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Baby’s first reactions to mom and dad are some of the most treasured memories for parents. The first time they gaze in your eyes, the first time they smile and the first time they utter words resembling “mommy” or “daddy” are milestones you never forget. However, when baby’s speech seems to be delayed, it is natural for parents to begin to worry and look for possible causes. The ability to hear is essential for proper speech and language development for all developing babies and children. Hearing problems may be suspected in children who are not responding to sounds or who are not... Read More »

Busy lives, tight budgets and rising prices at the grocery store may have many families choosing what they think are the cheaper and faster food choices, costing their family nutritional balance in the meantime. Before you pick up the phone to dial in dinner or head towards another drive-thru, consider these tips from The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for better nutrition that won’t break the bank.   Know Your Budget - How much should you be spending for a family of three versus a family of five? Well, it depends on a few factors and this online calculator can help give you... Read More »

100,000 beats a day.2,000 gallons pumped throughout your body.The only organ not controlled by the brain.The number one killer of men and women in our country.

The heart is an amazing organ, one which cardiologists study like a machine to understand how each part and functionality works together - or better yet, how to fix it when something is not working. Weighing only 10 ounces for men and eight ounces for women, the heart is relatively small in comparison to the job of maintaining life each and every day. However, many of us don’t stop to think about our heart until something... Read More »

Joining Utica Park Clinic OB/Gyn Dr. Brandon Wilson at Hillcrest Hospital Cushing, a new provider is calling Cushing, OK home, offering patients full obstectric and gynecology care. We would like to welcome Utica Park Clinic OB/Gyn Dr. J. Brant Buchinger, who has practiced obstetrics and gynecology (OB/Gyn) in Oklahoma since 2007, providing care for patients in Midwest City, Edmond and now Cushing. Dr. Buchinger and his family look forward to becoming active in the community. We recently sat down with Dr. Buchinger to get to know him better. Learn why he chose the field of OB/Gyn and how... Read More »

If there is one thing that is for certain, it is that Americans do not get enough sleep. From long work days, to stress, getting caught up in the cycle of fighting fatigue with caffeine, and sleep disorders, many of us can’t remember the last time we had a really good night’s rest, or even a decent one. In fact, 8 in 10 Americans say they would feel better and be better prepared for the day ahead if got an extra hour of sleep the night before, according to the Better Sleep Council. When the day off from work rolls around, getting some extra shut-eye is not the best solution, health experts... Read More »

Tina Petersen, RN, BSN, always knew she wanted to be a nurse. When she started her career at Hillcrest Hospital Cushing, she began in Med Surg, then found her calling in Women's Services when a position opened up. She serves both the Women's Service Manager and Acute Care Services Manager today - passionate about patient care and developing her nursing staff. Tina shares her story as a nurse at Hillcrest Hospital Cushing. 

Randy Harris, RCP, remembers the day he first became interested in working in health care. He was visiting his high school girlfriend, when her brother walked in the front door wearing a white coat. “I thought, ‘Is he a doctor?’ Randy asked. “’No, he’s a respiratory therapist.’ And I thought that sounds pretty cool.” Though he began working in the Cushing oil fields at the age of 18, that first impression led him to look for a job at a hospital just after a year later. In 1982, he started his first health care job at OU Medical Center in Edmond.

“There have been so many times in my... Read More »

Oklahoma Heart Institute cardiologist Dr. Neil Agrawal shares some of the common questions he receives from his patients in Cushing to help improve their heart health. To schedule an appointment with Oklahoma Heart Institute call 918-592-0999.

How do I change my diet and become healthier?


How does cardiovascular disease differ for men and women?


What role does genetics play in my heart disease risk?