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Serving as the cultural and commercial center of southwest Oklahoma, the city of Lawton lies at the heart of the Great Plains Country, an area of plains, prairies, mountain peaks and scenic parks.

THE HOSPITAL

Southwestern Medical Center is a Joint Commission accredited acute care hospital with 199 beds. The physician staff of more than 150 provides care in 31 medical specialties. The hospital provides 24-hour emergency services and round-the-clock X-ray and laboratory services as well as comprehensive surgical services and diagnostic imaging. Southwestern also has a 59-bed Med/Surg Unit, an 9-bed ICU and comprehensive Cardiopulmonary,  Women’s Health, and Rehabilitative programs. SWMC is accredited by CARF for Rehabilitation services. The Neuroscience Center is the first Joint Commission accredited Stroke Program in southwest Oklahoma that offers advanced treatment for a variety of neurological diseases and conditions, including brain tumors, aneurysms, stroke, disease of the spine, Alzheimer’s, seizures, and Parkinson’s Disease. The hospital’s Southwestern Regional Cancer Center was the first cancer program in southwest Oklahoma and the first to be accredited by the Commission on Cancer. It’s also the first in southwest Oklahoma to offer Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) and Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT). Other advanced medical technologies include Sleep Services, the first and only Sleep Disorders Center in southwest Oklahoma accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine; Child, Adolescent, Adult and Geriatric Behavioral Health Services; a Wound Healing and Hyperbarics Center, and a new Sports and Rehabilitation Center.

THE COMMUNITY

Located just 90 easy miles southwest of Oklahoma City on Interstate 44, Lawton is the third largest city in Oklahoma. Fort Sill, located just north of the city, is home of the United States Army Field Artillery. Visitors to the Lawton/Fort Sill Historic Landmark and Museum, visitors can see a large collection of 20th century artillery known as the Cannon Walk, view historic buildings originally constructed by Buffalo Soldiers and visit the famous Native American burial sites of Geronimo and

Quanah Parker. The Mattie Beal Home, a 14- room Italian and Greek Revival-style mansion constructed in 1909, sits on a portion of the 160 acres selected by Mattie Beal when her name was drawn in the 1901 Oklahoma Territory Land Lottery. The home has been completely restored and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Holy City of the Wichitas is a replica of the city of Jerusalem with 22 buildings made of native granite stone. The nation’s longestrunning Easter passion play, The Prince of Peace, is held here each year in a natural amphitheatre.

RECREATION

Lawton is located in the heart of the Great Plains Country, an area well known for its abundant lakes and world-class fishing and hunting. Mount Scott, which rises 2,500 feet above the plains, provides some of the most breathtaking scenery in the state and a chance to view free-roaming bison, longhorn cattle, white tail deer and elk. The Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge, established in 1901, provides a habitat for large grazing animals on its 59,020 acres. The refuge is also home to approximately 400 species of animals, birds, reptiles and amphibians, and more than 800 plant species.

DISTANCE TO MAJOR CITIES

Wichita Falls, Texas . . . . . . . .54

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma . . . 86

Fort Worth, Texas . . . . . . . . .171

Dallas, Texas . . . . . . . . . . . .190.