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INNOVATE The best Father’s Day gift: A healthy heart

A publication of the Oklahoma Health Center Foundation

The Oklahoma Health Center

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 The best Father’s Day gift is a healthy heart

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Dean McGee Eye Institute Targets Cancer With Radioactive Seeds

American Fidelity Hosts 100th Blood Drive for Oklahoma Blood Institute

8 Save the Date: Oklahoma Health Center Breakfast

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Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation President Stephen Prescott, M.D., (far left) with his son, John, and his father, Mack, on Mack’s 90th birthday in 2011.

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Whether your Father’s Day tradition is taking in a ball game, hitting the links or firing up the grill, the most important part is spending time with your dad.

in fried foods, snack foods and baked goods. “But they’re far more deadly than the saturated fats they replaced,” said Prescott.

But in Oklahoma and across the country, one illness is taking fathers away from their families prematurely and at an alarming rate: heart disease.

Trans fats increase artery-clogging LDL cholesterol, decrease protective HDL cholesterol, damage the lining of arteries and cause inflammation, which can destabilize arterial plaque and lead to a heart attack or stroke.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men in the U.S., killing one in every four males. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 70 percent of sudden cardiac events occur in men, and half of the men who die suddenly of coronary disease have no previous symptoms. “The good news is, if you’re a father—or the spouse, sibling, friend or child of a father—there are straightforward steps that can lower heart disease risk significantly,” said Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation President Stephen Prescott, M.D., a heart researcher (and also a father).

“Although many food manufacturers have cut back on using trans fats, even a small amount can substantially raise your heart disease risk,” said Prescott. A mere two percent bump in calories from trans fats can raise coronary disease risk by as much as 29 percent. To avoid trans fats, Prescott recommends two easy steps: “Don’t eat any packaged foods that have the words ‘partially hydrogenated’ in their ingredient list, and unless a restaurant says it’s trans fat-free, try to steer clear from fried foods when eating out.”

1. Watch your waistline

4. Move it

It’s been known for some time that having an “apple” shape increases the risk for disease and death. But a 2014 study from Annals of Internal Medicine found that a man of normal body mass index with an abnormally large belly has an 87 percent higher risk for death than a man with the same B.M.I. but a normal waist-to-hip ratio. Women with large bellies also showed higher risk, but not at the same level as men.

After sitting in front of a computer for eight hours at work, Americans increasingly trade one seat and screen for another, heading for the couch to stream their favorite Netflix series. But this sedentary lifestyle may literally be killing us.

“Belly fat is especially deadly when it comes to heart disease in men,” said Prescott.

Unfortunately, these health outcomes may not be something we can reverse simply with visits to the gym. While regular exercise is beneficial, studies have consistently found that heart health is optimized when people also avoid long periods of inactivity.

A 2014 study from Harvard University showed that older men who engaged in regular weight training gained less belly fat than those who spent the same amount of time performing aerobic workouts. “Optimally, a combination of regular aerobic activities and weight work typically yields the best results,” said Prescott. 2. Kick butts We all know that tobacco use causes cancer. But it’s also a major contributor to heart disease. “Quitting smoking is one of the single biggest decisions you can make for heart health,” Prescott said. “Within just a few years, your risk for heart disease and stroke drop significantly.”

“Research has shown that sitting still for long periods of time is harmful to our health, leading to more heart disease and death,” said Prescott.

“It’s important that we move regularly,” said Prescott. “At work, try to get up and walk around every hour; take the stairs instead of the elevator. Then take the dog for a walk when you get home.” Scientists at OMRF are working hard to find new ways to treat heart disease, Prescott said. “But the most effective way fathers—and everyone else—can fight coronary disease is to make lifestyle choices that help prevent it in the first place.”

3. Steer clear of trans fats Trans fatty acids, or trans fats, were developed as a substitute for saturated fats like lard and can be found 5

Dean McGee Eye Institute Targets Cancer With Radioactive Seeds Ardmore man hopes procedure will save his eye and his life At first it was hardly noticeable, then a nuisance and then something much more for Matthew Lollman of Ardmore. Lollman, 44, has melanoma. It’s not on his skin, though, as one might suspect. It’s in his eye. “I actually had known that I had a blind spot and didn’t tell anybody for the longest time,” he said. Then at a gathering of friends, he joked about needing to buy a larger phone instead of just admitting to being over 40 and needing to have his eyes checked. That’s when a friend, who is also an optometrist, offered to take a look at his eyes for free. “Within 20 minutes, she noticed that it wasn’t just a normal vision problem. Every time she flipped a different lens over my eye, it still had the same result. It was as if someone put their finger and smudged over the camera lens,” Lollman said.

