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February 2018


A publication of the Oklahoma Health Center Foundation

The Oklahoma Health Center

NOTICE: Please bookmark our new website address - The new wayfinding campus project will be taking over as a directional website for our visitors. Welcome to our green publication, Innovate. This communication tool is brought to you by the Oklahoma Health Center Foundation to promote the happenings at the Oklahoma Health Center and bring you the latest information about our member organizations. Since 2000, more than $534 million in construction costs has been invested on the campus. In 2016, the OHC employee and OUHSC student count is approximately 18,000 making it one of the largest employers in Oklahoma. The Oklahoma Health Center is the premier address for research, patient care, education, technology and community health support. Located conveniently in the heart of Oklahoma City, this remarkable 325-acre complex unites 22 organizations ranging from cutting-edge biotechnology companies to government, education, patient care and community support institutions. As the second largest concentration of employees in Oklahoma, this health care consortium touts a $3 billion capital infrastucture that is continually growing to meet the needs and demands of the people. A recent study determined the Oklahoma Health Center has a more than $3 billion annual economic impact on the community.

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INSIDE OU Medicine Inc. Formally Takes over Operations

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2018 Corporate Challenge

OU Evening of Excellence

8-9 Dr. Stephen K. Young retires

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OHCF Members

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OU Medicine and HCA Healthcare successfully conclude Oklahoma hospital transaction


OU Medicine, Inc. concluded a previously announced transaction with HCA Healthcare that will transfer ownership and management of OU Medical System hospital facilities from HCA to OU Medicine, Inc. OU Medicine assumed ownership and day-to-day operations of the Oklahoma City-area hospitals on midnight Feb. 1, with a mission of leading health care. HCA, an investor-owned corporation in Nashville, Tennessee, had managed the hospitals under a joint operating agreement with the University Hospitals Authority and Trust (UHAT) since 1998. Last year, UHAT and the University of Oklahoma created an Oklahoma-based nonprofit corporation, OU Medicine, Inc., to acquire HCA’s local interests. “We thank HCA for its many contributions to Oklahoma health care and look forward to a new chapter under the leadership of an Oklahoma-owned and operated nonprofit,” said Mike Samis, chairman of OU Medicine, Inc. “We believe this approach will advance health care in Oklahoma by supporting the highest-quality patient care, critical training for future physicians and other health professionals, and cutting-edge medical research.” So far, OU Medicine has hired 200 new employees and anticipates hiring as many as 100 more by the end of 2018, totaling an additional $20 million in payroll. Along with the added jobs, OU Medicine recently broke ground on a new 450,000-square-foot patient bed tower at OU Medical Center, adding 32 new operating rooms and 144 patient beds, making it the largest health care building project in the state. “From the growing robotics program, to new programs at OU Medical Center Edmond, to the expanded pediatric intensive care unit at The Children’s Hospital and the groundbreaking of the new OU Medical Center bed tower, it’s an exciting time for OU Medicine,” said Chuck Spicer, president and CEO of OU Medicine. “We are a new company with high hopes and renewed determination to continue providing Oklahomans the high level of care they deserve. I’m ecstatic to embark on this new journey. Through our combined efforts, our mission is to lead health care and improve the lives of all people.” The company’s formation fulfills a longtime goal to further advance the state’s premier academic health system, elevating patient care, clinical research and the education of health professionals for the benefit of all Oklahomans. “The OU Health Sciences Center is extremely proud to strengthen our partnership with OU Medicine,” said OU Health Sciences Center Senior Vice President and Provost, Dr. Jason Sanders. “Our physicians are national leaders and the largest group of specialists in Oklahoma, our researchers bring new treatments and technology to the bedside, and we train tomorrow’s physicians, nurses and team of health professionals.”

A local board consisting of UHAT, OU and community representatives will govern the new OU Medicine. Hospital earnings will come back to Oklahoma. “This is a very special day for Oklahomans as OU Medicine will reinvest earnings back into growing a premier academic health system,” said OU President David L. Boren. “I know this is a day eagerly awaited by many and with good reason. Today marks another important step forward for health care in our state. The transition of our teaching hospitals to OU Medicine paves the way for further improvements in the physical environment of this academic-based medical center. It also brings with it the creation of new jobs. Most importantly, though, it further elevates medical research, education and clinical care for the benefit of all Oklahomans,” said Gov. Mary Fallin. OU MEDICINE OU Medicine is the collective brand for OU Medical Center, OU Physicians and the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. Headquartered at the Oklahoma Health Center campus near downtown Oklahoma City, OU Medicine is the state’s largest and most comprehensive academic medical system. Among other things, it provides health care, conducts medical research and educates the physicians of tomorrow. OU Medical Center is home to the state’s only Level I Trauma Center and The Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center, Oklahoma’s most comprehensive pediatric facility. Members of OU Physicians, the state’s largest physician group, provide care at the hospital facilities and at OU Physicians clinics in Oklahoma City and across the state. The practice includes almost every adult and child specialty, and some of its physicians have pioneered treatments or procedures that are world-firsts. Together, we make up OU Medicine and we’re leading health care. Find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube and at UNIVERSITY TRUST




The University Hospitals Authority and Trust was formed as part of an historic agreement that united the state, a private corporation and the University of Oklahoma in a partnership may credit with moving health care in Oklahoma toward world-class status. The University Hospitals Authority and Trust devotes its resources to a variety of projects on campus. Its mission is to be a catalyst for medical excellence, to support medical education and research, and to help assure quality health care for all Oklahomans. Learn more at www.  



