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Foundation Focus The Newsletter for Norman Regional Health Foundation

Fall 2016

Healthcare in School

As children spend most of their waking hours in school, health assistants are on the front lines in the battle to keep them healthy. Norman Regional Health Foundation is proud to partner with the Norman Public School district to provide funding for this school nurse/health program. This service would not be possible without unique partnerships and community support. “I’m not only the mother of a child with Type 1 Diabetes (T1d), but also a registered nurse. So, I understand the demands, the skill and the accuracy it takes for a Norman Public School health assistant to care for a child with T1d. She is in charge of helping my son stay safe during any physical activity by providing carbohydrates to balance his drop in blood sugar. She helps my son check his glucose levels and provides suitable measures to keep him safe. The health assistant helps my son every day at lunch input the correct information in his insulin pump to assure a safe delivery of medication. I cannot stress the importance of having trained and well educated staff at schools across the district so all kids have the same opportunities, whether they struggle with a health care need or not. If the nursing service and dedication of the staff at my son’s school was absent, I would not feel confident to have my son attend public schools. He would absolutely be at risk of danger both in short term effects (i.e. low blood sugar seizures and high blood sugar coma) and long term effects (blindness, amputation, early death). Thank you, a million times thank you, for providing funds that offer a safety net for my son while at school. I cannot put into words how much of an impact it has made in our lives.” Amy Edwards Mother of three Norman school children

New Board Members

The Foundation is honored to welcome these dedicated, passionate individuals to our Board of Directors. This group brings additional experience and integrity to an already amazing board.

Janna Heermans: Janna has worked in health care administration since 1989 and currently owns a company that provides business services to physician practices. Janna and her husband Sam, have two boys.

Jeff Kimpel: Jeff is currently on the Advisory Boards of the National Weather Museum and Science Center and OU College of Atmospheric and Geographic Sciences. He was president of Applied Systems Institute that helped launch the National Weather Center at OU.

Armand McCoy: Armand is the creative services director at Trifecta Communications. He is single and lives in Moore. Armand is a graduate of OCU and Studied Media and Cultural Studies at Kingston University, London.

Trevor Nutt: Trevor is the Chief Operating Officer for Agility Medical Group and lives in Norman with his wife Diane and their three children. Trevor is a University of Oklahoma graduate and played football for the Sooners.

Andy Rieger: Andy retired as the editor and general manager of the Norman Transcript in 2015. Currently he is an instructor in the OU School of Journalism. Andy and his wife Karen, have three adult children.

Robert Romines: Dr. Romines has spent his educational career in Moore; first as teacher, then principal, and now as Superintendent of Moore Public Schools. Robert and his wife, Traci, have two children – Ashton and Avery.

Teresa Turner: Teresa is the Director of OU’s Student Athlete Experience. She currently serves on the board of Red Cross and is a CASA volunteer. She is a member of Everlasting Life Baptist Church, National Association of Academic Advisors for Athletics and the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletic Administrators.



The Scholarship Committee awarded twenty four students a total of $47,000 in Foundation Scholarships for the 2016 - 2017 school year. The following students were named Foundation Scholars.

* Beth Braly, Bachelor of Science Nursing; * Kristi Cooksey, MSN – Family Nurse Practitioner; Dawn Duvall, Bachelor of Science Nursing; David Gandesbery, Criminal Justice; # Ginny Geddes, Doctorate Nursing Practice; % Samuel Geurkink, Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine; Desiree Gower, Bachelor of Organizational Management; # Shanda Gower, MSN – Family Nurse Practitioner; * Randee Green, MSN – Family Nurse Practitioner; Lindsey Grego–DeBerry, Associates Degree Nursing; * # Becky Hamel, MSN – Family Nurse Practitioner; Megan Hart, Pharm D; Hollie Key, Associates Degree Nursing; Elizabeth Lewis, Doctor of Dentistry; Andrew Lott, Doctor of Physical Therapy; * Kel Lowe, Associates Degree Nursing; Catherine Lynn, Doctor of Medicine; Crystal McCarroll, Bachelor Health Administration; * # Maria Morales, MSN – Family Nurse Practitioner; Melanie Newcomer, Doctor of Optometry; * Karen Smith, MSN – Family Nurse Practitioner; + Samarea Webb, MSN – Family Nurse Practitioner; * Brittney Wicks, MSN – Nurse Practitioner; * Robin Yoder, MSN – Healthcare System Management * Bonnie Horne Scholar / # Dana Wenthold Scholar / + Evanna Esadooah Scholar / % Robert Spector Scholar

