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January 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 Nursing Program Gets Top Ranking

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Flu Deaths and Hospitalizations on the Rise

Glaucoma Early Screenings are Best Defense

8-9 Morris R. Gessouroun, M.D. Named OU Pediatrics Chairman

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BIG NEWS WE ARE GROWING. We've Moved! We are thankful for the myriad of ways in which you help make our House a home for families with sick children. For 33 years our Ronald McDonald House on NE 14th and Lottie has served our mission well. As the need for our services has increased, we have worked diligently to expand our capacity to serve families. With the opening of our second Ronald McDonald House at The Children’s Hospital three years ago, it is evident families are best served when they are able to stay closest to their child. To meet the current service gap, we closed our 33 year old Ronald McDonald House on January 23, 2018, and growing to serve more families in our newer location on campus at The Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center. We will be adding 26 more rooms to have the capacity to accommodate 40 families nightly. 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. Please take note of the following updates: Guest Chefs: Guest Chefs give our guest families strength through sustenance, and we appreciate everything you do to help comfort families. Please know that we have many opportunities at the Ronald McDonald House at The Children’s Hospital for Guest Chefs to cook a delicious meal for our guest families. If you would like to volunteer to be a Guest Chef, please contact Judy Baldridge at or (405)271-3180. Volunteers Our volunteers are the lifeblood of our organization. We cannot thank you enough for all that you do. We will still have many volunteer opportunities available to help keep our House ready to serve guest families. If you have any questions or need help with deciding how you can help us through volunteering, please contact Judy Baldridge at or (405)271-3180. Wish List & Pull Tab Donations Your thoughtful donations of snack foods and House supplies help ensure we are prepared to meet Guest Family needs during their stay. Please view the updated Wish List items for future donations. Funds raised from recycling pull tabs also make a big impact every year.


After January 25, 2018, please deliver donated items as follows: Wish List Items Only Ronald McDonald House at The Children’s Hospital Third Floor Garrison Tower 940 NE 13th Street, Suite 3100 (405)271-3180 Accepting donations from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. daily Wish List Items & Pull Tab Donations Ronald McDonald House Charities Oklahoma City Administrative Offices 13439 Broadway Extension Oklahoma City, OK 73114 (1st Floor of Frates Insurance Building/SW Corner of Broadway Extension & Memorial) (405)424-6873 Accepting donations from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday Friday Or, please call to make arrangements for other times. Donors Without your generous and thoughtful gifts to our charity, we would not be able to run day-to-day operations and grow to meet the rising demand. Thank you for keeping our organization strong and continuing to grow. After January 25, 2018, please mail all checks to: Ronald McDonald House Charities Oklahoma City P.O. Box 7979 Edmond, OK 73083 We deeply appreciate your commitment to keep families close to their hospitalized child during a medical crisis. We sincerely hope these changes to better serve more families will not cause any inconvenience to you – our valued donors and volunteers. We have endeavored to make everything run as seamlessly as possible during our transition. Should you have any questions, please call us at (405)424-6873.

OU College of Nursing Achieves Top National Ranking for Online Advanced Degree Nursing Programs The University of Oklahoma Fran and Earl Ziegler College of Nursing has been ranked as one of the best online advanced degree nursing programs for 2018 by U.S. News & World Report.

Report accolade for the OU College of Nursing as earlier in 2017 the master’s and doctor of nursing programs were ranked among the best for 2017 and 2018. For this year’s ranking, the online graduate nursing program is No. 23.

“We are very proud of the programs we are able to offer at the OU College of Nursing,” said Interim Dean Gary Loving, Ph.D., R.N. “The online programs allow for flexibility for students to better meet their individual needs as they work toward advanced degrees in nursing.” Loving explains that the college’s online educational programs help address the critical shortage of nursing leaders in health care agencies across Oklahoma.

The full list of U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Online Master's in Nursing Programs” can be found at https://www.

According to U.S. News, the online advanced degree rankings are determined by student engagement, faculty credentials and training, peer reputation, student services and technologies, as well as admissions selectivity. “We are honored to be recognized by U.S. News & World Report,” said Loving. “Our nursing programs, outstanding faculty guidance and clinical partnerships provide our students a research based learning environment in a variety of health care settings.” This is the third U.S. News & World

The Fran and Earl Ziegler College of Nursing at the University of Oklahoma The Fran and Earl Ziegler College of Nursing is nationally recognized, offering bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral level programs to those interested in starting or advancing a career in the profession of nursing. With locations in Oklahoma City, Tulsa and Lawton, the College is the state’s largest nursing program and is dedicated to continuing the leadership and academic excellence that have become synonymous with the University of Oklahoma. The College of Nursing is a part of the OU Health Sciences Center, a leader in education, research and patient care and one of only four comprehensive academic health centers in the nation with seven professional colleges. To find out more, visit http://

Students from the OU College of Nursing are pictured at the OU Health Sciences Center. The college has been ranked as one of the best online advanced degree nursing programs in the nation.


OCCHD Epidemiologists confirms more than 2000 hospitalizations; 74 Deaths in Oklahoma for the 2017-2018 flu season Statewide, more than 2000 influenza-related hospitalizations have been noted since September 1, 2017. The largest segment of flu-hospitalizations is coming in persons age 65 and older (44%) followed by 50-64 years (21%) and children from birth to 4 years (15%). “All people six months and older should get a flu vaccination. The flu vaccine is the top option in keeping you from getting the flu, make the illness less serious if you do get it and can keep you from spreading this seasonal virus to family and friends,” said OCCHD Epidemiologist Eric Howard. “Our clinics still have the flu vaccine available so we recommend coming in soon to get your flu shot.” The flu vaccines are offered on a walk-in basis Mondays through Thursdays 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and Friday 8:00 am. – noon at the following Oklahoma City – County Health Department clinics: •

OCCHD Gary Cox Partner Building – 2700 N.E. 63rd Street, OKC – 419-4200

South Regional Health Campus – 2149 S.W. 59th Street, OKC – 419-4119

OCCHD West Clinic – 4113 N.W. 10th Street, OKC – 419-4150

The cost for the flu shot is $25. The vaccine is available at no cost for those who qualify for Vaccines for Children (VFC) program. OCCHD accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield, Health Choice, Medicare, SoonerCare and Medicaid for immunizations. Make sure to bring your insurance card and a photo ID when coming to get the vaccine. Flu is spread mainly by coughing, sneezing, and close contact. Symptoms include: fever, chills, sore throat, muscle aches, fatigue, cough, headache and runny or stuffy nose. Persons at high risk of serious complications from flu including children younger than 5, senior citizens, and those with chronic health conditions such as asthma, diabetes or compromised immune systems.

As the game sponsor for last night’s OU vs KU Men’s basketball game, Bank of Oklahoma made a donation to the Stephenson Cancer Center as part of the Coaches vs. Cancer series. BOK’s Director of Treasury Services, Paula Barrington was on-hand to present the check.


