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Garth Brooks Visits Patients, Families at Updated Children’s Play Area, The Zone

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Garth Brooks Visits Patients, Families at Updated Children’s Play Area, The Zone


Oklahoma’s own Garth Brooks “slipped on down” to The Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center Friday, visiting with patients, family and media while touring a recently updated play and learning area called The Zone before receiving a surprise gift from patients. In addition to playing with patients, Brooks was also able to see improvements to The Zone, including a new art room, multisensory area, Microsoft gaming center, television studio and more. “If you came in here blindfolded and you looked around, you’d never know you were in a hospital,” Brooks said. “This is a place of healing ... I can’t imagine fighting for your life and still dreaming big at the same time. That’s what these kids are doing and The Zone is helping them get there.” Toward the end of his visit, Brooks watched a music video of Children’s patients singing along to Brooks’ hit, “Friends in Low Places,’ re-tooled “Friends in Zone Places” with lyrics about being in The Zone. Brooks is a board member and co-founder of Garth Brooks Teammates for Kids Foundation, which has helped build and improve Child Life Zones at 11 hospitals across the United States, including at The Children’s Hospital. “We are thankful for the generosity of Mr. Brooks and the Garth Brooks Teammates for Kids Foundation for helping us create an ‘oasis’ in the hospital for kids to be kids,” said Jon Hayes, CEO of The Children’s Hospital. “We believe in the healing of the whole child, and having areas like The Zone helps accomplish that.” The 6,000-square-foot play and learning area is on the hospital’s sixth floor and is a place where patients and families can get away from their worries and get the social, emotional and developmental support they need. Staffed by Certified Child Life Specialists, The Zone at Children’s is the largest in the country. The Zone receives more than 17,500 visits from patients and family members and hosts more than 350 special events each year. The In the Zone TV studio has 20 sessions per week where volunteers and staff produce television shows, said Sara Jacobson, director of Child Life and Volunteers at Children’s. “Our new studio has been incredible. Kids call in to play bingo on Mondays and we’ve had musicians from Oklahoma City and across the U.S. co-host our ‘Wiggle Out Loud’ live music show. The new studio expands the reach of The Zone to kids who cannot leave their rooms to play,” Jacobson said. “Our Splatter Art

Room and “GREEN” Room will also reach kids with special interests and specific play needs. We are so grateful to have this opportunity to give The Zone a facelift but also find ways to bring play to kids in new ways and make programs here even more amazing.” Other updates include adding new toys and furniture to The Zone. Through the Child Life Zone Network, Garth Brooks Teammates for Kids provides state-of-the-art, therapeutic areas inside hospitals where children and families can play, laugh, relax, learn and hang out. Teammates for Kids also promotes the profession of Child Life and supports continuing education and best practices. The Zone is operated by the Child Life and Volunteers Department and programs, toys, games, furniture and contract staffing are funded through the nonprofit The Children’s Hospital VOLUNTEERS. The Children’s Hospital VOLUNTEERS charity hosts fundraisers, writes grants and forges relationships with community partners and businesses to raise money for The Zone and related programs like music therapy, pet therapy, special events and family support programs for kids at the hospital. Recent updates to The Zone include: • In The Zone TV studio, which opened in late 2015 and broadcasts child-friendly programming to televisions in the hospital. • The Splatter Art Room, developed with support from Norman High School’s Tigerpalooza, and is The Zone’s first space to support visual arts in the creative arts program. • “GREEN” Room, which stands for “Grow, Relax, Explore, Energize, Nurture,” and is a multisensory space for many uses, including for children with sensory aversions. • A space to practice mindfulness or relaxation. • Microsoft Wall with the latest Xbox One games. • Music therapy program, animal therapy program and more.


Presbyterian Health Foundation awards more than $3.7 million in grants to OUHSC, OMRF The Presbyterian Health Foundation has awarded $3.73 million in new grants to the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation. The grants will support more than 30 research and clinical projects, purchase scientific equipment and provide a recruitment package for a new senior-level researcher. “As biomedical research grants become exceedingly difficult to receive from the National Institutes of Health and other organizations, it is exciting for Presbyterian Health Foundation to be at the forefront and begin filling that gap,” said PHF President Tom R. Gray, III. “These grants will increase the research dollars going to experienced and emerging scientists at OUHSC and OMRF and will allow Oklahoma researchers to continue their important work. It will also support them as they pursue medical discoveries and future funding opportunities.” Grants were awarded in categories that included seed projects, bridge funding, scientific equipment and recruiting assistance. Researchers at OUHSC received $2.65 million in PHF funds to advance discoveries in a variety of initiatives in cancer, stroke, obesity, aging and heart disease, including purchases of specialized laboratory equipment. Grants were awarded to senior-level scientists and clinicians, often collaborating in teams, including a focus on early career faculty. One project focuses on communication among nerve cells in the aging brain, as well as information processing and memory function in the nervous system. Researchers hope to develop new ways to achieve progress in early diagnosis and effective treatment of neurodegenerative diseases like dementia and Alzheimer’s. In another, scientists will seek to understand why a patient’s immune system appears to fail when it encounters the strain of Clostridium difficile that produces the most virulent toxins. The Clostridium difficile bacterium is the leading cause of hospital-acquired infections and the 16th highest cause of death in people over 65. 6