Thirty Years of Corporate Challenges The OU Medicine Corporate Challenge is celebrating 30 years of bringing Oklahoma City area companies together for friendly competition, teamwork and fun by shining a spotlight on our city’s commitment to health and wellness. Over the years the event has evolved bringing in new and exciting elements, attracting new participants, and raising money for charity. Each year, we send an evaluation survey to our team captains who have terrific ideas and suggestions. We try to incorporate as many of these ides as we can each year. This year, we are condensing our competition schedule to accommodate work schedules and to include as many employees as possible. Competition in 2018 will be on June 2nd and 3rd, leaving Friday, June 1st as a setup day. Teams are welcome to decorate tents beginning at noon, and a Team Captain Social is planned that evening to kick-off the weekend. Opening Ceremonies will be set for 8:00 a.m. Saturday morning with Executive Relay and Corporate Kids Fitness Challenge shortly after. We are excited about this change and are confident that this will allow for more to be present. For the eighth consecutive year Corporate Challenge participating companies will raise money for a similar, and incredibly inspiring event: the UCO Endeavor Games, an athletic competition for athletes with physical disabilities. In these few years, we have raised over $370,000 for this great cause. This year we are sure to add to this total in a big way! This email will provide an overview of the two-day competition, including athletic events, awards, general rules and company sponsorship packages. It also includes registration information to help get your company started right away. Please be sure to go online and submit your registration no later than Friday, March 16, 2018. A luncheon for team captains is scheduled for Thursday, April 19, 2018 to distribute additional information and answer questions.

in each of the company divisions, and the company with the most points overall wins the distinguished OU Medicine Corporate Challenge Cup! Age Categories: 29 and under, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60+ 5k Run - Five men and five women per company team. One man and one woman from each age category. 10k Run - One man and one woman per company team. No age restriction. Mile Run - Five men and five women per company team. One man and one woman from each age category. 55-Meter Sprint - Five men and five women per company team. One man and one woman from each age category. Co-Ed Shuttle Relay - Two men and two women per company team. No age restriction. 4x100 Relay - Four men and four women per company team. No age restriction. Men and women compete separately. Executive Relay - Four members of company management, male or female; cumulative age of the four runners must be a minimum of 160 years. Co-Ed Dodgeball - Three men and three women per team. No age restriction. 3-on-3 Basketball - Six men and six women per team, which includes three substitutes. Men and women compete separately. No age restriction. Co-Ed Grass Volleyball - Minimum of six players, maximum of ten players, with a maximum of six men. No age restriction. Co-Ed Tug-of-War - Six men and two women per team. No age restriction. 1-Mile Walk/Wheelchair Event - Ten participants per company team. No age restriction.

Honor the Challenge – our 2018 theme. Each day we challenge ourselves to be better, greater than we were the day before. The challenge is not easy, but then again, anything worth having is worth the effort. Please feel free to incorporate the colors of our event logo (above) or use your own in your T-shirt designs.

Kids Corporate 10k Children ages 5-17 - Five participants per company team eligible for points; all children are encouraged to participate!

Each year we like to pause and thank our longtime Corporate Challenge partners who make this event possible, and welcome our new participants. We thank you all and look forward to an amazing event in 2018!.

Total Fitness Challenge - Two men and two women per team. No age restriction.

2018 Corporate Challenge Planning Committee  OU Medicine Corporate Challenge allows companies in the Oklahoma City metro area to participate as teams and compete in all the listed events. Each event will award first, second, and third-place awards. The cumulative score for all the events determines the first through third overall winners

Kids Corporate Fitness Challenge - Children ages 5-17 - Ten participants per company team eligible for points; all children are encouraged to participate!

Zumba - Ten participants per company team eligible for points; all interested are encouraged to participate! 3-on-3 Soccer - Six men and six women per team, which includes three substitutes. Men and women compete separately. No age restriction. Foot Golf - One man and one woman per company team. No age restriction. (Continued on page 41)


2018 Evening of Excellence Honors Two Leaders

Business and civic leader David Rainbolt and longtime medical school dean M. Dewayne Andrews, M.D., were honored at the 2018 Evening of Excellence Gala. The event, sponsored by the OU College of Medicine Alumni Association raises funds for research by junior investigators, was held Jan. 25 at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. The Dean’s Award for Distinguished Community Service was presented to Rainbolt, and the Dean’s Award for Distinguished Medical Service were presented to Andrews. Rainbolt, executive chairman of BancFirst Corporation, has promoted the health and well-being of Oklahomans for many years and served as a civic leader for the state. Rainbolt was named executive chairman of BancFirst in 2017, after previously serving as its chief executive officer (1992 to 2017) and chief financial officer (1984 to 1991). Prior to his time with BancFirst, he was a consultant for Thunderbird Financial Corporation from 1983 to 1984 and a senior financial analyst at Republic Bank Dallas from 1979 to 1982. He has been active in many aspects of business and government, including past chairman roles with the Oklahoma Bankers Association, Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce, Oklahoma City Industrial and Cultural Facilities Trust, and the Oklahoma State Chamber of Commerce. Rainbolt serves as chair of the board of trustees for Dean McGee Eye Institute, and he is a trustee for the Oklahoma City Community Foundation, Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation and University of Oklahoma Foundation. He serves on the executive committee for the Presbyterian Health Foundation, is a director of the State Fair of Oklahoma, and chairman for the United Way campaign. His past leadership roles include serving as chairman of The Children’s Center Foundation, Downtown OKC Inc., Last Frontier Council of the Boy Scouts of America and the Oklahoma Health Center Foundation. Rainbolt has been awarded numerous honors, including the Governor’s Award for Business in the Arts, presented by the Arts Council of Oklahoma; the Volunteer Achievement Award from the Black Liberated Arts Center; Silver Beaver Award from the Boy Scouts of America; E.C. Joullian Distinguished Citizen Award from the Boy Scouts of America; Dean A. McGee Award from Downtown OKC Inc.; induction into the Oklahoma Commerce and Industry Hall of Honor; and the Outstanding Volunteer Award from the Oklahoma State Chamber of Commerce.


