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October 26, 2012

Heather Summers named administrative officer

Ada —  

Heather Summers, Sulphur, was recently appointed administrative officer of clinical services for the Chickasaw Nation Medical Center.

Chickasaw Nation Gov. Bill Anoatubby said that Summers is highly qualified for the position.

“Mrs. Summers has long demonstrated a strong commitment to offering the highest quality health care to all patients,” said Gov. Anoatubby. “She brings a wealth of experience, dedication, initiative and compassion to this position.”

Summers, a Chickasaw citizen, works with hospital administrator Dr. Judy Goforth Parker and staff to ensure the daily operations, programs, services, policies, procedures and other aspects of the medical center are at optimum levels.

During the past 13 years, Summers has worked in various roles in the Chickasaw Nation Division of Health, including; outpatient nursing manager, deputy director of outpatient services and the director of nursing.

She began her career with the Chickasaw Nation in 1993 as a nurse for the medical, surgical and obstetrics units at Carl Albert Indian Health Facility, where she served for more than two years.

Summers worked in a home health care agency in the mid-90s before “coming back home” to the Chickasaw Nation to work as an outpatient nurse.

Finding new ways to improve the quality of service to Chickasaw citizens and patients motivates her in her work.

“The Chickasaw Nation always put citizens and patients first and that’s what drives me to be better at what I do. I feel very proud and blessed that I get to work for an organization that puts the focus on the people we serve and how was can better provide the services and meet their needs. I am very proud to be a citizen of the Chickasaw Nation.”

A Sulphur native, Summers earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from East Central University in 1994 and received a master of science in nursing administration in 2012 from the University of Oklahoma.

She lives in Sulphur with her husband Charlie.

The couple have two sons, Payte and Seth, who also work for the Chickasaw Nation. 

The Summers are members of Midway Hill Baptist Church.

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