University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center Senior Vice President and Provost Jason Sanders, M.D., M.B.A., Presbyterian Health Foundation President Tom Gray, III, and Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation President Stephen Prescott, M.D. “Investments from PHF tremendously accelerate and enhance our OUHSC research programs,” said Jason Sanders, M.D., M.B.A., senior vice president and provost at OUHSC. “The funding is vital in helping our researchers take their investigations to the next stage of discovery.” OMRF researchers will benefit from $1,086,267 in grant awards to support research projects in areas that include autoimmune illness, retinal disease, cancer and age-related muscle loss. A PHF grant will also help provide funds for a new scientist whose work focuses on neurodegenerative diseases. Michael Beckstead, Ph.D., will join OMRF in September from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. He studies the role that dopamine neurons play in Parkinson’s disease and drug addiction, with a goal of finding new ways to treat both conditions. With new grants from PHF, three other OMRF scientists will use the funding for a groundbreaking gene(Continued on page 40)

Oklahoma DNA Laboratory Awarded Accreditation under FBI Quality Assurance Standards DNA Solutions, an Oklahoma City based genetic testing laboratory, announces the expansion of its accreditations to include the FBI Quality Assurance Standards (QAS) accreditation. This newest accreditation is a demonstration of DNA Solutions’ commitment to high-quality and an addition to the accreditations it maintains from the American Association of Blood Banks (AABB) and ISO/IEC 17025:2005. DNA Solutions is one of a select few private laboratories in the United States that has the combination of QAS, AABB, and ISO/IEC 17025 accreditations which includes accreditation in Mitochondrial sequencing. A QAS accredited laboratory is a DNA laboratory that receives national recognition within the forensic science community for meeting FBI Director’s Quality Assurance Standards. This accreditation ensures that the work DNA Solutions performs is in accordance with the provisions of the Federal DNA Identification Act. Genetic results issued by DNA Solutions pursuant to these standards are therefore eligible to be uploaded into the Combined DNA Index System, which is the FBI’s program of support for criminal justice DNA databases.

For more information on DNA Solutions forensic testing services, please visit: DNA Solutions is a genetic testing laboratory and offers fast DNA analysis services with the latest technologies and highest quality.

DNA Solutions’ has over 17 years’ experience generating valuable genetic data to agencies worldwide to assist in animal and human forensic casework. Dr. Brandt Cassidy, DNA Solutions’ laboratory director and forensic technical leader states, “QAS expands DNA Solutions’ service capabilities to now include outsourced forensic work from crime laboratories across the country.” Such cases include: identification of evidence to assist in homicide investigations, missing persons, burglary, assault/ battery, sexual assault or other criminal activity.


Local Geneticist Receives National Mentorship Award The American Society of Human Genetics has awarded OU Children’s Physicians Geneticist John J. Mulvihill, M.D., its 2017 Mentorship Award. Mulvihill holds the Children’s Hospital Foundation’s Kimberly V. Talley Chair in Genetics and is also a professor of Pediatrics at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. Additionally, he is a senior consultant to the division of Genomic Medicine in the National Human Genome Research Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health. The ASHG Mentorship Award recognizes members who have significant records of accomplishment as mentors. It is open to individuals at all academic ranks who have shown a sustained pattern of exemplary mentorship at the graduate, postdoctoral, residency or fellowship level. The award presentation, which includes a plaque and $10,000 prize, will take place on Friday, October 20, during the organization’s 67th Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida. “It’s an incredible honor for me to accept this recognition from my colleagues and outstanding mentees, whose careers and lives I’ve been privileged to touch,” Mulvihill said. “Mentorship in genetics, science and medicine is a life-long duty and joy.” Over the years, Mulvihill has founded multiple successful genetics training programs across the country, and has personally mentored trainees across fields and career stages through these programs. In 1983, while serving as clinical genetics section chief in the National Cancer Institute’s Clinical Epidemiology Branch, he helped launch the NIH Interinstitute Medical Genetics Training Program, which he directed until 1989. He then founded the department of Human Genetics at the University of Pittsburgh, where he served as professor and co-director of the Pittsburgh Genetics Institute until 1998. That same year, he founded the section of Pediatric Genetics at the OU College of Medicine, where he later established the Medical Genetics Residency Program and the master’s program in Genetic Counseling. His research has focused on the genetics of human cancer, particularly late genetic and reproductive effects in cancer survivors and germ cell mutagenesis. With more than 960 doctors and advanced practice providers, OU Physicians is the state’s largest physician group. Its practice encompasses almost every adult and child specialty. Many OU Physicians have expertise in the management of complex conditions that is unavailable elsewhere in the state, region or sometimes even the nation. Some have pioneered 8

