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As summer kicks off this week, many children have begun to enjoy pool time. Katie Jackson, M.D., a pediatrician at Utica Park Clinic Claremore, gives tips on how to prevent swimmer’s ear in her latest Claremore Progress column.

Stephen and Taylor Hester experienced every parent’s worst nightmare, but now they are helping others to make the best of a difficult situation.

On Aug. 3, 2020, during a what was supposed to be a routine OB appointment, the Hesters were instead blindsided with the devastating news their expected baby boy did not have a heartbeat. The next day Dax Cannon Hester was stillborn at 20 weeks inside Bailey Medical Center in Owasso.

The Hesters found a way to help other families facing an unfathomable situation.

“When we found out someone had donated, we thought we wanted to do this for someone else. It’s pretty much the worst situation you can find yourself in. Getting to spend all day with your child that you’re never going to see again, it makes such a difference.” – Taylor Hester on the decision to donate a Cuddle Cot.

(March 30 is National Doctors’ Day. Hillcrest Hospital Claremore would like to thank each of our physicians for the dedication and passion they display to their patients. In honor of National Doctors’ Day, we would like to spotlight general surgeon, Kyle Hrdlicka, D.O.)

When searching for his career prospects, Kyle Hrdlicka, D.O., did not have to look beyond his own front door as a child.

Brock Walker has felt like family during his stay at Hillcrest Hospital Claremore.

Walker recently was admitted to Hillcrest Claremore (HHC) to undergo a total knee replacement, the second such procedure for the 56-year-old Claremore native.

But it’s the care Walker has received from the staff during his recovery that has left an impression on him.

Breastmilk contains an abundant variety of nutrients that provides everything a baby needs during those first months. But what about mom?

In addition to taking care of the baby, a breastfeeding mom needs to keep up with her own health through smart eating habits to ensure both she and the baby are feeling great and getting everything they need.

National Poison Prevention Week is the perfect time to evaluate your home for potential poisoning sources and ensure that dangerous substances are being stored and used safely.

The threat and danger of poisoning is only an arm’s-length away.

“While the most common source of poisonings seen in Hillcrest Claremore’s ER are opioids, there are plenty of other risks,” says Emergency Department Manager Melisa Daugherty. “We also see small children with overdoses from household chemicals and over-the-counter medications such as Tylenol and Ibuprofen.”

Sleep is one of the most important aspects of maintaining good health. To understand how to improve quality of sleep, we spoke to Jana Loveless, M.D., Oklahoma Heart Institute sleep specialist and director of sleep medicine programs at Hillcrest Claremore, Hillcrest South and Hillcrest Henryetta.