Matthew Lollman of Ardmore carefully examines fishing lures in his collection. The Ardmore, Oklahoma man with the help of a team of experts at the Dean McGee Eye Institute, Stephenson Cancer Center and OU Medicine is fighting to save his eye and his life after learning he has uveal melanoma, a rare, aggressive and potentially deadly cancer. 6

When she dilated his eyes, she noticed something more. There was a dark spot, almost like a freckle, in the back of his eye. She immediately recommended that he see a specialist at Dean McGee Eye Institute in Oklahoma City for further evaluation. There Dr. Brian Firestone, an ophthalmologist who specialized in cancers of the eye among other things, ran some tests and made the diagnosis. It was melanoma and it was in the part of his eye known as the uvea, the middle layer of the eye wall. “Uveal melanoma makes up only 3 percent of all cases of melanoma and occurs in just 6 out of a million people each year. So it’s not real common, but we do see it,” Firestone said. “The challenge is that uveal melanoma is a cancer that has the potential to spread from the eye to other parts of the body. So it really is best to treat it promptly.” Firestone said there are three main goals in treatment: 1) Save the patient’s life 2) Salvage the eye when possible 3) Retain as much useful vision as possible Lollman and his wife quickly began to research his condition and what they learned was sobering. “While other tumors tend to grow and then spread, ocular melanoma is different in that it spreads from the beginning. The moment it became a tumor, it spreads through your blood system,” Lollman said. Being very aware of the risk the cancer posed to his life, Lollman weighed his options. He considered having his eye removed. However, Firestone offered another option that would allow him to keep his eye – radioactive plaque therapy. “This treatment utilizes a small disc containing radioactive seeds surgically placed onto the eye over the tumor. Each plaque is custom-designed based on the size, shape and location of the tumor. The plaque

Dr. Brian Firestone and a team of specialists utilize a cutting-edge procedure that places a tiny gold disc containing radioactive seeds directly on a tumor located in the eye. The goal is to kill the cancer, save the eye and hopefully the patient’s life too.

remains on the eye for about 4 days and is then surgically removed. So no radiation remains on the eye after the treatment,” Firestone explained. Lollman and his wife decided it was the best option for him. So a team of experts was assembled, included Dr. Firestone and his colleagues at Dean McGee Eye Institute, Tania De La Fuente Herman, Ph.D., a radiation specialist with Stephenson Cancer Center and the surgical support team at OU Medicine Surgery Center. De La Fuente Herman carefully calculated the radiation dosage for the seeds that were then incorporated into the plaque. Next, the plaque was surgically implanted in Lollman’s eye in an operating room at the Surgery Center. Dr. Firestone also took a small sample of the tumor so that they could do special DNA testing on it. Four days later, Lollman returned to the OR and the plaque was removed. “The prognosis going forward is pretty good,” said Lollman with a tone of optimism in his voice.

He hopes to learn in 3 to 6 months that the tumor is shrinking. He knows that his vision in that eye may never be perfect, but he is grateful to his medical team and especially thankful his friend offered him a free eye exam. “The worst that could have happened is that I could have died on my couch not having known what was going on,” he said. Firestone said that Lollman’s story, though relatively rare, is actually not unusual. “Oftentimes, these patients either had no idea there was a problem in their eye or thought they lost vision because of another eye condition. They never expected to be diagnosed with an eye cancer,” Firestone said. “I get to help them through that with compassion and confidence. I get to help patients through a real crisis in their lives and that’s rewarding.”