surgical procedures or innovations in patient care that are world firsts. More than 290 of OU Physicians doctors and advanced practice providers 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 cannot 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. OU Physicians see patients in their offices at the OU Health Sciences Center and 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.

Family Nurse Practitioner Joins Oklahoma Allergy & Asthma Clinic Elisa Thompson of Edmond has joined the Oklahoma Allergy & Asthma Clinic practice. Thompson, a certified Family Nurse Practitioner, started her career in pediatrics and transitioned into Asthma, Allergy and Immunology two years ago. Thompson received her first bachelor’s degree from Austin College in Sherman, Texas, with a concentration in biology and psychology. She then went on to earn her bachelor of science degree in nursing from the University of Oklahoma College of Nursing. Elisa completed her master’s degree in nursing and Family Nurse Practitioner certification at the University of Missouri, Kansas City. “I’ve always been attracted to specialty medicine,” said Thompson. “As an RN, I spent seven years in various critical care areas. As an allergy and asthma patient myself, I am very sympathetic to the environmental challenges that living in Oklahoma can bring.” Thompson is passionate about patient education and collaborative patient-health care provider relationships. She is also particularly interested in asthma education, immune dysfunction, the hygiene hypothesis (lack of early childhood exposure to infectious agents, symbiotic microorganisms such as the gut flora or probiotics, and parasites increases susceptibility to allergic diseases by suppressing the natural development of the immune system) and food allergy – specifically the sociologic and psychology impacts. She is also proud to call Oklahoma home as a native to the state. She and her husband reside in Edmond with their two children. In her free time, she enjoys cook-

ing, vegetable gardening, taking photographs, playing music, fitness and being active in her church. The Oklahoma Allergy & Asthma Clinic main office is on the Oklahoma Health Center campus. For patient convenience, satellite offices are located in Edmond, Midwest City, northwest Oklahoma City and Norman. Visit the OAAC website at to view the addresses for all Oklahoma Allergy and Asthma Clinic locations. To make an initial appointment for an allergy, asthma, or immunology problem or to request more information, please call (405) 2350040 or visit the website.

New Support Group Begins This Month On Thursday, July 27, the Cancer Rehabilitation Clinic will host its first Lymphedema Support Group. The goal of the Lymphedema Support Group is to connect Oklahoma residents with resources, support and education to help manage living with lymphedema. Please pass this information along to anyone who may be interested. Stephenson Cancer Center, Seminar Room 5058, Thursday, July 27, 6 - 8 p.m. From 6 to 6:30 p.m., attendees may browse a variety of vendor products developed for those living with lymphedema. The program begins at 6:30 p.m. This group will meet quarterly and is open to anyone in the community regardless of where treatment is, or was, received. For more information or to RSVP, contact the Cancer Rehabilitation Clinic 405-271-7635. Speak to Christina Wright or Vicky Davidson.


