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The mission of Great Plains Regional Medical Center is to distinguish itself as the leader in western Oklahoma and the eastern Texas Panhandle for comprehensive, cost-effective, high-quality healthcare.

Believe it or not, the concept of managed healthcare has been around at least since the Depression. Michael Shadid, M.D., of Elk City, Oklahoma, created one of the earliest managed care systems in this country in 1929. For years, the doctor had been haunted by the fact that hundreds of farm families scattered throughout the Great Plains country were not getting adequate medical attention. He saw firsthand the tragedies among medically forgotten rural Oklahoma and Texas – farmers dying of ruptured appendixes, their wives and children defenseless against the ravages of pneumonia, diabetes and tuberculosis. Shadid knew that the only solution to this bitter problem was prepaid group medicine, offering hospital facilities and medical treatment at a price that these none-too-prosperous farmers could afford. In the truest sense, Shadid was a pioneer, for nowhere in America was there a model to guide him in his experiment.

Today, the board of directors, medical staff, administration and employees of Great Plains Regional Medical Center still believe it is imperative to the well-being of the families in western Oklahoma that we carry on the mission started by Dr. Shadid. Great Plains Regional is positioned for a strong future as the comprehensive healthcare provider for the people of our area. Our commitment is, and will continue to be, to provide modern, state-of-the-art medical care while retaining the warmth and compassion of the community hospital that will forever be remembered as the first “cooperative” hospital in the nation.

No hospital can thrive and grow without the support of the medical staff. We are so fortunate to have the number of physicians we have here, providing a level of care almost unheard of in a rural community and offering such a variety of specialties. One of the many advantages of living in a smaller community is the fact that doctors become such an integral part of the community. We see them at school functions, we sit next to them at church, we pass them in the aisles of the local stores and we are privy to a level of familiarity with our doctors that is almost nonexistent in big cities. They are quite literally our neighbors and friends.

Because we have the support of the community and people in this area favor us with the opportunity to meet their healthcare needs, we have been able to grow at a time when many hospitals in Oklahoma do not have the cash on hand to meet their next payroll and are struggling just to survive. However, we don’t intend to rest on our past achievements, and we truly believe our best days are ahead of us. If you are a past patron of our hospital, thank you for honoring us with the privilege of caring for you and your family members. If you are considering us for your healthcare needs, we would truly appreciate the opportunity to exceed your expectations.

Editorial provided by Great Plains Regional Medical Center

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