American Fidelity Sponsors 100th Blood Drive With Oklahoma Blood Institute In a first of its kind, extraordinary milestone, American Fidelity Assurance Company sponsored its 100th blood drive with Oklahoma Blood Institute. Since the inaugural blood drive in 1981, generous American Fidelity employees have given more than 12,700 individual blood donations. On Tuesday, June 13, a commemoration at American Fidelity’s Oklahoma City office was held to celebrate the 100th blood drive and recognize employees who have given blood more than 100 times. American Fidelity’s 100th blood drive with Oklahoma Blood Institute was held Tuesday, June 20 and Wednesday, June 21. Oklahoma City-based American Fidelity is Oklahoma Blood Institute’s first sponsor group to reach the century mark for blood drives. American Fidelity employs approximately 2,000 people, including 1,300 in Oklahoma. It has consistently been named one of the nation’s 50 top performing life and health insurance companies and one of “Fortune” magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” in America. As the company continues to grow, so does its dedication to saving local lives. American Fidelity has added blood drives to its schedule, now holding several drives per year. “American Fidelity’s remarkable commitment to the Oklahoma City community has saved the lives of thousands of local patients over the years,” said John Armitage, M.D., president and CEO of Oklahoma Blood Institute. “One hundred blood drives is no ordinary achievement, and we are exceptionally grateful for American Fidelity’s continued support.” Oklahoma Blood Institute depends on 1,200 volunteer blood donors to ensure that blood needs are met at the hospitals it serves. Each blood donation saves the lives of up to three patients. “Giving blood is an easy way to give back. Having the option available at work means I don’t have to go anywhere, I don’t have to drive, it’s not a big time commitment, and yet I’ve helped save someone’s life,” said Linda Martin, American Fidelity compliance analyst and blood donor for more than 20 years. “I learned that my blood has rare properties that are in need, so if I can give, I do.” Appointments to give blood are not required but can be made by calling 877.340.8777 or visiting About Oklahoma Blood Institute In 2017, Oklahoma Blood Institute marks 40 years of serving as the donor-to-patient lifeline, providing hope, healing and comfort to local patients. Oklahoma Blood Institute is now the nation’s 9th largest non-profit blood center, serving 165 hospitals and medical facilities statewide. About American Fidelity American Fidelity Assurance Company is a supplemental benefits provider with a focus on offering a different opinion for Customers in education, municipality, auto retail and healthcare. It serves more than 1 million Customers across 49 states. More information can be found at


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. June 1 Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics, Bernice Shedrick Library, 1141 N Lincoln Blvd., Oklahoma City 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:

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Summer Safety, Poison Prevention

As people enjoy the summer spending more time outdoors, calls to the Oklahoma Center for Poison and Drug Information increase accordingly. Keep the poison help-line number programmed in your cell phone to have this valuable resource immediately available when you’re on the go. If you experience some form of exposure or have a question about the following products/chemicals, call 1-800-222-1212 right away. Sunscreen • Apply sunscreen 30 minutes before going outside and re-apply every two hours or after swimming. • Apply sunscreen carefully to the face and rinse thoroughly if it gets in the eyes. • Sunscreens are less effective if used beyond the expiration date. • Certain medications can make skin more sensitive to burning faster. Ask your pharmacist or call the poison center to see if this is a concern with your medicine. Pool Chemicals • Store products in their original containers, out of the reach and sight of children in a cool, dry and well-ventilated area. • Always add chemicals to the water. Never add water to the chemicals. • Never add chemicals to the water while someone is in the pool. • Never mix different chemicals unless the label specifically instructs you to do so. • Follow the label directions exactly regarding the use and disposal of chemicals. Insect Repellent DEET (N, N-diethyl-m-toluamide) is an ingredient in most insect repellents. Concentrations of DEET in repellent can vary widely. • If DEET gets in the eyes, it may cause irritation, pain and watery eyes. • DEET products left on skin for extended periods of time may cause irritation, redness, a rash and swelling. • Swallowing products containing DEET may cause stomach upset, vomiting and nausea. • Do not use insect repellent on infants under the age of 2 months. • Place netting over a stroller or carrier to provide a protective barrier. • Apply insect repellent on a child by first applying on your own hands, then rub on the child’s skin. • Reapply only if the product is no longer working. • Wash your hands after applying insect repellent. 10