Andrews is an internal medicine physician who served 15 years (2002-2017) as executive dean of the OU College of Medicine and vice president for health affairs. He also served simultaneously as senior vice president and provost of the OU Health Sciences Center from 2011-2015. Andrews was one of the longest-serving deans of a medical school in the United States when he retired in February 2017. After receiving a bachelor of science degree from Baylor University, he earned his medical degree from the OU College of Medicine. His residency and fellowship training in internal medicine and nephrology were at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore and at the OU Health Sciences Center. He served for two years as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer with the Centers for Disease Control of the U.S. Public Health Service. During his service as executive dean, Andrews had a profound impact on the college: He appointed 18 department chairs; oversaw reorganization and tremendous growth in OU Physicians; was a major leader in creating the concept of OU Medicine; had a major role in creation of the Stephenson Cancer Center and Harold Hamm Diabetes Center; was responsible for overseeing creation of the Clinical Skills Education and Testing Center; promoted complete revision of the preclinical curriculum; renovation of the Basic Sciences Education Building; founded the Academy of Teaching Scholars; and worked cooperatively with OU and the University Hospitals Authority and Trust for substantial growth in facilities and faculty. Andrews is a Regents’ Professor and a David Ross Boyd Professor of Medicine. He has received several awards for excellence in teaching medicine. In 2013, he was inducted to the Oklahoma Higher Education Hall of Fame. In 2017, Andrews was honored with the Edgar Young Lifetime Achievement Award by OU College of Medicine students, and he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree by OU in recognition of his many contributions to medical education and to the OU Health Sciences Center. He has been a member of the Board of Governors of the American College of Physicians, and in 2004, he was awarded the high honor of Master of the American College of Physicians. Active in national circles, he has been chairman of the Section on Medical Schools of the American Medical Association; a member of the Liaison Committee on Medical Education, the national accrediting body for U.S. and Canadian medical schools; and chairman of the National Commission on the Certification of Physician Assistants.

Left to right: Russell Postier, M.D., executive dean of the OU College of Medicine; David Rainbolt and Dewayne Andrews, M.D., Evening of Excellence honorees; and Don Wilber, M.D., vice president of the OU College of Medicine Alumni Association.

OU President David L. Boren


Center for Human Performance Measurement Provides In-Depth Look at Movement In the new Center for Human Performance Measurement at the University of Oklahoma’s College of Allied Health, cutting-edge technology is giving health professionals a comprehensive analysis of any type of human movement. The CHPM is a jewel for the College of Allied Health and is designed to meet the three mission areas of an academic health center: patient care, research and education. The facility features 12 motion capture cameras with three-dimensional analysis; four infloor force sensor plates; and electromyography, which provides measurement of 16 different muscles. “The CHPM allows us to study not only motion measurement – called kinematics and kinetics – but muscle measurement,” said Carol Dionne, DPT, Ph.D., director of the facility and associate professor in the College of Allied Health’s Department of Rehabilitation Sciences. “It opens so many doors for taking care of patients, conducting research and educating our students.” Measuring human movement is important across many fields of health care. One use is with people who have had a leg amputated, whether from trauma or diabetes complications. For a person with a prosthetic, Dionne can measure the speed of the patient’s gait, the width of his steps and the symmetry of right and left foot, all of which are key for stability. Using electromyography, she can measure how muscles are activating and whether, for example, the timing of a muscle activation is causing problems. Dionne collaborates with her colleagues in surgery, prosthetics and orthotics to help make decisions about everything from procedures to assistive devices to safety. “We want to reduce risk and promote long-term work readiness,” she said. “For people with amputations, we’re assessing what they can and what they can’t do. We also test patients lifting to capacity so we know how well they can maintain their posture while they’re doing specific activities.” Dionne said the CHPM also is of interest to physicians with patients who have a neurological deficit because of a stroke; for patients with balance issues due to vascular problems; for sports medicine doctors and athletes and much more. Through one of her students, Dionne is collaborating with the ballet community to create a model for evaluating dancers’ foot movements and to assess them after an injury. Faculty and students from the School of Biomedical Engineer-


ing on OU’s Norman campus also plan to use the facility. Jason Sanders, M.D., MBA, senior vice president and provost of the OU Health Sciences Center, said the CHPM is an example of the campus commitment to research, teaching and service. “This is truly an interdisciplinary facility,” Sanders said. “We’ve had support from many people across OU, and our collaborations are the key to advancing the field of human performance measurement and rehabilitation and keeping our patients safe in their daily activities.”

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OMRF postdoc receives national aging reward Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation scientist Rizwan Qaisar has been awarded an Irene Diamond Fund/AFAR Postdoctoral Transition Award in Aging. The award, presented by the American Federation for Aging Research (AFAR) with support from the Irene Diamond Fund, will provide $120,000 in flexible transitional funding to Qaisar, who is researching age-related muscle loss called sarcopenia at OMRF. Postdocs are individuals conducting research after finishing their doctoral studies and are pursuing further training and a well-defined career path. AFAR is a leading nonprofit dedicated to advancing healthy aging through biomedical research. The goal of this program, according to AFAR, is to provide portable and flexible transitional funding for senior postdoctoral fellows as they develop and negotiate for faculty positions and research programs. The award provides full-time research training and grant support. Founded in 1981, AFAR has awarded more than $175 million in grants to investigators and students across the U.S., Ireland, Israel, Italy and the United Kingdom. "By giving these postdoctoral fellows this extra boost at a critical moment in their career path, AFAR is helping create a research pipeline that is essential to advancing better therapies for age-related diseases and discoveries that will help us all live healthier and longer," said Jeremy Walston, M.D., Chair of the 2017 Selection Committee for the Irene Dia-

mond Fund/AFAR Postdoctoral Transition Awards in Aging. At OMRF, Qaisar works in the Aging and Metabolism Research Program with under the guidance of Program Chair Holly Van Remmen, Ph.D. looking specifically at the role of oxidative stress, or free radicals, in the long-term deterioration of muscle. Qaisar researches potential interventions for the disease pathways for sarcopenia, specifically the activation of the SERCA ATPase. Qaisar earned his Ph.D. at the University of Uppsala, Sweden. His academic focus was looking at the mechanisms of muscle aging, and evaluating potential therapies to counter age-related weakness and muscle loss. “I am extremely grateful and honored to receive this award,” said Qaisar. “This funding will provide me with a real opportunity to push my research forward and make a difference for our aging population.”

