Northeast Health System Vice President of Operations Mark McCroskey was recently appointed by Governor Kevin Stitt to the Oklahoma State Board of Health.
This nine-member council is charged with protecting and promoting the health of the citizens of Oklahoma by preventing disease and injury and providing the conditions in which Oklahomans can enjoy good health. McCroskey’s more than 30 years of service, both clinically and administratively, have given him the experience and perspective to be a highly contributing member of the State Department of Health’s Board of Directors. Oklahoma.
McCroskey began his medical career as an X-ray technician, certified in diagnostic radiology and magnetic resonance imaging. He first worked with Insight Health Service Corporation, Newport Beach, CA where he oversaw the central Oklahoma region including Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas and Louisiana. He started in the NHS in 2007 and earned his master’s degree in healthcare administration from Oklahoma State University in 2015.
“I was raised on a family dairy farm in Stillwater, Oklahoma, and have always had a passion for caring for people. I believe that as a society, good health is the most important blessing of all. “, said McCroskey. “Since Insight Health Services Corp covered 32 states, I have had the opportunity to work in several hospitals, and I can honestly say that the NHS is a very special hospital in that the services available here in a rural community unlike any other I have ever experienced.The mission, vision and values of this publicly trusted educational institution with OSU Internal Medicine Residency/Cherokee Nation Medical School & Family Practice Residency, make me extremely proud to do part of this innovative team.
McCroskey replaces Charles W. Grim, DDS, MHS, whose term on the OSDH board expired June 30.
“I am replacing one of my mentors, Dr. Charles W. Grim, whom I had the pleasure of working with during his tenure as Chief Health Officer for the Cherokee Nation on the Boards of Cherokee Health Partners. and the Northeast Oklahoma Heart Center,” McCroskey said. “That’s a great man.”
McCroskey’s background in healthcare has taken him through a wide range of medical changes. Through his position in the NHS, he has been instrumental in bringing specialties and services to rural Tahlequah that are usually only found in large cities.
“I feel so blessed to be part of a healthcare community with the NHS, Cherokee Nation Health, OSU, NHS Sallisaw, Eastern Oklahoma Medical Center in Poteau and NEO Health,” McCroskey said. “I have truly come to appreciate the courage, resilience, and warlike attitudes of the healthcare community during the COVID-19 pandemic. The dedication and compassion shown to patients and families while battling a largely unknown enemy make them heroes in my book.”
McCroskey and his wife of 25 years have three children, Hunter, 25, and his wife Taylor; Katie, 22; and Matie, 18. He is a member of the American Association of Radiologic Technology, the Fort Gibson Fellowship Bible Church, and the Tahlequah Rotary Club. When not working, he is an avid hunter, fisherman and outdoorsman.
“My prayer is that all of these experiences can help in some way to positively impact the overall health of Oklahomans,” McCroskey said.