INNOVATE Happy Holidays from the Oklahoma Health Center!
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INSIDE “Stocking” up on healthy gifts
Tuan N. Le, M.D., Named Chief Medical Officer
OKC Innovation: Mind Meld Another Collaboration Success
8 OAAC’s Dr. Warren Filley Announces Retirement
13 Oklahoma Health Center Campus Map
Eliza Chakravarty, M.D. Linda Thompson, Ph.D.
Umesh Deshmukh, Ph.D.
“Stocking” up on healthy gifts Stockings will soon be hung by the chimney with care. But will healthy gifts be tucked in there?
If you’re looking for stocking-stuffer ideas for the health or fitness junkie in your life, or you just want to jumpstart a healthy 2018, researchers at the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation have a few ideas you might want to add to your shopping list: 1. Ho-ho-H2O Water is always a good beverage choice. A high-quality, reusable water bottle makes it even more convenient to have water right at your fingertips. Stainless steel and glass options can help avoid traces of harmful chemicals that can be found in plastic bottles, and with many options in the $10-35 range, they won’t empty your wallet. Most of us are on the go, so the convenience of having a water bottle nearby might keep you from reaching for sugary sodas or juices. Plus they reduce waste, so you’re also helping save the environment. 2. Toss in a super vitamin Wintertime brings with it more hours of darkness and often leaves people deficient in vitamin D, so consider slipping a little bottle of sunshine in pill form into those stockings. Vitamin D is essential for strengthening bones, bolstering the immune system and lowering the risks of certain conditions from heart disease to Alzheimer’s. 3. Get in step Top-tier activity trackers can run you north of $200 these days, but simpler options can give you the incentive to get more active without breaking the bank. Amazon sells Cellay’s Activity Tracker for under $15 and the Kimitech Fitness Tracker Watch for $30, and both have five-star ratings. Aim for around 10,000 steps per day—about five miles for most people. “Trackers can help motivate people to take the stairs or park further away to get in more steps,” said OMRF scientist and avid runner Linda Thompson, Ph.D. “It’s kind of amazing how much it motivates you when you’re aware of your progress. It makes you want to push yourself to do more.”
For those holiday smiles
You can’t go wrong by putting a good toothbrush or two in everybody’s stocking. Taking proper care of your mouth not only helps maintain a bright smile and fresh breath, it has also been linked to better overall health. Research shows good oral hygiene may lower your risk of heart disease, infections and provide even better blood sugar control for diabetics. Research at OMRF has found poor mouth maintenance can be a factor in autoimmune diseases like lupus and rheumatoid arthritis. “Brush your teeth and floss regularly,” said OMRF scientist Umesh Deshmukh, Ph.D. “If nothing else, at least you’ll have a healthy mouth.” 5. A tasty tradition Pieces of fresh fruit or handfuls of unshelled nuts are traditions that date back to St. Nicholas himself. The idea of giving fruit or nuts as gifts really took hold in the U.S. during the Great Depression when money was tight and luxuries were few, so finding an orange and other healthy fruits or nuts in a stocking was a real treat. It’s also great for you today and a much healthier option than candy. Fruits contain a plethora of nutrients: minerals, vitamins, fiber and antioxidants that the body needs. “Oranges, apples and bananas are ideal, because they are easily portable and are jam-packed with flavor and nutrition,” said OMRF immunologist Eliza Chakravarty, M.D. “Nuts are a good choice, too, because they’re high in healthy fat and protein. Just don’t over-indulge. They’re also high in calories, especially in large quantities.” So this December, be a good elf. Instead of raiding the bargain bin and candy aisle at your local megastore to fill up your family’s stockings, add some of these useful—and healthy—items. “These tips may seem simple, but they might help instill healthier habits in the long run,” said Chakravarty. “They also might help keep you or your loved ones from yielding to the temptation to overdo it on holiday treats.”
Tuan N. Le, M.D., Named Chief Medical Officer
rado School of Medicine and completed his pathology residency in Colorado and blood banking/transfusion medicine fellowship at Hartford Hospital in Connecticut. Dr. Le has had wide-ranging responsibilities in laboratory services, therapeutic apheresis, quality assurance, research programs, donor recruitment, collections operations, blood utilization, and executive management. He has published and presented on many topics, including pathogen reduction, apheresis protocols, donor qualification, transplantation monitoring, red blood cell compatibility, massive transfusions, and quality control measures.
\Oklahoma Blood Institute is pleased to announce that Tuan N. Le, M.D., has joined the organization as Chief Medical Officer. Dr. Le brings a wealth of transfusion medicine experience and expertise. Dr. Le is a board-certified Blood Banking/Transfusion Medicine physician who has held various medical leadership roles in Colorado including Vice President of Medical Affairs and Medical Director at Bonfils Blood Center in Denver, and Medical Director of the Transfusion Services at Denver Health, a regional level I trauma center. He obtained his undergraduate degree in molecular biology from the University of Colorado in Boulder. Dr. Le is a graduate of the University of Colo-
Of significance for Oklahoma Blood Institute’s aim to grow its cell therapy activities, Dr. Le has most recently worked on the staff of AlloSource, a tissue bank, and as a technical consultant with a variety of start-up biotechnology firms. Jim Smith, M.D., Ph.D., who has served as Chief Medical Officer at Oklahoma Blood Institute for 30 years and has made numerous important contributions to the organization, will stay on in a new role as Chief Medical Officer Emeritus. As the nation’s 9th largest non-profit blood center, Oklahoma Blood Institute serves more than 160 hospitals and medical facilities statewide. More information is available at obi.org.
Interim Commissioner Names Chief Operating Officer and Director of Human Resources
Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) Interim Commissioner Preston Doerflinger announced today that he is naming Kim Bailey as Chief Operating Officer and Margot Barnes as Director of Human Resources (HR). “As we work to regain the public’s trust, it is important that we place highly qualified people with strong personal values and ethics in leadership roles at this agency,” said Doerflinger. “Both Kim and Margot have an impeccable public service record and will be a tremendous resource for us as we move forward. I am grateful that they have decided to join our team.” Bailey has held positions as assistant attorney general and general counsel for the Oklahoma Workers’ Compensation Commission (OWCC) prior to becoming executive director of the OWCC in 2015. She has been with the OWCC since February 2014. She began her legal career at McAfee and Taft, specializing in employee benefits and employment law. She obtained her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Oklahoma and her bachelor of science, finance and international management degree from Georgetown University. Barnes has more than 20 years of experience in human resources with the State of Oklahoma and private sector. Barnes holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and three HR certifications with the Human Resource Certification Institute, the Society for Human Resource Management and the International Public Management Association for Human Resources. Over the past 15 years, she has served as an administrator for classification and compensation, and unemployment insurance benefits for the Oklahoma Department of Human Services. Both positions are currently vacant. Bailey will join the OSDH on Dec. 20 and Barnes will start immediately. 6
Oklahoma Health Center Holiday Party
Held at the Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club
Mind Meld Another Collaboration Success
Thank you to Dean McGee Eye Institute and CEO Dr. Greg Skuta for hosting the final Mind Meld for 2017. Mind Meld mirrors the creative, optimistic and successful synergies the new proposed Innovation District will bring to the area surrounding the Oklahoma Health Center. It offers insight and opportunity to discover connections that can propel your endeavors and the research/projects you are working on. Please watch for announcements for the 2018 Mind Meld events!
Dean McGee Eye Institute donated two pairs of sunglasses as a door prize for participants.