Want to avoid catching a cold? Start counting sheep Wash your hands. Eat a healthy diet. Exercise.

These are all mainstays on just about any list offering advice on fending off the common cold, which is hitting hard this time of year, along with the flu. But studies also suggest another piece of advice that’s just as important as hitting the gym: Hitting the hay. Studies suggest if you find yourself sleeping less than five or six hours per night, you could be up to four times more likely to catch a cold than those who sleep seven hours or more. While these figures might seem a bit high, Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation President Stephen Prescott, M.D., said there’s no question sleep is critical to human health. “It’s pretty universally agreed upon by scientists, physicians and grandmothers everywhere that a good night’s sleep makes you healthier,” said Prescott. “Beyond that, I’m not sure how much we know for sure about the specifics of sleep’s regulatory role in the immune system. That’s because it’s difficult to measure, not because the benefit isn’t there.” The reason little is known about the sleep’s role in aiding the immune system, said Prescott, is because of the lack of reliability when it comes to self-reporting and also the natural inconsistencies in sleep cycles. While accurate sleep accounts are tough to rely on, there is no question adequate sleep is important.

an extensive list of chronic illnesses. A National Sleep Foundation survey reported that 20 percent of adults sleep fewer than six hours on an average work night. There’s no doubt, Prescott said, that people who are run down, fatigued and haven’t been sleeping well are at a much greater risk for developing a common cold or contracting other viruses. Tobacco use, excessive alcohol consumption and poor diet can also increase your susceptibility to this everpresent virus. However, said Prescott, there are easy things we can do to protect our health that we often neglect. “Everybody always wants a diagnosis or a medication, but sometimes it’s as simple as listening when your mom says, ‘Eat your veggies and get some sleep.’ It can be amazingly effective.” Getting adequate sleep falls really into the category of ‘common sense’ and good health practices but not just because it helps you fight colds, he said. Sleep has been shown to improve concentration and results in better performance in physical work that requires dexterity and precision. “The better you sleep, the better you perform overall,” he said. “Just follow your grandmother’s advice and get that eight hours.”

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Glaucoma early screenings are the best defense Glaucoma affects more than three million people in the United States and over 60 million people worldwide, according to the National Glaucoma Research Foundation. As a leading cause of irreversible blindness, it’s a devastating disease when left untreated. Each month, the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) recognizes one or more observances dedicated to raising awareness about important eye health topics. January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month. The month’s number-one initiative is to spread awareness of the disease and encourage at-risk individuals to receive regular screenings. Since most early symptoms of the disease go unnoticed, annual screenings are the best defense to prevent glaucoma-related vision loss. At the Dean McGee Eye Institute (DMEI), our physicians strive to provide the best glaucoma care and educate at-risk patients about the disease. View our glaucoma doctors here. Basics of Glaucoma Glaucoma is a subset of eye diseases that damage the eye’s optic nerve. The optic nerve is the part of the eye that transfers images from the eyes to the brain. Glaucoma usually develops when there is an increase in pressure in the eye called ocular hypertension. 8

There are several kinds of glaucoma, but the most common is open-angle glaucoma. In open-angle glaucoma, pressure develops when the eye can’t properly drain fluid. The pressure over time damages the optic nerve. Less common, but still harmful, forms include angleclosure glaucoma and normal-tension glaucoma. Both can lead to vision loss but are slightly different from open-angle. Angle-closure can have more painful symptoms in addition to vision loss, while normal tension develops without the presence of high eye pressure. Are There Early Symptoms of Glaucoma? Unfortunately, early symptoms of glaucoma are extremely difficult to notice without a screening. Dr. Andrew K. Bailey, a glaucoma specialist at DMEI, says the early development of glaucoma is so subtle that it’s difficult to detect. “In the early ages of disease, it’s very hard for the patient to notice anything is wrong with their sight,” he says. Vision loss comes on gradually, making it hard for patients to notice a change. Vision loss starts to occur in the eye’s peripheral vision, or side vision. Once vision loss occurs, it’s impossible to reverse it. Without treatment, glaucoma can cause blindness.

Acute Angle-Closure Glaucoma Symptoms Angle-closure glaucoma has additional symptoms that can appear suddenly. Symptoms can include eye pain, headache, nausea, and even vomiting. When these symptoms occur, they can cause additional vision loss. Who is at Risk for Developing Glaucoma? Aging is a risk factor for glaucoma. Seniors age 60 and older are more at risk than any other age group. “Developing glaucoma becomes six times more likely after age 60,” Dr. Bailey says. Patients with diabetes or thyroid disease have a higher risk of developing the disease. Certain medications are also factors for the less common forms of glaucoma. Nasal decongestants, steroids, and bladder agents can increase the risk of acute angle-closure glaucoma. Individuals who have a family history of glaucoma are at a higher than average risk for developing the disease. It isn’t just the medical history of parents that should be considered, but extended family as well. “If you have an aunt, uncle, brother, or sister who has glaucoma, you especially need to start early screenings,” Dr. Bailey says. Race can also increase your chance of developing eye diseases. Asians are more likely to develop angle-closure glaucoma, while African Americans are more likely to develop glaucoma overall. At What Age Should You Start Getting Eye Screenings? The AAO recommends that individuals should have a comprehensive eye exam at the age of 40, regardless if they are at risk or not. Based on the outcome of the exam, recommendations can be made by an ophthalmologist for how often exams or screenings are needed. At-risk individuals with a family history of the disease or patients with diabetes will need regular exams.

glaucoma surgery (MIGS) have paved the way to additional treatment options. Two MIGS offered at DMEI include ABiCTM and CyPass® Micro-Stent, and both procedures can result in reduced dependency on medications and more control of intraocular eye pressure. ABiCTM Ab-interno canaloplasty (ABiCTM) is a surgical procedure that can be performed early in the glaucoma disease cycle. With a small microcatheter, the eye’s natural drainage system can be reopened to improve the outflow of fluid much like angioplasty helps open clogged arteries. DMEI glaucoma specialist, and 2017 Innovator of the Year winner, Dr. Mahmoud A. Khaimi, pioneered this procedure and has taught it to other physicians at DMEI, across the U.S. and around the world. The CyPass® Micro-Stent For qualifying patients, the CyPass® Micro-Stent procedure is another less invasive treatment option that is available at DMEI. During the procedure the tiny, biocompatible stent is placed in such a way as to create a permanent conduit to allow drainage. DMEI physician, Dr. Steven R. Sarkisian, Jr., was the first physician in Oklahoma and only the second in the nation to perform the CyPass Micro-Stent procedure when it received FDA approval in 2016. This procedure is also performed by DMEI glaucoma specialists, Dr. Bailey and Dr. Mahmoud A. Khaimi. DMEI For Preventative Care DMEI covers all aspects of eye care. From early screenings to advance treatments, our physicians offer a full spectrum of services. Take part in preserving your vision by receiving an annual screening for yourself or a loved one today! Request an appointment today 800.787.9012 or 405.271.6060