Board of Health Accepts Doerflinger Resignation; Names Brian Downs as Acting Commissioner The Oklahoma State Board of Health voted to accept the resignation of Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) Interim Commission Preston Doerflinger during their regular monthly meeting on Tuesday. The resignation is effective immediately. Brian Downs, OSDH Director of State and Federal Policy, was named acting commissioner by the board. Following the vote, board president Martha Burger stated that an immediate search for an interim commissioner would begin. “Hopefully we will have candidates ready to vet in 30 to 60 days and have an interim commissioner in place shortly after that time.” Downs emphasized that OSDH has a strong leadership team in place that is committed to the agency reorganization currently underway. “We have a dedicated leadership team that is committed to get OSDH back on sound financial footing,” said Downs. “Our entire organization remains focused on protecting the health of all Oklahomans and restoring confidence in this agency.”


Dean Emeritus Retires After Serving 42 Years at OU College of Dentistry Following 41 years of dedicated service at the University of Oklahoma College of Dentistry, Dr. Stephen K. Young retired at the beginning of January.

In 1999, Young became the college’s third appointed dean. Later that same year, he was awarded the David Ross Boyd Professorship in recognition of his dedication and effectiveness as a teacher. Throughout his 15 years as dean, he became regarded for his successful accomplishments for the college as well as the profession of dentistry at large.

Young graduated from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry, in only three years, in 1971. He then took a residency in oral pathology at the University of Michigan before being recruited to the OU College of Dentistry in 1976—the year of the very first graduating class. He quickly rose through the ranks from assistant professor in oral and maxillofacial pathology to chair of the Department of Oral Diagnosis and Radiology from 1988-1995.

Within the college, Young’s legacy as dean is perhaps remembered best by the aptly termed “Legacy Project,” which included an ambitious overhaul of the curriculum, a new model of patient-centered comprehensive care and extensive remodeling of the building to support these changes. The Legacy Project has been a major component to the success of the college today.

As one of the early foundational faculty members, Young has witnessed the college’s evolution into what it is today., and from the very start, he played numerous key roles. When Gov. Henry Bellmon threatened the school with closure in 1987, Young stepped up and, thanks to his insight, perseverance and persuasion, aided greatly in avoiding such outcome. From there, he ascended to the rank of associate dean for academic affairs in 1995.

For the past three years, Young has served as dean emeritus and focused his efforts on college accreditation, development and oral pathology. The OU College of Dentistry is home to the state’s only doctor of dental surgery program and baccalaureate degree program in dental hygiene. More than 60 percent of Oklahoma’s dentists are graduates of the OU College of Dentistry. The college provides general dental care and specialty care to Oklahomans through student, resident and faculty practice clinics. The OU College of Dentistry has established a reputation of training its students to provide the highest quality of clinical care available.

Oklahoma State Department of Health Confirms Measles Case The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) and the Cleveland County Health Department are investigating a confirmed case of measles in Norman located in Cleveland County. This is the first confirmed case in Oklahoma since 2015. Measles was identified in a person who had returned to Oklahoma after international travel. Measles is a highly contagious respiratory disease and spreads through the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes. The virus may remain airborne up to 2 hours in a room after the person with measles has left an indoor area. Based on collected information about the measles case during the time they were contagious, public health officials want to alert anyone who visited the following locations in Norman during the specified times about potential exposure to the measles virus: Norman Pediatrics (808 Wall Street, Norman, OK) during the following dates and times: • Friday, February 2 from 9:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. • Tuesday, February 6 from 11:15 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.


Chuck E Cheese’s (2201 Interstate Drive, Norman, OK) on Saturday, February 3 from 12:45 – 3:30 p.m. Norman Regional HealthPlex (3300 HealthPlex Parkway, Norman, OK) on Tuesday, February 6 from 12:25 – 3:30 p.m. The specific areas include outpatient registration, emergency room waiting, and laboratory collection services. The OSDH is collaborating with officials of these organizations to identify persons that may have visited the above mentioned locations to inform them of their exposure and provide recommendations. Persons are protected if they are immunized with two doses of a measles-containing vaccine after the first birthday, or if they were born during or before 1957. Those who think they may have been at risk of exposure should review their immunization records and contact the Cleveland County Health Department (405-321-4048 ext. 260), their local county health department or the OSDH epidemiologist-on-call at 800-234-5963 (24/7/365 availability). Persons who are susceptible to measles usually develop symptoms about 10 days after exposure with a range of 7-21 days. Symptoms of measles begin with a mild to moderate fever, runny nose, red eyes, and cough. A few days later, a

Division Head of Pediatric Dentistry Named at OU College of Dentistry A longtime faculty member at the OU College of Dentistry in the Division of Pediatric Dentistry, Dr. Tim Fagan, DDS, MS, has been named the Division Head of Pediatric Dentistry. Fagan has served as a part-time faculty member for 30 years at the College of Dentistry and has been in private practice for 33 years as a Pediatric Dentist in Enid, Oklahoma. “The Division of Pediatric Dentistry at the OU College of Dentistry has always maintained a great reputation for producing graduating dental students who score high on the Pediatric Dental section of the National Board Exam,” said Fagan. “I certainly want to continue that trend, while at the same time, increase the amount of hands-on skills and experiences that the students obtain clinically while in school so they feel competent and comfortable treating the dental needs of children in our state.” In addition providing pediatric care, Fagan is a respected teacher and mentor to his students. He was honored with the Outstanding Achievement for Part-Time Faculty Award in 2014, Dental Alumnus of the Year Award in 2015, and the Dan E. Brannin Award for Professionalism and Ethics, Oklahoma Dental Association, in 2017. Fagan, who earned his DDS degree from the OU College of Dentistry in 1981, completed a General Practice in Residency in Dentistry at the University of Missouri at Kansas City

rash appears starting on the face spreading to the rest of the body accompanied by a fever that can reach up to 105 degrees. Measles can lead to pneumonia and other complications, especially in young children and adults over 20. The disease can also cause serious problems in pregnant women and those with weakened immune systems. Individuals that were exposed and are not experiencing symptoms of illness do not need to be evaluated by a healthcare provider. If you experience symptoms of illness suggestive of measles, contact your healthcare provider before presenting for care to discuss instructions for check-in and registration. People with measles can spread the virus up to four days before the onset of the rash and until four days after the rash starts. Measles can be prevented with the measles vaccine (usually given in combination with rubella and mumps, called MMR vaccine), and is recommended for all children at 12 to 15 months of age and again at four to six years of age. If a person has not received a second dose of the vaccine between four to six years of age, the booster dose may be given at any age thereafter. Two doses of vaccine normally provide lifelong immunity.

