2016-2017 Laboratory Excellence Award

2016 Years Of Service Awards


From left to right back row: Scott Payton 10 years, Mindy Walker 5 years, Denise Tune 5 years, Menford "Mick" Kinder 5 years, Paula Killough 5 years, Cheryl Nixon 10 years, Heather Kahalewai 10 years.  Front Row: Sheila Lyle 15 years, Kara North 10 years, Dr Shirley Chesnut 5 years, Linda Taylor 15 years. Not pictured: Karen Long 5 years, CDR John Bearden 10 years, Darla Sajulga 10 years, Jennifer Wofford 10 years. 

2015 Business of the Year - Miami Chamber of Commerce


From left to right: Douglas Hendrex, MD, Clinical Director, Pat Hecksher, Administrative Officer, Linda Taylor, Finance Officer, Chief Ron Sparkman, Johnny Smith, RN, Grants Administrator, Kim Chuculate, Chief Executive Officer, and Shaun Fanning, Human Resource Director

2015 Turning Point Community Champion


Length of Service Award

2015 Peer Recognition Award Tribal

 

♦ Shaun Fanning ♦
Northeastern Tribal Health System

Mr. Shaun Fanning, MS, has served as the Human Resource Director for the Northeastern Tribal Health System for 1 1⁄2 years. He has displayed leadership and vision in assuring effective time management for the medical facility. He is responsible for implementing BambooHR, a Human Resource software package that empowers employees to take responsibility for their leave balances. The program allows employees to request leave, the supervisor to approve/disapprove leave, and relieves the Finance Department of the burden of unnecessary paperwork. This innovative approach has resulted in a more efficient processing of employee time, employee knowledge of time available, and improved accountability.

2015 Merit Award Tribal

 

♦ Kara North ♦
Northeastern Tribal Health System

Ms. Kara North, CPNP has served as the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner for the Northeastern Tribal Health System in Miami, Oklahoma for nearly nine years. She has provided innovative leadership in promoting pediatric literacy. Ms. North was responsible for implementing the Reach out and Read Model. This innovative approach has resulted in the distribution of over 200 books to NTHS children and families in an effort to improve childhood literacy and improve parent and child interaction through reading. Reach Out and Read is designed to promote pediatric literacy. Ms. North is a valuable member of the Northeastern Tribal Health System Medical Department.

2015 Exceptional Individual Performance Award Clinical

 

♦ CDR John Bearden ♦
Northeastern Tribal Health System

CDR Bearden has served as the Director of Clinical Pharmacy Services for the Northeastern Tribal Health System for nine years. CDR Bearden displayed innovative thinking and the ability to identify and solve issues which are critical to the health of the local native population. He was responsible for recognizing the high number of patients who are at risk for sleep apnea who had not been identified or screened. CDR Bearden worked with the medical providers to raise awareness of this deadly condition and developed the Overnight Pulse Oximetry Screening Clinic to assist the medical staff in assessing this critical health threat.

 

2015 Area Director's Excellence In Customer Service

 

♦ Tiffany Koronis ♦
Northeastern Tribal Health System

Tiffany Koronis is an enrolled member of the Quapaw Tribe. She serves as a Registered Nurse Case Manager for the Northeastern Tribal Health System (NTHS). She has been employed at NTHS for 2 years. Tiffany has consistently displayed exemplary customer service skills while providing compassionate nursing care in the ambulatory setting. She was previously assigned as a staff nurse Northeastern Tribal Health System, and displayed exceptional dedication to the Native American population. Tiffany has shown her enthusiasm for customer service and nursing care by routinely going the “extra mile” for patients in need.

 

2015 IHS National Director Award

 

Mrs. Tiffany Koronis is an enrolled member of the Quapaw Tribe.  She serves as a Registered Nurse Case Manager for the Northeastern Tribal Health System (NTHS).  She has been employed at NTHS for 2 years.  Tiffany has consistently displayed exemplary customer service skills while providing compassionate nursing care in the ambulatory setting.  She was previously assigned as a staff nurse Northeastern Tribal Health System, and displayed exceptional dedication to the Native American population.  Tiffany has shown her enthusiasm for customer service and nursing care by routinely going the “extra mile” for patients in need.  Tiffany was awarded the Indian Health Service Directors Award for Individual Customer Service for selflessly assisting an elderly patient with an arm fracture clean their home, after hours so they would not fail a housing inspection.  She also personally procured fairly expensive medical equipment with her own funds to assist in meeting the medical needs of a newborn.  

 

 

On Thursday, Nov. 6 2014, Kim Chuculate, who serves as the Chief Executive Officer for the Northeastern Tribal Health System, was honored during a ceremony in Maryland by the director of Indian Health Services. 

The ceremony included a plaque, which will be placed on display in the facility.

Chuculate was honored for her work to lead a project with eight tribes to secure funds and build the Northeastern Tribal Health System’s 52,000-square-foot facility in Miami in 2012, and a 5,500-square-foot health education center a year later.

Chuculate and the project management team, which included Jason Flatter, Linda Taylor, Johnny 'Tink' Smith, Pat Hecksher and Donna Mercer, earned the 2013 Indian Health Service National Director’s Special Recognition Award for Tribal Partnership.

 


I.H.S. Area Directors Awards

Channa Morton


Exceptional Performance Individual Award Health Promotion and Wellness

Channa Morton, RD/LD/CDE earned an AA from Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College iin 1991, and a BS in Nutritional Science from Oklahoma State University.  She began her career with Integris Baptist Regional Health Center in Miami, as a Dietitian for the County Senior Nutrition Program.  In January 2010, she began working at Northeastern Tribal Health System in Miami, OK.  Ms. Morton has provided patients with individual/group nutrition and diabetes education, weight management classes, and numerous community outreach activities including eating disorder awareness events.

Suann Raff


Peer Recognition Award Tribal

Suann Raff's career began while in college working in a Wal-Mart leased pharmacy.  Five years later, after her 1980 graduation from Southwestern Oklahoma State University College of Pharmacy, SWOSU, she was employed by True Quality Pharmacies.  She worked in retail pharmacy as an assistant and later as a manager over an eleven-year period before the opportunity to work at I.H.S. occurred.  This was where she wanted to practice since the original I.H.S. clinic was built in Miami, Oklahoma.  She has worked at Northeastern Tribal Health System in Miami as a Federal employee for 21.5 years.  She is currently the Assistant Chief Pharmacist.

Tammy Smith


Merit Award Tribal 

Tammy Smith, R.T. (R) (M), graduated from Labette Community College in 1992.  She is registered in both Radiology and Mammography.  She is currently the Mammography Technician at Northeastern Tribal Health System.  In January of 2013, she was asked to develop the Mammography Department at Northeastern Tribal Health System in Miami, OK.  Protocols, policies and procedures were created in accordance to the ACR guidelines.  Quality Control limits and Physicist testing was completed.  In March 2013, the Mammography Department was accredited by the American College of Radiology and the FDA.