C.H.A.M.P. Camp Chips and cookies versus fruits and vegetables- it’s a decision that kids face every day; and far too often the chips and cookies win out. The Children’s Healthy Activity and Meal Planning Camp, or C.H.A.M.P. Camp, is the week-long annual summer camp hosted by the Department of Nutritional Sciences that teaches 5th, 6th, and 7th graders from the community about the importance of making healthy choices, food safety and kitchen skills. The camp is directed by Brian dela Cruz, M.S., R.D., L.D., instructor and clinical coordinator for the Department of Nutritional Sciences. “We are teaching them about healthy eating, the importance of each food group and how they can put meals together that contains all of the essential nutrients,” said dela Cruz. “Our goal is for the kids to walk away knowing that cooking healthy is easy and you can do it with the common ingredients found in most homes.” Camp coaches, who are master’s program students and interns training to be registered dietitians at the college, design the camp’s activities. Some of the activities include stretching, yoga, water balloon relay races and craft making. They also had hands-on activities where they learned etiquette at the dinner table, proper hand washing techniques, how to use a knife and how to plant herbs in a pot. The campers learn the essentials of food safety as they prepare their own healthy meals and snacks each day of camp. “We show them that it is just as easy to cut up fruit as it is to grab a bag of chips,” said dela Cruz. The hope is that by giving the kids a chance to engage in a week filled with a variety of health-focused activities, they will be more likely to maintain a healthy diet afterward and possibly even pass their newfound knowledge on to their family and friends. “I’ve learned to try new things and be more open-minded. Like some things that I wouldn’t normally eat, I try them in a different way, and they are actually good,” said 11-year-old camper Olivia Finch. The campers and coaches also take a field trip each year; this summer they went to the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma where they learned about sustainability and growing your own foods. The camp theme 10

this year was Made in Oklahoma and a number of companies that are based here or got their start here donated to the effort. On the final day of camp, the kids get to put their newfound knowledge to the test by cooking lunch for their families. The campers prepare all aspects of the meal and invite their parents and siblings to taste what they’ve learned. The final ceremony and lunch were hosted in the Carole A. Sullivan Atrium in the College of Allied Health.

Plan to Obtain Back to School Birth Certificates Now The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) urges parents to avoid the last-minute scramble and long lines to get their children’s birth certificates. Early August is usually the busiest time of the year to get birth records for children going back to school. Birth records are available at three locations in the state: Oklahoma City - OSDH, 1000 N.E. 10th Street; Tulsa - James O. Goodwin Health Center, 5051 S. 129th East Ave.; and McAlester - Pittsburg County Health Department, 1400 East College Ave.

com or by phone at 1-877-817-7364. An additional fee is charged by VitalChek for this service. All major credit cards are accepted. For more information, visit or call (405) 271-4040. Media inquiries should be directed to Cody McDonell at the OSDH Office of Communications at (405) 271-5601.

Parents can avoid the rush and plan to visit or contact these facilities now to obtain their children’s birth records. Birth certificates are issued between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, except for legal holidays. It is recommended parents arrive early to avoid the long lines. To obtain a copy of a birth certificate, qualified applicants will need to provide their government issued photo ID, the child’s full name, date of birth, place of birth, and parents’ full names (including the maiden name of the mother). Applications, as well as a complete list of authorized applicants, are available online at http:// The cost for a birth certificate is $15, which will provide for a search for the birth record and issuance of one certified copy of a birth certificate. Additional copies are $15 each. The search fee is not refundable or transferable. Adoptions, paternities, and other amendment requests may be subject to an additional administrative fee. Checks or money orders must be made payable to the Vital Records Service. Eligible applicants can also apply for birth certificates by mailing their completed application, a copy of their government issued photo ID, and a check for the appropriate fees to: Vital Records Office, Oklahoma State Department of Health, 1000 N.E. 10th Street, Oklahoma City, OK 73117 (allow at least 8 weeks for receipt of the record). While the OSDH does not accept internet orders directly, for your convenience, you may submit a request through VitalChek Network, Inc. at www.vitalchek. 11

Nonprofit shaved ice stand promotes financial literacy, college for its employees by Carla Hinton, The Oklahoman Photos by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman


Twice as nICE Red wild cherry-flavored syrup trickling down over a large cup of shaved ice is a chilly treat to beat the heat. The sweet indulgence is doing its part to keep Plaza District visitors cool and refreshed — but there’s more this summer. The icy treats are part of the twofold mission of the new nonprofit Sasquatch Shaved Ice stand at 1700 NW 16. Opened in June by Whitley and Ranya O’Connor, the stand was designed to offer affordable desserts while employing high school students who live in the Classen Ten Penn neighborhood, south of the Plaza District. The O’Connors said the snowcone stand hopes to propel its young employees to their high school graduation and college dreams. The shaved ice stand is matching each employees’ college savings dollar-fordollar in a college savings account through a partnership with Oklahoma Employees Credit Union, which also provided seed money for the venture. And, to help the young shaved ice mavericks gain critical financial knowledge, the credit union has provided each one with a checking and savings account and enrolled them in a monthly financial literacy program to help them before they head off into their higher education futures. Whitley O’Connor said the snowcone program was adapted from a similar initiative in San Francisco. Ranya O’Connor said she remembered all the knowledge she gleaned while working at Eskimo Sno in Norman, and she wanted to give a similar opportunity to teens in Classen Ten Penn, where she and her husband live. Whitley O’Connor said they worked with counselors at Northwest Classen High School and representatives of the Community Action Agency to find teens from their neighborhood who could walk to the shaved ice and who would be inclined to embrace the program. The couple said the stand employs six teens who seemed to welcome the chance for a nearby job with financial, as well as flavorful, benefits. The pair said a 2013 study from the University of Kansas found that teens who save at least $500 are three times more likely to attend college and four times more likely to graduate. With the Sasquatch program matching employees’ savings of at least 10 percent per paycheck, the