Largest-Ever Trial Shows Direct Oral Anticoagulants Are a Viable Option for Treating Blood Clots in Patients with Cancer
A Randomized, Open-Label, Blinded Outcome Assessment Trial Evaluating the Efficacy and Safety of LMWH/Edoxaban Versus Dalteparin for Venous Thromboembolism Associated with Cancer: Hokusai VTE-Cancer Study [LBA-6]
People with cancer face an increased risk for venous thromboembolism (VTE), blood clots that occur in deep veins like the legs or that travel through the blood stream and get lodged in the small blood vessels in the lungs. Under current guidelines, cancer patients who develop VTE are prescribed low-molecular-weight heparin, an anticoagulant that must be injected under the skin daily for several months. While effective, this regimen can be expensive and often burdensome for patients, leading many to prematurely discontinue treatment. Results from the first large randomized controlled trial comparing this standard blood-thinning treatment with newer anticoagulants, DOACs, suggest the DOAC known as edoxaban — taken as a daily pill — work as well as low-molecular-weight heparin and could, therefore, offer an alternative and potentially more palatable treatment strategy, according to researchers. Roughly one out of five people with cancer develop VTE, which can cause pain and swelling when clots occur in deep veins (known as deep vein thrombosis) and breathing problems, chest pain and even death if they move into the lungs (known as pulmonary embolism,). Anticoagulants prevent the growth of existing clots and prevent others from forming, but these drugs also elevate the risk of bleeding. Doctors must therefore balance the risks of recurrent clots against the risks of bleeding when treating VTE. This study enrolled 1,050 individuals with cancer being treated for VTE at 114 centers in 13 countries. Patients represented a wide range of cancer types and chemotherapy regimens; about 10 percent had blood cancers and the rest had solid tumors. Half were randomly assigned to receive low-molecular-weight heparin (dalteparin) and half were assigned to receive edoxaban. This treatment continued for up to 12 months. All patients were followed up for 12 months or until study closure (minimum 9 months).
The study was designed to assess two key factors. First, it evaluated whether edoxaban is at least as good as dalteparin with respect to rates of recurrent clots and bleeding, the two main risks associated with treating VTE. Second, it was the first study to measure the benefits of continuing treatment with either drug for more than six months after the initial VTE. The results confirm that edoxaban is not inferior to dalteparin with respect to composite rates of recurrent clots and bleeding, the trial’s primary endpoint, which occurred in 12.8 percent of those receiving edoxaban and 13.5 percent of those receiving dalteparin. Although edoxaban was associated with a slightly higher rate of major bleeding, this was balanced by a slightly lower rate of recurrent VTE. Analyses of secondary outcomes and subgroups revealed that the two drugs were identical in the rates of the most severe category of major bleeding, and that bleeding was most common in the upper gastrointestinal tract and in patients with gastrointestinal cancers. “For the vast majority of patients with cancer-associated VTE, treatment with oral edoxaban can replace the injectable dalteparin,” said lead study author Gary E. Raskob, PhD, dean and regents professor of the University of Oklahoma College of Public Health. “Preventing VTE recurrence and major bleeding can allow the oncologist to really focus on the patient’s cancer treatment.” Raskob added that the results do not necessarily apply to all DOACs because some act through different mechanisms or are metabolized differently than edoxaban. Further studies could elucidate which DOACs might work best in the context of different chemotherapy regimens and also illuminate optimal treatment regimens for those with gastrointestinal cancers, he said. This study was supported by Daiichi Sankyo. Gary E. Raskob, PhD, University of Oklahoma College of Public Health, presented this study during the Late Breaking Abstracts session today, Tuesday December 12, to worldwide hematology experts gathered at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta for the 59th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Hematology. 9
Oklahoma City Thunder Team Up with Oklahoma Blood Institute for Holiday Assist Blood Drive:
All Donors Entered for Chance to Win Free Thunder Tickets December 30, 2017 Oklahoma Blood Institute and the Oklahoma City Thunder are urging Oklahomans to “Thunder Up” to save lives during the Holiday Assist Blood Drive. The Thunder will support Oklahoma Blood Institute’s 10th annual Holiday Blood Drive on Saturday, December 30, 2017, at Cox Convention Center. Donors can give blood from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. One lucky donor will win a pair of lower-level tickets to a Thunder game. Donors also receive a free commemorative, long-sleeved Thunder-themed t-shirt. * Donors can show their Thunder pride, by rolling up a sleeve and sharing the priceless gift of blood during the holiday season. Rumble the Bison and the Thunder Girls will visit during the day to pump up Thunder spirit and cheer on donors! Entertainment will include a D.J., trivia, a kids’ play area and more. Free parking is available in the garage beneath the Cox Convention Center. Donors are encouraged to use the southwest entrance. “We are proud to be part of this critically important event for the last 10 years,” said Christine Berney, vice president of Community Relations for the Thunder. “This time of year, we love seeing Thunder fans come together, embrace the spirit of the holiday and make a significant difference for our neighbors in need.” Oklahoma Blood Institute is the state’s independent, nonprofit blood center. Volunteer donors provide all of the blood needed by patients in 165 hospitals statewide. Blood donations are especially needed during the holidays, as so many people are busy, yet the need for blood remains constant. Appointments are not required but can be made by calling Oklahoma Blood Institute at 877-340-8777 or visiting obi. org.
*February 11, 2018 home game – OKC Thunder vs. Memphis Grizzlies **16 year olds must weigh at least 125 pounds and provide signed parental permission; 17 year olds must weigh at least 125 pounds; 18+ year olds must weigh at least 110 pounds
Oklahoma Moves up Three Spots in America’s Health Rankings Paced by the lowest smoking rate ever recorded, Oklahoma moved up three spots to 43rd in America’s Health Rankings, issued by the United Health Foundation. The improvement was the second highest among all states, trailing only Florida and Utah, which improved their ranking by four spots. America’s Health Rankings are based on four components or aspects of health - behaviors, community & environment, policy and clinical care. Health outcomes are also used to rank states. “Despite the many challenges facing us, I am encouraged that our employees and our partners across the state continue to work toward improving the health of all Oklahomans and that their efforts are producing results,” said Interim OSDH Commissioner Preston Doerflinger. “We know where our focus must be in providing the core services that will make a difference in the lives of all our citizens going forward.” In smoking rates, Oklahoma improved to 36th nationally - an improvement of nine spots. Oklahoma’s smoking rate has declined 25 percent in the past five years. That
is the largest improvement for any state since 2012 but is still 2.5 percent higher than the national average of 17.1 percent. An area in which Oklahoma is better than the national average, low birthweight, saw the state improve to 7.9 percent. Oklahoma has improved 11 spots to 22nd in the past five years, one of the best advances in the nation. The best ratings for the state were in the low occurrence of excessive drinking (2nd), pertussis rates (2nd) and the number of mental health providers (5th). Oklahoma also had improvements in obesity rates, the number of people who are physically active, and drug deaths, but still ranks well below the national average. Areas of concern include lack of health insurance, diabetes rates, and children’s immunization rates. While Oklahoma’s uninsured rate has decreased the past three years to 13.9 percent, the national ranking dropped another two spots to 48th and the rate lags far behind the national rate of nine percent. Following a national trend that saw an all-time high in diabetes rates of 10.5 percent nationally, Oklahoma is ranked 41st with a rate of 12 percent. The rate of immunization among children 19 to 35 months dropped significantly (75.4 percent to 67 percent) moving the state ranking to 42nd while overall adolescent immunization rates improved by six places (40th to 34th). The complete rankings and summaries for Oklahoma and all states can be seen at https://www.americashealthrankings. org
OSDH Encourages Preparedness for Winter Weather
RMHC-OKC FAMILIES this holiday season
Thank you for giving children the best medicine of all — their families. Cooking, entertaining, and sharing traditions with your family and friends will be just a little more meaningful this holiday season, knowing that you can help keep families together when they need it most by purchasing Dillard’s Southern Living Christmas Cookbook. Available exclusively at Dillard’s and Dillards.com
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As cooler temperatures make their way into the state, the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) encourages the public to begin preparation for the upcoming winter weather season. Proper planning can reduce the risk of injury and illness while also ensuring a family is prepared for a major winter weather event. Cold outdoor temperatures require residents to monitor not only their home temperature, but their body temperature as well. Reports from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advises infants less than 1 year of age should never sleep in a cold room because infants lose body heat more easily than adults. In a sleeping area, babies should not be wrapped in blankets, but rather dressed in warmer clothing such as footed pajamas. Also, a baby’s face and head should not be covered while sleeping. It is important not to over bundle a baby, because overheating can be dangerous as well. Parents and caregivers should watch for signs of overheating, such as sweating or the baby’s chest feeling hot to the touch. If a comfortable indoor temperature cannot be maintained, temporary arrangements should be made to stay elsewhere. It is also important for adults age 65 and older to remain in a warm environment as they often make less body heat because of a slower metabolism and less physical activity. Scott Sproat, director of the OSDH Emergency Preparedness and Response Service, said it’s important to use caution when heating a home with a fireplace, space heater or wood stove, using them only when they are properly vented. “You can protect yourself from carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning by installing a battery-operated CO detector,” said Sproat. “Never use generators, grills, camp stoves, or similar devices inside the house, in basements, in garages, or near windows. It’s also important to have chimneys cleaned and inspected each year.” Other tips to prepare for winter weather include: • Wear multiple layers of clothing to stay warm, as well as a hat, scarf, mittens, a water-resistant jacket and boots. Make sure you stay as dry as possible, as water against the skin from wet clothing can chill the body quickly. • Be prepared if basic services such as water, gas, electricity or telephones are cut off for an extended period of time. Those who depend on electricity to operate medical equipment should have alternate arrangements. • Vehicles should be winterized before winter storm season. Check the tread on all tires and make sure they are not too worn to risk losing traction on the road. Keep the gas tank full for emergency use and to keep the fuel line from freezing. • Carry extra clothing, blankets and high energy snacks, such as trail mix or protein bars in your car for protection if the car stalls. • Bring pets/companion animals inside during winter weather. Move other animals or livestock to sheltered areas with non-frozen drinking water. • Stay informed. Know what National Weather Service winter storm and blizzard watches and warnings mean. Learn more about weather advisories at www.nws.noaa.gov. For more information about preparing for winter weather and other events, visit www.ready.gov.