• Don’t apply repellent under clothing or to broken or irritated skin. • Do not use repellent near food. • Keep repellent out of the reach and sight of children. • Do not use human insect repellent on pets. Many poisonings could be prevented simply by storing chemicals in their original containers. Do not store poisonous products in any kind of beverage container, such as glasses or soda bottles. Torch Fuel / Lighter Fluid • Keep fuel and lighter fluid out of the reach of children. Some of the most serious calls to the poison center involve these products. • Because these fuels are lighter than water, they can easily get into the lungs if a drink is taken. Permanent lung damage or death may result. • In addition to the danger in swallowing these fuels, they also can be harmful if splashed into the eyes, on the skin or in the nose. Wash your hands after handling these products. • Symptoms of exposure include coughing, shortness of breath and drowsiness. Fireworks / Glow Sticks • Fireworks often come in attractive packaging may resemble candy to a child. Swallowing any amount of fireworks can be harmful. • Burned or used fireworks may still contain chemicals such as potassium nitrate, white phosphorus, barium chlorate and arsenic. They should be kept out of the reach of children and animals. • Swallowing a small amount of the liquid from a glow stick is minimally toxic, causing only minor irritation of the mouth or throat. The liquid also may cause minor skin redness or irritation. Wash off of the skin with soap and water. • If glow-stick liquid is squirted into the eyes, it may cause serious injury. Irrigate eyes thoroughly using only water. Do not use eye drops meant to reduce redness. After thorough irrigation, call the poison center for further instructions and information. For other helpful information, visit Oklahomapoison. org

Regarding Essential Oils

Increasing interest in the use of essential oils is the likely cause of a corresponding increase in calls to the Oklahoma Center for Poison and Drug Information. “In 2012 and 2013, we averaged 200 calls per year about human exposures to essential oils,” said Scott Schaeffer, managing director of the center. “This was followed by a 25 percent increase in 2014, and the numbers continue to rise. In 2016, we received 369 calls.” Schaeffer said most exposures have resulted in only minimal problems. Still, some situations have potential to become life-threatening. He said it’s important to remember that ease of availability increases risk for exposure, noting that essential oils are rarely sold in childresistant packaging. Many users of essential oils claim health benefits, but little scientific research exists in this area. While small amounts of oil applied to the skin are unlikely to cause more than minor irritation, if oil gets in the eyes or is swallowed by a child, perhaps attracted to the color or scent, more serious problems can arise. The staff at the center reminds everyone to keep essential oils out of the reach of children. If your child gets into essential oils or any other product, you can reach a nurse or pharmacist 24 hours a day at the Oklahoma Center for Poison and Drug Information.

Public Health Lab Funding and Establishment of Cigarette Fee Highlight Health Initiatives Approved by the Legislature The health of Oklahomans will benefit from two measures approved by the 2017 session of the legislature. Legislators approved the issuance of bonds for the construction of a new Public Health Laboratory (PHL) and also approved establishing a $1.50 fee charged to wholesalers who distribute cigarettes. By passing the bill to provide funding for the lab, legislators helped prevent the possibility of the current 45-year old facility losing accreditation. Bonding authority will fund construction of a modern-designed laboratory and allow the PHL to be more efficient and effective at testing. Construction of the new laboratory is expected to be completed by 2019 on state-owned property south of the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) central office in Oklahoma City. The PHL provides vital laboratory testing that protects the public against the spread of infectious disease and ensures newborns can thrive through early identification of genetic disorders. Each year, the PHL processes more than 700,000 tests for various illnesses and more than 53,000 newborns are screened for inherited disorders. Establishing the fee on cigarettes will save the state $1.2 billion dollars in long term health costs and prevent 16,700 lives from ending prematurely due to smoking-related health costs. In addition, it will stop 28,200 children from becoming adult smokers and result in more than 30,000 current smokers who choose to quit rather than pay the new fee. Governor Mary Fallin has signed the legislation and the fee will go into law in 90 days. “We are grateful to the House, Senate and Governor Fallin for realizing the critical need for this focus on health issues,” said OSDH Commissioner and HHS Cabinet Secretary Dr. Terry Cline. “We also recognize that it was a difficult budget year and that it took incredible courage to recognize that these issues could not be postponed any longer.” 11

Dancing For A Miracle Marks 10th Anniversary Saturday, August 19th 6 p.m. Norman Embassy Suites

In 2008, its inaugural year, Dancing For a Miracle featured four celebrity dancers with 200 guests attending. Last year, this premier fundraiser boasted 10 celebrity dancers, more than 900 guests and raised more than $440,000 for the Children’s Hospital Foundation, part of the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. All funds raised through Children’s Hospital Foundation stay in Oklahoma to ensure our children have access to exceptional pediatric care close to home. The World of Disney will be featured as the theme of this year’s event, with every performance inspired by the soundtrack of childhood fantasy. Sponsorships are available, from $2,500 to $30,000. In whatever amount, each sponsorship helps advance pediatric research. More information coming soon. Learn more about sponsorship opportunities and reserve your tickets now: https://

