March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month CRMC Providing FIT Kits to Promote Early Detection

During the month of March, Coffeyville Regional Medical Center is promoting Colorectal Cancer Awareness by providing free Fecal Immunochemical Test (FIT) kits to members of the community age 50 or older. These kits are available in the Tatman Cancer Center during the month of March. Colon cancer is 90% curable if caught in the early stages. Taking an FIT test can help an individual be diagnosed for colon cancer as early as possible and to start lifesaving treatment.

Colon cancer is unique in the medical world. It is one cancer that can actually be prevented if detected early before cancerous polyps have a chance to grow and spread. Colon cancer can strike at any age, but 9 out of 10 new cases are in people age 50 or older. That is why colorectal cancer screening is recommended for men and women over the age of 50 and for anyone with a family history of the disease, regardless of age.
The American Cancer Society’s most recent estimates for the number of colorectal cancer cases in the United States for 2017 are 95,520 new cases of colon cancer and 39,910 new cases of rectal cancer. They predict that it will cause about 50,260 deaths in 2017. The death rate (the number of deaths per 100,000 people per year) from colorectal cancer has been dropping in both men and women for more than 20 years. The key to improving survival is diagnosing at an early stage with screening.
For more information about the FIT test, contact Vicky Portwood, Director of Outpatient Services and Cancer Center at Coffeyville Regional Medical Center, 620-252-1606.

CRMC Participates in the Little Hats, Big Hearts Campaign

Babies born during the month of February at Coffeyville Regional Medical Center (CRMC) will be given a special gift from the heart. CRMC is participating in the Little Hats, Big Hearts campaign sponsored by the American Heart Association. All babies born in February will be given a very special red hat in honor of American Heart Month.

Little Hats, Big Hearts campaign, is a campaign where volunteers from around the country have joined the American Heart Association, in connection with The Children’s Heart Foundation, to celebrate American Heart Month by knitting and crocheting red hats for babies born in February at participating hospitals. Little Hats, Big HeartsTM, honors babies, moms, and heart healthy lives in a very special way. Supporters have knitted and crocheted red hats to be given out to thousands of babies during American Heart Month in order to empower moms to live heart healthy lives and to help their children do the same.

Together, we are working to raise awareness, provide resources and inspire moms to take their family’s heart health to heart while also raising awareness about Congenital Heart Defects.

We will be sharing photos of the babies born in February on our Facebook page, wearing these red hats.


CRMC welcomes the First Baby of 2018!

CRMC would like to announce the birth of Cory William Dollins as the first baby born in 2018 at Coffeyville Regional Medical Center. Cory is the son of Kyle and Allison Dollins and was born at 7:56 am on New Year’s day! He weighed 9 pounds and was 21.5” long. His proud grandparents are Max and Diana Rudd, and Scrub and Donna Dollins.

As our New Year Baby, Cory and his parents were given a baby bouncer, a case of diapers, and a crib activity center! #BornAtCRMC.


Cancer Center Open House at Coffeyville Regional Medical Center

Coffeyville Regional Medical Center (CRMC) will host a Cancer Treatment Services Open House on Wednesday, November 1, from 5:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m., at 1400 W. 4th Street in Coffeyville, Kansas.

“We are inviting the community to meet our amazing oncology team, take a look at the comprehensive services we offer and learn about our new partnership with Midwest Cancer Alliance,” explained Medical Center CEO, Mark Woodring, DrPH, FACHE.

Midwest Cancer Alliance (MCA) is a membership-based organization that brings cancer research, clinical and support professionals together to advance the quality and reach of cancer prevention, detection, care and survivorship in the heartland. Staff from MCA, the outreach division of The University of Kansas Cancer Center, will be attending the Open House.

As a Clinical Research Partner, CRMC has access to MCA’s network of leading-edge clinical trials, continuing professional education, patient education, networking and outreach opportunities. In addition, patients at CRMC have access to additional cancer prevention, screening, diagnosis and care information, along with other health education resources.

The full range of radiology and oncology services at CRMC’s Jerry Marquette Radiation Oncology Center and Tatman Cancer Center are staffed by a highly skilled care team led by oncologists Akin Ogundipe, MD, Nathan Uy, MD, and Cancer Center Director, Vicky Portwood, RN, MSN.

This event is free and open to the public. To learn more about Coffeyville Regional Medical Center and the Midwest Cancer Alliance, please visit



Free Sports Physicals during the month of August

CRMC Medical Group can help you check back-to-school physicals, sports physicals and immunizations off of your to-do list. We provide services for infants, children and adolescents. In addition to immunizations and sports physicals, your child can get routine health exams and treatment when they are sick.

Dr. Bridget Gibson and Dr. Sydney Nichols of CRMC Medical Group are offering free Sports Physicals during the month of August. You must bring the form from your school to your appointment.