What can you do to avoid the effects of glaucoma? Dr. Bailey suggests empowering yourself with knowledge. “Educate yourself about the disease and encourage atrisk family members to get regular screenings,” he says. If you’re a caretaker for an older adult, help them learn about the risks and encourage them to monitor their eye health through regular screenings and checkups. What Treatments Are Available? Traditional treatment options for glaucoma include medicated eye drops, medications, and surgical procedures. More recently, advances in minimally-invasive 9

Department of Pediatrics Announces Chairman A longtime faculty member and chief of pediatric critical care at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, Morris R. Gessouroun, M.D., has been named chairman of the college’s department of pediatrics. The OU Board of Regents approved the appointment at its December meeting. Gessouroun has served as the department’s interim chair since August 2016, and has provided clinical leadership for the OU Physicians group practice as the inaugural children’s practice division chief since September 2017, working in close affiliation with The Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center. “We are deeply appreciative of Dr. Gessouroun’s leadership at a time of transformation and opportunity for children’s health care in Oklahoma, building upon a foundation of tremendous community support,” said Jason Sanders, M.D., senior vice president and provost of the OU Health Sciences Center. “We are confident in his ability to advance comprehensive pediatric care, training and translational and clinical research programs.” Gessouroun, who specializes in the treatment of critically injured or ill infants, joined the OU College of Medicine faculty in 1990 and assumed the responsibilities of section chief of pediatric critical care and medical director of the pediatric intensive care unit at The Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center. During his tenure, he has expanded and enhanced the pediatric critical care program to serve a larger number of patients with more diverse conditions and needs. Gessouroun was one of several OU physicians who provided critical care to survivors of the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Building in Oklahoma City. He also has advanced the critical care center to participate in a national research collaboration through the Pediatric Acute Lung Injury and Sepsis Network.

tive in clinical research. In 2016, he accepted the Patricia Price Browne Distinguished Chair in pediatric medicine. Gessouroun graduated from the University of Maryland Baltimore County with a bachelor’s degree in 1977 and earned his M.D. from the University of Maryland School of Medicine at Baltimore in 1981. He completed his medical training at Children’s Medical Center, Parkland Hospital and the University of Texas Southwestern Health Sciences Center in Dallas.

WovenLife Offers Unique Child Development

Early learning is invaluable. WovenLife offers a unique approach. Designed for toddlers and children as old as 6, WovenLife’s early childhood development program is tailored to accommodate each child’s cognitive, social and physical abilities. Each class is composed of students of all abilities, allowing children to learn and grow alongside one another.

“We are pleased that Morris R. Gessouroun, M.D., has been named the chairman of the department of pediatrics by the OU Board of Regents,”said Chip Keating, president of The Children’s Hospital Foundation Board.

The inclusive approach brings opportunities for profound lessons at an important developmental age and stage. As children are beginning to build foundations of their adult personalities, they can learn life-long lessons in empathy, understanding and acceptance without judgement.

“We are thankful to have Dr. Gessouroun serve as The Children’s Hospital Foundation scientific director, as he is committed to serving and protecting the well-being of the children of Oklahoma by ensuring the continuity and improvement of health care to future generations of children through the training and recruiting of outstanding research physicians to Oklahoma.”

Led by specialists in the field of child development, a support group for parents is an opportunity to share parenting experiences and challenges, tips and ways to provide positive guidance. The group also explores more effective ways to deal with stress, promote development and strategic approaches to challenging behaviors.

Gessouroun is a respected teacher and mentor of aspiring physicians. He was honored with the College of Medicine’s Exellence in Teaching Award in 1991-92, and has authored numerous peer-reviewed, scholarly articles in pediatric medicine over his lengthy career. Gessouroun also has been ac-


Intergenerational programming offers joint therapeutic activities for adult day center participants and child development program students. Spanning age groups is a way to enhance communication skills and problem solving, promote self-esteem and foster friendships across generations. Call 405-239-2525.

Surgical Oncologist Named Surgery Chair Barish Edil, M.D., has been named chairman and a professor of the Department of Surgery at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. He will hold the John A. Schilling Chair in Surgery. He will see patients at the Stephenson Cancer Center and OU Physicians. Edil is board certified in surgery and holds certificates in hepto-pancreatic surgery and surgical oncology. He is specifically interested in diagnosing and treating patients with cancers and other conditions of the pancreas, bile duct, liver, stomach, adrenal and sarcoma. He is a pioneer in performing a laparoscopic Whipple surgical procedure for treating pancreatic cancer. Edil comes to OU from the University of Colorado, Denver, where he has served as chief of Surgical Oncology and director of its Pancreas and Biliary Surgery Program. While there, his team discovered a new cancer vaccine, which is currently being developed for clinical trials. Previously, he served as faculty at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, where he developed the techniques and performed the first laparoscopic pancreaticoduodenectomy (referred to commonly as the “Whipple”) operation in the history of the hospital. He had previously spent two years in post-doctoral training, earned a certificate in surgical oncology and completed additional training in cancer immunology at Johns Hopkins University. He completed a

research fellowship in surgical oncology and his general surgical residency at the OU College of Medicine. He earned his medical degree at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine, Madison. Edil has authored more than 100 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters in leading surgery textbooks. He has been an invited lecturer in the field of surgery, most notably in the areas of laparoscopic Whipple surgery, minimally invasive surgical oncology and cancer immunology. He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and is active in a number of national societies. 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. 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.


Camp Blue Hawk

Harold Hamm Diabetes Center hosted their inaugural Teen Retreat Jan. 13-15, 2018. Participants enjoyed three days and two nights of bonding, personal development, and fun! Highlights included a campfire, hiking, lipsync battle, games, and crafts, in addition to empowerment toward independent diabetes self-management. The event took place at River Bend Lodge, located near Turner Falls Park in scenic south central Oklahoma. Visit for updates on future opportunities for kids and teens!