O’Connor’s are hoping to set the teens on the path to developing lifelong healthy saving habits. Opportunity to work, save On a recent afternoon, Kimberly Rodriguez, 15, and Eriyonna Berry, 17, crafted flavored shaved ice concoctions for a steady stream of customers at Sasquatch Shaved Ice. Berry, a Northwest Classen student, said she liked the idea of working close to home plus “it also was an opportunity for me to save money for college and stuff.” Rodriguez, who attends ASTEC Charter School, said the shaved ice stand was her first job. She said she didn’t hesitate to take it because she heard college scholarships were often hard to come by. Carolina Garcia, 17, a Northwest Classen senior, said a teacher told her about the shaved ice stand and about the program’s dollar-for-dollar match. “I thought it was the perfect opportunity to save because they match it (her savings),” she said. Veronica Myers, whose daughter, Vicky, is part of the program, said she is excited. “It shows them some motivation, some structure and the importance of saving for college,” she said. “We were worried and concerned about college, and now this is giving us a little bit of hope.” Meanwhile, Garcia said she and the other Sasquatch employees have created a list of all the flavors they hope to try throughout the summer and plan to enjoy each one. One snowcone at a time The O’Connor’s said they have always liked the idea of businesses that serve a social purpose. They launched The Curbside Chronicle, a nonprofit magazine that provides employment opportunities to people who are homeless. Ranya O’Connor continues to operate the magazine for The Homeless Alliance and is a board member for the snowcone stand. The couple hopes the community will come out and support the newest venture, and thus far, they have been pleased with the response from Plaza District visitors and businesses. The shaved ice stand operates out of a shipping container that the O’Connor’s friends, Ben and Kinsey Crocker, revitalized for the program (and got a shaved ice flavor — “Binsey,” blue raspberry and raspberry with candy Nerds — named after them for it). (continued on page 40) 13

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. Easter Seals Oklahoma* 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. Radiation Therapy Center D. The Children’s Hospital E. Oklahoma Transplant Center F. OU Medical Center Surgical Services 15. OU University Research Park 655 Conference Center Pall Forte Oklahoma Business Roundtable Oklahoma State Regents OneNet OTRC OU Medical Center Financial Services OU Medical Center Marketing Presbyterian Health Foundation* Potts Family Foundation Pure Protein SIWA ViewSolid, Inc. 755 DNA Solutions COARE Biotech Haus Spaus Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center URP Management Office MedEncentive Moleculera NewSpin360 Nova Venture Services, LLC OCAST* OptumRX


Oklahoma Tobacco Research Center OUHSC Center for Intelligence and National Security* Potawatomi Federal Solutions Purmabiologics Sigma Blood Systems Sylvia Bottomley 800 Biolytx Pharmaceuticals Corp. Charlesson Comp. Risk Management Crisalis Cytovance Biologics EyeCRO Inoveon Oklahoma Health Center Foundation* OU Health Sciences Center* Transtimulation Research, Inc. Zanek 825 Camilles Sidewalk Cafe Richey’s Grill 840 ARL Bio Pharma* Cytovance Biologics DNA Solutions* Gear Up i2E, Inc. LabCorp Office of Educational Quality and Accountability Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education OU Physicians - Reproductive Medicine* OUHSC Financial Services* OUHSC Payroll* Selexys Pharmaceuticals 865 Accele Biopharma ARL Bio Pharma* Drik LLC Michael F. Price College of Business Miles Associates OUHSC Office of the Vice President for Administration and Finance* OUHSC Facilities Management* OUHSC Office of the Fire Marshal* OUHSC Grants and Contracts* OUHSC Office of Research Administration* OUHSC Vice President for Research* OUHSC Vivarium* University Health Club 885 Cytovance Biologics 16. University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center* A. Allied Health Practice Center B. Basic Sciences Education Building C. Campus Police Station

