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OU Dedicates Gene Rainbolt Graduate School Of Business A publication of the Oklahoma Health Center Foundation

The Oklahoma Health Center

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

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OU Dedicates Gene Rainbolt Graduate School Of Business Guests participate in a ribbon-cutting at the dedication ceremony of the Gene Rainbolt Graduate School of Business at OU’s Michael F. Price College of Business Oklahoma City location The University of Oklahoma today dedicated the Gene Rainbolt Graduate School of Business at a ribbon-cutting ceremony overlooking the Oklahoma City skyline at 865 Research Parkway. The recently renovated facility is now home to the Michael F. Price College of Business full-time and professional MBA programs, growing executive education programs and the Oklahoma City locations for the Ronnie K. Irani Center for the Creation of Economic Wealth and the Office of Technology Development, two components of the college’s Entrepreneurship and Economic Development Division. “This new facility is an important step toward the continued growth of the Oklahoma economy and development of future leaders of Oklahoma,” said OU President David L. Boren. “The university is deeply grateful to the Rainbolt family for this historic and extremely generous gift made in tribute to Gene Rainbolt, who has dedicated his life to the cause of equal opportunity for all young people. He is truly a visionary leader for our entire state and a worthy model for the business leaders of the future.” The Rainbolt family recently made a leadership gift to the university in support of the Graduate School of Business at the Michael F. Price College of Business. In appreciation of the gift, the second largest in Price College’s history, Boren recommended that the donor be recognized by naming the Graduate School of Business as the Gene Rainbolt Graduate School of Business in honor of H.E. “Gene” Rainbolt. The recommendation was approved in September by the OU Board of Regents. Gene Rainbolt is an Oklahoma native, well known businessman, civic leader and philanthropist who embodies the American Dream. Raised during the Dust Bowl, Rainbolt graduated from Norman High School in 1947 and earned his bachelor’s (1952) and master’s (1957) degrees in business from OU, before graduating from the Graduate School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin. He received the Bronze Star and Army Commendation Medal during the Korean War

and returned to Oklahoma to become the president and CEO of Federal National Bank in Shawnee in 1967. He also was president of the Oklahoma Banking Association and formed the first statewide multi-bank holding company before organizing BancFirst Corp. in 1989 in Oklahoma City. Rainbolt currently serves as chairman emeritus of BancFirst Corp. His two children are also OU graduates and have made this gift as a tribute to their father’s impact on their family, state and nation. His son David Rainbolt serves as executive chairman of BancFirst Corp., and his daughter Leslie RainboltForbes, M.D., is a long-standing member of the OU Board of Regents. “The university has been a major influence in our father’s life. It is fitting that his name be connected with it in the years to come,” said Leslie Rainbolt-Forbes. “The new location for the Graduate School of Business in the Innovation District is good for both prospective students and the city of Oklahoma City. We are pleased to be a part of it,” said David Rainbolt. The Rainbolt family’s leadership gift to name the Gene Rainbolt Graduate School of Business catalyzes a new era for Price College’s graduate and executive programs. The university recently opened the 27,000 square-foot flagship facility for the Gene Rainbolt Graduate School of Business in the heart of Oklahoma City at OU’s University Research Park on the Health Sciences Center campus, strategically anchoring it between the downtown energy and financial sectors to the west and the growing healthcare and aerospace sectors to the east. “Since returning to Oklahoma over a decade ago, I have taken great inspiration from the vision of statesmen like Gene Rainbolt who dedicated their professional lives to strengthening our state for all our citizens to pursue a brighter future,” said Daniel Pullin, Dean, Michael F. Price College of Business, and Vice President, University of Oklahoma. “Through his tireless mentorship of future business leaders, Gene inspires Oklahoma’s workforce to reach higher and challenges our students to do the same. There could not be a more fitting namesake for our world-class graduate school of business school than Gene Rainbolt,” Gene Rainbolt has served in numerous capacities through corporations, non(Continued on page 40) 5

DNA Solutions announces new laboratory space Laboratory and Business Office

DNA Solutions is excited to announce the relocation of our laboratory and office. Our new location and mailing address is: 755 Research Parkway, Suite 510, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73104. The new 3,000 sq. ft. facility has a low copy room for challenging sample types such as bones, hair shafts, and mitochondrial DNA. This room allows for treatment with ultraviolet light to degrade exogenous, environmental DNA. Our laboratory also has expanded evidence processing areas and laboratory work space. At DNA Solutions, we know that successfully addressing clients’ needs requires more than scientific knowledge and an understanding of industry rules and regulations that impact our clients’ needs. Our commitment to excellence, combined with our mission to deliver exceptional customer service, positions DNA Solutions as the high-quality genetic laboratory expert in forensics, human, animal, and microbial identification testing services. DNA Solutions has over 17 years’ experience continually helping people discover answers contained within the strands of DNA. We are dedicated to providing quality science and maintaining and expanding our capabilities and expertise across a wide range of genetic testing service areas to address the diverse needs of our clients. Our core service areas include: relationship testing, investigative and legal forensics, animal genetic analysis, and species microbial identification. We are also experienced in a number of specialty areas associated with these core services. If you need to request a quote for genetic testing or forensic DNA, email DNA Solutions Our Laboratory Our laboratory is one of a select few private labs in the United States with the combination of FBI QAS, AABB, and ISO/IEC 17025 accreditations including accreditation in Mitochondrial DNA testing. Our Technology Our experienced team has validated and utilizes the most advanced scientific tools to achieve results. Our 6