OAAC’s Dr. Warren Filley Announces Retirement Warren V. Filley, M.D. of the Oklahoma Allergy & Asthma Clinic recently announced his retirement at the end of December 2017. He has worked at the OAAC for more than 35 years. He also served on the Oklahoma Health Center Foundation board of directors. Dr. Filley is a Fellow of both the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (ACAAI) and the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI). Dr. Filley has served on the Board of Regents of the ACAAI. He also has chaired the Credentials Committee and Public Relations Committee for the College. He has served on the Public Relations Committee for the College and the Aerobiology Committee for both the College and Academy. He represented the College on the National Allergy Bureau Oversight Committee and served on the Academy’s NAB Operations Committee, which supervises the release of pollen and mold counts to the media and general public. In addition, Dr. Filley served on the Academy’s Immunotherapy Committee and their Media program. He remains a reviewer for both JACI and the Annals. Dr. Filley is a clinical professor of medicine at the Oklahoma University Medical Center in Oklahoma City, where he is a private practitioner at the Oklahoma Allergy and Asthma Clinic. He is double boarded in Internal Medicine and Allergy/Immunology. Dr. Filley was president of the Oklahoma Allergy & Asthma Society from 1995 to 1996 and later served as chair of its CME committee. A past board member of the Oklahoma Medical Political Action Committee, Dr. Filley takes his community leadership role seriously. He has served on the board of directors for the Okla-
Warren V. Filley, M.D. homa Garden Festival and the Oklahoma Horticultural Society as well as a past president of the Horticultural Society. He has been involved as a mentor for the Oklahoma City Youth Leadership Exchange and has been a member of their board of directors. He has served as a member of the Collections Ad Hoc Committee for the Oklahoma City Zoological Trust. Currently, he is a member of the Myriad Gardens board of directors. Dr. Filley graduated with Honors in Biology from the University of Kansas and received his doctorate of medicine from the University of Kansas. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine at University of Oklahoma Health Science Center in Oklahoma City and his fellowship in Allergy/Immunology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.
Children’s Hospital Foundation Dr. Mohama Shaaf and Dr. Susan Hassed donate $150,000 to enhance the Genetic Counseling Program within the Department of Pediatrics
Oklahoma Health Center Campus *Member Organizations Oklahoma Health Center Foundation
1. American Red Cross of Central Oklahoma 2. Dean McGee Eye Institute* 3. Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center 4. WovenLife* 5. Office of the Chief Medical Examiner 6. Oklahoma Allergy and Asthma Clinic* 7. Oklahoma Blood Institute* 8. Children’s Hospital Foundation* 9. Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation* 9a. OMRF Research Tower* 9b. OMRF Bell Building* 9c. OMRF – Acree-Woodworth Building* 9d. OMRF – Massman Building* 10. Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics* 11. Oklahoma Department of Health* 12. General Electric Global Research* 13. Department of Human Services 14. OU Medical Center* A. Professional Office Building B. OU Medical Center C. The Children’s Hospital D. Oklahoma Transplant Center E. OU Medical Center Surgical Center 15. OU University Research Park 655 Conference Center Pall Forte Oklahoma Business Roundtable Oklahoma State Regents OneNet OTRC OU Medical Center Financial Services OU Medical Center Marketing Presbyterian Health Foundation* Potts Family Foundation Pure Protein SIWA ViewSolid, Inc. 755 DNA Solutions COARE Biotech Haus Spaus Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center URP Management Office MedEncentive Moleculera NewSpin360 Nova Venture Services, LLC OCAST*
OptumRX Oklahoma Tobacco Research Center OUHSC Center for Intelligence and National Security* Potawatomi Federal Solutions Purmabiologics Sigma Blood Systems Sylvia Bottomley 800 Biolytx Pharmaceuticals Corp. Charlesson Comp. Risk Management Crisalis Cytovance Biologics EyeCRO Inoveon Oklahoma Health Center Foundation* OU Health Sciences Center* Transtimulation Research, Inc. Zanek 825 Camilles Sidewalk Cafe Richey’s Grill 840 ARL Bio Pharma* Cytovance Biologics DNA Solutions* Gear Up i2E, Inc. LabCorp Office of Educational Quality and Accountability Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education OU Physicians - Reproductive Medicine* OUHSC Financial Services* OUHSC Payroll* Selexys Pharmaceuticals 865 Accele Biopharma ARL Bio Pharma* Drik LLC Michael F. Price College of Business Miles Associates OUHSC Office of the Vice President for Administration and Finance* OUHSC Facilities Management* OUHSC Office of the Fire Marshal* OUHSC Grants and Contracts* OUHSC Office of Research Administration* OUHSC Vice President for Research* OUHSC Vivarium* University Health Club 885 Cytovance Biologics
16. University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center* A. Allied Health Practice Center B. Basic Sciences Education Building C. Campus Police Station D. College of Allied Health E. College of Dentistry F. Biomedical Sciences Building G. Fran and Earl Ziegler College of Nursing H. Henry D. & Ida Mosier College of Pharmacy I. College of Public Health J. David L. Boren Student Union K. Don E. Hogg Greenhouse L. G. Rainey William Pavilion M. Harold Hamm Diabetes Center N. O’Donoghue Research Building - OU Medical Center Senior Health Clinic O. Stephenson Cancer Center P. Child Study Center Q. OU Physicians Building* R. OU Physicians Dermatology* S. OU Physicians Family Medicine Center* T. Robert M. Bird Library and Graduate College U. OUHSC Technology Center V. Service Center Building W. Stanton L. Young Biomedical Research Center X. Steam and Chilled Water Plant Y. University Health Club Z. University Village AA. OUHSC Faculty House BB. OUHSC (Formerly Oklahoma City Clinic) CC. OU Children’s Physicians 16. Oklahoma State Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services* (located off campus) 17. University Hospitals Authority and Trust* 18. Ronald McDonald House Charities of Oklahoma City* 19. Ronald McDonald Family Room (in The Children’s Hospital)* 20. Ronald McDonald House II (in Garrison Tower)* 21. Andrews Academic Tower (UHAT)* 22. Embassy Suites Downtown/Medical Center* 23. OK Kids Korral 24. Oklahoma Employees Credit Union* (located off campus)
Youâ€™re invited to experience financial freedom! What: Dave Ramseyâ€™s Financial Peace University When: Wednesdays starting January 17th through March 7th (8 classes total) Time: 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Where: OKCU Capitol Branch, 3001 N Lincoln Cost: $93, if you complete the full course, we will give you a full refund. Open to OKCU members and nonmembers. Visit www.okcu.org/financial-peace for complete details.