School of Dentistry from 1981 to 1982. He then specialized in pediatric dentistry, while earning his master’s of science degree, from the University of Iowa College of Dentistry from 1982-1984. He has served as the president of the Oklahoma Dental Association, Oklahoma Association of Pediatric Dentists, and the Southwestern Society of Pediatric Dentistry, and is a member of multiple professional organizations, including the American Dental Association and American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. The OU College of Dentistry is home to the state’s only doctor of dental surgery program and baccalaureate degree program in dental hygiene. More than 60 percent of Oklahoma’s dentists are graduates of the OU College of Dentistry. The college provides general dental care and specialty care to Oklahomans through student, resident and faculty practice clinics. The OU College of Dentistry has established a reputation of training its students to provide the highest quality of clinical care available.


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. Baker Hughes GE* 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* (located off campus) 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’s Credit Union* (located off campus) 25. Focus Federal Credit Union* (located off campus)


Sleep or exercise: Which is more important? Jobs. Kids. Commutes. Spouses. With wall-to-wall daily schedules, it’s tough to carve out time for healthy habits. Too often, packed days claim two victims: adequate sleep and exercise. But if you’re forced to choose between the two, should you hit the gym or the pillow? “That’s like asking whether food or water is more important,” said Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation President Stephen Prescott, M.D. “Both are cornerstones of good health.” Still, he said, “If we could get everyone exercising regularly, we would be better off as a society than if everyone was getting eight hours of sleep nightly.” Working out helps stave off the effects of aging, fights heart disease and type 2 diabetes, and controls obesity, which has reached epidemic levels. That certainly doesn’t make sleep less important, though, said Prescott. Adequate sleep helps maintain a healthy immune system and, like exercise, plays a role in maintaining healthy weight. “Most of all, it keeps us alert and allows us to concentrate, whether at our jobs or while driving,” he said. Indeed, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that drowsy driving is responsible for 72,000 accidents in the U.S. each year. An analysis found that those who’d had 5 to 6 hours of sleep in the previous 24 hours were twice as likely to get in an accident as drivers who’d slept for 7 hours or more.

“Sleep needs vary by individual, but most of us fall somewhere between 7 and 9 hours a night to get all the health benefits needed,” said Prescott. Hitting that 7-hour mark, he said, is crucial. But, perhaps, he suggested, once you reach that mark, if you have to choose between an extra hour of sleep and exercising, getting up to hit the gym could be worthwhile. “If you can do this and not suffer any consequences from it—falling asleep during the day, disrupted metabolism, reduced energy—then I believe it’s a worthwhile pursuit,” said Prescott. “Still, I don’t like the having to pick between the two,” he said. “And if we’re really honest with ourselves, most of us don’t have to sacrifice one for the other. We can find the time if we make it a priority.” “I would encourage anyone with a 15-minute window to get up and do something,” said Prescott. “Even if you can’t make it to the gym, take a quick walk. Go up and down the stairs. Do something that gets your heart rate up and makes you work.” These quick bursts of exercise aren’t optimal, said Prescott, but they’re preferable to inactivity. “Once you start any type of regular exercise, you’ll sleep better,” he said. “And better sleep means more energy. It’s a wonderful cycle of positive effects; you just have to commit to finding the time.”

OCAST announces program funding opportunities OCAST, the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology is taking applications for funding of basic and applied research and development and intern partnership projects. OCAST programs are designed to encourage and enable Oklahoma researchers, entrepreneurs and small businesses to accomplish research and development, technology commercialization and technology application. Funding opportunities are currently available for Health Research, Oklahoma Applied Research Support (OARS), Faculty and Student Intern Partnerships, Plant Science (Basic) and the new Health Research Postdoctoral Fellowship programs. The newest addition to OCAST’s lineup of technologybased economic development tools, the Health Research Postdoctoral Fellowship initiative provides OCAST funding to support postdoctoral fellows who work on projects that form the basis of new high-technology health research and care industry for the state. Application for all programs is made through the state’s online grant management system, OKGrants, at https://grants.


OCAST utilizes external peer review by recognized experts to evaluate funding applications according to published procedures and criteria to ensure funds are awarded to applications with the greatest technical and commercial value. Over the last 30 years, OCAST programs have shown a return of $22 for every dollar invested by the state. For more information about specific programs and how to apply, go to ABOUT OCAST: The Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology is a state agency charged with leading Oklahoma’s technology-based economic development efforts, supporting the efforts of start-ups and entrepreneurs to transform promising innovations from concepts into commercial products. OCAST also is an active supporter of STEM education across Oklahoma’s common education system and provides funding to support internships between local industries and two- and four-year colleges and universities. Visit to learn more.

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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: 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-


biology testing, dissolution testing, microbial identification, bioequivalence studies, and pre-clinical and clinical support. ARL also assists local and government agencies and regulatory bodies with forensic drug investigations including: drug diversion testing, chemical and biological analysis, complaint sample testing, litigation support, product contamination and patent infringement. Contact ARL for more information on analytical, microbiological analysis and forensic drug investigation services at 800-393-1595.


Taylor N. Shinn Director – Ventures & Growth Baker Hughes, a GE Company 204 N Robinson Ave Ste 1300, Oklahoma City, OK 73102 Website: Baker Hughes, a GE company (NYSE:BHGE) is the world’s first and only fullstream provider of integrated oilfield products, services and digital solutions. Drawing on a storied heritage of invention, BHGE harnesses the passion and experience of its people to enhance productivity across the oil and gas value chain. BHGE helps its customers acquire, transport and refine hydrocarbons more efficiently, productively and safely, with a smaller environmental footprint and at lower cost per barrel. Backed by the digital industrial strength of GE, the company deploys minds, machines and the cloud to break down silos and reduce waste and risk, applying breakthroughs from other industries to advance its own. With operations in over 120 countries, the company’s global scale, local know-how and commitment to service infuse over a century of experience with the spirit of a startup – inventing smarter ways to bring energy to the world.



