by Vicki Jenkens – Writer/Photographer
Gilbert Medical Center and its board certified team of physicians proudly serves Bethany and surrounding communities, providing comprehensive family and wellness care to patients from birth until later years. When you choose a physician here, you will find a doctor that sees a person, not a patient.
The physicians of Gilbert Medical Center are well-respected board certified physicians. They are on staff at Integris, Mercy and Deaconess Hospitals, and have strong relationships with specialists in every area of medicine. They accept most major health insurance companies and offer a wide variety of services, in-house, providing their patients with just one stop for many common medical services, including laboratory services and cardiac testing.
Focusing on just one of the doctors here at Gilbert Medical Center is Dr. Joseph Broome and his medical staff. Entering Dr. Broome’s office, I am greeted by one of the members of his staff Jillian Powell, LPN. Jillian has been a nurse for a total of 6 years and has worked for Dr. Broome for 3 years. Asking Jillian why she decided to become a nurse, she replied, “I grew up in Chickasha where my mom worked in the medical field. I remember when I was little; going to her work place and waiting for her to get off work so we could go home. At the time, it was a big deal to just hang around,” she laughed. “It seemed like I was always around others in healthcare so I just assumed that is what I would do too. I went to school at Valley Tech Center in Chickasha and became a nurse,” she added. “It was the best thing I ever did. I still live in Chickasha and it is nice to be with others in my home town, etc. I drive to work here in Bethany and it is such a fantastic place to work.”
Dr. Joseph Broome sees patients Monday through Friday 8-5. “We see about 40 patients a day, young and old alike. I love taking care of the patients and I can’t see myself doing anything else. I love my job because healthcare is so interesting; the mechanics of it, the science, the protocol’s that are followed plus the fact that I can continue to learn about the medical field,” she said with enthusiasm.
What advice would you give to someone that is interested in going into the medical field? “I think a person has to have a special calling in their heart; they want to be there for the person and willing to take care of them. If that person wants to be a nurse, they need to go to school, study hard and have a desire to learn,” Jillian replied. I ask Jillian what qualities she thought made a good nurse. “A nurse has to be flexible and study hard. They will need to pay close attention to detail, be compassionate, see both sides of humanity and have a desire to help people,” she replies.
Jillian’s favorite thing about her job is the fact that she loves seeing patients of all ages, from babies to elderly patients. Her best quality at work is working as a team player and knowing that all of the nurses are treated the same. “I have to say that we are all very compassionate and we are all hard workers. I think that is so important for any job.”
When Jillian is not working, she enjoys spending time with her fiance, and their daughter, Bryn, 7 months old. Jillian likes bowling, and enjoys being outside in the summer. “I like to read too, but I don’t have much time for any of that right now. We have a dog, Maddie; she seems to be hanging around Bryn all the time. It’s really cute,” she answers.
Whether you have a newborn or elderly family member that needs medical treatment, they are there to help. They are a family practice that welcomes every member of your family. They offer the full complement of services and cutting-edge technology that is found in most large hospital but provide them with the service and convenience found at your local physician’s office. Gilbert Medical Center’s on-site laboratory is set up to provide fast, efficient, and accurate results.
Their goal is to provide patients with the best care possible, in one convenient location, using the latest technology. For more information, please call Dr. Joseph Broome’s office at 405-787-4915. Located at 7530 N.W. 23, Bethany, OK.