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Oklahoma Allergy & Asthma Clinic
Oklahoma Blood Institute
Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology
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OU Medical Center
Presbyterian Health Foundation
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University Hospitals Authority and Trust
University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center: College of Allied Health • College of Dentistry College of Medicine • College of Nursing College of Pharmacy • College of Public Health Graduate College • Stephenson Cancer Center Harold Hamm Diabetes Center
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Tom Kupiec, Ph.D., President and CEO 840 Research Parkway Suite 546 Oklahoma City, OK 73104 Phone: (405)271 1144 Website: www.arlok.com ARL Bio Pharma is a contract laboratory that provides analytical and microbiological testing services for the pharmaceutical industry. Our laboratory works with pharmaceutical companies, compounding and hospital pharmacies, drug manufacturers, academic institutions, and research scientists bringing excellence to pharmaceutical sciences. ARL recognizes the importance of providing quality testing services. With over 100,000 formulations tested, we assist our clients in providing quality drug products to their patients. Our services include: full analytical and research and development support, stability and compatibility studies, micro-
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Kathy McCracken, Executive Director 901 N. Lincoln Blvd., Suite 305 Oklahoma City, OK 73104 405-650-1718 Toll Free: 888-229-KIDS Tax ID: #73-1200262 Website: www.chfKids.com Children’s Hospital Foundation is the only nonprofit organization in Oklahoma whose sole focus is the advancement of pediatric research and education while supporting specialized clinical care for Oklahoma’s children. Since its inception in 1983, Children’s Hospital Foundation has raised and leveraged matching funds to create more than $110 million for pediatric research, quality specialized clinical care and education programs. Many of these endeavors include collaborative projects with the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City.
All funds raised in Oklahoma stay in Oklahoma so that families don’t have to leave the state to receive specialized care. CHF supports pediatric specialists who treat more than 225,000 patient visits every year including children in all 77 counties and no child is ever turned away, regardless of ability to pay. CHF is currently recruiting endowed chairs and has naming opportunities available. For more information, contact Children’s Hospital Foundation toll free 888-229-KIDS (5437) or (405) 271-2260.
Current program and research focus areas include: • Infectious disease • Arthritis • Education • At-risk newborns • Diabetes-Obesity • Digestive health • Cancer • Genetics • Community pediatrics • Surgery & Emergency • Autism-ADHD-Down Syndrome • Lung, kidney and heart disease • Adolescent medicine • Eating disorders • Behavioral medicine • Child abuse and neglect Funding for their programs is made possible through the efforts of a dedicated volunteer board, thousands of community volunteers and donors. Through endowments and direct support, they are able to recruit and retain nationally and internationally recognized pediatric physician-scientists to direct research, treat patients and train medical students.
Gregory L. Skuta, M.D., President and CEO 608 Stanton L. Young Blvd. Oklahoma City, OK 73104-5065 Phone: (405) 271-6060 Website: www.dmei.org Benchmarks of Dean McGee Eye Institute Excellence The Dean McGee Eye Institute is one of the largest and most respected eye institutes in the United States, providing more than 176,000 patient visits per year from all 77 Oklahoma counties and the surrounding region, and serving more than 8,100 surgical patients annually in its state-ofthe-art ambulatory surgery center. Twenty of the Eye Institute’s ophthalmologists are listed among the Best Doctors in America. The University of Oklahoma (OU) College of Medicine’s Department of Ophthalmology, which is housed in the Dean McGee Eye Institute, ranks among the country’s top departments in National Institutes of Health funding and is 12th in the nation in cumulative funding from Research to Prevent Blindness. The Dean McGee Eye Institute’s residency program (in affiliation with the OU College of Medicine) attracts top medical students from throughout the nation. Resident surgical education has consistently ranked above the 90th percentile nationally. Since 2000, the first-time pass rates on the American Board of Ophthalmology’s written and oral examinations are 100% and 98% respectively with an average score on the written examination at the 80th percentile. The Eye Institute’s Director of Vision Research is a Past President of the International Society for Eye Research, Past Vice President of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) and a recipient of ARVO’s prestigious Proctor
Medal; two members of the faculty are recent or current directors of the American Board of Ophthalmology; three serve or have recently served on the Board of Trustees of the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO); one will be President-Elect of the AAO in 2016; another has recently served as Vice Chair of the Residency Review Committee in Ophthalmology for the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education; and one is the Immediate Past President of the AAO and a Past President of the American Glaucoma Society.
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Serving Oklahoma and the southwest since 1925, the Oklahoma Allergy & Asthma Clinic is one of the oldest and largest medical practices in the United States dedicated solely to the treatment of allergy, asthma and immunology. The Oklahoma Allergy & Asthma Clinic has eight physicians on its medical staff; board certified by the American Board of Allergy & Immunology and are on the teaching faculty at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. The Oklahoma Allergy & Asthma Clinic is one of only a few allergy groups in the United States with a full-time Nurse Practitioner who holds a Doctorate and is a pulmonary disease management coordinator consulting with individual patients about breathing techniques and asthma education. Also on staff is are two full-time, registered, licensed nurse practitioners. Almost one-fourth of The Oklahoma Allergy & Asthma Clinicâ€™s patients are referred from outside Oklahoma City and travel many miles for the sophisticated, high-level al-
Scott B. Dennis, MHA 750 N. E. 13th Street Oklahoma City, OK 73104-5010 Phone: (405) 235-0040 Website: www.oklahomaallergy.com Facebook oklahomaallergyandasthmaclinic Twitter @okallergyasthma lergy and asthma care and to participate in the numerous research studies. The Oklahoma Allergy & Asthma Clinic has a Burkard pollen and mold collection instrument on the roof of its main location and provides the daily counts to the media and the counts are also posted on the website and on social media. The Oklahoma Allergy & Asthma Clinic has its central clinic location on the Oklahoma Health Center campus. Four full-service satellite clinics are located in Edmond, Norman, Midwest City and Northwest Oklahoma City, adjacent to Mercy Hospital. A new Norman practice building opened in December 2016. How is an allergist different than a regular physician? An allergist is a doctor who is an expert in the diagnosis and treatment of allergic diseases and conditions. Those conditions include asthma and frequent coughing; hay fever; sinus infections; eye allergies; reactions to food, insect stings and drugs; and immune system problems that might cause frequent infections. You should see an allergist if you have any of these conditions. More than 50 million people in the United States have these allergic diseases. Although symptoms may not always be severe, allergies and asthma are serious and should be treated that way. Many people with these diseases simply donâ€™t realize how much better they can feel with proper treatment. An allergist is trained to find the source of symptoms, treat it and help patients feel healthy. After earning a medical degree, the doctor must complete a three-year residencytraining program in either internal medicine or pediatrics. Then, an allergist completes two or three more years of study in the field of asthma, allergy and immunology.
our ability to recruit marrow registrants from ethnically and age-diverse populations.
John Armitage, M.D., President, CEO 1001 N. Lincoln Blvd. Oklahoma City, OK 73104 Phone: (405) 278-3100 Website: www.obi.org Oklahoma Blood Institute (OBI) is the ninth largest, nonprofit blood center in America. Every drop of blood needed by patients in more than 140 medical facilities in Oklahoma is provided by donors with OBI. This includes exclusive service for every hospital in the metro-OKC area. An average of 700 donors a day is required to meet these needs. Volunteer blood donors give more than a 287,000 units of blood annually to provide a safe and adequate blood supply. Blood donors with Oklahoma Blood Institute know they are, literally, saving the lives of their friends, family and coworkers, some who may have no idea they will need blood in an urgent situation. One blood donation can save as many as three peoples’ lives. OBI is responsible for recruiting blood donors, collecting, processing and testing blood components and transporting it to hospitals across our state. Random inspections by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) confirm the quality of our operations at every donation site. OBI’s perfect record through 36 straight inspections validates our quality exceeding regulatory requirements.
Oklahoma’s first and only umbilical cord blood bank is in the final phases of FDA accreditation at OBI. It is one of only 24 accredited centers worldwide. Expectant mothers of underserved ethnic descent families now have an opportunity to donate cord blood. There is no charge to the parents, and the donation process is simple and painless. During a blessed time in their own lives, this cord blood center enables Oklahoma families to potentially bring life-saving joy to someone else’s. OBI is a vital link in cell therapy, procuring healthy stem cells for transplants from adult marrow and umbilical cord donations. The future holds great promise as we expand research and treatments partnerships within the healthcare biosciences industry. Cell therapies and regenerative medicine applications are predicted to revolutionize care for the most life-threatening diseases. We are uniquely positioned as a ready-made ‘cell bank’ with hundreds of thousands of combinations of genetic characteristics among our blood donors. These giving people may be offered the opportunity to further make a difference in the lives of others as part of medical research. Oklahoma Blood Institute can accelerate this revolutionary research cost effectively, so that today’s vision more rapidly becomes the reality of life-enhancing, routine medical treatments.
