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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

 NORMAN - Two new pediatric hospitalists have joined the team at Norman Regional HealthPlex.

Pediatric hospitalists are pediatricians who work in hospitals providing care for children ages 0-18. Pediatric hospitalists specialize in the care of children who are hospitalized and will provide immediate and ongoing care 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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Kate Cook, MD, and Timothy Laughy, MD, are both coming to Norman Regional Health System from Oklahoma. Dr. Cook lives in Goldsby, Oklahoma and Dr. Laughy moved from Lawton, Oklahoma.

Drs. Cook and Laughy both received their medical degrees from The University of Oklahoma. Dr. Cook completed her pediatric residency at OU’s Health Sciences Center while Dr. Laughy completed his at San Antonio Military Medical Consortium.

Dr. Cook has been practicing pediatrics since 2007 when she completed her residency. She chose to become a healthcare provider “for the challenge and the sense of fulfilling a calling,” she said.

“I had planned on becoming an ophthalmologist, but children and the people who devote their lives to caring for them won my heart,” Dr. Cook said. “I have the privilege to support families during their most stressful times. I share the perspective of being a parent of a critically ill child and can use my experiences to help families navigate through their child’s illness.”

Dr. Laughy was originally a registered nurse, where he worked in an adult intensive care unit and as a home visit nurse for chemotherapy infusion. After eight years as a RN, Dr. Laughy decided to go into military medicine in the Army, where he chose pediatrics as his specialty “due to the adaptability and acumen required to be a successful pediatrician,” he said.

“I came from a working military family and have not always been a doctor. I am just a person, like my patients, with a knowledge base designed to help them manage their own life and health choices,” Dr. Laughy said.

Both doctors have three children. Dr. Cook said her life revolves around caring for children, whether that is at home, at work or in the community. Dr. Cook added that she hopes her patients walk away with a “bright, limitless future.” Dr. Laughy said he hopes his patients walk away with a “better understanding of their health or illness and the active part they play as the main member of our healthcare team.”