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March 2018

INNOVATE Oklahoma’s Spring Storm Season Coming Soon

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 Storm Season : Time to Prepare

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Dean McGee Eye Institute Staff Receive National Board Appointments

OU Physicians Names Chief Administrative Officer

9 Save the Dates for Mind Meld and OKC Innovates Symposium: Sensors

16 Oklahoma Health Center Campus Map

OHCF Members

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Time to Prepare for Storm Season 4

In the blink of an eye, disasters can alter a family’s normal routine. Neighborhood streets can be closed because of large debris or downed power lines. Suddenly, an area that is a familiar part of a normal daily routine is now unrecognizable. In times like this, it is crucial for a family to have a plan to reunite and meet at a safe location. With severe storm season around the corner, the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) encourages families to create a plan for both adults and children to follow. A family may not be together when a disaster strikes so it is important to plan in advance: know how to get to a safe place; how to contact one another; how to get back together; and what to do in different situations. During a disaster, roads are often blocked or closed and alternate routes must be used. Knowing multiple routes of travel in advance can save time and frustration when trying to reach loved ones. OSDH also encourages families to have a basic, 72-hour emergency kit consisting of water, snacks, first-aid kit, flashlight, batteries, prescription medicine and important paperwork. Parents can help reduce the effect of disasters on children by adding a few simple kid-friendly supplies such as books, games, a favorite toy or comfort item and medical items such as infant/child fever reducer to the kit. Those with babies should consider a three-day supply of formula, diapers, antibacterial wipes, non-perishable baby food and sealable plastic bags for soiled items. Scott Sproat, director of the Emergency Preparedness and Response Service at OSDH, reminds families who have members with medical conditions and disabilities to consider any unique needs during and after a disaster.

• Check with your mobile carrier for options on wireless emergency alerts being delivered to your cell phone or other device. • Practice your plan by quizzing your children periodically, and conduct fire and other emergency drills. • Check emergency supplies throughout the year to replace batteries, food and water as needed. • Plan alternate ways to charge communication and assistive technology devices if there is loss of power. • Plan for medication requiring refrigeration. Severe storms are often followed by flash flooding. If an evacuation of a neighborhood is ordered, it is important to leave immediately. If possible, make arrangements to stay with a nearby friend or relative as hotels will be filled quickly. A disaster shelter may be used as a last resource. Remember that not all shelters allow pets, and plan to bring your own emergency supply kit. OSDH released videos in English, Spanish and American Sign Language to ensure the message of preparedness is available to various populations. To access these videos, visit the OSDH YouTube channel and select the Preparedness playlist. Families may begin preparing for disasters by downloading, printing and completing a family plan by visiting For more tips and information, like the OSDH Emergency Preparedness Response Service page on Facebook.

“If you have, or care for someone, with a disability or access and functional needs, it’s especially important to include needed supplies, equipment and medications as part of your planning efforts,” said Sproat. “If evacuating from the home is necessary, it is important to take medication and specialty equipment such as hearing aids, oxygen, a wheelchair, diabetic supplies, food for a special diet or supplies for a service animal.” OSDH and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offer the additional following tips for families preparing for disasters: 5


Dean McGee Eye Institute Staff Elected to National Associations In keeping with the Dean McGee Eye Institute’s ongoing commitment to leadership and service, Dr. R. Michael Siatkowski will begin one year of service as president of the Program Directors Council (PDC) for the Association of University Professors of Ophthalmology (AUPO) beginning on April 1. The PDC consist of seven of the nation’s leading residency program directors. Members of the PDC are elected to seven–year terms from among and by their peers. At the AUPO Banquet in Austin, Texas, on January 26, it was announced that Mr. Garyl Geist, DMEI’s executive vice president and chief operating officer, has been elected by his peers for a three-year term as a Trustee-at-Large on the nine-member AUPO Administrators Council. This is a great honor for Garyl, Dr. R. Michael Siatkowski especially given the fact that he entered the world of ophthalmology just three years ago!

Garyl Geist


OSSM will be hosting a middle school STEM Day on Friday April 6, 2018 from 9-2 pm. • 75 students, 6-8th grade • hands-on workshop, break-out with engineers and Speaker Dr. Gregory Petsko will address the group about neurodegenerative diseases • lunch provided We are looking for 10 vendors to represent their entity and provide some kind of hands-on activity. Groups of 4-6 students will rotate through the vendor tables for 5-10 minutes. You will arrive to set your table up between 8:00 - 9:00 am in the Great Hall. You will need some kind of hands-on activity to either demonstrate or have kids do. • Student Registration begins at 9:00 am • STEM Day Speaker Dr. Gregory Petsko will speak at 9:30 am • EMT at 10:00 am • Interactive Expo Tables 10:30 am-11:40 am • Lunch 11:45 • 12:15 Hands on Project • 1:30 STEM Day over If you are interested in representing your entity and being a part of this wonderful Middle School Stem Day opportunity, please contact Liz Heigle at 405-522-7806 or