Schedule an appointment today!
Call 620-688-6566 in Coffeyville or 620-577-4062 in Independence (Dr. Nichols only)

CRMC Welcomes Michelle A. McGuirk, MD – General Surgeon

Coffeyville Regional Medical Center is pleased to announce the addition of Michelle McGuirk, MD, General Surgeon, to the medical staff and CRMC Medical Group.

“Our organization is very excited about Dr. McGuirk joining CRMC Medical Group,” said Dr. Mark Woodring, CEO of Coffeyville Regional Medical Center. “In addition to the latest general surgery techniques and procedures, she brings an incredible enthusiasm and patient-centered approach to our hospital and clinics. Please join us in welcoming her to Coffeyville and southeast Kansas.”

After working in basic-science research, as well as biomedical device engineering, Dr. Michelle A. McGuirk decided she wanted to see how her work could directly benefit patients. “I attended medical school so that I could interact with, and impact patients and their families,” said Dr. McGuirk.

Beginning in 2008, Dr. McGuirk attended the University of Colorado Medical School in Aurora. Following medical school, she moved to Wichita where she was a Senior Surgical Resident at the Wichita Center for Graduate Medical Education. She recently graduated from the program and moved to Coffeyville to practice as a General Surgeon at CRMC. “It just felt like we would be a good fit,” said Dr. McGuirk. “I wanted to stay in Kansas and find a place where I could make a noticeable impact. It felt very natural and I had positive interactions with staff and providers when I came to Coffeyville.”

While she enjoys a broad variety of surgical cases, she is trained to perform many cases laparoscopically and takes great pride in cosmetically pleasing closures for all patients.

Dr. McGuirk also likes to spend a little extra time developing relationships with her patients. “When a patient undergoes surgery, I want to be able to know something about them,” said Dr. McGuirk. “Being a surgeon is an absolute privilege for me.” She has always loved working with her hands, whether painting, gardening, knitting, or working on cars. “Surgery is a field that requires precision with your hands and intuition — it’s a gratifying way to improve a patient’s quality of life,” said Dr. McGuirk.

Dr. McGuirk is located at CRMC Medical Group – Specialty Clinic, 1400 W. 4th Street (3rd Floor of CRMC). For more information, please call 620-252-1639.

CRMC Recruits Kansas Imaging Consultants for Expanded Radiology Services at Hospital & Clinics

“On behalf of our Boards of Directors and Trustees, I am extremely pleased to announce the recruitment of Kansas Imaging Consultants (KIC) to Coffeyville Regional Medical Center,” stated Dr. Mark Woodring, CEO of CRMC.  “This recruitment is the culmination of much work and collaboration with our medical staff, and we also want to thank the Montgomery County Commissioners for their support of recruiting KIC to our communities as well.”

CRMC and Montgomery County recently partnered on a preferred provider network plan for county employees with goals to improve health outcomes and lower costs for members and families enrolled on the county health insurance plan.  “As a preferred healthcare provider for Montgomery County employees, we have been successful in achieving those goals and we look forward to continuing that partnership as we believe there is much more for us to accomplish together.  CRMC is one of the lowest-cost hospitals in the nation, and as the only healthcare organization in the region accredited by The Joint Commission, our care team provides quality services at the highest levels and standards.  CRMC provides Medicare beneficiaries, and other purchasers of healthcare services, tremendous value, and we appreciate the continued and growing confidence in our health system by our communities,” said Woodring.

Data suggests out-migration of Montgomery County residents has occurred through the years for various imaging and radiology services being obtained in Bartlesville and Tulsa.  For the Montgomery County taxpayer, that migration costs the county more tax dollars as the charges and payments provided for those services out of county are more expensive than at CRMC.  Woodring stated, “CRMC has the only 64-slice CT scanner in the region, an in-house MRI, the same linear accelerator for radiation oncology you will find at large, urban medical centers, and now our medical community is making a major upgrade in our digital X-ray offerings.  Combined with our compassionate staff and clinical care team, and the expertise of KIC Board-certified radiologists who will be onsite at least three days per week to perform interventional radiology procedures in addition to their daily general coverage, CRMC continues to offer big city medicine for the patients we live, work, shop and worship with here in Southeast Kansas and Northeast Oklahoma.”

While many rural health systems are moving to a complete remote telehealth environment for radiology services, CRMC is growing its onsite capabilities for imaging needs of the region.  Dr. David Gutschenritter, a native of Neodesha, will be relocating back to southeast Kansas later this year to provide primary onsite support to CRMC.  The recruitment of KIC is also homecoming for Coffeyville native Dr. Timothy Benning as well, who serves as medical director of the group.

