By Nick Woodruff
STILLWATER, Okla. —
Stillwater Medical Center employees got down and dirty this weekend, transitioning the Warren Clinic to the Stillwater Medical Physicians Clinic.
Many people worked together to make the transition possible and the Stillwater Medical Physicians Clinic opened its doors Monday morning. Hospital Director of Public Relations Shyla Eggers said everyone jumped in and it was fun.
“I got a blister and it didn’t even bother me because it didn’t feel like work,” Eggers said. “It didn’t feel like I had to be there but I (was lucky I) got to be there.”
The hospital’s Vice President for Administrative Services Denise Webber said it was a collaborative effort from everybody and two physicians, Malinda Webb and Terry Brown, joined in. Overall, Webber said the transition went smoothly and a lot of the work got done Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Webber said the transition happened quickly. Plans to transition were there, but Stillwater Medical Center officials didn’t know it would be happen until weeks before the move. Saint Francis, who owned the clinic, started a new budget year July 1, which was when Stillwater Medical Center wanted and needed to have the transition done.
“The physicians wanted life to be a little different and we talked months and months about this (transition the Warren clinic),” Webber said. “But we didn’t know for sure until about actually maybe 45 days ago.”
Webber said considering the size of the clinic and everything that had to be transitioned it went “beautifully.”
This is different than anything the hospital has ever done and it was unique, Eggers said. Other areas the Stillwater Medical Center has transitioned the names didn’t change; the name changed and the branding of the new clinic was more work than normal and because of the name change it complicated things, she said.
Even though some things are complicated and there will continue to be hiccups, the Stillwater Medical Center will do everything possible to get problems worked out as quickly as possible, said Nathaniel Cooper, assistant administrator of physician services.
Cooper said the people he has spoken with have been understanding.
“The people I have interacted with have been very nice,” Cooper said. “I visited with a few patients and let them know thank you for being very patient and the clients have been extremely understanding.”