January Marks National Birth Defects Prevention Month The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) joins public health partners across the nation in recognizing National Birth Defects Prevention Month to increase awareness of birth defects, the leading cause of infant mortality in the United States. In the United States, a baby is born with a birth defect every 4 1/2 minutes. Nearly 120,000 babies are affected by birth defects each year in the U.S., with more than 2,100 cases occurring in Oklahoma. Birth defects are the most common cause of death in the first year of life, and the second most common cause of death in children 1 to 4 years old. Although not all birth defects can be prevented, steps can be taken to increase a woman’s chance of having a healthy baby. “Most people don’t know how common, costly, and critical birth defects are in the United States, or that there are simple steps that can be taken to reduce the risk of birth defects,” said Lisa Caton, the director of Screening and Special Services at the OSDH. During the month of January, the OSDH will focus on four main areas to increase awareness concerning birth defects. Alcohol use during pregnancy Any amount of alcohol is unsafe to drink during pregnancy. Drinking alcohol while pregnant can hurt the baby’s brain, heart, kidneys, and other organs. Drinking during pregnancy can lead to a group of conditions called Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASDs). These effects can include physical challenges and difficulties with behavior and learning. Folic acid awareness Folic acid is an essential B-vitamin that the body needs to make new cells. Everyone needs folic acid every day. It is important for women because it can help prevent up to 70 percent of Neural Tube Defects (NTDs). NTDs are serious birth defects that occur when the brain and spine are forming during the first 28 days of pregnancy before most women know they are pregnant. The OSDH provides free multivitamins and folic acid education materials at the local county health departments. It also provides education about birth defects and folic acid to health care professionals and community members across Oklahoma. Individuals can contact their local county health department for materials or visit the Oklahoma Birth Defects Registry website for a link to an order form. Vaccinations Vaccinations help protect the mother and child against serious diseases. Pregnant women or women who may become pregnant should get a Tdap shot. This helps protect the mother from whooping cough and passes along some protection to the baby. Congenital cytomegalovirus (CMV) health care provider information CMV is common in young children and is found in saliva and urine. Exposure during pregnancy increases the risk for certain birth defects in the unborn baby. Health care providers should encourage their patients to avoid putting a young child’s cup or pacifier in their mouth to reduce the risk of CMV infection. It is important to wash your hands for 20 seconds after contact with bodily fluids to reduce the risk of getting sick. Health care providers can find more information, including talking points for patients, at this link: For more information on how to have a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby, visit the Oklahoma Birth Defects Registry website at


Oklahoma Health Center Campus *Member Organizations Oklahoma Health Center Foundation

1. American Red Cross of Central Oklahoma 2. Dean McGee Eye Institute* 3. Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center 4. WovenLife* 5. Office of the Chief Medical Examiner 6. Oklahoma Allergy and Asthma Clinic* 7. Oklahoma Blood Institute* 8. Children’s Hospital Foundation* 9. Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation* 9a. OMRF Research Tower* 9b. OMRF Bell Building* 9c. OMRF – Acree-Woodworth Building* 9d. OMRF – Massman Building* 10. Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics* 11. Oklahoma Department of Health* 12. General Electric Global Research* 13. Department of Human Services 14. OU Medical Center* A. Professional Office Building B. OU Medical Center C. The Children’s Hospital D. Oklahoma Transplant Center E. OU Medical Center Surgical Center 15. OU University Research Park 655 Conference Center Pall Forte Oklahoma Business Roundtable Oklahoma State Regents OneNet OTRC OU Medical Center Financial Services OU Medical Center Marketing Presbyterian Health Foundation* Potts Family Foundation Pure Protein SIWA ViewSolid, Inc. 755 DNA Solutions COARE Biotech Haus Spaus Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center URP Management Office MedEncentive Moleculera NewSpin360 Nova Venture Services, LLC OCAST*


OptumRX Oklahoma Tobacco Research Center OUHSC Center for Intelligence and National Security* Potawatomi Federal Solutions Purmabiologics Sigma Blood Systems Sylvia Bottomley 800 Biolytx Pharmaceuticals Corp. Charlesson Comp. Risk Management Crisalis Cytovance Biologics EyeCRO Inoveon Oklahoma Health Center Foundation* OU Health Sciences Center* Transtimulation Research, Inc. Zanek 825 Camilles Sidewalk Cafe Richey’s Grill 840 ARL Bio Pharma* Cytovance Biologics DNA Solutions* Gear Up i2E, Inc. LabCorp Office of Educational Quality and Accountability Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education OU Physicians - Reproductive Medicine* OUHSC Financial Services* OUHSC Payroll* Selexys Pharmaceuticals 865 Accele Biopharma ARL Bio Pharma* Drik LLC Michael F. Price College of Business Miles Associates OUHSC Office of the Vice President for Administration and Finance* OUHSC Facilities Management* OUHSC Office of the Fire Marshal* OUHSC Grants and Contracts* OUHSC Office of Research Administration* OUHSC Vice President for Research* OUHSC Vivarium* University Health Club 885 Cytovance Biologics

16. University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center* A. Allied Health Practice Center B. Basic Sciences Education Building C. Campus Police Station D. College of Allied Health E. College of Dentistry F. Biomedical Sciences Building G. Fran and Earl Ziegler College of Nursing H. Henry D. & Ida Mosier College of Pharmacy I. College of Public Health J. David L. Boren Student Union K. Don E. Hogg Greenhouse L. G. Rainey William Pavilion M. Harold Hamm Diabetes Center N. O’Donoghue Research Building - OU Medical Center Senior Health Clinic O. Stephenson Cancer Center P. Child Study Center Q. OU Physicians Building* R. OU Physicians Dermatology* S. OU Physicians Family Medicine Center* T. Robert M. Bird Library and Graduate College U. OUHSC Technology Center V. Service Center Building W. Stanton L. Young Biomedical Research Center X. Steam and Chilled Water Plant Y. University Health Club Z. University Village AA. OUHSC Faculty House BB. OUHSC (Formerly Oklahoma City Clinic) CC. OU Children’s Physicians 16. Oklahoma State Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services* (located off campus) 17. University Hospitals Authority and Trust* 18. Ronald McDonald House Charities of Oklahoma City* (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)


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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-


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Kathy McCracken, Executive Director 901 N. Lincoln Blvd., Suite 305 Oklahoma City, OK 73104 405-650-1718 Toll Free: 888-229-KIDS Tax ID: #73-1200262 Website: Children’s Hospital Foundation is the only nonprofit organization in Oklahoma whose sole focus is the advancement of pediatric research and education while supporting specialized clinical care for Oklahoma’s children. Since its inception in 1983, Children’s Hospital Foundation has raised and leveraged matching funds to create more than $110 million for pediatric research, quality specialized clinical care and education programs. Many of these endeavors include collaborative projects with the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City.

All funds raised in Oklahoma stay in Oklahoma so that families don’t have to leave the state to receive specialized care. CHF supports pediatric specialists who treat more than 225,000 patient visits every year including children in all 77 counties and no child is ever turned away, regardless of ability to pay. CHF is currently recruiting endowed chairs and has naming opportunities available. For more information, contact Children’s Hospital Foundation toll free 888-229-KIDS (5437) or (405) 271-2260.

Current program and research focus areas include: • Infectious disease • Arthritis • Education • At-risk newborns • Diabetes-Obesity • Digestive health • Cancer • Genetics • Community pediatrics • Surgery & Emergency • Autism-ADHD-Down Syndrome • Lung, kidney and heart disease • Adolescent medicine • Eating disorders • Behavioral medicine • Child abuse and neglect Funding for their programs is made possible through the efforts of a dedicated volunteer board, thousands of community volunteers and donors. Through endowments and direct support, they are able to recruit and retain nationally and internationally recognized pediatric physician-scientists to direct research, treat patients and train medical students.



