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Osage named Rural Physician of the Year in Oklahoma


Shannon Shaw Duty

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.

Original Publish Date: 2021-10-18 00:00:00


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Shannon Shaw Duty
Shannon Shaw Duty

Title: Editor


Twitter: @dutyshaw

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Shannon Shaw Duty, Osage from the Grayhorse District, is the editor of the award-winning Osage News, the official independent media of the Osage Nation. She is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and a master’s degree in Legal Studies with an emphasis in Indigenous Peoples Law. She currently sits on the Freedom of Information Committee for the Society of Professional Journalists. She has served as a board member for LION Publishers, as Vice President for the Pawhuska Public Schools Board of Education, on the Board of Directors for the Native American Journalists Association (now Indigenous Journalists Association) and served as a board member and Chairwoman for the Pawhuska Johnson O’Malley Parent Committee. She is a Chips Quinn Scholar, a former instructor for the Freedom Forum’s Native American Journalism Career Conference and the Freedom Forum’s American Indian Journalism Institute. She is a former reporter for The Santa Fe New Mexican. She is a 2012 recipient of the Native American 40 Under 40 from the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development. In 2014 she helped lead the Osage News to receive NAJA's Elias Boudinot Free Press Award. The Osage News won Best Newspaper from the SPJ-Oklahoma Chapter in their division 2018-2022. Her award-winning work has been published in Indian Country Today, The Washington Post, the Center for Public Integrity, NPR, the Associated Press, Tulsa World and others. She currently resides in Pawhuska, Okla., with her husband and together they share six children, two dogs and two cats.

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