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: Children’s Hospital Foundation improves the health of children through its support of research, educational and clinical care at the Oklahoma Health Center. 100% of funds raised through the Foundation will stay in Oklahoma giving children access to exceptional pediatric specialists without leaving the state and regardless of their ability to pay. Quick Facts • All funds raised stay in Oklahoma • 36 endowed research chairs and 20 research programs • Supports training of 75% of Oklahoma’s pediatricians • More than 233,000 patient encounters each year • 3,000+ volunteers • More than $121 million raised • Private 501 (c)(3) nonprofit established in 1983 • Specialized Programs • Adolescent Medicine • Cancer and Blood Disorders • Diabetes, Growth and Thyroid • Emergency Medicine • Gastrointestinal and Liver Diseases • General Pediatrics • Infectious Diseases • Heart, Lung, Kidney Disorders • Medical Genetics • Neonatology • Pediatric Education • Pediatric Surgery 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.



Gregory L. Skuta, M.D., President and CEO 608 Stanton L. Young Blvd. Oklahoma City, OK 73104-5065 Phone: (405) 271-6060 Website: Dean McGee Eye Institute Benchmarks of Excellence The Dean McGee Eye Institute (DMEI) is dedicated to serving all Oklahomans and the global community through excellence and leadership in patient care, education, and vision research. It is one of America’s largest and most respected centers for medical and surgical eye care with approximately 195,000 total patient visits annually from all 77 Oklahoma counties and the surrounding region, and serving more than 8,300 surgical patients annually in its state-ofthe-art ambulatory surgery center. Twenty-two of DMEI’s 29 ophthalmologists (and all of those recruited before 2013) are listed among the Best Doctors in America and/or Castle Connolly Top Doctors. In U.S. News and World Report’s 2016-2017 survey, DMEI was recognized as one of the nation’s top 20 academic eye centers (seventh among those affiliated with a public university). The Eye Institute’s residency program also was ranked among the country’s top 20 by Doximity (eighth among public universities) and attracts top medical students from across the nation. In 2015, the University of Oklahoma (OU) College of Medicine’s Department of Ophthalmology, which is housed in the DMEI, ranked among the country’s top 20 departments in National Institutes of Health funding (tenth among departments affiliated with a public university) and 14th in the nation in cumulative funding from Research to Prevent Blindness (seventh among public universities).

dent of the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus in 2018; and one is a Past President of the American Glaucoma Society. DMEI provides approximately $1 million of care to needy Oklahomans each year. The Dean McGee Eye Institute provides more than $1 million of care to needy Oklahomans each year.

In a survey released by Ophthalmology Times in November 2017, DMEI was ranked third in the nation overall behind the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute/University of Miami and the Wilmer Eye Institute/Johns Hopkins University. It was ranked second for clinical care and the residency program and fifth among research programs. Its physicians and scientists hold or have held numerous major leadership positions in national and international organizations. DMEI’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 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) including two who are Past Presidents; another will become Presi-



Thomas C. Kupiec, Ph.D., CEO and President DNA Solutions, Inc. 755 Research Parkway, Ste. 510 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73104 Phone: 405-271-6033 Fax: 405-271-6034 DNA Solutions is a genetic testing laboratory that reveals answers contained within the strands of DNA. Trusted for over 17 years, our dedicated team of scientists utilizes the most advanced technologies to deliver superior, cost effective results for many types of genetic testing including humans, animals, and microbial identification. Our laboratory is one of a select few private labs in the United States that has the combination of FBI Quality Assurance Standards, American Association of Blood Banks, and ISO/


IEC 17025 accreditations including our accreditation in Mitochondrial DNA sequencing. As a world leader in genetic and human remains testing, our laboratory partners with federal, state, and city government agencies to assist in the processing of forensic casework including the United States Department of Agriculture, Federal Aviation Administration, police agencies, District Attorneys, Public Defenders, and Medical Examiners. DNA Solutions also works with academic and private researchers to develop novel genetic applications and technologies including single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs), allele determination, and marker development. Contact DNA Solutions today if you require DNA Testing at (405) 271-6033 or


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 seven 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. OAAC 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 are two full-time, registered, licensed nurse practitioners. Almost one-fourth of Oklahoma Allergy & Asthma Clinic’s patients are referred from outside Oklahoma City and travel many miles for the sophisticated, high-level allergy and asthma care and to participate in the numerous research studies.

Scott B. Dennis, MHA 750 N. E. 13th Street Oklahoma City, OK 73104-5010 Phone: (405) 235-0040 Website: Facebook oklahomaallergyandasthmaclinic Twitter @okallergyasthma

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 don’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.



or other blood disorder. Oklahoma Blood Institute regularly ranks in the top performance tier, due to its 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: Oklahoma Blood Institute is the ninth largest, non-profit blood center in America. Every drop of blood needed by patients in more than 160 medical facilities in Oklahoma is provided by Oklahoma Blood Institute donors. Every hospital in the metro-Oklahoma City area is exclusively serviced by Oklahoma Blood Institute. An average of 1,200 blood donors a day is required to meet these needs. Volunteer blood donors give more than 280,000 units of blood annually to provide a safe and adequate blood sup¬ply. Blood donors with Oklahoma Blood Institute know they are, literally, saving the lives of their friends, family and co-workers, who may one day need blood in an urgent situation. One blood donation can save as many as three peoples’ lives. Oklahoma Blood Institute is responsible for recruiting blood donors, as well as collecting, processing and testing blood components and transporting them to hospitals across the state. Random inspections by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) confirm the consistent quality of Oklahoma Blood Institute’s operations at every donation site. Oklahoma Blood Institute employs nearly 800 Oklahomans and works with 1,200 volunteers and 2,600 blood drive coordinators throughout Oklahoma’s communities. Its donor centers are located in Ada, Ardmore, Edmond, Enid, Lawton, Norman, central Oklahoma City (Oklahoma Health Center), north Oklahoma City and Tulsa. Dozens of 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


Oklahoma Blood Institute has developed, and is the first blood center in the nation to launch the Thank-the-DonorTM program. It is a unique, patent-pending web-based application that allows blood recipients to send an electronic thank you note to their individual blood donors. Oklahoma Blood Institute has teamed up with several hospitals across the state to introduce Thank-the-DonorTM to blood recipients and their family members. Oklahoma Blood Institute is also a vital link in cell therapy, procuring healthy stem cells for transplants from adult marrow and umbilical cord do¬nations. The future holds great promise as Oklahoma Blood Institute expands research and treatment partnerships within the healthcare biosciences industry. Cell therapies and regenerative medicine applications are predicted to revolutionize care for the most lifethreatening diseases. Oklahoma Blood Institute is uniquely positioned as a ready-made ‘cell bank’ with hundreds of thousands of combinations of genetic characteristics among its blood donors. Through Oklahoma Blood Institute’s BioLinked, a confidential research database, 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.