D. College of Allied Health E. College of Dentistry F. Biomedical Sciences Building G. Fran and Earl Ziegler College of Nursing H. Henry D. & Ida Mosier College of Pharmacy I. College of Public Health J. David L. Boren Student Union K. Don E. Hogg Greenhouse L. G. Rainey William Pavilion M. Harold Hamm Diabetes Center N. O’Donoghue Research Building - OU Medical Center Senior Health Clinic O. Stephenson Cancer Center P. Child Study Center Q. OU Physicians Building* R. OU Physicians Dermatology* S. OU Physicians Family Medicine Center* T. Robert M. Bird Library and Graduate College U. OUHSC Technology Center V. Service Center Building W. Stanton L. Young Biomedical Research Center X. Steam and Chilled Water Plant Y. University Health Club Z. University Village AA. OUHSC Faculty House BB. OUHSC (Formerly Oklahoma City Clinic) CC. OU Children’s Physicians 16. Oklahoma State Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services* (located off campus) 17. University Hospitals Authority and Trust* 18. Ronald McDonald House Charities of Oklahoma City* 19. Ronald McDonald Family Room (in The Children’s Hospital)* 20. Ronald McDonald House II (in Garrison Tower)* 21. Andrews Academic Tower (UHAT)* 22. Embassy Suites Downtown/Medical Center* 23. OK Kids Korral 24. Oklahoma Employees Credit Union* (located off campus)



Save the Date Oklahoma Health Center Breakfast Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017 Embassy Suites Oklahoma City Downtown / Medical Center | 741 N Phillips Avenue 7:30 to 9 a.m. Learn more about the value of the Oklahoma Health Center to our community. Guests will hear a panel discussion on how the Oklahoma Health Center Foundation’s 23 organization members are making a positive impact on Oklahoma's future through research, healthcare, social services and education. For more information on sponsorship and ticket sales please email or call 405-297-8921.

MIND MELD Mind Meld Networking Event – sharing ideas, resources and support to promote science, research and development Free Networking event • Food and Drink provided to share ideas and collaboration Each event will be held 5:30-7:30 p.m. September 7 Samis Education Center, 1200 Children’s Avenue, Oklahoma City, sponsored by University Hospital Authority & Trust November 30 Dean McGee Eye Institute, 608 Stanton L. Young Blvd., Oklahoma City Mind Meld mirrors the creative, optimistic and successful synergies the new proposed Innovation District will bring to the area surrounding the Oklahoma Health Center RSVP: RSVP: 16

ARL Bio Pharma, Inc.


Children’s Hospital Foundation


Dean McGee Eye Institute


DNA Solutions, Inc.


Easter Seals Oklahoma


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 Oklahoma Employees Credit Union


Embassy Suites




Tom Kupiec, Ph.D., President and CEO 840 Research Parkway Suite 546 Oklahoma City, OK 73104 Phone: (405)271 1144 Website: ARL Bio Pharma is a contract laboratory that provides analytical and microbiological testing services for the pharmaceutical industry. Our laboratory works with pharmaceutical companies, compounding and hospital pharmacies, drug manufacturers, academic institutions, and research scientists bringing excellence to pharmaceutical sciences. ARL recognizes the importance of providing quality testing services. With over 100,000 formulations tested, we assist our clients in providing quality drug products to their patients. Our services include: full analytical and research and development support, stability and compatibility studies, micro-


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


Kathy McCracken, Executive Director 6501 Broadway Extension, Suite 190 Oklahoma City, OK 73116 Phone: (405) 271-2260 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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Paula K. Porter, President & CEO 701 NE 13th Street Oklahoma City, OK 73104 Phone: (405)239-2525 Website: More than 56 million Americans have a disability, which accounts for approximately 19 percent of the population. Easter Seals Oklahoma is the leading nonprofit provider of services for individuals with disabilities and is trying to bridge the gap for the increasing number of Oklahomans needing services.

or improve their ability to remain independent. The program provides various activities to stimulate minds, promote social interaction and keep everyone moving. Our early learning and inclusion academy includes an onsite learning program for children with disabilities as well as typical children, and a peer integration program to increase early intervention. Consultation services are available for parents and teachers that need additional support and training on developmental disabilities. Easter Seals Oklahoma also provides direct financial assistance for children needing therapy, as well as a variety of rehabilitative equipment that is necessary for a child’s development. Medical rehabilitation is available onsite for behavioral, occupational and speech therapies. It is our mission at Easter Seals Oklahoma to enhance the quality of life for children and adults with disabilities so they may live with equality, dignity and independence. Thanks to the support of the community, we are able to fulfill our mission.