OBI employs 642 Oklahomans and works with 1,200 volunteers and 2,600 blood drive coordinators. Its donor centers are located in Ada, Ardmore, Edmond, Enid, Lawton, Norman, central Oklahoma City (Oklahoma Health Center), north Oklahoma City and Tulsa. Numerous mobile blood drives are conducted in conjunction with businesses, schools and civic groups each week across the state. Oklahoma Blood Institute is the state’s only affiliate of Be The Match®, the national marrow donor program. For more than 12,000 Americans each year, a marrow or stem cell transplant is the only hope for a cure of a life-threatening blood cancer or other blood disorder. For the past three years, OBI has ranked in the top performance tier, due to
Michael Carolina, CEO 755 Research Parkway, Suite 110 Oklahoma City, OK 73104-3612 Local: (405)319-8400 Toll Free: 866-265-2215 In Tulsa: 618 East Third Street, Suite 5 Tulsa, OK 74120 918-576-7650 Website: www.ocast.ok.gov Facebook: www.facebook.com/ocast.ok.gov Twitter: www.twitter.com/ocast The Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology (OCAST) was established in 1987 as the state’s agency for technology-based economic development. OCAST’s mandate is to “expand and diversify Oklahoma’s economy and provide new and higher quality jobs for Oklahomans” by encouraging “. . . the development of new products, new processes and
whole new industries in Oklahoma.” (O.S. 74, Sections 5060.1a and 5060.2A) MISSION To foster innovation in existing and developing businesses • by supporting basic and applied research • by facilitating technology transfer between research laboratories and businesses • by providing seed capital for innovative firms in the development of new products or services • by helping Oklahoma’s small and medium-sized manufacturing firms become more competitive through increased productivity and modernization (O.S. 74, Section 5060.3) VISION OCAST funds cutting-edge science and technology through processes that are recognized nationally and internationally for demonstrating excellence, objectivity and economic impact. OCAST’s vision is continued growth and vitality of its basic premise of facilitating collaborations between state government, universities, start-up companies and established large-scale firms to develop an entrepreneurial environment which supports technologybased economic development. OCAST’s strategy includes technologies such as biosciences, information technology, sensors and electronics, advanced materials, energy and alternative fuel sources. Achieving this vision will result in continued growth of advanced technology companies in the state thereby increasing Oklahoma’s global competitiveness, per capita income and quality of life.
Terri White ODMHSAS Commissioner 2000 N. Classen Blvd, Ste E600 Oklahoma City, OK 73106 Phone: (405) 522-3908 Website: www.odmhsas.org
The Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services is responsible for providing services to Oklahomans who are affected by mental illness and substance abuse. In fiscal year 2008, the department provided services to 64,465 individuals – an increase of nearly 3,600 individuals over the previous year. The demand for public mental health services exceeds the capacity of the current treatment system. This has always been the case, but has been exacerbated in recent years due to a growing public awareness of mental illness and of the existence of effective treatment; rising healthcare costs; and the state’s growing substance abuse problem, particularly the brain-damaging use of methamphetamine and resultant psychotic behavior. Through the use of proven practices and expansion of community based services, the department will increase the effectiveness of services and continue to improve the efficiency of the delivery system. The department’s goal is to ensure access to appropriate care for all Oklahomans and the recovery of all served.
In the mid-1970s, the concept of “deinstitutionalization” prompted states to increase efforts to utilize outpatient services through Community Mental Health Centers. This approach has proven to be an effective means of recovery and a less costly method to provide services as compared to long-term inpatient care in a hospital setting. Today, over 60,000 individuals receive services from the department each year. Of those, only about 5 percent require hospital care. The vast majority take part in mental health and substance abuse outpatient programs, targeted community based services, prevention efforts and educational initiatives. In fact, Oklahoma has become a national leader in several areas of community based services including the implementation of programs for assertive community treatment, alternative criminal justice initiatives such as drug and mental health courts, and comprehensive services for children and families. In many ways, Oklahoma already is “ahead of the curve” in terms of treatment success for people with mental illness or substance abuse problems. With a focus on community-based and proven practices, and emphasis on treatment across the lifespan, from children to the elderly, more Oklahomans with mental illness and substance abuse problems are being served than ever before.
The ODMHSAS was established through the Mental Health Law of 1953, although publicly supported services to Oklahomans with mental illness date back to early statehood. Until the mid-1960s, the primary means to treat mental illness was institutionalization in large state hospitals. On an average day in 1960, nearly 6,400 Oklahomans were in the state’s mental hospitals. 25
Terry Taylor, President 800 N. Research Parkway, Suite 400 Oklahoma City, OK 73103 Phone: (405) 271-2200 www.oklahomahealthcenterfoundation.com The mission of the Foundation is to promote innovations in healthcare and science, and to serve as a connector between our member organizations, in order to raise awareness of the Oklahoma Health Center’s profile among business and governmental entities as a key driver of economic development. The Oklahoma Health Center (OHC) is unique, unlike any other medical center in the United States or even the world. With an annual economic impact of almost $3 billion in the greater Oklahoma City area, the OHC represents the second largest concentration of employees and students in Oklahoma — more than 18,000 —larger than a number of Oklahoma communities. Chartered in 1965, the Oklahoma Health Center Foundation, Inc. (OHCF) was established to assist the Oklahoma Health Center, and its 21 member entities, in matters of mutual physical, administrative and planning concerns. This assistance helps drive the OHC’s potential in attracting and developing biomedical and biotechnical industries in Oklahoma. From cutting-edge biotechnology companies to government, medical education, patient care and community support institutions, OHCF serves as the facilitator to 21 world-renowned organizations. OHCF works closely with many aspects of the campus and its organizations, serving as a liaison between Federal, State, County and City governments by representing the various interests of the campus.
OHCF’s Board recently voted to assume management of the emerging OKC Innovation District which encompasses the Health Center across I-235 to Automobile Alley. OHCF, in the spirit of fostering collaboration, OHCF is hosting symposiums and quarterly Mind-Meld events. OHCF is a founding member of the 10th Street Medical Business Corridor, a vital and stabilizing anchor to north downtown, which links the OHC campus to other medical facilities in the area, along 10th street. OHCF is responsible for the implementation of the campus Master Plan. Treasures For Tomorrow program began in 2002, and almost $3 million was raised. Projects included public art sculptures at Dean McGee Eye Institute and The Children’s Hospital, and Founders Plaza at Stiles Park featuring the Beacon of Hope. In 2016, the focus was changed to donate monies raised to health-related research projects. Treasures For Tomorrow, $50,000 was awarded to OUHSC and the Harold Hamm Diabetes Center to further the research on this existing project focusing on diabetes. OHCF is involved in the plans for a modern and comprehensive way-finding signage project. Since 2000, more than $534 million in construction costs have been completed at the campus. OHCF continues to serve as a facilitator between developing agencies and their surrounding agencies, ensuring the successful and orderly growth of the campus. OHCF continues to serve the campus interests as a key stakeholder through meetings with the City of Oklahoma City in discussing the proposed MAPS 3 streetcar development and its potential service to the OHC. OHCF continues to represent the interests of the OHC in the successful, revitalization development of downtown Oklahoma City by closely working with the City of Oklahoma City, the Greater OKC Chamber of Commerce and Downtown OKC, Inc.
