In addition to a surgical and imaging center, Grady Memorial Hospital has added a new surgeon. 

Grady Memorial Hospital CEO, Kean Spellman introduced Dr. Michael Johns, the new general surgeon, at the Grady County Coalition meeting on June 20. 

Johns was previously a surgeon in Poteau, Oklahoma. Johns said he is impressed with the new facility, particularly the laparoscopic towers. He said he enjoys working with Dr. Amish Patel and the rest of the hospital staff.

"I never met so many nice nurses in my life," he said. 

Johns grew up in Midwest City, where he met his wife while they were teens. Johns said he and his family are "old Oklahoma folks." Johns said the couple is happy to be in Chickasha and have found the residents to be nice and helpful. 

He added that Grady County voters made a good decision for their community by  passing the hospital tax in February 2016. 

The quality of a hospital is often judged by its facility, Spellman said. This applies not only to patients but to doctors—as prospective employees—as well. Spellman said the improvements to Grady Memorial Hospital are crucial to attract and retain quality doctors and surgeons. 

Spellman further discussed the process of reviving the hospital following a failed inspection due to humidity issues in 2015. A sales tax passed in February 2016 allowed Grady Memorial Hospital to go beyond bringing the hospitals up to code. The hospital was able to build a new surgical and imaging center at a time when many rural hospitals were closing. "It was tense for a while," Spellman said. 

The grand opening for the Surgical and Imaging Center will take place at 2 p.m. on Sunday, July 1. The celebration will begin with opening remarks from staff, physicians and board members. The community is invited to visit any time between 2 and 4 p.m. to take a tour of the new facility. 

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