Woodward Regional Hospital has been named recipient of the Golden Hour Award in Pediatrics by the OU Medical Center.

According to Chief Nursing Officer Steve Owens, the hospital received the award because the emergency room was directly responsible for stabilizing a child involved in a severe accident and worked as a team with Air Evac to get the child to OU Medical Center within an hour.

Mark Hansen, Air Evac program director, said his team received the Outstanding Pre-Hospital Air Transport Award for transporting the child.

“This is a very prestigious award,” Owens said of the hospital's accomplishment. “Only 1 hospital gets this award a year. It is for the quality and most expeditious care the child could receive.”

This is the first time the hospital has ever received this award, he said, noting it was presented Friday evening at a banquet held at the Moore Norman Technology Center.

Owens credited the teamwork among nurses, doctors and Air Evac staff as the main reason why the hospital received the award.

“The doctors and nurses worked very hard to save this child’s life,” he said.

He noted it showed Woodward Regional Hospital provides quality care and that the hospital is getting “busier and busier as we’re having more doctors and practitioners arriving.”

Residents of the “community know they have a hospital they can come to in time of need,” Owens said.

The awards came on the heels of Nurses’ Week. This week is being celebrated as Hospital Week, Owens said.

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