Preston Doerflinger Interim Commissioner 1000 N.E. 10th Oklahoma City, OK 73117 Phone: (405)271-4200 Website: www.health.ok.gov A Day in the Life of Public Health… From the time you get up in the morning till you go to bed at night, public health is involved in your life: • When you got up this morning, you made food choices for breakfast. We provide you messages on healthy food choices. • You have a yearning for that cigarette you are trying to give up. We work with the Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline to help you quit smoking. • Hopefully, you brushed your teeth. We work with communities to fluoridate water supplies. • You got in the car and buckled in your children, put the baby in the car seat, and buckled your own seatbelt. We encourage seat belt use and provide car seats to those who need them. • You dropped the kids off at school. All should have their mandated immunizations to protect them from childhood diseases. We provide immunizations. • You go to work where most of your colleagues seem to be sick. We investigate disease outbreaks. • You go to lunch at a local restaurant. We inspect food service facilities. • You decide not to go back to work – since everyone’s sick anyway – so you think you’ll get that tattoo you’ve been dreaming about. We license tattoo artists. • You decide to visit your grandmother to show off your new tattoo. She’s at a local nursing facility. We license nursing homes. • You pick the kids up from the after-school program. It’s one that works with the health department to
provide lots of physical activity and healthy snacks. • You stop off at the grocery store where you see a friend selecting fresh fruits and produce. You know she’s on WIC, the special nutrition program for women, infants and children. We administer the program. • You start to prepare dinner. You wash your fruits and vegetables to help prevent contamination from E. coli bacteria. The Public Health Laboratory analyzes food specimens during foodborne illness outbreaks. • Your sister calls and says she has enrolled in the Children First program. This is a special nurse visitation program provided by county health departments to visit first-time mothers in their home and teach them about caring for their new baby. • After dinner you go for a walk and let the kids ride their bikes. Public health partners with communities to encourage safe sidewalks and bike trails to promote physical activity. • While outside, you make sure everyone has used insect repellent containing DEET to prevent mosquito bites and tick bites. We investigate cases of West Nile virus caused by mosquito bites, and Rocky Mountain spotted fever, caused by tick bites. • You put the baby to bed in a crib that meets current federal safety standards and is free of bumper pads so the baby cannot suffocate. You place the baby on its back, the safest position. We provide education on child safety. • On the 10 o’clock television news, you learn that HIV continues to be of concern in Oklahoma. Public health provides testing for HIV. • Overnight, a tornado hits your community. When you turn on the radio the next morning, you hear messages that your local health department will be providing tetanus shots for those involved in the cleanup. So indeed, public health is at work every day to keep Oklahomans healthy! 27
Stephen M. Prescott, M. D., President 825 N.E. 13th Street Oklahoma City, OK 73104 Phone: (405)271-7400 Website: www.omrf.org JOBS at OMRF -- https://jobs.omrf.org/applicants/jsp/ shared/frameset/Frameset.jsp?time=1380829938244 What if there was a place solely focused on research? A place where collaboration could thrive and ideas could grow? Where the stage was set for life-changing discoveries? There is.
It’s the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation. • OMRF scientists hold 700 US and international patents and have developed two FDA-approved drugs. • The Scientist magazine named OMRF among the “Best Places to Work” for postdocs and in academia in 2011, 2012 and 2013. • For our work on rheumatoid arthritis and lupus, the National Institutes of Health has designated OMRF as one of only nine Autoimmunity Centers of Excellence in the US. • Our internationally recognized cardiovascular biologists are studying how blood-vessel formation impacts heart disease and breast and colon cancer. • Researchers at OMRF have identified more than 25 genes associated with lupus and five linked to Sjögren’s syndrome. 28
• Physicians in OMRF’s Multiple Sclerosis Center of Excellence offer the region’s most comprehensive center for researching and treating MS. • OMRF is seeking novel methods of preventing age-related macular degeneration, hearing loss, osteoarthritis and diabetes. • For 12 consecutive years, OMRF has earned a four-star rating—the highest possible score—from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator. • With 18 vertical wind turbines that generate 85,000 kilowatt hours of energy each year, OMRF’s research tower is home to the world’s largest wind farm. • Our new biorepository holds more than 1 million patient samples in a massive freezer that maintains a constant temperature of -112 degrees Fahrenheit. • Scientists at OMRF led the largest genetic experiment ever in the field of lupus research, working with 50 scientists in 6 countries to study biological samples gathered from 15,000 patients. • OMRF has discovered an experimental medication to treat a deadly form of brain cancer. The investigational new drug is currently in clinical trials. OMRF. Discoveries that make a difference.
Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics Frank Wang, Ph.D., President The Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics 1141 North Lincoln Boulevard Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73104 Phone: (405) 521.6436 Website: www.ossm.edu Only one of a handful of high schools of its kind in the nation, the Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics is a unique learning institution for Oklahoma students. OSSM is Oklahoma’s public residential high school for juniors and seniors with exceptional interest and abilities in mathematics and science. OSSM operates its two-year residential program in Oklahoma City, Regional Center programs around the state and also serves all Oklahoma schools and students through math contests, research, teacher training and outreach activities. OSSM was created by the Oklahoma Legislature in 1983 and is funded by the state, with additional private partnership garnered by the OSSM Foundation. The school is governed by a Board of Trustees appointed by legislative leaders and the Governor. Located on a 32-acre site near the state capitol and adjacent to the teaching and scientific research resources of the Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, OSSM is committed to building a strong academic foundation for each student. The school’s residency program is designed to encourage an atmosphere of informal interaction among peers and foster each student’s highest potential. The availability of laboratories along with evening and weekend programs of interest challenge students and stimulate studies. Since classes began in 1990, students have matriculated from all of Oklahoma’s 77 counties to undertake OSSM’s advanced curriculum taught by a world class, largely Ph.D. faculty, leaping forward in their academic progress. While in residence at OSSM for their junior and senior years, students receive five and one-half days of academic instruction every week in college-level courses
and participate in physical education and Fine Arts programs. Most science classes feature a two-or-threehour weekly laboratory experience, and many seniors participate in mentorship programs with researchers and other professionals in areas of personal interest. Students must also receive satisfactory participation reports in both campus and community service of which a total of 120 hours are required for graduation (see more at www.ossm.edu/academics). All OSSM graduates go on to pursue higher education with many earning valuable scholarships and, depending on their receiving school, many begin college with substantial credit hours already completed. OSSM graduates are continuing to leave indelible marks on Oklahoma. Of the more than 1,500 OSSM graduates thus far, more than a third have pursued engineering and roughly another third are in medicine or bioscience. Based on alumni reports, we estimate more than half of OSSM grads who have completed their higher education have also earned graduate degrees, and a substantial number have served or are serving in the U.S. armed forces. Some 85% of OSSM alumni are staying in careers in science, math, engineering and technology. More than half are now working or living in Oklahoma and a number have also begun their own businesses. GE Global Research cited OSSM as one of ten critical site selection factors in their decision to build a new research facility in Oklahoma City, and a recent independent analysis found OSSM and its graduates already stimulating more than $40 million each year in economic activity in Oklahoma. OSSM’s impact is growing with every graduating class!
Member Charles L. Spicer, Jr., FACHE President and Chief Executive Officer of OU Medical System
Jon Hayes, MHA, CMPE Chief Executive Officer of The Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center
Chief Operating Officer OU Medical Center OU Medical Center 700 NE 13th St., Oklahoma City, OK 73104 oumedicine.com/oumedicalcenter Follow us on Twitter at @oumedicine Like us on Facebook at facebook.com/oumedicine Follow us on Instagram at instagram.com/oumedicine The Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center 1200 Children’s Ave. Oklahoma City, OK 73104 oumedicine.com/childrens Like Children’s on Facebook at www.facebook.com/OKChildrens For career information, visit careers.oumedicine.com/now-hiring
OU Medical Center is Oklahoma’s largest and most comprehensive hospital dedicated to defining medicine with cuttingedge treatments and working toward solutions for each patient, every time. Our 350-bed hospital provides services not offered elsewhere in the state, including Oklahoma’s only Level I Trauma Center. We provide a full range of heart care services at OU Medicine Cardiovascular Institute, the state’s premier center for treating cardiac and vascular patients. We offer the highest level of care for stroke patients when “time is brain,” and provide unmatched neurology and neurosurgery services ranging from the diagnosis and treatment of epilepsy to the most complex and advanced brain surgeries. We also offer
cancer care working alongside Stephenson Cancer Center, including a Gamma Knife Center for treating brain tumors that can’t be treated by conventional methods and a Bone Marrow Transplant Center. With more specialists in more fields than any other hospital in the state, we’re making sure Oklahomans are alive and well. The Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center has 314 inpatient beds and is the only freestanding pediatric hospital in Oklahoma solely dedicated to the treatment of children. Our pediatric staff blends years of specialized pediatric training with education, research and technology to treat conditions ranging from cardiothoracic and oncology-related illnesses to neonatal specialty care and pediatric solid-organ transplants. Our 93bed neonatal intensive care unit provides the highest level of neonatal care in Oklahoma. The Children’s Heart Center brings cutting-edge research, treatment and surgery to patients with congenital and acquired heart conditions. We have the state’s largest staff of Child Life specialists to help children and families cope with hospitalization, as well as Oklahoma City’s only 24/7 pediatric emergency room. Oklahoma is alive and well, and OU Medicine is at its heart.