From The Edge Chamber Music Series presents

Celebrating Female Composers Thursday, October 20th 7:00 p.m. MAINSITE Contemporary Art 122 E. Main Street Norman, OK Admission is FREE

Artists: Erin Yeaman, cello Jennifer Peck, flute Rose Mansell, soprano Cynthia Cortright, piano David Cook, clarinet Ricardo Coelho de Souza, percussion Damon Frazier, African drum Thank you to our sponsors:




Courtney Brackin, Chairman Russ McReynolds,Secretary/ Treasurer Lynn Weber, Chair Elect Randy Laffoon, Past-Chairman


Lions of Oklahoma and Lions Clubs International Foundation Support Moore Lions around the world are united by a great spirit of giving and dedication to serving others. Their generosity extended to Moore, OK after the 2013 tornado devastated the community and Moore Medical Center. Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) and Lions Club Oklahoma awarded a $253,000 grant to Norman Regional Health Foundation in order to provide the Health System and the Moore community with a state of the art conference center at the newly completed Norman Regional Moore. The contribution was earmarked for furniture and audio visual systems for the three conference rooms. “One of our first guests to utilize the Education Center was the Lions District 3-H Cabinet in July. I am pleased we could host their meeting, so they could appreciate their contributions firsthand,” said Norman Regional Foundation Director Erin Barnhart. “Since that time we have hosted trainings, youth meetings and blood drives. We are fortunate to have this quality space and equipment, which was made possible by the Lions’ generous gift.” “The Lions of Oklahoma are proud of the partnership created with Norman Regional Moore. Disaster Relief is a core focus of Lions Clubs International; it is obviously very important in this area,” said Troy Jenkins, Oklahoma Lions Disaster Relief Committee Chair. “Everything we have been able to do was made possible by the generosity of Lions throughout the world, and through our fundraising arm, Lions Clubs International Foundation.” Lions Club International is the largest service club organization in the world. LCIF helps Lions improve peoples’ lives around the world, from combating vision problems to responding to major catastrophes to providing valuable life skills to youth. For more information visit www.lionsclubs.org.

901 North Porter Ave., Box 1665 Norman, OK 73070-1665 405-307-1077 NRHFoundation@nrh-ok.com NRHFoundation.org

OUR MISSION The Norman Regional Health Foundation enhances excellent health care by advancing patient programs, supporting community wellness and awarding educational scholarships.

Scott Bauman Marty Cain Justin Z. Covey Diane Dragg Becky Franklin Susan Gladhill Kris Glenn Chris Graves Joan Kemmet-Greenleaf Beverly Harkness James O. Harp Janna Heermans Jeff Kimpel Dianne Kittinger Brad Little Curtis McCarty Armand McCoy Rick McCurdy, MD David L. Nimmo Trevor Nutt H. Rainey Powell Andy Rieger Robert Romines Teresa Turner

Honorary Board

Maureen Bynum Pamela Clinton Judy Cox Doane Harrison Judy Hatfield Gary Jarmon Judith A. Jimerson Craig W. Jones Mike McIntosh Donald Roberts, DDS John Todd


Erin Barnhart, Executive Director Tonnie Dosser, Grant Writer & Donor Relations Specialist Trisha Crow, Development Coordinator Chris Slann, Office Assistant

Profile for Norman Regional Health Foundation

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