Health-care manager honored in Oklahoma Magazine
By T.C. Buck, Reporter
OKMULGEE, Oklahoma- Muscogee (Creek) citizen Timothy Hicks was recently named to the Oklahoma Magazine 40 under 40. Nominated anonymously, Hicks is considered to be a leader in his respective field of health care for the Muscogee (Creek) Nation.
Hicks has been with the MCN Department of Health since 2014, where he started in the patient accounting business office. He then obtained his long term care administer license through the state of Oklahoma.
Born and raised in Beggs, Oklahoma, Hicks grew up a sports fan. Hicks attended Northeastern State University and obtained his Master of Business Administration in Health Care Administration at Southern Nazarene University.
In July 2016, Hicks was awarded the IHS Oklahoma City Area Directors Peer Recognition Award.
“I was happy to get it [40 under 40],” said Hicks. “It’s exciting to have it. I hope I make an impact for my tribe and for this community.”
Oklahoma Magazine calls those that are found within the 40 under 40 “game-changers.”
Since Aug. 2019, Hicks has been the Chief Operating Officer over MCN Physical Rehabilitation Center, the MCN Medical Center, and the Creek Nation Community Hospital.
“Most of our location[s] are getting all new parking lots but it will definitely give the hospitals a face lift. I think it’s a good sign any time you see bulldozers and heavy equipment. It’s a good sign that we’re expanding and adding more services,” said Hicks.
Hicks accredits his success to the MCN Department of Health as a whole.
“I think I was put in a good spot to be successful and to succeed,” said Hicks.
Since MCN Department of Health hired the 26 year-old Glenpool resident as Chief Operating Officer, he has lowered emergency room wait time by 54.8% according to data provided by MCN Health Services.
“We just made a lot of big changes in the past two or three years for the better,” said Hicks. “We offer more services than we ever had in the past.”
Health care service runs in the family.
“My grandmother, she was a director at St. Francis for 35 plus years before she passed away with cancer,” said Hicks.
For more information about 40 under 40 visit Oklahoma Magazine at www.okmag.com/blog/2019/03/20/40-under-40-2019/
For more information about MCN Health visit www.creekhealth.com.