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(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.

Expectant mothers have a lot to be aware of when it comes to the health of their babies.

The Group B Streptococcus infection is one of the most common prenatal infections that can impact babies. It affects about 1 in every 2,000 babies in the United States according to the American Pregnancy Association.

During Cardiac Rehabilitation Week, Feb. 10-16, we celebrate the role cardiac rehabilitation plays in reducing the effects of heart disease and express our gratitude to the dedicated team members of Hillcrest Claremore and Oklahoma Heart Institute who make it possible.

We spoke with program director Angela Messimore, RN, about cardiac rehabilitation including what it is and what patients can expect.

What is Cardiac Rehab?

When thinking about the health issues related to obesity, oftentimes ‘heart disease’ and ‘diabetes’ are top of mind.

However, one in three Americans with obesity has also been diagnosed with arthritis, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.