Health care



Cancer Centers of Southwest Oklahoma
Cancer Centers of Southwest Oklahoma

The health care industry is one of the major economic employment sectors of the Lawton Oklahoma community. Almost all medical needs can be met without having to leave Lawton, which has a breadth of medical facilities not typically found in cities of similar size. Lawton has four hospitals, a cancer center and several more hospitals in surrounding communities, offering comprehensive care for heart, cancer, stroke, behavioral health and rehabilitation. Lawton’s two most prominent hospitals are Comanche County Memorial Hospital and Southwestern Medical Center. And there are various sized medical centers throughout the city that offer specialized services and practices.

Comanche County Memorial Hospital

Comanche County Memorial Hospital serves a population base of 350,000 in 13 counties across all of southwestern Oklahoma. The hospital has 283 beds and the only comprehensive heart program in southwestern Oklahoma, offering open heart and bypass surgery.

County Memorial has a Level 2 Trauma Center and its emergency room sees about 4,000 patients each year. It also has a full-service OB Gyn unit with a Level 2 nursery.

The hospital has centers for digestive health, sleep medicine, poison control, offers women’s, diabetes, neurological and orthopedic services, and provides geriatric psychiatry.

Southwestern Medical Center

Southwestern Medical Center (SWMC), an affiliate of Capella Healthcare, is a 243,000 square foot, 199-bed full-service acute care hospital providing a comprehensive range of medical services and care, including 24-hour emergency department, x-ray, laboratory, and anesthesia coverage; inpatient and outpatient surgery; a 59-bed medical/surgical unit; and a 9-bed intensive care unit. SWMC has a physician staff of more than 150. Medical specialties include anesthesiology; orthopedic surgery; cardiovascular disease; otolaryngology (ears, nose and throat); cardiovascular surgery; pain management; clinical psychology; pathology; dermatology; pediatrics; emergency medicine; physical medicine; rehabilitation; gastroenterology; plastic and reconstructive surgery; internal medicine; podiatry; medical oncology; child, adolescent, and geriatric psychiatry; neurology; nephrology; pulmonary diseases; neurosurgery; radiology; obstetrics and gynecology; radiation oncology; ophthalmology; general surgery; oral surgery; and urology.

SWMC’s Southwestern Regional Cancer Center is accredited by the Commission on Cancer and offers Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) and Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT). SWMC’s Neuroscience Center, a Joint Commission certified Primary Stroke Center, offers advanced treatment for a variety of neurological diseases and conditions, including brain tumors, aneurysms, stroke, disease of the spine, Alzheimer's, seizures, and Parkinson's Disease. The hospital has a behavioral health center with services for children, adolescents, adults and geriatric patients. Other medical technologies include a Sleep Disorders Center accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine; a Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Center; and a Sports and Rehabilitation Center offering speech and occupational therapy, accredited by the Commission for Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities.

SWMC is fully accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, and received “Accreditation with Commendation”—the highest level of accreditation awarded. In 2010, SWMC was recognized by The Joint Commission for “significant, sustained improvement.

Cancer Centers of Southwest Oklahoma

Three years ago, Comanche County Memorial collaborated with hospitals in Altus and Duncan to establish Cancer Centers of Southwest Oklahoma in each community. Lawton is among few cities of its size to have a comprehensive cancer center. Prior to the center’s opening, cancer patients typically traveled to Oklahoma City, Dallas or Houston for treatment.

Leah M. Fitch Cancer Center
The Leah M. Fitch Cancer Center

The Leah M. Fitch Cancer Center of Southwest Oklahoma in Lawton is a 23,000-square-foot facility located on the southeast corner of the Comanche County Memorial Hospital campus and opened its doors to patients in January 2010.

The center’s three facilities provide personalized cancer treatment but also do cancer research with more than 100 ongoing clinical trials. Every patient admitted to Cancer Center is given the opportunity to take part in clinical trials for new cancer drugs. The center is involved in groundbreaking trials in the treatment of breast and colon cancer.


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