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: Facebook: Twitter: 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: TThe Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (ODMHSAS) is the State’s statutory authority responsible for prevention, treatment and recovery of mental illness, substance abuse and addictive disorders. This includes management and oversight of the state’s behavioral health Medicaid services along with rule-making responsibility for statutory certification processes stipulated by O.S., Title 43A. It is the agency’s core mission to assure that prevention and treatment services are provided for all Oklahomans. The services, programs and initiatives undertaken by the department are dedicated to this end. ODMHSAS, primarily through a network of contracted private providers, delivers services to approximately 197,000 Oklahomans annually, provides prevention activities in all 77 counties, and certifies and reviews more than 3,300 public and private treatment providers (organizations and individuals) throughout the state. Oklahoma experiences consistently high rates of mental illness and addiction, and increasing negative outcomes for those unable to access appropriate care. Only a third of Oklahomans who need services are actually getting those needed services. This is a problem that has existed for decades. The continued demand on state-funded services, in addition to increased stress on private systems, has created a crisis situation 26

that will only grow worse if we are unable to provide additional opportunities for service engagement. 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. 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, the majority of individuals seeking services in the state system are effectively served in their communities. Despite challenges, 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 experiencing brain disease are finding recovery and wellness.


Terry Taylor, President 800 N. Research Parkway, Suite 400 Oklahoma City, OK 73103 Phone: (405) 271-2200 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. 27


Brian Downs Acting Commissioner 1000 N.E. 10th Oklahoma City, OK 73117 Phone: (405)271-4200 Website: 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 28

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!


Stephen M. Prescott, M. D., President 825 N.E. 13th Street Oklahoma City, OK 73104 Phone: (405)271-7400 Website: JOBS at OMRF -- 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.

• 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: 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 30

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 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!

Charles L. Spicer, Jr., FACHE


President and Chief Executive Officer of OU Medicine, Inc.

Jon Hayes, MHA, CMPE

President, The Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center

Kris Wallace, RN, MBA President, OU Medical Center

OU Medical Center 700 NE 13th St., Oklahoma City, OK 73104 The Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center 1200 Childrens Ave., Oklahoma City, OK 73104 Find OU Medicine at and on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. The Children’s Hospital can be found at and on Facebook.

The 350-bed OU Medical Center is home to the state’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 work alongside Stephenson Cancer Center, Oklahoma’s only comprehensive academic cancer 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 most comprehensive pediatric

hospital in the state. Our pediatric staff blends years of specialized 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 93-bed 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. 31


1200 N. Childrens Ave., Suite 2900 Oklahoma City, OK 73104 Phone: (405) 271-3932 Website: OU Physicians is part of OU Medicine, combining academic knowledge and advanced health care. With more than 1,000 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 320 of our doctors and advanced practice providers are OU Children’s Physicians. The majority of them are board-certified in children’s spe¬cialties, and many provide pediatric-specific services un-available 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


Brian Maddy, O Lynn Mitchell, Officer Lynn Mitchell, M.D., Chief Medical Officer Oklahoma history. The 210,000 square-foot facility provides 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. The Hamm Center 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 pandemic in a comprehensive manner. The Center collaborates across the state with communities and other agencies both inside and outside the University of Oklahoma. It was established by the University of Oklahoma with the goal of promoting the well-being 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. 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: 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: 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 Ronald McDonald House Charities® Oklahoma City Administrative Offices 13439 Broadway Extension Oklahoma City, OK 73114 (405)271-3180 Ronald McDonald House at The Children’s Hospital Phone: (405)271-3180 Family Room at The Children’s Hospital Phone: (405)271-2215 Website:

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, sleeping in chairs, or bearing the expense of hotel rooms. That is why Ronald McDonald House Charities® Oklahoma City (RMHC-OKC) is here: to keep families close…when they need it most. The 14-bedroom Ronald McDonald House located in Garrison Tower at The Children’s Hospital opened in 2015. At the House, families have a private bedroom, a family-style kitchen with home-cooked meals, laundry facilities for their personal use, and support from staff and other parents going through a similar situation. For the child in the hospital, having a Ronald McDonald House means that they can rest easier, knowing that mom and dad are staying nearby. Soon, RMHC-OKC will be expanding the House at The Children’s Hospital in two phases to grow to 40 rooms. We are excited to soon be providing additional rooms, amenities and support so that even more families will be able to stay closest to their hospitalized child. The Ronald McDonald Family Room®, located on the sixth floor of The Children’s Hospital, opened in 2008 33

for day-use respite services. Open to all families with a sick or injured child in The Children’s Hospital, parents can relax and regroup just steps away from their child’s bedside. The positive, comforting environment of both facilities allows families to focus on their child’s recovery process. Services are available to any family with a child 21 years of age or younger receiving medical treatment in the Oklahoma City area, regardless of their economic status. RMHC-OKC relies on donors and the community for support of daily operations. Guest families stay for free and are never turned away due to lack of finances. RMHC-OKC offers career opportunities within the charity, at the House and Family Room to help with daily operations. For open positions, please visit http:// Volunteers are the heart of our charity. Individuals or groups can volunteer in the House or the Family Room. Volunteer opportunities include Guest Chef Volunteers who cook a meal for our guest families; House and Family Room Volunteers who provide administrative support and greet families with welcoming smiles; Project Volunteers who help with projects such as decorating for holiday festivities, assembling welcome bags and taking pull tabs to the recycler; and Special Event Volunteers who help with setup, registration and other event related tasks for Walk for Kids and the Red Shoe Gala. For more information on volunteering please visit: The organization has many ways to give which include our Wish List for donated items, Pull Tabs Recycle Program, Vehicle Donation Program and Donation Box Giving. To check out our Wish List and other special ways you can help the House visit: https://rmhc-okc. org/get-involved/other-ways-to-give/ For more information about Ronald McDonald House Charities® Oklahoma City, please visit www.rmhc-okc. org or call (405)424-6873.


