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Foundation Focus The Newsletter for Norman Regional Health Foundation

Winter Issue

A Legacy of Learning

rom studying new surgical techniques to learning how to fly, Dr. Robert Spector was a lifeFlong learner. His love of education was one of the reasons his wife, Billie Spector, established the Dr. Robert Spector Memorial Scholarship Fund. “Robert loved to teach. As head surgery resident in Dallas, he would mentor interns in surgery and teach them how to interact with patients,” said Ms. Spector. “He would teach our children how to use tools in the garage. He taught students at the local vo-tech school. He even trained our hunting dogs! He was always so patient and never got in a hurry.” Robert Spector joined the Norman Regional Hospital surgical staff in 1974 and was a respected colleague and caring and compassionate surgeon until his plane accident in 2005. “I wanted to establish a scholarship in his memory for education. He would appreciate knowing there is a scholarship for people continuing to learn.”

Melanie Newcomer and Billie Spector

The scholarship assists in meeting the costs of tuition, books, and supplies for deserving students pursuing education related to health care careers at an accredited college, university or technology center. “I am honored to be chosen as a recipient of the prestigious NRHS Foundation Spector Scholarship. Being recognized for my dedication to patient care is both a reward and inspirational motivation for me to continue as a patient care provider,” said two-time scholarship recipient, Melanie Newcomer. ”I am so thankful for the opportunity to have met Mrs. Billie Spector and to learn about her personally and the beautiful and supportive life she shared with Dr. Spector. This scholarship has provided me the opportunity and encouragement to fulfill my dream to become an optometric physician.” To learn more about establishing a scholarship fund, please contact the Norman Regional Health Foundation at 405/307-1077.

Your Legacy Your Legacy

You can ensure the compassionate comprehensive care that your family has depended on at Norman Regional is available for future generations. Making a gift through your will or trust is a simple and meaningful way to leave your legacy. For more information, please contact the Foundation at: 405-307-1077 or visit us online at www.NRHFoundation.org.

Giving a gift of gratitude is a meaningful way to recognize and celebrate the excellent care you or a loved one received from a physician, nurse or other staff member during your stay at Norman Regional Health System. Your gift through the Foundation ensures that Norman Regional Health System continues to provide top-quality care and state-of-the-art facilities for our patients. Your caregiver will receive a special card acknowledging that you made a gift in their name.

Rehabilitation Services Guardian Angels: Karen Gillispie, Vickie Crabtree, and Kourtney Egge

2017 Guardian Angel Recipients:


Scholarship Recipients

Sheila Monson, Emergency Department Rose Kalinski, Physical Performance Center Dr. Brett Dees, OK Headache Center Dr. Quentin Lobb Dr. Kelley Lobb Sarah Johnston, Cardiac Unit Kourtney Egge, Rehabilitation Services Vickie Crabtree, Rehabilitation Services Karen Gillispie, Rehabilitation Services

Foundation Board Chair Lynn Weber with Guardian Angel Dr. Brett Dees, OK Headache Center

The 2017 Scholarship recipients are:

Sarah Johnston, Cardiac Unit Angel with former patient, Leroy Bond and Erin Barnhart, NRHF Executive Director

Front row: Pam Ezzell, Rhiannon Baker, Hollie Baker, Anna Reed, Amanda Henry, Brandi Hill, Tonya Faires Back row: Jensen Atkinson, David Gandesbery, Lindsay Wiggins Not pictured: Lindsey Grego-DeBerry, Stephen Drews, Stefanie Fisher, Shanda Gower, Becky Hamel, Brent Lamb, Kel Lowe, Katy Martin, Maria Morles, Melanie Newcomer, Leslie Padilla, Anthony Shelton, Cheryl Stoepker, Pam Yarbrough


orman Regional Health Foundation hosted the inaugural 2017 Cocktail Clash on Thursday, November 9th at The Studio of the Sooner Theatre. This speakeasy themed event included local restaurants and bartenders vying for the title of best cocktail. The Cocktail Clash champion was GP405 from the MarriottNCED Center. Their winning cocktail, the Eastside Easy, will be the signature drink for the upcoming NRHF Ambassador Ball on February 2, 2018. A BIG thank you to the six restaurants who participated: Benvenuti’s, GP405, Scratch, The Garage, Interurban and Pub W.

For more information visit: NRHFoundation.org/AmbassadorBall Text NRHFGala to 41444 to purchase tickets or call 405/307-1077


Awards Grants The Foundation awards grants twice a year to NRHS departments and organizations with a health or wellness need. More than $66,000 was awarded this Fall to the following: Cardiovascular Services: EKG Transmission Modem for Noble EMS Breast Care Center: Noise Cancelling Machines Pastoral Care: Grave Markers for Baby Land at Sunset Memorial Park Central Sterile: Storage Systems Environmental Services: Chariot Scrubber & Steel Storage Cabinet Quality Performance Improvement: Standing Desks Risers Progressive Care Unit: Stroke Therapy Balls & Booklets EMSSTAT: Vehicle for EMSSTAT manager/chief Wound Care: Lab Refrigerator & Blood Pressure Items Women’s & Children: Neonatal Brochures Oncology: TV’s for Patient Rooms & Breast Protheses/Bras Emergency Department: TV’s for Patient Rooms Intensive Care Unit: Critical Care Registered Nurse Certification Exam for Department Nurses Diabetes Education: Diabetes Health Fair

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.


Lynn Weber, Chairman Russ McReynolds,Secretary/ Treasurer Brad Little, Chair Elect Courtney Brackin, Past-Chairman


Marty Cain Stacy Cook Diane Dragg Susan Gladhill Kelley Grace Janna Heermans Dianne Kittinger Randy Laffoon Curtis McCarty Armand McCoy Rick McCurdy, MD David L. Nimmo Trevor Nutt H. Rainey Powell Andy Rieger Robert Romines Tom Sherman Andy Sherrer Sam Talley Krista Thompson Teresa Turner Rocky Williams

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, Grants & Donor Relations Trisha Crow, Development Coordinator Tammy Burnett, Office Assistant

Profile for Norman Regional Health Foundation

Fall 2017 layout  

Fall 2017 layout  


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