Gregory L. Skuta, M.D., President and CEO 608 Stanton L. Young Blvd. Oklahoma City, OK 73104-5065 Phone: (405) 271-6060 Website: Benchmarks of Dean McGee Eye Institute Excellence The Dean McGee Eye Institute is one of the largest and most respected eye institutes in the United States, providing more than 176,000 patient visits per year from all 77 Oklahoma counties and the surrounding region, and serving more than 8,100 surgical patients annually in its state-ofthe-art ambulatory surgery center. Twenty of the Eye Institute’s ophthalmologists are listed among the Best Doctors in America. The University of Oklahoma (OU) College of Medicine’s Department of Ophthalmology, which is housed in the Dean McGee Eye Institute, ranks among the country’s top departments in National Institutes of Health funding and is 12th in the nation in cumulative funding from Research to Prevent Blindness. The Dean McGee Eye Institute’s residency program (in affiliation with the OU College of Medicine) attracts top medical students from throughout the nation. Resident surgical education has consistently ranked above the 90th percentile nationally. Since 2000, the first-time pass rates on the American Board of Ophthalmology’s written and oral examinations are 100% and 98% respectively with an average score on the written examination at the 80th percentile. The Eye Institute’s Director of Vision Research is a Past President of the International Society for Eye Research, Past Vice President of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) and a recipient of ARVO’s prestigious Proctor


Medal; two members of the faculty are recent or current directors of the American Board of Ophthalmology; three serve or have recently served on the Board of Trustees of the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO); one will be President-Elect of the AAO in 2016; another has recently served as Vice Chair of the Residency Review Committee in Ophthalmology for the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education; and one is the Immediate Past President of the AAO and a Past President of the American Glaucoma Society.


Thomas C. Kupiec, Ph.D., CEO and President 840 Research Parkway, Ste. 551, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73104 Toll Free: (866) 362-9778 Phone: (405) 271-6033 Website:

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Serving Oklahoma and the southwest since 1925, the Oklahoma Allergy & Asthma Clinic is one of the oldest and largest medical practices in the United States dedicated solely to the treatment of allergy, asthma and immunology. The Oklahoma Allergy & Asthma Clinic has eight physicians on its medical staff; board certified by the American Board of Allergy & Immunology and are on the teaching faculty at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. The Oklahoma Allergy & Asthma Clinic is one of only a few allergy groups in the United States with a full-time Nurse Practitioner who holds a Doctorate and is a pulmonary disease management coordinator consulting with individual patients about breathing techniques and asthma education. Also on staff is are two full-time, registered, licensed nurse practitioners. Almost one-fourth of The Oklahoma Allergy & Asthma Clinic’s patients are referred from outside Oklahoma City and travel many miles for the sophisticated, high-level al-

Scott B. Dennis, MHA 750 N. E. 13th Street Oklahoma City, OK 73104-5010 Phone: (405) 235-0040 Website: Facebook oklahomaallergyandasthmaclinic Twitter @okallergyasthma lergy and asthma care and to participate in the numerous research studies. The Oklahoma Allergy & Asthma Clinic has a Burkard pollen and mold collection instrument on the roof of its main location and provides the daily counts to the media and the counts are also posted on the website and on social media. The Oklahoma Allergy & Asthma Clinic has its central clinic location on the Oklahoma Health Center campus. Four full-service satellite clinics are located in Edmond, Norman, Midwest City and Northwest Oklahoma City, adjacent to Mercy Hospital. A new Norman practice building opened in December 2016. How is an allergist different than a regular physician? An allergist is a doctor who is an expert in the diagnosis and treatment of allergic diseases and conditions. Those conditions include asthma and frequent coughing; hay fever; sinus infections; eye allergies; reactions to food, insect stings and drugs; and immune system problems that might cause frequent infections. You should see an allergist if you have any of these conditions. More than 50 million people in the United States have these allergic diseases. Although symptoms may not always be severe, allergies and asthma are serious and should be treated that way. Many people with these diseases simply 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.



our ability to recruit marrow registrants from ethnically and age-diverse populations.

John Armitage, M.D., President, CEO 1001 N. Lincoln Blvd. Oklahoma City, OK 73104 Phone: (405) 278-3100 Website: Oklahoma Blood Institute (OBI) is the ninth largest, nonprofit blood center in America. Every drop of blood needed by patients in more than 140 medical facilities in Oklahoma is provided by donors with OBI. This includes exclusive service for every hospital in the metro-OKC area. An average of 700 donors a day is required to meet these needs. Volunteer blood donors give more than a 287,000 units of blood annually to provide a safe and adequate blood supply. Blood donors with Oklahoma Blood Institute know they are, literally, saving the lives of their friends, family and coworkers, some who may have no idea they will need blood in an urgent situation. One blood donation can save as many as three peoples’ lives. OBI is responsible for recruiting blood donors, collecting, processing and testing blood components and transporting it to hospitals across our state. Random inspections by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) confirm the quality of our operations at every donation site. OBI’s perfect record through 36 straight inspections validates our quality exceeding regulatory requirements.

Oklahoma’s first and only umbilical cord blood bank is in the final phases of FDA accreditation at OBI. It is one of only 24 accredited centers worldwide. Expectant mothers of underserved ethnic descent families now have an opportunity to donate cord blood. There is no charge to the parents, and the donation process is simple and painless. During a blessed time in their own lives, this cord blood center enables Oklahoma families to potentially bring life-saving joy to someone else’s. OBI is a vital link in cell therapy, procuring healthy stem cells for transplants from adult marrow and umbilical cord donations. The future holds great promise as we expand research and treatments partnerships within the healthcare biosciences industry. Cell therapies and regenerative medicine applications are predicted to revolutionize care for the most life-threatening diseases. We are uniquely positioned as a ready-made ‘cell bank’ with hundreds of thousands of combinations of genetic characteristics among our blood donors. These giving people may be offered the opportunity to further make a difference in the lives of others as part of medical research. Oklahoma Blood Institute can accelerate this revolutionary research cost effectively, so that today’s vision more rapidly becomes the reality of life-enhancing, routine medical treatments.

