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Southwestern Medical Center, St. Anthony's Hospital join forces

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LAWTON, OK (KSWO)- Lawton's Southwestern Medical Center is teaming up with St. Anthony's Hospital in Oklahoma City to bring more health care options to patients in southwest Oklahoma.

The deal will mean that more services will be available here, so patients don't have to drive over an hour to the city.

Details of the partnership were announced this morning at Southwestern.

"It's a really exciting day for Southwestern Medical Center and St. Anthony's Hospital,” said Steve Hyde, f
ormer CEO, Southwestern.

"There's a lot of buzz and a lot of excitement,” said Tammy Powell, St. Anthony’s President.

The two hospitals have been talking for nearly three years about joining forces.

"For several years now we've been on a journey to improve our quality, our service, and our care,” said Hyde.

Hyde said he's confident building a formal relationship with St. Anthony will allow them the resources to do just that for their patients.


"When the time comes that they need a higher level of care we have a partner in Oklahoma City,” said Hyde. “It helps with the continuum of care. So, you don’t have to go to different places. Hopefully, we’ll have all the resources needed under one partnership.”

Specifically cardiac and neurology patients at Southwestern will have access to St. Anthony's clinical services, treatments, and doctors.

Powell said she believes this will be a great benefit to the southwest Oklahoma.

“Anytime you can stay home it provides better care to you as an individual,” said Powell. “Cheaper for you as an individual. You don’t have the expenses of driving to Oklahoma City, staying in hotels. Being here for your family that is in the hospital.”

Which is exactly what Hyde said is the goal of the collaboration.

"Healthcare is very complex,” said Hyde. “It's very hard. To have close partners you can rely upon to help one another grow and develop for the continuum of care for other patients is fundamental. So, it's a very exciting day for us as we continue to evolve not only in the nation but in this region for the best healthcare that we can provide."

The affiliation's effects kicked in Thursday, meaning patients in need of extended care will already be able to access resources from St. Anthony's.

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