Coffeyville Regional Medical Center is a licensed 47 bed, not-for-profit regional medical center established in 1949.  The facility has undergone expansion and renovation over the years to meet the needs of southeast Kansas and northeast Oklahoma.  Today CRMC provides comprehensive medical care with 415 professional and support staff and 45 physicians, which includes active, courtesy, and consulting staff in numerous specialties.  CRMC is the only hospital in the region that is accredited by The Joint Commission, earning their “Gold Seal of Approval”.  Learn more about Coffeyville Regional Medical Center at

Kansas Imaging Consultants (KIC) is a radiology practice of more than 20 sub-specialty trained radiologists who provide Board-certified, professional services for the largest hospital system in Kansas and regional hospitals and imaging centers.   KIC partners with smaller hospitals in rural areas to provide a full range of services both remotely and on-site when needed.  KIC provides charitable services through its partnership with Via Christi hospital.  Their personable physicians, knowledgeable experts in state-of-the-art imaging services and interventional radiology, set the standard for the practice of radiology in the regions they serve.  KIC offers a unique combination of fast, reliable services delivered by highly qualified and experienced doctors using the widest array of the latest technologies.


In photos below Left to Right :  David A. Gutschenritter, MD and Timothy C. Benning, MD

CRMC Welcomes Alix Oreck, MD

Coffeyville Regional Medical Center is pleased to announce the addition of Rachel “Alix” Oreck, MD, Internal Medicine physicians, to our medical staff and in-patient hospitalist program.

Dr. Rachel “Alix” Oreck wanted to make a difference in the world, so she initially began work in the human rights field. She graduated from Vassar College in New York in 2005 with a B.A. in Political Science, but quickly decided that medicine was the best way to actually help people.

Dr. Oreck attended Tulane University School of Medicine and after graduation was accepted into the Tulane University Internal Medicine Residency Program. In 2015, Dr. Oreck received the Vitals Patient Choice Award. This award recognizes top performing doctors based on reviews and ratings collected during the previous calendar year.

“I love the puzzles, intricacies, and relationships that being an internist allows,” explained Dr. Oreck when asked what it was that she liked about internal medicine. “I find it rewarding to help people understand and have agency over their own health.”

After leaving her most recent position as an associate professor of medicine at Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans, Louisiana, Dr. Oreck was pleased to practice in Coffeyville. “I loved what CRMC had to show me during my visit,” said Oreck. “I also have an aunt, uncle and grandparents that live in the surrounding community.”

Dr. Oreck and her fiancé Nick, (plus their two dogs and two cats) are excited to call the Coffeyville area “home.”

CRMC Welcomes Bridget Gibson, MD

CRMC is pleased to welcome Dr. Bridget Gibson, Family Medicine Physician to our medical staff and community.

Dr. Gibson comes to us from United Hospital Center in Bridgeport, WV, where she completed her Family Medicine Residency. She is Board Certified in Family Medicine and will see patients of all ages, including pediatrics.

Dr. Gibson, her husband Adam, and their two rescue dogs are looking forward to making southeast Kansas their home.  “Coffeyville has provided me with a wonderful opportunity to help improve healthcare and education in southeast Kansas”, said Dr. Gibson. She had always aspired to devote her knowledge and abilities to Native American and other rural communities that are in need of family physicians.

Dr. Gibson is located at the CRMC Medical Group Primary Care office, 1400 W. 4th Street, Suite 100 (CRMC North Entrance) and is accepting new patients, including pediatrics. To make an appointment, please call 620-688-6566.

Coffeyville Regional Medical Center’s Tatman Cancer Center Joins the Midwest Cancer Alliance

Officials from The University of Kansas Cancer Center, the University of Kansas Medical Center and Coffeyville Regional Medical Center (CRMC) are pleased to announce that CRMC is the newest member of the Midwest Cancer Alliance (MCA).

The MCA is a membership-based organization that brings cancer research, clinical and support professionals together to advance the quality and reach of cancer prevention, early detection, care and survivorship programs in Kansas and western Missouri. There are now 21 MCA members across Kansas and western Missouri.

As a Clinical Research Partner, CRMC will have access to a network of leading-edge clinical trials, continuing professional education, patient education, networking and outreach opportunities for our physicians and staff.

“Our MCA membership means that our cancer patients can benefit from some of the latest clinical trials without leaving the community,” explains Mark Woodring, DrPH, FACHE, chief executive officer of CRMC. “We are proud to join this elite network of health systems working to eradicate cancer from Kansas and bring more hope home to Coffeyville.”

Patients at MCA-affiliated hospitals and physician practices also have access to comprehensive cancer prevention, screening, diagnosis and care information, along with other health resources.

“We look forward to supporting the excellent oncology care already available at Coffeyville Regional Medical Center,” says MCA Medical Director, Gary Doolittle, M.D.

Look for more information & details on this partnership with MCA to be announced later this year.