Dr. Rosemary Bellino-Hall

BellinoRosemary Bellino-Hall was born 7 miles outside Canastota, New York on a dairy farm and onion farm, one of four siblings.

She attended Canastota schools from kindergarten through graduating from Canastota High School. Fortunate enough to be the recipient of a New York State scholarship, she attended Hartwick College in Oneonta, New York also receiving a scholarship from Hartwick. She graduated fourth in her graduating class in 1967 with a Bachelor’s Degree in biology. She was subsequently honored with the Alumni Association Outstanding Young Alumni Award in 1976.

She was the only one in her class accepted to medical school. She chose SUNY-Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse, New York, partly because it was close to home and offered a scholarship. She graduated in 1971 with her medical degree and went on to do an internship at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Syracuse and a residency at SUNY, becoming board certified in Internal Medicine.

She later went on to take a position at SUNY, receiving the 1975-1976 Students Award in recognition of outstanding teaching and contributions to student-faculty relations.

In 1976 she left SUNY to volunteer on the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota where she met her husband Jack who was an optometrist in the United States Public Health Service. They subsequently transferred to San Francisco where she joined the Public Health Service as a commissioned officer and subsequently transferred to Lawton Fort Sill to the United States Public Health Service Indian Health Service. Leaving the Indian Health Service after five years, she opened a private practice in internal medicine in 1983 and retired from the practice in January of 2017.

While in practice, she was Chief of Staff at Southwestern Hospital from 1986-1987, ChairmanBellino Grad of the Department of Medicine Comanche County Memorial Hospital from 1992-1998, and Chairman of Performance Improvement Committee from 1998-1999. During this time she was on the admissions committee at Oklahoma University School of Medicine from 1997-2000. She was also President of the Comanche County Medical Society in 1992 and is the present treasurer. She was active for many years helping to organize the annual legislative reception in Lawton. In 2013 she was medical triage lead for the Oklahoma Mission of Mercy.

While running a busy private practice, she was active in the community. She started Lawton Beautiful, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit doing multiple beautification projects throughout the city. Included were several medians in the community where irrigation and plantings were completed. She also completed two major street projects putting in irrigation and plants, all to improve the appearance of the community. She also started The Buffalo Stampede, a program to put life-size bronze like buffalo throughout the city to give the city an identity. (The city morphs into the Wichita Mountain Refuge where buffalo roam free.) Twice a year she baked a thousand brownies as a fundraiser while raising community awareness of the economic importance of having a beautiful community. In recognition, the city has named a beautification award after her, The Rosemary Bellino Lifetime Achievement Award.

Recognized at the state level, Rosemary was the recipient in 2009 of the Oklahoma Community Institute Award of Excellence for Community Leadership.

Supporting the Arts in Lawton, 2016 she was awarded the Roma Clift 2016 Citizen of the Humanities Award.

Active in the community, she served six years on City Council representing Ward 3 which included being active in the workings of City Hall and all the responsibilities of being an elective official in a community of 96,000. She is still active in the political scene of the community.

Still involved in the community, she sits on the board of the Comanche County Health Department, and on the board of Hearts that Care, a non-profit free health clinic. She also works at the clinic as a volunteer physician. She is retired after several years on the board of directors of the Breast Center.

Last but not least, she is active in the Italian Club of Southwest Oklahoma.