OMRF finds new clues to why diabetes harms the heart New research from the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation has pinpointed a cellular switch linked to why diabetes negatively affects the heart. The findings could lead to new treatments to limit the damaging cardiac effects of diabetes, said OMRF researcher Kenneth Humphries, Ph.D., who led the study. A healthy heart has the ability to respond and adapt in order to use available nutrients—either fat or sugar— for energy. However, diabetes disrupts the heart’s ability to be flexible in this way. This disruption can ultimately result in a number of heart problems for diabetics. Heart problems are the leading cause of death in people with diabetes. According a study in the journal Diabetologia, people with diabetes—both type 1 and type 2—are more than twice as likely the general population to die from heart disease or stroke. In the new study, Humphries and his OMRF team discovered that a particular cellular protein (called PFK2), which is known to be critical for allowing the heart to use sugar properly, is broken in a diabetic heart. “This is important because the heart normally uses fat for energy, but it needs to maintain its flexibility to use sugar when your insulin levels rise, like after a meal,” said Humphries. “When your heart loses this flexibility, it helps explain why heart problems eventually develop.” Diabetics have trouble producing or responding to insulin, a hormone that tells cells to take in sugar as a source of energy. Long-term effects of the illness, which impacts more than 29 million Americans, include heart disease and other cardiovascular conditions. Humphries said understanding the role of PFK-2 could allow researchers to develop therapies to regulate this important protein, restoring the heart’s normal functions even in a diabetic setting. 8

Ken Humphries, Ph.D. “We are excited because we think if we can activate or help this broken switch, it might keep the heart more flexible, which would diminish some of the effects diabetes has on the heart and potentially reduce the likelihood of developing life-threatening heart conditions,” said Humphries. The research was published in the Journal of the American Heart Association. Other OMRF researchers who contributed to the findings were Satoshi Matsuzaki, Ph.D., Zack Young, Jennifer Giorgione, Ph.D., Maria Newhardt, Mike Kinter, Ph.D., and Lee Bockus, Ph.D. Funding for this research was provided by grant Nos. 1R01HL125625 from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, P30AG050911 from the National Institute on Aging, and P20GM104934 from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences. All three of these are a part of the National Institutes of Health.

OU Physicians Names Chief Administrative Officer With more than 1,000 doctors and advanced practice providers, 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.

Kevin Elledge has been named chief administrative officer for OU Physicians, the physician practice of the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. In his new role, Elledge will work closely with OU Physician leadership to advance the mission of patient care across the OU Health Sciences Center enterprise. He will be responsible for the collective business and operational performance of the OU Physicians clinical practice, including the provision of core practice management services, revenue cycle functions, financial management, clinical operations, strategy development, information technology and analytics. Elledge will support the delivery of high-quality patient care across OU Physicians practice divisions and clinical units and will ensure coordination with the University’s missions of education and research. Elledge has more than 14 years of experience with OU Physicians, most recently serving as the executive director of operations. “As interim chief administrative officer, Kevin has worked tirelessly and very effectively to advance a number of important initiatives for our group,” said OU Physicians President Jesus Medina, M.D. “He has earned my respect as a trustworthy administrator, manager and leader. I am excited to continue working with him for the benefit of our organization.” Elledge holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Central Oklahoma. Prior to joining OU Physicians, he resided in Atlanta where he founded and operated a successful healthcare technology company.

OU Physicians see patients in their offices at the OU Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City and at clinics in Edmond, Midwest City, Lawton 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.

Logan County Health Department Receives National Accreditation

The Logan County Health Department has received national accreditation from the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) for the first time. Logan County was one of nine health departments across the country that was recently recognized for adherence to PHAB’s rigorous national standards. Launched in 2011 with support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, PHAB's accreditation program is the national standard for public health in the United States. To receive accreditation through the program, a health department must undergo a multifaceted, peer-reviewed assessment process to ensure it meets or exceeds a set of public health quality standards and measures. “The recognition received by the Logan County Health Department is a result of the hard work of the staff and recently retired administrator Jay Smith,” said Logan County Regional Administrative Director Gunnar McFadden. “We are also appreciative of the support from the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) central office in Oklahoma City in (continued to page 42)









Strong, Bold, Fearless: What Type of Hero Are You?