For more than 90 years, we have been offering help and hope to children and adults with disabilities and to the families who love them. Through therapy, training, education and support services, Easter Seals Oklahoma creates life-changing solutions so that people with disabilities can live, learn, work and play. Our adult day health center provides special care for adults who are unable to care for themselves for extended periods of time and enables them to maintain



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. 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


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.


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. 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.


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.


Terry Taylor, President 800 N. Research Parkway, Suite 400 Oklahoma City, OK 73103 Phone: (405) 271-2200 Website: 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, which seeks to establish the 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


Terry Cline, Ph.D. 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!

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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

Kris Wallace

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


Brian Lynn Offic Brian Maddy, Chief Executive Officer and Lynn Mitchell, M.D., Chief Medical Officer patient-center care, offering the most advanced cancer detection and treatment technology, the largest and most experienced group of cancer specialists, a wide array of supportive services and an environment that provides a warm and comforting experience for patients and caregivers. Members of the Cancer Center - including faculty from OU Health Sciences Center, OU Norman, OU Tulsa, Oklahoma State University and the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation - conduct innovative and nationally-funded cancer research in the basic, clinical and population sciences. Harold Hamm serves as the focal point for coordinating and expanding numerous avenues of research, patient care, education and prevention that are required to address the diabetes epidemic in a comprehensive manner. The Center offers outreach efforts throughout the state, partnering with communities and other agencies both inside and outside the University of Oklahoma. The Center was established by the University of Oklahoma with the goal of promoting the wellbeing of all people with or at high risk for diabetes in Oklahoma, regardless of ethnic background or financial status. OU Physicians see patients in their offices at the OU Health Sciences Center and in Edmond, Midwest City and other cities around Oklahoma. When hospitalization is necessary, they often admit patients to OU Medical Center. Many also care for their patients in other hospitals around the metro area. OU Physicians serve as faculty at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and train the region’s future physicians. For more information about OU Medicine, including OU Physicians and OU Children’s Physicians, go to 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 1301 NE 14th Street Oklahoma City, OK 73117 Ronald McDonald House and Main Phone: (405) 424-6873 Ronald McDonald House at The Children’s Hospital Phone: (405) 271-3180 Family Room at The Children’s Hospital Phone (405) 271-2215 Website: When a child is hospitalized or receiving ongoing medical treatment, we believe the love and support of family is as powerful as the strongest medicine. Unfortunately for most parents, being with a hospitalized child means eating out of vending machines and sleeping in chairs or bearing the expense of hotel rooms. That is why Ronald McDonald House Charities® Oklahoma City is here. Keeping families close . . . when they need it most At 89% of the world’s leading children’s hospitals, families benefit from at least one RMHC Core Program. The Children’s Hospital is served by the 14-BR Ronald McDonald House which has been located at NE 14th St and Lottie for more than 32 years, as well as the 14-BR Ronald McDonald House located in Garrison Tower at The Children’s Hospital that opened in 2015. At our Houses, families can have a bedroom of their own with a comfortable bed, a family-style kitchen with home-cooked meals, and laundry facilities for their personal use. Worried moms and dads can talk to one another, sharing their hopes and fears. For the child who is sick or injured, having a Ronald McDonald House means that they can rest easier, knowing that mom and dad are nearby. The Ronald McDonald Family Room®, located on the sixth floor of The Children’s Hospital, opened in 2008 34

for day-use respite services. Parents can relax and regroup just steps away from their child’s bedside. The positive, comforting environment of all three facilities allows the families to focus on their children’s healing process. Services are available to any family with a child 21 years of age or younger receiving medical treatment in Oklahoma City area, regardless of their economic status. Ronald McDonald House Charities Oklahoma City relies on donors and the community for support of daily operations. Guest families stay at no cost and are never turned away due to the lack of finances. The organization offers career opportunities within the charity, at the Houses and Family Room to help with the daily operations. For open positions, please visit Interested candidates should submit a resume to careers@ Volunteers are the heart of our charity. Individuals or groups can volunteer in either the Houses or the Family Room. Volunteers can help by performing weekly duties such as cleaning, organizing, repair work, maintaining flowerbeds, managing the front desk or performing office work. The organization accepts donated food items and supplies from the public to provide a clean and comfortable environment for all of the guests. Volunteers can donate time through outside fundraisers, at the Houses or Family Room and at annual events such as Walk for Kids and the Red Shoe Gala. Volunteers can also participate through the Guest Chef program at RMHC-OKC. Individuals, small groups or organizations can prepare and serve a fresh-made meal for guest families. Meals may be prepared in the wellequipped kitchen or arranged from a restaurant or deli. For more information about Ronald McDonald House Charities Oklahoma City, please visit www.rmhc-okc. org or call (405) 424-6873.