Jason R. Sanders, MD Senior Vice President and Provost P.O. Box 26901, LIB 221 Oklahoma City, OK 73126 Phone: (405) 271-3223 Website:

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. (Continued on page 35)



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: 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:

• 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

• 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-of-theart 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


Paula K. Porter, President & CEO 701 NE 13th Street Oklahoma City, OK 73104 Phone: (405)239-2525 Website: 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

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

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.

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Mark W. Kelly, President and CEO 3001 N Lincoln Blvd Oklahoma City, OK 73105 For all locations visit: Phone: 405.606.6328 Website: Oklahoma’s Credit Union (OKCU) has been happy to help Oklahomans for over 60 years. In 2003, OKCU 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 OKCU 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. OKCU 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. OKCU 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 OKCU

staff passing out goodies from their Treat Trike and volunteering at events around OKC. In 2012, OKCU opened a flagship branch at 3001 North Lincoln Boulevard conveniently located 1.5 miles north of the Oklahoma Health Center Campus. OKCU offers two ATMs located on campus. You will find our ATMs inside the OU Medical Center and at the Presbyterian Professional Building. OKCU members also enjoy free access to over 900 ATMs across Oklahoma. Currently, OKCU 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. OKCU 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 or call 405.606.6328 today.


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Kyle M. Roush, President 420 N.E. 10th Street, Oklahoma City, OK, 73104 405-230-1328 Fax: 405-488.2818 Website: In 1955, a group of seven people obtained a Federal Charter to organize a Credit Union. Employment with the University Hospital, Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, and Oklahoma Medical School created a common bond that today has grown to include the Oklahoma City Metro Area, more than 11,000 members and over $100 million in assets. Today, we are still a local financial institution and are proud to be made in Oklahoma. Focus Federal Credit Union personally invites anyone who lives, works, worships or attends school in Oklahoma, Cleveland, Canadian, Lincoln, Logan, McClain and Grady Counties to become a member and experience superior service first hand. We look forward to having the opportunity to serve you and welcome you to the Focus Family.


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rately. No age restriction. Foot Golf - One man and one woman per company team. No age restriction. Rowing Simulation (Erg) - Two men and two women per team. No age restriction. Kids 3-on-3 Soccer – Kids 8 and up; no gender restriction. Exhibition only. Event Volunteers - Five men and/or women per team. No age restriction. Awards : OU Medicine Corporate Challenge participants enjoy the satisfaction of winning when they are honored at the awards ceremony with first, second, and third-place awards. Approximately one week after the event, OU Medicine hosts an awards ceremony for company team captains. Teams in each company division placing first through third receive plaques for their efforts, and the top scoring company receives the coveted “Corporate Cup” award. As well, sponsorship plaques, tent-gating (spirit) award, best company tshirt in each division, and top fundraising company awards are given. Team Sponsorship Packages *One team entry allows participation in all events, team and individual. Corporate Challenge participation is limited to the first 50 companies/teams who register. Gold Package $4,500 *Two team entries Tent (20’ x 20’), two tables (8’) and 15 chairs Sponsorship flag with your company logo (displayed all weekend) Company logo with hyperlink on Corporate Challenge website Your company name and tagline or short message of your choosing announced over loud speakers and intercom system at intervals throughout the weekend Gold sponsorship plaque Silver Package $2,250 *One team entry Tent (15’ x 15’), two tables (8’) and 15 chairs Company logo with hyperlink on Corporate Challenge website Silver sponsorship plaque Bronze Package $2,000 *One team entry Tent (10’ x 10’), two tables (8’) and 15 chairs Company logo on Corporate Challenge website Bronze sponsorship plaque Fundraising OU Medicine Corporate Challenge partnered with the Endeavor Games in 2011 to raise thousands of dollars for this great event! It has raised over $370,000 since inception.

Each company, per division, will be given a goal to raise a designated amount. Each company reaching this goal will receive 50 points. Partial points are awarded for those not reaching their goal; all fundraising efforts are celebrated. Company Division 1 $1,000 Company Division 2 $1,500 Company Division 3 $2,000 Company Division 4 $2,500 Individual Event Sponsorships Interested in sponsoring an event? By providing sponsorship, your company receives recognition at the team captain luncheon and awards ceremony, in all print and web materials as well as a company flag at the sponsored event. This is a great way to promote your company visually, whether participating in OU Medicine Corporate Challenge events or just being a spectator! Note: Event Sponsorships are in addition to your team sponsorship. Co-Ed Grass Volleyball $500 Co-Ed Tug-of-War $500 1-Mile Walk/Wheelchair Event $1000 5k Run/10k Run $1000 3-on-3 Basketball $800 Kids Corporate 10k $1000 Co-Ed Dodgeball $800 Total Fitness Challenge $500 Zumba - $1000 Soccer - $800 Rowing Simulation (Erg) - $300 Track Sponsorships (flag displayed on Bishop McGuinness track): All day Saturday $1,000 All day Sunday $500 Online Registration Registration for your company’s team sponsorship or specific event sponsorship is an online process. Registration(s) must be complete on or before March 16, 2018. Please visit Upon completion of registration, you will receive confirmation via email. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Alicia Rambo. Alicia Rambo Office: (405) 271-3322, option 6 Cell: (405) 888-0109 Registration is now open!

February 2018 Innovate  

the monthly e-magazine of the Oklahoma Health Center

February 2018 Innovate  

the monthly e-magazine of the Oklahoma Health Center