New Pawhuska Hospital administrator named

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Jesi Tatum, who has been chosen as the new Administrator for Pawhuska Hospital, spoke to the Pawhuska Kiwanis Club on July 2. (L-R) Jesi Tatum, Pawhuska Hospital Governing Board member Nancy Woodyard and Pawhuska Hospital Governing Board President James Hager, who was Kiwanian of the day. Roseanne McKee/J-C Correspondent

On July 2, James Hager, President of the Governing Board of the Pawhuska Hospital, announced to the Pawhuska Kiwanis Club that Jesi Tatum has been chosen as the new Pawhuska Hospital Administrator. Tatum will start the job on July 21.

“There were four qualified local individuals. This was a great dilemma to have,” Hager said.

Hager, who was the Kiwanian of the Day, had arranged for Tatum to speak to the Kiwanians.

During her speech, Tatum provided an overview of her experience and education. She holds an associate of arts degree from Community College in Liberal Arts, an associate of science degree from Tulsa Community College in Nursing, a bachelor of arts degree from Langston University in Psychology, and she is pursuing a master’s degree in Nursing Leadership at Southern Nazarene University.

Currently, Tatum works at Osage Home Health as the clinical supervisor. Her work history includes managing the Carl Short Fitness Center when it was part of the Pawhuska Hospital, working for five years at the Gemini Clinic in Pawhuska and serving as the weekend administrator at Shadow Mountain Behavioral Health Hospital in Tulsa.

Tatum has gained confidence over the years through the positions she has held.

“My leadership skills have evolved over the years and every place I have worked has had an impact. My role as project specialist with the Osage Nation Communities of Excellence allowed me to plan and organize many events within the community and developed my leadership in working with a variety of people in a variety of roles,” Tatum explained.

As someone who grew up in Pawhuska, she knows the community well and has made efforts to improve the quality of life for its residents.

She is a member of the Osage County Community Partnership Board and has worked on the Every Week Backpack Program, which sends home food with kids for the weekend during the school year.

As part of her work on the Community Partnership Board she has also worked to promote healthier lifestyles.

“I’ve worked on several tobacco cessation community projects: tobacco-free parks and the effort to make the Pawhuska Hospital campus tobacco-free.”

Tatum recalls the positive impact of A Day at the Hospital in which vendors were allowed to set up booths to promote tobacco-free workplace. Tatum plans to continue to host such events at the hospital to promote its services to the community.

“I want the hospital to be more involved in the community,” she said.

One of the first things she will do as administrator is to “evaluate the departments to be sure they are doing all they have the capacity to do – such as lab tests,” Tatum said.

Tatum concluded by sharing the end result she seeks: “I want to ensure that the patients are having the best experience possible.”

Nancy Woodyard, a Kiwanian and a member of the Governing Board of the Pawhuska Hospital, said of Tatum: “What I’m most impressed with is the ways she’s reaching out and looking forward.”

Hager added: “We look forward to her being the administrator for many years to come.”

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