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Oh, sweet summer! With kids out of school and vacations on the calendar, swimming is sure to be a frequent activity. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 91 million Americans over the age of 16 swim in rivers, lakes and oceans every year. Whether you are taking a dip in the pool or boating on the lake, safety should be a top priority.

Swimming and hanging by the water is a summer activity that most enjoy, but accidents are inevitable. Above all, it’s important to be properly trained. Swim lessons are available in most areas for people of all... Read More »

After learning that Oklahoma children in foster care were using trash bags to carry their personal belongings from place to place, Kevin Hawk, chief executive officer of Hillcrest Hospital Cushing (HHC) was moved to make a change. Click here to see what an impact the HHC suitcase drive will make on local children.


According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, every state in the U.S. is experiencing a widespread flu outbreak and flu activity is likely to continue for several more weeks. As we navigate through this extremely harsh flu season, it’s important to know the most effective ways to fight against the spread of germs. While the best way to prevent the flu is by getting a yearly flu vaccine, there are additional precautions you can take to avoid the flu this year.

Wash your hands

It’s a common rule of hygiene, but it’s even more important during flu season. Wash your... Read More »

Traveling during the holidays can sometimes be stressful. According to AAA, an estimated 93.6 million people traveled by car for the Christmas holiday in 2016, and that number is expected to increase this year. With this many people out on the roads, things are bound to get a little hectic.

Not only is this the busiest time of year for traveling, it is just a busy time in general. Between attending holiday parties and tackling your shopping list, you might not have a lot of time to prepare for your upcoming trips. This year, however, we encourage you to be proactive in organizing... Read More »

No matter your age or stage in life, you may be wondering how you and your loved ones can preserve and maintain good health. One answer is quite simple: stay active!  What better time to spotlight the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle than now?

Throughout the aging process, it’s normal for your body to experience changes. As a result of those changes, some physical activities may become more challenging and require more time; that’s ok! Staying active helps sustain the use of your senses, muscle strength, joint function, balance and reflexes. According to experts, 30... Read More »

If you or someone close to you has ever experienced kidney stones you know the discomfort associated with this condition can be quite troublesome. When kidney stones begin to interfere with day-to-day activities and affect quality of life, it’s time to take action.

Kidney stones are hard pebble-like clusters that develop in the kidneys when urine becomes highly concentrated with certain salts and chemicals. Kidney stones vary in type, shape and size. It’s when the stones begin to move through the kidneys and urinary tract that they can become very painful. However, in some cases,... Read More »

After giving birth, mother and baby are encouraged to begin breastfeeding as soon as possible. Sometimes breastfeeding can be a confusing and challenging process for mothers. Remember that every pregnancy is different, and your expectations and results will vary with each baby. Even if you weren’t able to breastfeed your prior baby, it can be completely different with your next baby! One proven method which supports breastfeeding is skin-to-skin contact with mother and baby after delivery.

Skin-to-skin contact is when the newborn is placed, unclothed, on their mother’s bare chest,... Read More »

If you are expecting or a new mother, Hillcrest Hospital Cushing offers free childbirth classes to mothers who deliver at our hospital. These classes focus on a variety of topics to help prepare mothers, such as: labor and delivery, breastfeeding, newborn care, infant CPR and a sibling class for your other children adjusting to a new member of the family.

Robin Baird, RN, is the instructor for the childbirth classes at Hillcrest Cushing. She has lived in Perkins, Oklahoma for 27 years and worked as a registered nurse in the labor and delivery unit for 10 years before leaving to... Read More »