2016 Dancing For A Miracle Join the Stephenson Cancer Center for an all-day Gynecologic Cancers Survivor’s Workshop for cancer patients, survivors, and family members. Topics include: Genetic Testing / Tumor Testing, Ovarian Cancer 101 (What is it? How Do We Treat and Why?), Screening 101 (Ovarian, Endometrial, Cervical), Vaccinations and Prevention, Targeted Therapies (Why Isn’t Everyone Getting Immuno-Oncology Drugs?), and Supportive Care and Survivorship (Including Lymphedema, Sexual Health, Physical Therapy). All are welcome to attend, regardless of where you received treatment, and whether you are recently diagnosed or years post treatment. Breakfast and lunch will be provided, and there is no cost to attend. RSVP: Questions: Call (405) 271-253 or email 12


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. Oklahoma City Clinic/Global Health Inc. 9. Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation (OMRF)* 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. Oklahoma State Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services* 13. Department of Human Services 14. OU Medical Center* A. Presbyterian Office Building B. OU Medical Center C. Radiation Therapy Center D. The Children’s Hospital E. Oklahoma Transplant Center F. OU Medical Surgery Center 15. OU University Research Park (formerly Presbyterian Health Foundation Research Park) Building 800 Biolytx Charlesson COAREBiotech Crisalis Cytovance Biologics EyeCRO GoEngineer Inoveon Oklahoma Health Center Foundation* OU Health Sciences Center* Silvan Link It Zanek Building 840 ARL - Analytical Research Laboratories* 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 Building 655 Caisson Conference Center Heparinex Hyalose Oklahoma Business Roundtable Oklahoma State Regents OneNet OTRC OU Medical Center Financial Services OU Medical Center Marketing/PR* Presbyterian Health Foundation* Potts Family Foundation Pure Protein SensiQ Technologies SIWA Building 755 EpimedX Haus Management Office Medencentive Moleculera New Spin 360 OCAST* OK Family Health Pattern OptumRX OU Public Affairs* OUHSC Center for Intelligence and National Security* OUHSC Facilities Management* OUHSC Financial Services – Administration* OUHSC Office of the Fire Marshal* Polyskope Labs Potawatomi Federal Solutions Productive T/Sigma Purmabiologics Sigma Blood Systems United Healthcare Building 825 Camilles Richey’s Building 885 Cytovance Biologic Manufacturing Building 865 Accele Biopharma Analytical Edge Drik LLC Safety Testing

Miles & Associates OUHSC Grants and Contracts* OUHSC Office of Research Administration* OUHSC Vice President for Research* OUHSC Vivarium* 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. College of Medicine/Biomedical Sciences Building G. College of Nursing H. College of Pharmacy I. College of Public Health J. David L. Boren Student Union K. Don E. Hogg Greenhouse L. G. Rainey Williams Pavilion M. Harold Hamm Diabetes Center N. O’Donoghue Research Building O. Stephenson Cancer Center P. OU Children’s Physicians* Q. Child Study Center R. OU Physicians* Building S. Mark Allen Everett Dermatology Building* T. Family Medicine Center* U. Robert M. Bird Library & Graduate College V. Rogers Building W. Service Center Building X. Stanton L. Young Biomedical Research Center Y. Steam and Chilled Water Plant Z. University Health Club AA. University Village (owned by OUNorman) 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. Founders Plaza at Stiles Park featuring The Beacon of Hope 22. OK Kids Corral 23. Embassy Suites* Children’s Hospital Foundation* (not currently on campus) 24. Oklahoma Employees Credit Union* (not on campus) 25. GE Global Research*



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.

Oklahoma Mothers’ Milk Bank Raises more than $10,000 at Inaugural Friends of the Milk Bank Luncheon