OBI employs 642 Oklahomans and works with 1,200 volunteers and 2,600 blood drive coordinators. Its donor centers are located in Ada, Ardmore, Edmond, Enid, Lawton, Norman, central Oklahoma City (Oklahoma Health Center), north Oklahoma City and Tulsa. Numerous mobile blood drives are conducted in conjunction with businesses, schools and civic groups each week across the state. Oklahoma Blood Institute is the state’s only affiliate of Be The Match®, the national marrow donor program. For more than 12,000 Americans each year, a marrow or stem cell transplant is the only hope for a cure of a life-threatening blood cancer or other blood disorder. For the past three years, OBI has ranked in the top performance tier, due to



Michael Carolina, CEO 755 Research Parkway, Suite 110 Oklahoma City, OK 73104-3612 Local: (405)319-8400 Toll Free: 866-265-2215 In Tulsa: 618 East Third Street, Suite 5 Tulsa, OK 74120 918-576-7650 Website: 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:

The Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services is responsible for providing services to Oklahomans who are affected by mental illness and substance abuse. In fiscal year 2008, the department provided services to 64,465 individuals – an increase of nearly 3,600 individuals over the previous year. The demand for public mental health services exceeds the capacity of the current treatment system. This has always been the case, but has been exacerbated in recent years due to a growing public awareness of mental illness and of the existence of effective treatment; rising healthcare costs; and the state’s growing substance abuse problem, particularly the brain-damaging use of methamphetamine and resultant psychotic behavior. Through the use of proven practices and expansion of community based services, the department will increase the effectiveness of services and continue to improve the efficiency of the delivery system. The department’s goal is to ensure access to appropriate care for all Oklahomans and the recovery of all served.

In the mid-1970s, the concept of “deinstitutionalization” prompted states to increase efforts to utilize outpatient services through Community Mental Health Centers. This approach has proven to be an effective means of recovery and a less costly method to provide services as compared to long-term inpatient care in a hospital setting. Today, over 60,000 individuals receive services from the department each year. Of those, only about 5 percent require hospital care. The vast majority take part in mental health and substance abuse outpatient programs, targeted community based services, prevention efforts and educational initiatives. In fact, Oklahoma has become a national leader in several areas of community based services including the implementation of programs for assertive community treatment, alternative criminal justice initiatives such as drug and mental health courts, and comprehensive services for children and families. In many ways, Oklahoma already is “ahead of the curve” in terms of treatment success for people with mental illness or substance abuse problems. With a focus on community-based and proven practices, and emphasis on treatment across the lifespan, from children to the elderly, more Oklahomans with mental illness and substance abuse problems are being served than ever before.

The ODMHSAS was established through the Mental Health Law of 1953, although publicly supported services to Oklahomans with mental illness date back to early statehood. Until the mid-1960s, the primary means to treat mental illness was institutionalization in large state hospitals. On an average day in 1960, nearly 6,400 Oklahomans were in the state’s mental hospitals. 25


Terry Taylor, President 800 N. Research Parkway, Suite 400 Oklahoma City, OK 73103 Phone: (405) 271-2200 The mission of the Foundation is to promote innovations in healthcare and science, and to serve as a connector between our member organizations, in order to raise awareness of the Oklahoma Health Center’s profile among business and governmental entities as a key driver of economic development. The Oklahoma Health Center (OHC) is unique, unlike any other medical center in the United States or even the world. With an annual economic impact of almost $3 billion in the greater Oklahoma City area, the OHC represents the second largest concentration of employees and students in Oklahoma — more than 18,000 —larger than a number of Oklahoma communities. Chartered in 1965, the Oklahoma Health Center Foundation, Inc. (OHCF) was established to assist the Oklahoma Health Center, and its 21 member entities, in matters of mutual physical, administrative and planning concerns. This assistance helps drive the OHC’s potential in attracting and developing biomedical and biotechnical industries in Oklahoma. From cutting-edge biotechnology companies to government, medical education, patient care and community support institutions, OHCF serves as the facilitator to 21 world-renowned organizations. OHCF works closely with many aspects of the campus and its organizations, serving as a liaison between Federal, State, County and City governments by representing the various interests of the campus.


OHCF’s Board recently voted to assume management of the emerging OKC Innovation District which encompasses the Health Center across I-235 to Automobile Alley. OHCF, in the spirit of fostering collaboration, OHCF is hosting symposiums and quarterly Mind-Meld events. OHCF is a founding member of the 10th Street Medical Business Corridor, a vital and stabilizing anchor to north downtown, which links the OHC campus to other medical facilities in the area, along 10th street. OHCF is responsible for the implementation of the campus Master Plan. Treasures For Tomorrow program began in 2002, and almost $3 million was raised. Projects included public art sculptures at Dean McGee Eye Institute and The Children’s Hospital, and Founders Plaza at Stiles Park featuring the Beacon of Hope. In 2016, the focus was changed to donate monies raised to health-related research projects. Treasures For Tomorrow, $50,000 was awarded to OUHSC and the Harold Hamm Diabetes Center to further the research on this existing project focusing on diabetes. OHCF is involved in the plans for a modern and comprehensive way-finding signage project. Since 2000, more than $534 million in construction costs have been completed at the campus. OHCF continues to serve as a facilitator between developing agencies and their surrounding agencies, ensuring the successful and orderly growth of the campus. OHCF continues to serve the campus interests as a key stakeholder through meetings with the City of Oklahoma City in discussing the proposed MAPS 3 streetcar development and its potential service to the OHC. OHCF continues to represent the interests of the OHC in the successful, revitalization development of downtown Oklahoma City by closely working with the City of Oklahoma City, the Greater OKC Chamber of Commerce and Downtown OKC, Inc.


Preston Doerflinger Interim Commissioner 1000 N.E. 10th Oklahoma City, OK 73117 Phone: (405)271-4200 Website: A Day in the Life of Public Health… From the time you get up in the morning till you go to bed at night, public health is involved in your life: • When you got up this morning, you made food choices for breakfast. We provide you messages on healthy food choices. • You have a yearning for that cigarette you are trying to give up. We work with the Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline to help you quit smoking. • Hopefully, you brushed your teeth. We work with communities to fluoridate water supplies. • You got in the car and buckled in your children, put the baby in the car seat, and buckled your own seatbelt. We encourage seat belt use and provide car seats to those who need them. • You dropped the kids off at school. All should have their mandated immunizations to protect them from childhood diseases. We provide immunizations. • You go to work where most of your colleagues seem to be sick. We investigate disease outbreaks. • You go to lunch at a local restaurant. We inspect food service facilities. • You decide not to go back to work – since everyone’s sick anyway – so you think you’ll get that tattoo you’ve been dreaming about. We license tattoo artists. • You decide to visit your grandmother to show off your new tattoo. She’s at a local nursing facility. We license nursing homes. • You pick the kids up from the after-school program. It’s one that works with the health department to

provide lots of physical activity and healthy snacks. • You stop off at the grocery store where you see a friend selecting fresh fruits and produce. You know she’s on WIC, the special nutrition program for women, infants and children. We administer the program. • You start to prepare dinner. You wash your fruits and vegetables to help prevent contamination from E. coli bacteria. The Public Health Laboratory analyzes food specimens during foodborne illness outbreaks. • Your sister calls and says she has enrolled in the Children First program. This is a special nurse visitation program provided by county health departments to visit first-time mothers in their home and teach them about caring for their new baby. • After dinner you go for a walk and let the kids ride their bikes. Public health partners with communities to encourage safe sidewalks and bike trails to promote physical activity. • While outside, you make sure everyone has used insect repellent containing DEET to prevent mosquito bites and tick bites. We investigate cases of West Nile virus caused by mosquito bites, and Rocky Mountain spotted fever, caused by tick bites. • You put the baby to bed in a crib that meets current federal safety standards and is free of bumper pads so the baby cannot suffocate. You place the baby on its back, the safest position. We provide education on child safety. • On the 10 o’clock television news, you learn that HIV continues to be of concern in Oklahoma. Public health provides testing for HIV. • Overnight, a tornado hits your community. When you turn on the radio the next morning, you hear messages that your local health department will be providing tetanus shots for those involved in the cleanup. So indeed, public health is at work every day to keep Oklahomans healthy! 27