1200 N. Phillips Ave., Suite 2900 Oklahoma City, OK 73104 Phone: (405) 271-3932 Website: www.oumedicine.com OU Physicians is part of OU Medicine, combining academic knowledge and advanced health care. With more than 560 doctors, OU Physicians is the state’s largest physician group. The practice encompasses almost every adult and child specialty. Many OU Physicians have expertise in the management of complex conditions that is unavailable anywhere else in the state, region or sometimes even the nation. Some have pioneered surgical procedures or innovations in patient care that are world firsts and many are conducting groundbreaking research to develop new treatments and cures. More than 175 of our doctors are OU Children’s Physicians. The majority of them are board-certified in children’s specialties, and many provide pediatric-specific services unavailable elsewhere in the state. Many children with birth defects, critical injuries or serious diseases who can’t be helped elsewhere come to OU Children’s Physicians. Oklahoma doctors and parents rely on OU Children’s Physicians depth of experience, nationally renowned expertise and sensitivity to children’s emotional needs. In 2009, OU Children’s Physicians opened a new state-ofthe-art facility on the OU Health Sciences Center campus. A year and a half later, the Children’s Atrium was opened creating a new entrance to not only the children’s physician offices, but the hospital as well. The following year, the final piece of this construction project was completed with the opening of the Samis Education Center, further enhancing the campus’ ability to provide the highest quality education services to faculty, staff and students. Many OU Physicians see patients through specialty centers like The Peggy and Charles Stephenson Cancer Center and Harold Hamm Diabetes Center. The Cancer Center building represents the largest public-private biomedical initiative in Oklahoma history. The 210,000 square-foot facility provides
Brian Maddy, O Lynn Mitchell, Officer Lynn Mitchell, M.D., Chief Medical Officer
patient-center care, offering the most advanced cancer detection and treatment technology, the largest and most experienced group of cancer specialists, a wide array of supportive services and an environment that provides a warm and comforting experience for patients and caregivers. Members of the Cancer Center - including faculty from OU Health Sciences Center, OU Norman, OU Tulsa, Oklahoma State University and the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation - conduct innovative and nationally-funded cancer research in the basic, clinical and population sciences. Harold Hamm serves as the focal point for coordinating and expanding numerous avenues of research, patient care, education and prevention that are required to address the diabetes epidemic in a comprehensive manner. The Center offers outreach efforts throughout the state, partnering with communities and other agencies both inside and outside the University of Oklahoma. The Center was established by the University of Oklahoma with the goal of promoting the wellbeing of all people with or at high risk for diabetes in Oklahoma, regardless of ethnic background or financial status. OU Physicians see patients in their offices at the OU Health Sciences Center and in Edmond, Midwest City and other cities around Oklahoma. When hospitalization is necessary, they often admit patients to OU Medical Center. Many also care for their patients in other hospitals around the metro area. OU Physicians serve as faculty at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and train the region’s future physicians. For more information about OU Medicine, including OU Physicians and OU Children’s Physicians, go to www.oumedicine.com. OU Physicians faculty and staff are employed by the University of Oklahoma, one of Oklahoma’s largest employers. The university attracts leading faculty and staff from around the world. To view job opportunities within OU Physicians, go to this site: www.oumedicine.com/ouphysicians/job-opportunities
Tom Gray, President & CEO 655 Research Parkway, Suite 500 Oklahoma City, OK 73104 Phone: 405-319-8150 Fax: 405-319-8168 Website: www.phfokc.com Founded in 1985 with the vision of creating a premier medical center in Oklahoma City, the Presbyterian Health Foundation has invested over $118 million in medical education and research in Oklahoma. This investment has led to medical breakthroughs which touch the lives of individuals and families in communities across the state and nation. It has also brought exciting economic opportunities by positioning Oklahoma at the forefront of genetic research and biotechnology. Proceeds from the 1985 sale of the Presbyterian Hospital were used to create a foundation which would enhance medical research and education in the state of Oklahoma. Trustees of the Presbyterian Hospital continued with the newly formed foundation and believed the potential for excellent health could become the norm, rather than the exception, for all people. Nearly 30 years later, Trustees of the Foundation continue to share a set of values, expectations, and modes of behavior refined under strong leadership and forged by a long history of success that has made a tremendous impact on the people of Oklahoma.
Over the last decade, Presbyterian Health Foundation developed the PHF Research Park which contains 700,000 square feet of wet lab and office space and provides a place for researchers to translate discovery to solutions, putting science to work solving a specific human health need. Following the 2013 sale of the PHF Research Park to the University of Oklahoma, the Foundation has returned to focusing its efforts on supporting scientific research and medical education at the Oklahoma Health Center Campus. The purpose of the foundation is to provide resources and to encourage the development of medical education and research programs, conducted primarily in Oklahoma. The Foundation concentrates its support in four areas: • Medical Research • Medical Education • Community Health Programs • Technology Transfer Researchers, mentors, administrators and leaders in biotech companies are all part of a community of people who bring to life the ideas of PHF’s mission. PHF will continue its mission to support excellent biomedical science where discovery may be translated to therapies that save and enhance human life. Today, the disclosures in good science, evidenced based knowledge, yield brand new widened horizons of human existence.
Susan Adams, President & Chief Executive Officer 1301 NE 14th Street Oklahoma City, OK 73117 Ronald McDonald House and Main Phone: (405) 424-6873 Ronald McDonald House at The Children’s Hospital Phone: (405) 271-3180 Family Room at The Children’s Hospital Phone (405) 271-2215 Website: www.rmhc-okc.org When a child is hospitalized or receiving ongoing medical treatment, we believe the love and support of family is as powerful as the strongest medicine. Unfortunately for most parents, being with a hospitalized child means eating out of vending machines and sleeping in chairs or bearing the expense of hotel rooms. That is why Ronald McDonald House Charities® Oklahoma City is here. Keeping families close . . . when they need it most At 89% of the world’s leading children’s hospitals, families benefit from at least one RMHC Core Program. The Children’s Hospital is served by the 14-BR Ronald McDonald House which has been located at NE 14th St and Lottie for more than 32 years, as well as the 14-BR Ronald McDonald House located in Garrison Tower at The Children’s Hospital that opened in 2015. At our Houses, families can have a bedroom of their own with a comfortable bed, a family-style kitchen with home-cooked meals, and laundry facilities for their personal use. Worried moms and dads can talk to one another, sharing their hopes and fears. For the child who is sick or injured, having a Ronald McDonald House means that they can rest easier, knowing that mom and dad are nearby. The Ronald McDonald Family Room®, located on the sixth floor of The Children’s Hospital, opened in 2008
for day-use respite services. Parents can relax and regroup just steps away from their child’s bedside. The positive, comforting environment of all three facilities allows the families to focus on their children’s healing process. Services are available to any family with a child 21 years of age or younger receiving medical treatment in Oklahoma City area, regardless of their economic status. Ronald McDonald House Charities Oklahoma City relies on donors and the community for support of daily operations. Guest families stay at no cost and are never turned away due to the lack of finances. The organization offers career opportunities within the charity, at the Houses and Family Room to help with the daily operations. For open positions, please visit http://rmhc-okc.org/about-us/join-our-team/. Interested candidates should submit a resume to careers@ rmhc-okc.org. Volunteers are the heart of our charity. Individuals or groups can volunteer in either the Houses or the Family Room. Volunteers can help by performing weekly duties such as cleaning, organizing, repair work, maintaining flowerbeds, managing the front desk or performing office work. The organization accepts donated food items and supplies from the public to provide a clean and comfortable environment for all of the guests. Volunteers can donate time through outside fundraisers, at the Houses or Family Room and at annual events such as Walk for Kids and the Red Shoe Gala. Volunteers can also participate through the Guest Chef program at RMHC-OKC. Individuals, small groups or organizations can prepare and serve a fresh-made meal for guest families. Meals may be prepared in the wellequipped kitchen or arranged from a restaurant or deli. For more information about Ronald McDonald House Charities Oklahoma City, please visit www.rmhc-okc. org or call (405) 424-6873. 33
Jason R. Sanders, MD Senior Vice President and Provost P.O. Box 26901, LIB 221 Oklahoma City, OK 73126 Phone: (405) 271-3223 Website: www.ouhsc.edu
In education, research and patient care, the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center is the state’s premier academic health center and regional leader in meeting the challenges of 21st-century health care. The most concentrated source of medical expertise in Oklahoma, the OU Health Sciences Center’s new facilities and new technology -- plus an internationally prominent faculty -- place it at the leading edge of the nation’s institutions of medical education. One of only four comprehensive academic health centers in the nation with seven professional schools, the OU Health Sciences Center serves more than 3,800 students enrolled in more than 70 health professions, graduate and undergraduate programs on the Oklahoma City campus and at the Schusterman Center at the University of Oklahoma-Tulsa. In addition, more than 700 physicians are receiving residency training in Oklahoma City and Tulsa. Research, training grants and contracts, and sponsored program activities at the OU Health Sciences Center totaled more than $120 million
in FY 2013. With a budget of over $870 million, OUHSC employs more than 1,200 full time faculty and 4,000 staff. More than half of all NIH expenditures in the state of Oklahoma result from OU Health Sciences Center research. The OU Health Sciences Center serves as the state’s training facility for physicians, biomedical scientists, nurses, dentists, pharmacists and a wide range of allied health and public health professionals. The OU Health Sciences Center is known for its research programs in cellular and molecular medicine, gene regulation, structural biology, cancer, diabetes, microbiology and immunology, vision, cardiovascular physiology, neuroscience and pharmaceutical sciences. The center’s growing faculty and facilities offer unparalleled opportunities for students, patient care and the development of the biomedical industry in Oklahoma. OU Health Sciences Center-developed technology is advancing the economy of Oklahoma. Companies that commercialize technology created by OU Health Sciences Center researchers have been established in Oklahoma City. OU has become one of the primary centers in the world for genome studies, with the Norman campus contributing to the human genome project and the OUHSC campus providing a number of microbial pathogen genomes. The OU Health Sciences Center ranks second in the world for the number of microbial genomes being sequenced.
