laboratory Department is comprised of technologists, technicians, and phlebotomists which operate a variety of high tech, state of the art equipment. At EASTAR Health System, every tech masters all components in each department of the Lab. This allows our Laboratory great flexibility.
The Laboratory staff at River Park Hospital provides a full service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The Lab offers hundreds of lab tests for inpatients, outpatients, and emergency patients. The Lab works closely with virtually every department in the hospital.
Laboratory Services are provided at EASTAR Health to conduct tests on clinical specimens from patients. The laboratory gets important information from these tests to help the physician diagnose, treat and prevent diseases.
Most specimens tested are blood, urine and tissue, but you’d be surprised to know that tests could be performed on hair, fingernails and even sweat.
Lab Technicians, Technologists and Pathologists all work together to arrange for testing, including cross matching units of blood to arrange for blood transfusions, cultures, cardiac enzymes, drug monitoring, coagulation testing, blood counts, electrolytes, and chemistry assays.
Sometimes, your physician may request a test be performed that may require fasting. Certain tests are very sensitive to changes that occur after a meal, and can only be interpreted by comparing results in a fasting state. That fasting is determined by the type of test to be done. For instance, triglycerides or a lipid profile require 12 hours of fasting, but blood sugar can be tested after a six hour fast.
With a commitment to quality and accuracy, EASTAR Health System’s lab is surveyed by CAP Laboratory Accreditation Program and all inspections are done with an eye toward assuring that the lab offers the highest possible quality of patient testing.
EASTAR Health Services achieves Gold Star Award for a Breastfeeding Friendly Worksite
The Oklahoma State Department of Health, the Oklahoma Healthy Mothers, the Healthy Babies Coalition, and the Coalition of Oklahoma Breastfeeding Advocates proudly recognize EASTAR Health System for outstanding support to Oklahoma mothers and their breastfeeding infants and children. Gold Star worksites must exceed the minimum criteria and have met at least three additional criteria to have been a recipient of the award. Recognition is valid through November 30, 2012.