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Osage named Rural Physician of the Year in Oklahoma

Dr. Matthew Cameron Rumsey at his desk at the Pawhuska Family Medical Center. Courtesy Photo/PFMC Facebook page

The Rural Health Association of Oklahoma has named Dr. Matthew Cameron Rumsey the 2021 Rural Physician of the Year.

Rumsey is a family medicine specialist who brings almost a decade of medical experience to his role as Cohesive Healthcare’s Chief Medical Officer at the Pawhuska Family Medical Clinic. He also serves as chief of staff and medical director at Pawhuska Hospital and medical director for the Osage County Health Department.

Rumsey was recognized at the Oct. 11 awards luncheon during the 2021 Rural Health Conference in Edmond.

“Dr. Rumsey is a very hands-on Chief Medical Officer who enjoys teaching and training both Cohesive and hospital staff,” noted a social media post by the Pawhuska Family Medical Clinic. “We are very proud to have Dr. Rumsey as part of our team and we are very thankful for his service to the rural health community.”

Rumsey grew up in Pawhuska and graduated from Pawhuska High School. He went on to earn his Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Central Oklahoma before graduating with honors from the University of South Dakota’s Sanford School of Medicine in 2011.

According to an article in the Pawhuska Journal-Capital, Andy Fosmire, senior vice president for Strategic Initiatives and Policy for Cohesive Healthcare Management and Consulting, nominated Rumsey for the award.

Before joining Cohesive Healthcare, Rumsey practiced medicine at the Cherokee Nation clinic in Vinita and the Wah-Zha-Zhi Health Center. Rumsey, who is culturally active and a Committeeman for the Pawhuska District, also served as the Pawhuska District’s Drumkeeper from 2003-2006.

When the Pawhuska Family Medical Clinic first opened in 2018, Rumsey said it was he and his staff’s hope to restore a great healthcare system for Pawhuska and to expand their staff and services to have a positive impact in the community.

According to the Rural Health Association of Oklahoma (RHAO) website, 1.3 million citizens in Oklahoma are considered part of a rural population. The mission of RHAO to serve as a united voice for Oklahomans in the promotion of rural health issues through advocacy, education, and leadership.

The Pawhuska Family Medical Clinic, located at 1109 E. 15th St., is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. five days a week. The clinic can be reached at (918) 287-5151.