Two-thirds of all Oklahoma physicians, half of the state’s dentists and a significant percentage of Oklahoma’s other health care professionals earned their degrees from the OU Health Sciences Center. In addition, the seven OU Health Sciences Center colleges are the primary source of continuing education for the state’s health care professionals.
The scientists, scholars and clinicians appointed to the OU Health Sciences Center faculty stand at the leading edge of their profession. They not only train the next generation of health care providers and researchers,
With cancer being one of the leading causes of death in the United States, The Peggy and Charles Stephenson Cancer Center opened in June 2011. This cancer center allows the people of Oklahoma to receive world-class treatment without leaving the state and is staffed with some of the nation’s finest cancer physicians. It offers state-of-the-art technology, unparalleled cancer research programs, and bench-to-bedside care.
many are themselves practicing professionals actively involved in improving the lives and health of Oklahomans. The clinical practice of the OU College of Medicine is provided through OU Physicians. These physicians represent the largest multi-specialty medical group in the state with more than 500 physicians, offering almost every adult and child specialty. OU Physicians accepts referrals from across the state and region and care for hospital patients at the OU Medical Center. OU Children’s Physicians is an integral part of OU Physicians.
The Harold Hamm Diabetes Center is a comprehensive treatment, research, and educational facility dedicated to eliminating and controlling the effects of all types of diabetes. The Diabetes Center is at the forefront in diabetes-related research, and OUHSC physician researchers are specialists in diabetes care and utilize cutting edge research for the best treatment available research.
Dean Gandy, Chief Executive Officer University Hospitals Authority & Trust PO Box 26307 Oklahoma City, OK 73126 Phone: 405-271-4962 Website: www.universityhospitalsauthority.com The University Hospitals Authority and Trust are a state agency and a public trust of the state of Oklahoma. Their mission is to be a catalyst for excellence in medical education, research and health care. Through the leadership of the University Hospitals Authority and Trust, state and federal resources are maximized to ensure a dependable source of revenue for growth, development and ongoing support for programs aimed at improved health for all Oklahomans. Since 1998, the Authority and Trust have invested approximately $900 million in buildings, equipment and programs. The Trust has built or renovated and now manages over 1.6 million square feet of office and clinical space. Here are a few key projects funded by the University Hospitals Authority and Trust: • Construction of the M. Dewayne Andrews academic office tower for the OU College of Medicine • The Children’s Atrium, which serves as the front door for The Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center and OU Children’s Physicians Building • •Samis Education Center, a three-story, state-ofthe-art facility designed to accommodate a wide variety of meeting needs. • OU Children’s Physicians Building, the first freestanding, pediatric multi-specialty, medical office building in the state, featuring 336,000 square feet of medical office space designed with the needs of young patients and their families in mind. 36
• OU Physicians Building, home to more than 130 physicians, with expertise in a wide range of medical specialties. • Support for the Clinical Skills Testing and Education Center at the OU Health Sciences Center, offering cutting-edge medical simulation equipment and facilities, as well as a robot-assisted surgical training facility • Support for phase two of the Stanton L. Young Biomedical Research Center, a hub of research activity on the OUHSC campus. • Support for enhancement and expansion of the Dean McGee Eye Institute • Facility enhancement for the OU College of Dentistry, providing important upgrades and technological enhancements
Paula K. Porter, President & CEO 701 NE 13th Street Oklahoma City, OK 73104 Phone: (405)239-2525 Website: www.wovenlifeok.org Did you know that we were founded as the Oklahoma Society for Crippled Children, Inc.? Since 1925, we have provided services in Oklahoma to people of all abilities. Over the years we have adjusted our services to meet the needs of our community and even changed our name a few times. Along with our board
programming, educational programming, therapy services; which include behavioral, speech and occupational therapy, and financial assistance program. With this new change we will refocus to become completely concentrated on the local needs of our community, ensuring every dollar raised goes back into our community to serve Oklahomans. We are committed to empowering people of all ages and abilities to find hope and independence through compassionate care, education and support.
of directors, we have once again evaluated the needs of our clients, and determined that in order to better meet the needs of Oklahomans it was time to make a change. Effective August 31, 2017, we will change our name to WovenLife, Inc. Although our name is changing, the services we provide within our community will continue. We remain committed to serving the needs of people of all ages and abilities through our inclusive Child Development Program, Adult Day Center, unique intergenerational 37
Mark W. Kelly, President and CEO 3001 N Lincoln Blvd Oklahoma City, OK 73105 For all locations visit: https://www.oecu.org/locations/ Phone: 405.606.6328 Website: www.oecu.org Oklahoma Employees Credit Union (OECU) has been happy to help Oklahomans for over 60 years. In 2003, OECU was granted a community charter which opened membership to anyone who lives, works, worships or attends school in the Oklahoma City Metro Area. The financial services industry is rich with innovation and OECU is at the forefront offering digital document signing, Apple Pay™, Touch ID™ and apps for Android™ and iPhone®. If you’re looking for top-rated technology from your financial institution then OECU is right for you. OECU loves to support community efforts around the Oklahoma City Metro. For example, over the last 5 years donations totaling more than $141,000 have been presented to The Children’s Hospital Foundation. OECU also values the importance of keeping your money local and partners with Keep it Local OK, Plaza District and Uptown 23rd on community enhancement initiatives. Don’t be surprised when you find OECU
staff passing out goodies from their Treat Trike and volunteering at events around OKC. In 2012, OECU opened a flagship branch at 3001 North Lincoln Boulevard conveniently located 1.5 miles north of the Oklahoma Health Center Campus. OECU offers two ATMs located on campus. You will find our ATMs inside the OU Medical Center and at the Presbyterian Professional Building. OECU members also enjoy free access to over 900 ATMs across Oklahoma. Currently, OECU has almost half a billion dollars in assets, employs 125 people and offers branch access at over 91 locations across Oklahoma and over 5,000 locations nationwide. OECU serves over 40,000 people who enjoy benefits such as low or no fees on services, higher rates on deposits, and low rates on home or auto loans. To keep your money local and join a community that puts people first, not profits visit www.oecu.org or call 405.606.6328 today.
Published on Dec 21, 2017