Stephen M. Prescott, M. D., President 825 N.E. 13th Street Oklahoma City, OK 73104 Phone: (405)271-7400 Website: 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. 28

• Physicians in OMRF’s Multiple Sclerosis Center of Excellence offer the region’s most comprehensive center for researching and treating MS. • OMRF is seeking novel methods of preventing age-related macular degeneration, hearing loss, osteoarthritis and diabetes. • For 12 consecutive years, OMRF has earned a four-star rating—the highest possible score—from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator. • With 18 vertical wind turbines that generate 85,000 kilowatt hours of energy each year, OMRF’s research tower is home to the world’s largest wind farm. • Our new biorepository holds more than 1 million patient samples in a massive freezer that maintains a constant temperature of -112 degrees Fahrenheit. • Scientists at OMRF led the largest genetic experiment ever in the field of lupus research, working with 50 scientists in 6 countries to study biological samples gathered from 15,000 patients. • OMRF has discovered an experimental medication to treat a deadly form of brain cancer. The investigational new drug is currently in clinical trials. OMRF. Discoveries that make a difference.


Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics Frank Wang, Ph.D., President The Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics 1141 North Lincoln Boulevard Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73104 Phone: (405) 521.6436 Website: Only one of a handful of high schools of its kind in the nation, the Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics is a unique learning institution for Oklahoma students. OSSM is Oklahoma’s public residential high school for juniors and seniors with exceptional interest and abilities in mathematics and science. OSSM operates its two-year residential program in Oklahoma City, Regional Center programs around the state and also serves all Oklahoma schools and students through math contests, research, teacher training and outreach activities. OSSM was created by the Oklahoma Legislature in 1983 and is funded by the state, with additional private partnership garnered by the OSSM Foundation. The school is governed by a Board of Trustees appointed by legislative leaders and the Governor. Located on a 32-acre site near the state capitol and adjacent to the teaching and scientific research resources of the Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, OSSM is committed to building a strong academic foundation for each student. The school’s residency program is designed to encourage an atmosphere of informal interaction among peers and foster each student’s highest potential. The availability of laboratories along with evening and weekend programs of interest challenge students and stimulate studies. Since classes began in 1990, students have matriculated from all of Oklahoma’s 77 counties to undertake OSSM’s advanced curriculum taught by a world class, largely Ph.D. faculty, leaping forward in their academic progress. While in residence at OSSM for their junior and senior years, students receive five and one-half days of academic instruction every week in college-level courses

and participate in physical education and Fine Arts programs. Most science classes feature a two-or-threehour weekly laboratory experience, and many seniors participate in mentorship programs with researchers and other professionals in areas of personal interest. Students must also receive satisfactory participation reports in both campus and community service of which a total of 120 hours are required for graduation (see more at All OSSM graduates go on to pursue higher education with many earning valuable scholarships and, depending on their receiving school, many begin college with substantial credit hours already completed. OSSM graduates are continuing to leave indelible marks on Oklahoma. Of the more than 1,500 OSSM graduates thus far, more than a third have pursued engineering and roughly another third are in medicine or bioscience. Based on alumni reports, we estimate more than half of OSSM grads who have completed their higher education have also earned graduate degrees, and a substantial number have served or are serving in the U.S. armed forces. Some 85% of OSSM alumni are staying in careers in science, math, engineering and technology. More than half are now working or living in Oklahoma and a number have also begun their own businesses. GE Global Research cited OSSM as one of ten critical site selection factors in their decision to build a new research facility in Oklahoma City, and a recent independent analysis found OSSM and its graduates already stimulating more than $40 million each year in economic activity in Oklahoma. OSSM’s impact is growing with every graduating class!


Member Charles L. Spicer, Jr., FACHE President and Chief Executive Officer of OU Medical System

Jon Hayes, MHA, CMPE Chief Executive Officer of The Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center

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Chief Operating Officer OU Medical Center OU Medical Center 700 NE 13th St., Oklahoma City, OK 73104 Follow us on Twitter at @oumedicine Like us on Facebook at Follow us on Instagram at The Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center 1200 Children’s Ave. Oklahoma City, OK 73104 Like Children’s on Facebook at For career information, visit

OU Medical Center is Oklahoma’s largest and most comprehensive hospital dedicated to defining medicine with cuttingedge treatments and working toward solutions for each patient, every time. Our 350-bed hospital provides services not offered elsewhere in the state, including Oklahoma’s only Level I Trauma Center. We provide a full range of heart care services at OU Medicine Cardiovascular Institute, the state’s premier center for treating cardiac and vascular patients. We offer the highest level of care for stroke patients when “time is brain,” and provide unmatched neurology and neurosurgery services ranging from the diagnosis and treatment of epilepsy to the most complex and advanced brain surgeries. We also offer


cancer care working alongside Stephenson Cancer Center, including a Gamma Knife Center for treating brain tumors that can’t be treated by conventional methods and a Bone Marrow Transplant Center. With more specialists in more fields than any other hospital in the state, we’re making sure Oklahomans are alive and well. The Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center has 314 inpatient beds and is the only freestanding pediatric hospital in Oklahoma solely dedicated to the treatment of children. Our pediatric staff blends years of specialized pediatric training with education, research and technology to treat conditions ranging from cardiothoracic and oncology-related illnesses to neonatal specialty care and pediatric solid-organ transplants. Our 93bed neonatal intensive care unit provides the highest level of neonatal care in Oklahoma. The Children’s Heart Center brings cutting-edge research, treatment and surgery to patients with congenital and acquired heart conditions. We have the state’s largest staff of Child Life specialists to help children and families cope with hospitalization, as well as Oklahoma City’s only 24/7 pediatric emergency room. Oklahoma is alive and well, and OU Medicine is at its heart.


