Pauls Valley, OK, Pauls Valley Democrat


February 28, 2012

Ambitions a part of vision for PVGH future

Noteworthy Neighbor

Pauls Valley, Oklahoma — A positive attitude amongst the growing pains has been the goal of many connected to transitions since it was announced St. Anthony Health System would be managing operations at Pauls Valley General Hospital.

Part of that will require an understanding of how to turn around years of financial struggle, something new CEO Bridget Cosby believes is not so much a matter of possibility, but time. A part of the team as of Monday, she comes to the Garvin County medical scene from Holdenville General Hospital where she was most recently CEO there, but has spent most of her career working with others to make ends meet as financial constraints become ever more apart of hospital atmospheres.

“If you have a good foundation and good people you can do a lot of things,” said Cosby, who has lived most of her life in Ada and earned a bachelor’s of science in accounting from East Central University. “We want to serve the community best we can with what makes sense... I think there are real kinds of possibilities to tap into.”

Cosby replaces Gayle Sturgis at the helm and will offer a transition from leadership that was hands on to a background more financial than clinical. However, from her first job as accounting supervisor at Seminole Medical Center to becoming Chief Financial Officer there as well as Holdenville she has had a chance to get used to the small town style of care, which requires knowing at least on a basic level what is being offered to a regular flow of patients.

It was at Holdenville through an affiliation agreement where Cosby first came to know the St. Anthony structure, though this will be the first time she will actually be employed by them through the management agreement at PVGH. She has seen how committed they can be and feels comfortable the agreement will lead to as much investment as the community is willing to accept.

“We just want to bring the hospital back to where it needs to be,” said Cosby. “I’m a small town girl and I like small town community environments.”

Cosby will not live in Pauls Valley, commuting daily from Ada, but plans on getting involved as much as possible with everything from civic clubs to community based activities. In the past she has been familiar with ladies groups, something she hopes to continue, and looks forward to being an asset to those like the area chamber of commerce.

There is a personal attachment as well in Cosby’s parents who now live in Wynnewood as well as see their doctors in Pauls Valley and will give her all the more reason to blend family off and on site. Her adaptation here will also include time with her husband and children who are sure to join in contributing when they are able.

“It was certainly attractive to be involved in a place I know my family will be seeking their health care,” said Cosby, noting how her husband Keith will certainly do his share since he took it hard having to cease contributing community-wise to Holdenville. “Even though I’m not hands on, I feel like I’m still giving back to patients through what I do.”

Text Only
  • vacancy-sign.jpg Stay scared: 10 most haunted hotels in America An overnight stay at a haunted hotel is a nightmare come true for many thrill-seeking tourists, and travel website TripAdvisor has named the top 10 places where you can scare up a good vacation.

    October 26, 2011

  • Citizen of the Year Richelle Citizen honor an easy choice in PV

    Each year there comes along a unique opportunity in Pauls Valley for the Chamber of Commerce to choose both an individual and a company who have made a noticeable community impact.

    May 29, 2012 1 Photo

  • Noteworthy Joe Eddy Eddy closes out PV fire legacy

    There are quite a few individuals who have made a living out of setting trends, but Pauls Valley Fire Chief Joe Eddy not only made an impact through examples over the years, there’s a high bar set as he is calling it a career May 31 after 26 years.

    May 22, 2012 1 Photo

  • Noteworthy William Martin Maysville history comes to life one act at a time

    Ever since the dawn of classroom based learning, teachers and administrators have struggled to find ways to engage their pupils in each semester’s curriculum.

    April 24, 2012 1 Photo

  • Noteworthy ECU Fashion ECU students ready for PV Trash Fashion

    Whether or not the fate of Pauls Valley’s first ever Trash in Fashion Show will include return engagements ultimately depends on both the participation of contestants and the support of the community, but there is promise at least on the youth side.

    April 10, 2012 1 Photo

  • Noteworthy Jim Mayberry Market grows on vocational manager

    Though seven years the creation of other minds via the Garvin County Community Living Center, one man who has become synonymous with the Valley Farmers Market over the past few has been Vocational Manager Jim Mayberry.

    April 3, 2012 1 Photo

  • Noteworthy Praytor-Joy Team fashion makes old new again

    Following a set theme may seem to be a form of limitation placed on the creative process, but for those in the Pauls Valley arts scene, those similarities will feed instead of inhibit what makes their work unique.

    March 27, 2012 1 Photo

  • Noteworthy Trash in Fashion Team recycles for fashion

    Art in some ways can always involve taking an otherwise cast aside object and giving it new use, but for three Pauls Valley business owners, it’s also a chance encourage environmental responsibility in others.

    March 20, 2012 1 Photo

  • Noteworthy Rick Shreve SORC like home for 40 year employee

    Being a part of the atmosphere at the Southern Oklahoma Resource Center has certainly been a challenge in the last few years alone, but for one employee, it’s just one of many chapters in a proud 40 year relationship.

    March 13, 2012 1 Photo

  • Noteworthy Jordan Henderson Minister Ministry great change of pace for youth pastor

    Keeping the flow of ministry going in any community not only requires contributions from every member of the congregation, but encouraging focus to be picked up and carried by on by each new generation.

    March 6, 2012 1 Photo

Business Marquee

  • How You Want It When You Want It Today's Pauls Valley Democrat

    Now you can view and download the Democrat right to your desktop on the day the paper is published. Click here to get more information on the Democrat's e-Edition.





    e-mail request to

    April 20, 2011 1 Photo 1 Link

AP Video
Raw: Israel Bombs Multiple Targets in Gaza Veteran Creates Job During High Unemployment Raw: Cargo Craft Undocks From Space Station Widow: Jury Sent Big Tobacco a $23B Message New Orleans Plans to Recycle Cigarette Butts UN Security Council Calls for MH 17 Crash Probe Obama Bestows Medal of Honor on NH Veteran Texas Sending National Guard Troops to Border Hopkins to Pay $190M After Pelvic Exams Taped Foxx Cites Washington 'Circus Mirror' NASA Ceremony Honors Moon Walker Neil Armstrong Obama Voices Concern About Casualties in Mideast Diplomacy Intensifies Amid Mounting Gaza Toll AP Exclusive: American Beaten in Israel Speaks Obama Protects Gay, Transgender Workers Raw: Gaza Rescuers Search Rubble for Survivors Raw: International Team Inspects MH17 Bodies Raw: 25 Family Members Killed in Gaza Airstrike US Teen Beaten in Mideast Talks About Ordeal 'Weird Al' Is Wowed by Album's Success