MRHC board approves two new members

KEVIN HARVISON | Staff file photoMcAlester Regional Health Center recently approved two new members to its Board of Trustees.

McAlester Regional Health Center welcomed two new board members to join the seven other sitting members.

Martha Fields, a longtime McAlester citizen and retired healthcare professional, and Justice Steven W. Taylor, a McAlester graduate and former Oklahoma Supreme Court Chief Justice, recently joined the board.

They replace Cara Bland and Ray Dixon, who will no longer serve on the board due to term limits.

MRHC is grateful and excited to have this new diverse group of individuals join the board and bring their unique talents, expertise and perspectives to the work of the hospital in order to promote its mission to consistently deliver high-quality, compassionate, and cost effective healthcare experiences, a hospital spokesman said.

Martha A. (Marti) Fields, APRN-CNP, Retired

Fields is a retired healthcare professional and longtime citizen of McAlester. She retired from TwinMed Urgent Care in 2018 where she provided healthcare services as a Nurse Practitioner. Prior to working at TwinMed, she served as a Nurse Practitioner for Family Practice and Pediatric Services for Choctaw Nation Health Clinic in McAlester, as well as McAlester Warren Clinic. She has teaching experience, instructing the RN program at Eastern Oklahoma State College. Fields says that “Healthcare has been my life mission for the last forty-one years. My interest has been working with people for an improved state of health. Helping to provide a healthy environment will continue to guide my activities.”

Justice Steven W. Taylor, Retired

Justice Taylor is a McAlester High School graduate and longtime citizen of McAlester. After completion of high school, he earned a B.A. in political science from Oklahoma State University and Juris Doctor from the University of Oklahoma.

From 1970 to 1978, he served in the United States Marine Corps. During his military career, after his training as an infantry platoon commander, he served as a prosecutor, defense counsel, and ultimately as a Special Court Martial Judge. He became the youngest judge in the U.S. armed forces at the age of 28. After serving in the USMC, he returned home and continued to serve. Following a two-year stint on the McAlester City Council, he served as the city’s youngest mayor from 1982 to 1984.

From 1984 to 1994, he served as associate district judge in the 18th Judicial District. In 1991, he was the first associate district judge ever to be elected president of the Oklahoma Judicial Conference. From 1994 to 2004, he served as Chief Judge of the 18th Judicial District. In his more than 20 years as a trial judge, he presided over more than 500 jury trials, including numerous murder trials. Most notably, he presided over the state trial of the Oklahoma City bombing case. That historic trial of 161 counts of first degree murder against Terry Nichols was conducted in McAlester. Governor Brad Henry appointed Taylor to the Supreme Court of Oklahoma in September 2004. He served a term as chief justice from 2011 until 2013. Justice Taylor retired from the Supreme Court on December 31, 2016 after 33 years of judicial service. After his retirement and in recognition of his long public service, the Pittsburg County Court buildings in McAlester were named “The Justice Steven W. Taylor Courthouse Complex”.