1200 N. Phillips Ave., Suite 2900 Oklahoma City, OK 73104 Phone: (405) 271-3932 Website: OU Physicians is part of OU Medicine, combining academic knowledge and advanced health care. With more than 560 doctors, OU Physicians is the state’s largest physician group. The practice encompasses almost every adult and child specialty. Many OU Physicians have expertise in the management of complex conditions that is unavailable anywhere else in the state, region or sometimes even the nation. Some have pioneered surgical procedures or innovations in patient care that are world firsts and many are conducting groundbreaking research to develop new treatments and cures. More than 175 of our doctors are OU Children’s Physicians. The majority of them are board-certified in children’s specialties, and many provide pediatric-specific services unavailable elsewhere in the state. Many children with birth defects, critical injuries or serious diseases who can’t be helped elsewhere come to OU Children’s Physicians. Oklahoma doctors and parents rely on OU Children’s Physicians depth of experience, nationally renowned expertise and sensitivity to children’s emotional needs. In 2009, OU Children’s Physicians opened a new state-ofthe-art facility on the OU Health Sciences Center campus. A year and a half later, the Children’s Atrium was opened creating a new entrance to not only the children’s physician offices, but the hospital as well. The following year, the final piece of this construction project was completed with the opening of the Samis Education Center, further enhancing the campus’ ability to provide the highest quality education services to faculty, staff and students. Many OU Physicians see patients through specialty centers like The Peggy and Charles Stephenson Cancer Center and Harold Hamm Diabetes Center. The Cancer Center building represents the largest public-private biomedical initiative in Oklahoma history. The 210,000 square-foot facility provides

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patient-center care, offering the most advanced cancer detection and treatment technology, the largest and most experienced group of cancer specialists, a wide array of supportive services and an environment that provides a warm and comforting experience for patients and caregivers. Members of the Cancer Center - including faculty from OU Health Sciences Center, OU Norman, OU Tulsa, Oklahoma State University and the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation - conduct innovative and nationally-funded cancer research in the basic, clinical and population sciences. Harold Hamm serves as the focal point for coordinating and expanding numerous avenues of research, patient care, education and prevention that are required to address the diabetes epidemic in a comprehensive manner. The Center offers outreach efforts throughout the state, partnering with communities and other agencies both inside and outside the University of Oklahoma. The Center was established by the University of Oklahoma with the goal of promoting the wellbeing of all people with or at high risk for diabetes in Oklahoma, regardless of ethnic background or financial status. OU Physicians see patients in their offices at the OU Health Sciences Center and in Edmond, Midwest City and other cities around Oklahoma. When hospitalization is necessary, they often admit patients to OU Medical Center. Many also care for their patients in other hospitals around the metro area. OU Physicians serve as faculty at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and train the region’s future physicians. For more information about OU Medicine, including OU Physicians and OU Children’s Physicians, go to 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:



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 (1st Floor of Frates Insurance Building/SW Corner of Broadway Extension & Memorial) (405)424-6873

Ronald McDonald House at The Children’s Hospital Phone: (405) 271-3180 Family Room at The Children’s Hospital Phone (405) 271-2215 Website: When a child is hospitalized or receiving ongoing medical treatment, we believe the love and support of family is as powerful as the strongest medicine. Unfortunately for most parents, being with a hospitalized child means eating out of vending machines and sleeping in chairs or bearing the expense of hotel rooms. That is why Ronald McDonald House Charities® Oklahoma City is here. Keeping families close . . . when they need it most At 89 percent of the world’s leading children’s hospitals, families benefit from at least one RMHC Core Program. The 14-Bedroom Ronald McDonald House located in Garrison Tower at The Children’s Hospital that opened in 2015 is served by Ronald McDonald House Charities. At our House, families can have a bedroom of their own with a comfortable bed, a family-style kitchen with home-cooked meals, and laundry facilities for their personal use. Worried moms and dads can talk to one another, sharing their hopes and fears. For the child who is sick or injured, having a Ronald McDonald House means that they can rest easier, knowing that mom and dad are nearby.

The Ronald McDonald Family Room®, located on the sixth floor of The Children’s Hospital, opened in 2008 for day-use respite services. Parents can relax and regroup just steps away from their child’s bedside. The positive, comforting environment of all three facilities allows the families to focus on their children’s healing process. Services are available to any family with a child 21 years of age or younger receiving medical treatment in Oklahoma City area, regardless of their economic status. Ronald McDonald House Charities Oklahoma City relies on donors and the community for support of daily operations. Guest families stay at no cost and are never turned away due to the lack of finances. The organization offers career opportunities within the charity, at the House and Family Room to help with the daily operations. For open positions, please visit Interested candidates should submit a resume to careers@ Volunteers are the heart of our charity. Individuals or groups can volunteer in the House or the Family Room. Volunteers can help by performing weekly duties such as cleaning, organizing, repair work, maintaining flowerbeds, managing the front desk or performing office work. The organization accepts donated food items and supplies from the public to provide a clean and comfortable environment for all of the guests. Volunteers can donate time through outside fundraisers, at the House or Family Room and at annual events such as Walk for Kids and the Red Shoe Gala. 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.


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: • Construction of the M. Dewayne Andrews academic office tower for the OU College of Medicine • The Children’s Atrium, which serves as the front door for The Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center and OU Children’s Physicians Building • •Samis Education Center, a three-story, state-ofthe-art facility designed to accommodate a wide variety of meeting needs. • OU Children’s Physicians Building, the first freestanding, pediatric multi-specialty, medical office building in the state, featuring 336,000 square feet of medical office space designed with the needs of young patients and their families in mind. 36

• OU Physicians Building, home to more than 130 physicians, with expertise in a wide range of medical specialties. • Support for the Clinical Skills Testing and Education Center at the OU Health Sciences Center, offering cutting-edge medical simulation equipment and facilities, as well as a robot-assisted surgical training facility • Support for phase two of the Stanton L. Young Biomedical Research Center, a hub of research activity on the OUHSC campus. • Support for enhancement and expansion of the Dean McGee Eye Institute • Facility enhancement for the OU College of Dentistry, providing important upgrades and technological enhancements


Paula K. Porter, President & CEO 701 NE 13th Street Oklahoma City, OK 73104 Phone: (405)239-2525 Website: Did you know that we were founded as the Oklahoma Society for Crippled Children, Inc.? Since 1925, we have provided services in Oklahoma to people of all abilities. Over the years we have adjusted our services to meet the needs of our community and even changed our name a few times. Along with our board

programming, educational programming, therapy services; which include behavioral, speech and occupational therapy, and financial assistance program. With this new change we will refocus to become completely concentrated on the local needs of our community, ensuring every dollar raised goes back into our community to serve Oklahomans. We are committed to empowering people of all ages and abilities to find hope and independence through compassionate care, education and support.

of directors, we have once again evaluated the needs of our clients, and determined that in order to better meet the needs of Oklahomans it was time to make a change. Effective August 31, 2017, we will change our name to WovenLife, Inc. Although our name is changing, the services we provide within our community will continue. We remain committed to serving the needs of people of all ages and abilities through our inclusive Child Development Program, Adult Day Center, unique intergenerational 37

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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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January 2018 Innovate  

Monthly E-Magazine of the Oklahoma Health Center

January 2018 Innovate  

Monthly E-Magazine of the Oklahoma Health Center