Oklahoma Blood Institute is looking for local heroes who are strong, bold, and fearless to help save the lives of their fellow Oklahomans. Blood donors will receive their choice of t-shirt in “Strong” olive, “Bold” maroon, or “Fearless” teal. Healthy adults, age sixteen and up, have the opportunity to give blood at one of the following drives*: • Meadowood Baptist Church, Bloodmoble in parking lot @ 2816 N. Woodcrest Drive; Sunday, Mar. 25, 8 a.m. to Noon. To make an appointment, call Iral Martin at 737-7684. • Luther High School, The Commons area; Monday, Mar. 26, 2 to 6 p.m. Contact Ms. Tytenicz for an appointment. • City Of Moore, Community Center @ 301 South Howard; Wednesday, Mar. 28, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. This drive is OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!!! • Bass Pro Shops, Bloodmobile in parking lot; Sunday, Mar. 31, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. • The Edge at Midtown, Bloodmobile at 1325 N. Walker, OKC; Saturday, Mar. 31, 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. To make an appointment, call 405-601-0331 or EVERYONE is welcome and eligible to win a raffle prize! “Accidents happen. People are battling cancer. Babies are born prematurely,” said John Armitage, M.D., president and CEO of Oklahoma Blood Institute. “The need for blood is constant, and there is no substitute. Unfortunately, until we know that someone is fighting for life, we just don’t think about how critical it is.” Only ten percent of people in the United States who are eligible to give blood actually do. Blood donation takes just about an hour, and each donation can save the lives of up to three patients. Whole blood can be donated every 56 days. Platelet donations can be made as often as every 7 days, up to 24 times a year. Donors also receive free health screenings and Donor Rewards points, redeemable at Oklahoma Blood Institute’s online store. If donors opt not to take the t-shirt, Oklahoma Blood Institute will make a monetary donation to Global Blood Fund for blood center assistance in developing countries. As a non-profit blood center, Oklahoma Blood Institute’s donors provide every drop of blood needed for patients in more than 160 hospitals statewide. Approximately 1,200 volunteer blood donors are needed each day to maintain the supply. *16-year-olds must weigh at least 125 pounds and provide signed parental permission; 17-year-olds must weigh at least 125 pounds; 18+ year olds must weigh at least 110 pounds.


OSDH Encourages Planning Ahead to During As Oklahomans prepare for international travel for business, leisure, or volunteer activities, the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) is encouraging travelers to do their research to make their trip a healthy one. “It’s important to be proactive by learning about travel advisories for your destination, planning ahead to obtain any recommended vaccines or preventive medications, or deciding if travel should be rescheduled for persons at high-risk of illness,” State Epidemiologist Dr. Kristy Bradley said. Examples of current travel advisories include an outbreak of listeriosis associated with processed meat products in South Africa; and an outbreak of yellow fever in multiple states of Brazil, where a vaccination to protect against yellow fever is recommended at least 10 days before travel. Yellow fever is a mosquito-borne illness, and is just one of a number of illnesses that are a common threat while traveling internationally. Malaria is another prominent mosquito-transmitted disease that should be avoided. Malaria is present in large areas of Africa, Latin America, southeast Asia, and the South Pacific. Travelers should do their research and obtain antimalarial drugs from their healthcare provider if their travel destination is an area at high risk for malaria. Mosquitoes are common in countries or islands with warm climates. Travelers are urged to take mosquito precautions such as wearing appropriate clothing, using insect repellent with DEET or picaridin, and using bed nets if sleeping in open rooms, lodges or tents. The OSDH recommends the following tips for staying healthy during international travel: Preparation Tips Before Travel • Be aware of the current health risks at the travel destination. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) travelers’ health website (www. provides current information about 12

common diseases, emerging health threats, recommended vaccinations, preventive medications, and food and water safety by country. • Get all recommended travel vaccines. Since some vaccines require multiple shots and take time to become fully effective, visit a healthcare provider at least four to six weeks before travel. • Talk with a healthcare provider about any needed travel medications such as preventative medicine for malaria or an antibiotic for traveler’s diarrhea. • Women who are pregnant or plan to become pregnant should talk to a healthcare provider about the risk of traveling and precautions. Prepare a travel kit which includes: • Enough prescription medications and any other medications your physician may recommend to last through the duration of the trip. • Sunscreen • Insect repellent, ideally containing DEET or picaridin. • Alcohol-based hand gels containing 60 - 95 percent alcohol. • Prepare a list of contacts in the event an illness or injury occurs while traveling. Include the local

