Call it fate, call it destiny. It took four visits to Oklahoma, but Maureen Running, ARNP, Chisholm Trail Clinic’s new licensed nurse practitioner, has finally removed her “running” shoes and taken up residence in Duncan.

Born in Washington, D.C.., and raised in northeastern Pennsylvania, Maureen’s first visit to Oklahoma was courtesy of the U.S. Army. Maureen was an Army medic — more specifically a respiratory tech — stationed at Fort Sill many years ago. She ended up spending seven years on active duty and another 14 years in the Reserves.

Second time in Oklahoma, Maureen received a BS in nursing from the University of Oklahoma. She later received her MA in nursing from New York University.

During her third stint in Oklahoma, Maureen worked as an ICU nurse at Duncan Regional Hospital.

It was also in Oklahoma City that Maureen and husband Joe met while in the Reserves and in fact were married in Duncan by then-Judge Jari Askins 18 years ago. Then life and work took them out of Oklahoma again.

In August 2005, Maureen and Joe moved back to Duncan. Joe was retired from his career as a health services executive but had received a late-in-life calling that sent him to seminary. He graduated and became an Episcopal priest in 2001. Last year, Joe became the rector at All Saints Episcopal Church in Duncan.

Late in 2005, Cindy Rauh, RN, vice president of patient care at the hospital saw a need to serve more patients at the Chisholm Trail Clinic in Comanche. The hope was to expand patient care and extend clinic hours. With only one doctor — Dr. James Wood — seeing patients, it was difficult to serve everyone in that part of Stephens County.

Maureen was hired as a nurse practitioner at the clinic and was given her old Team Member number from her prior employment at DRH. It was like coming home – after living in Texas, New York, Michigan, South Carolina, Massachusetts, Virginia, Florida, Kentucky, California … and places in between.

Maureen is licensed in adult primary care. That means she can provide care for anyone 18 years or older. As a primary care provider, Maureen’s practice consists of diagnosing and treating simple illnesses, overseeing the maintenance of chronic illnesses, ordering lab work and diagnostic tests, prescribing medication, referring patients to the DRH emergency room or a specialist … “just about everything in an outpatient setting,” Maureen commented.

She works at the Chisholm Trail Clinic under Wood’s supervision on Mondays and Wednesdays; the remainder of the work week, she is working on a patient care unit at the hospital.

Maureen is also a certified hospice and palliative care nurse.

How does she feel about being back in Duncan? Maureen observed that having grown up in a “town” of 100,000+ people, and having lived in crowded cities like New York City and Virginia Beach, Va., it’s very nice to be back in Duncan.

“I prefer smaller towns – and Duncan is a very nice smaller town.”

The Runnings have grandchildren who live in Tulsa and that makes moving closer very special, too.

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