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

• 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.




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.


Member 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.


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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 Employees Credit Union (OECU) has been happy to help Oklahomans for over 60 years. In 2003, OECU was granted a community charter which opened membership to anyone who lives, works, worships or attends school in the Oklahoma City Metro Area. The financial services industry is rich with innovation and OECU is at the forefront offering digital document signing, Apple Pay™, Touch ID™ and apps for Android™ and iPhone®. If you’re looking for top-rated technology from your financial institution then OECU is right for you. OECU loves to support community efforts around the Oklahoma City Metro. For example, over the last 5 years donations totaling more than $141,000 have been presented to The Children’s Hospital Foundation. OECU also values the importance of keeping your money local and partners with Keep it Local OK, Plaza District and Uptown 23rd on community enhancement initiatives. Don’t be surprised when you find OECU


staff passing out goodies from their Treat Trike and volunteering at events around OKC. In 2012, OECU opened a flagship branch at 3001 North Lincoln Boulevard conveniently located 1.5 miles north of the Oklahoma Health Center Campus. OECU offers two ATMs located on campus. You will find our ATMs inside the OU Medical Center and at the Presbyterian Professional Building. OECU members also enjoy free access to over 900 ATMs across Oklahoma. Currently, OECU has almost half a billion dollars in assets, employs 125 people and offers branch access at over 91 locations across Oklahoma and over 5,000 locations nationwide. OECU serves over 40,000 people who enjoy benefits such as low or no fees on services, higher rates on deposits, and low rates on home or auto loans. To keep your money local and join a community that puts people first, not profits visit or call 405.606.6328 today.

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Sasquatch Snow Cones... CONTINUED from PAGE 13 Painted a vibrant turquoise color with deep blue accents, the stand sits near the corner of NW 16 and Blackwelder, along with a few picnic tables on stretch of green turf. Whitley O’Connor said Sasquatch has attracted everyone from platinum credit card holders to little girls emptying out their piggy banks. He said the shaved ice stand offers affordable concoctions for everyone and will hopefully help the teen employees, their families and friends from nearby neighborhoods feel like the Plaza District belongs to them as much as anyone else. And customers will find an assortment of flavors meant to attract people from all walks of life and backgrounds. Ranya O’Connor said the Sasquatch stand includes 110 individual flavors, nine sugar-free options plus several all-natural options that are dye-free, color-free and free of artificial flavors. She said the stand also includes many flavors that Hispanics may know and love because the surrounding community includes many Hispanic families. She said flavors like Tajin (a seasoning), Dulce de Leche, Horchata, Tamarindo and Chamoya are offered “to cater to that community so that they know they are welcome here and they can enjoy the flavors they grew up with.” To learn more Sasquatch Shaved Ice, 1700 NW 16. For more information or to donate, go to

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On Miracle Treat Day, $1 or more from every Blizzard treat sold at participating DQ® locations will be donated to your local Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals®. Every minute, 62 children enter a Children’s Miracle Network Hospital for treatment. Purchase a Blizzard® treat on Thursday, July 27, and help DQ help kids. Buy A Blizzard® Treat, Make a Miracle.

Whitley and Ranya O’Connor are the owners of Sasquatch Shaved Ice.

Presbyterian Health Foundation awards... CONTINUED from PAGE 6 editing technique known as CRISPR. This will enable the OMRF researchers to do further studies related to blood vessel formation, lymphedema and heart disease. “Funding of this type provides a huge boost to OMRF’s research efforts,” said OMRF President Stephen Prescott, M.D. “Many research projects hold great promise but lack the resources needed to succeed. When local champions like Presbyterian Health Foundation step in to support that work, it opens many exciting new doors.” Since 1985, PHF has awarded grants totaling more than $160 million. This latest round of grants continues PHF’s commitment to investing in local biomedical research, said Gray. “The funding will help continue to foster an environment in our state where scientists can pursue innovative research—work that, we hope, will ultimately lead to new therapies for debilitating diseases.”

July 2017 Innovate E-Magazine  

The monthly e-magazine of the Oklahoma Health Center

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