Stay Healthy International Travel health jurisdiction and local U.S. Embassy or Consulate in case you need assistance. General Tips for Staying Healthy While Traveling • Wash hands with hot, soapy water before touching food, after using the bathroom, after blowing your nose, sneezing or coughing, and after touching animals. • Carry alcohol-based hand sanitizers to clean hands when they are not visibly dirty or when handwashing facilities are not available. • Use caution around all wild and domestic animals. If you are bitten, clean the wound with soap and water and consult a local healthcare provider for further evaluation. Follow up with a healthcare provider after returning home. • Avoid drinking or using untreated water for brushing teeth, particularly in areas where hygiene and sanitation are poor. Use only bottled or boiled water in these regions. • Select food with care, especially in areas where hygiene and sanitation are poor, or in areas with untreated water. Raw foods may be contaminated, so avoid fresh vegetable or fruit salads, uncooked vegetables, and unpasteurized milk and milk products such as cheese. Eat food that has been cooked and is still hot. • If you become ill after returning home, inform the healthcare provider of the countries visited. For more information about international travel safety, visit the CDC travelers’ health website at www.cdc. gov/travel or the OSDH travelers’ health web site at

Communities Build a Blue Ribbon Tree for Kids to Raise Awareness About Child Abuse Prevention The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) is working with various community organizations to build a “Blue Ribbon Tree” state. Blue Ribbon Trees will be blossoming throughout Oklahoma communities in April, which is National Child Abuse Prevention Month.

The Child Abuse Prevention (CAP) Action Committee invites every community to take action for children by participating in the 10th annual “Build a Blue Ribbon Tree for Kids” campaign. The blue ribbon is the international sign for child abuse prevention and serves as a constant reminder that everyone has a responsibility in helping to protect children. Communities are invited to participate by displaying blue ribbon trees during April. To have your tree showcased in the blue ribbon tree video, trees must be completed and registered by Wednesday, April 4. Robyn Sears is a child development specialist with the Oklahoma University Health Sciences Center (OUHSC) Child Study Center and member of the Child Abuse Prevention planning committee. “The goal is to get 2,018 blue ribbon trees blooming across the state with increased participation by businesses, childcare programs, churches and individuals,” Sears said. Tree photos will be highlighted in various ways, including the Child Abuse Prevention Month scrapbook, on the OSDH Family Support and Prevention Service web page and on various social media sites. A tree registry form is provided for people and organizations to register their trees with the OSDH Office of Child Abuse Prevention. The registration form is also available to print from the OSDH website at https:// To create a Blue Ribbon Tree, select any materials you choose. If using a live tree, choose a highly visible location and secure needed permission. Creativity is encouraged. Decorate the tree with blue ribbons to represent any of the following: (continued to page 42)


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)



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Children’s Hospital Foundation


Dean McGee Eye Institute


DNA Solutions, Inc.


Oklahoma Allergy & Asthma Clinic


Oklahoma Blood Institute


Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology


Oklahoma Health Center Foundation


Oklahoma Department of Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services


Oklahoma State Department of Health


Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation


Oklahoma School of Science & Mathematics


OU Medical Center


OU Physicians


Presbyterian Health Foundation


Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Oklahoma City


University Hospitals Authority and Trust


University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center: College of Allied Health • College of Dentistry College of Medicine • College of Nursing College of Pharmacy • College of Public Health Graduate College • Stephenson Cancer Center Harold Hamm Diabetes Center


Member Organizations

Associate Members Embassy Suites


Oklahoma’s Credit Union


Focus Credit Union




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-


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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


Kevin Elledge, Chief Administrative 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 34

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 36)



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 37


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 38

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.


Logan County... (Continued from page 9) preparing the information needed to reach this goal.” Logan County Health Department joins Cleveland and Comanche Counties, the Oklahoma City-County Health Department, Tulsa Health Department and OSDH as the only PHAB-accredited organizations in Oklahoma. "Several of the health departments accredited this month serve populations in the hundreds of thousands, while others are small health departments that serve fewer than 50,000 people,” said PHAB President and CEO Kaye Bender, PhD, RN, FAAN. “This range of diversity shows that with the proper planning and support from their community partners, health departments can work to ensure their programs and services are as responsive as possible to the needs of their communities."


Blue Ribbon Tree... (Continued from page 13) • The number of new babies born in a community. • The number of confirmed child abuse and neglect cases in the county. • Something significant to an agency, program or community (i.e. number of families served by your program/agency). • Use the ribbons to show general community support for all children. Mail, fax or e-mail the completed form to: Sherie Trice OSDH Community Based Child Abuse Prevention Grant Coordinator Oklahoma State Department of Health Family Support and Prevention Service 1000 NE 10th Street Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73117-1299 Fax: 405-271-1011 E-mail:

Innovate March 2018  

Monthly e-magazine of the Oklahoma Health Center Foundation

Innovate March 2018  

Monthly e-magazine of the Oklahoma Health Center Foundation