The Oklahoma Mothers’ Milk Bank (OMMB) raised more than $10,000 at its inaugural Friends of the Milk Bank luncheon, which was held last month at the CHK|Central Boathouse. Oklahoma has one of the highest rates of preterm births in the nation, with one in seven babies born preterm. The use of human milk increases the survival and development of these babies. Funds raised at this year’s luncheon will provide critical help to milk bank initiatives, including expanding OMMB services to benefit more Oklahoma babies. During the luncheon, milk bank executive director Rebecca Mannel provided guests with an overview and history of the milk bank. Mothers who have donated milk as well as families of babies who have received milk shared stories of how the milk bank has personally impacted them. “As a mother of two NICU babies, I understand the critical importance breast milk serves in the first hours and days of a premature baby’s life. I am so proud and delighted that Oklahoma has a milk bank for donor breast milk, providing lifesaving nutrition to critically ill babies whose mothers may not be able to produce enough milk, or any milk at all. While attending the Friends of the Milk Bank luncheon, I was impressed by the process of milk donation, and of the amazing and selfless women in our state who make such a profound and lasting impact in the lives of others,” Beth Wylie, Business Administrator, OU Health Sciences Center. The luncheon’s premier sponsor was the Chickasaw Nation, and other sponsors included Oklahoma Blood Institute, Stephenson Cancer Center, Oklahoma Hospital Association, Presbyterian Health Foundation, and the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the OU Health Sciences Center. For more information about the Oklahoma Mothers’ Milk Bank, to donate breast milk or make a monetary donation, please visit 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: Analytical Research Laboratories (ARL) provides analytical and microbiological testing for the pharmaceutical industry. Located at the University Research Park in Oklahoma City, ARL occupies approximately 19,000 square feet of state of the art laboratory and office space and positions itself as a leader among emerging and growing biotechnology companies nationwide. ARL has been serving the clinical and pharmaceutical markets since 1998. ARL offers a comprehensive range of analytical and microbiological services applicable for pharmaceuticals and medical devices. ARL services routinely include assay for pharmaceutical ingredients, stability studies, and full compendial testing. ARL is well equipped with instrumentation, such as High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC), HPLC-Tandem Mass spectrometry (HPLC/MS/MS), High resolution Time of Flight Mass Spectrometry (LC-MS) for accurate molecular weight determination and analysis of proteins/peptides with an upper mass range of 20,000 m/z, Gas Chromatography (GC), GC/MS, high resolution Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR), Polarimeter, ELISA, Genetic Analyzer, Thermal 18

Cyclers, Luminometer, and Environmental Chambers. ARL has a dedicated team of scientists and e x p e r t s continually delivering research solutions for the pharmaceutical industry and governmental institutions. ARL’s competent personnel with regulatory expertise provide a comprehensive approach to analytical testing, as well as forensic and pharmaceutical consultations. Additional experience includes: pharmacogenomics, biomedical sciences, medical technology, immunohematology and expert witness testimony. ARL is an FDA registered analytical laboratory and DEA licensed. ARL is ISO 17025:2005 accredited as applicable to our scope of accreditation. ISO outlines general requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories. An independent QA/QC department conducts internal audits of the laboratories as a part of a quality management system.


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: DNA Solutions, Inc. is a genetic testing laboratory providing highly discerning services including: relationship and forensic testing in humans and animals. Located at the University Research Park in Oklahoma City, DNA Solutions provides unique laboratory solutions to our customers including custom genetic research studies and forensic testing. DNA Solutions is accredited to the highest standard, ISO 17025. ISO/IEC 17025:2005 sets the international laboratory standard for testing laboratories. In addition, DNA Solutions is a CLIA registered laboratory and has its New York State Department of Health Laboratory Permit. DNA Solutions is also accredited by the American Association of Blood Banks (AABB) for relationship testing. AABB accreditation is granted only to laboratories that achieve high quality performance for relationship testing which follows strict quality guidelines that cover all aspects of parentage testing from initial specimen collection to the issuance of the final results.

The company provides research and development expertise in the area of single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) detection, DNA sequencing for forensics and human and animal genotyping, bacterial / fungal identification, biological patent infringement and ancestry testing. DNA Solutions maintains the deer registry for North American white-tailed deer and mule deer breeders as well as providing genotyping services to wildlife enforcement agencies. One significant distinguishing characteristic of DNA Solutions is the personal client services our company provides. DNA Solutions prides itself in providing high touch customer service to all of our clients. Our highly skilled and knowledgeable personnel are accessible to our clients for questions and explanations regarding results provided to our clients. DNA Solutions provides services worldwide and services are legally defendable and meet or exceed the applicable standards for genetic relationship testing. For over 14 years, the innovative scientists at DNA Solutions have been helping people discover the answers contained within the strands of DNA.



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 a full-time, registered, licensed nurse practitioner. 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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June 2017 Innovate E-Magazine  

The monthly e-magazine of the Oklahoma Health Center

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