expertise spans multiple platforms and systems. Our Genetic Experts DNA Solutions has a dedicated team of scientists delivering superior, cost effective solutions for the genetic and forensic testing industries.

OMRF gives tips for keeping holiday weight gain in check The holidays can be a tough time for the scale-conscious. But fretting about holiday weight gain is somewhat misguided, according to Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation President Stephen Prescott, M.D. “There’s a saying that goes, ‘Don’t worry about what you eat between Thanksgiving and New Year’s; instead, think more about what you eat from New Year’s to Thanksgiving,’” said Prescott, a physician and medical researcher. “There’s some truth to that adage, but by exercising a little self-control during the holidays, it can help you carry that habit over into the other months of the year.” Americans gain only 1-2 pounds on average during the holiday season, according to The New England Journal of Medicine. But that’s no free pass to splurge on Turkey Day, said Prescott. “The real impact of overeating lies in the long term, and it’s a problem that’s reaching epidemic levels in the U.S.”

Prescott, many health concerns at the top of the obesity list can interact, so getting one can increase your likelihood for developing others.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than one-third of all American adults are obese. Oklahoma is among the worst, with 64 percent of all adults classified as “overweight,” as are more than 15 percent of all children and adolescents.

“Obesity has a wide range of negative effects, and individuals who are in the obese category or who are substantially overweight have the worst health outcomes across the board,” he said.

“Those numbers don’t come from sneaking an extra piece of pie at Grandma’s house on Thanksgiving,” said Prescott. “While one bad day of eating isn’t detrimental to your health, experts say it can trigger a cycle of overeating where your body begins to anticipate a higher food intake next time you sit down at the table.”

It’s fine to eat your holiday favorites, he said, but be conscious of portion sizes. And, choose which desserts and side dishes you really want, but don’t give in to eating huge portions of them all.

That’s where things can snowball. Research shows that your body can struggle to return to a normal amount of calories after overeating, often resulting in more significant weight gain in the in the cold, inactive months immediately following the holidays. And even if you don’t gain substantial weight outside the holiday pound or two, problems can still arise when that weight is never lost and it begins to add up. “Gain two pounds during the holidays every year,” he said, “and suddenly you’re 20 pounds heavier by your next high school reunion.” And as the pounds pack on, your risk factors for a slew of health issues—cancer, heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and stroke—skyrocket. In fact, said

So what should you do? For starters, be realistic.

“If you love peach cobbler or mashed potatoes, then enjoy what you love, but be responsible with the rest of your food choices,” Prescott said. “Control how much you eat this time of year, and you’ll set yourself up for success the rest of the year. You’ll be battle-tested.” Secondly, be more active. Prescott says a lot of overeating during the holidays comes from sitting around and snacking. By getting outside, going to the gym or taking a walk, you burn calories and remove temptation simultaneously. Activity also reduces stress and can improve your mood. “So enjoy that turkey and dressing, and don’t despair if you indulge in a little extra dessert,” Prescott said, “But keep your eye on the bigger picture. It’ll help you stay on track until next the holiday rolls around.”


Give Blood & Share Hope, Healing and Comfort This Holiday Season: Special Edition Holiday Shirt Available Nov. 24, 2017- Jan. 31, 2018 Oklahoma Blood Institute needs generous donors to share the priceless gift of saving lives this holiday season. It’s a busy time, but Oklahoma Blood Institute is encouraging donors to take just an hour to make sure the blood supply for area hospitals stays at levels necessary for live-saving procedures. November 24, 2017, through January 31, 2018, each blood donor will receive a free, limited edition, longsleeved holiday-themed t-shirt. “The gift of blood donation is one that offers hope, healing, and comfort to local patients and their loved ones,” said John Armitage, M.D., president and CEO of Oklahoma Blood Institute. “The cost- just one hour of your time- is certainly less than other gifts most of us will give this season. But there’s nothing that has a greater impact.” Donors also receive health screenings and Donor Rewards points, redeemable at Oklahoma Blood Institute’s online store. One blood donation can save as many as three lives, and the supply must be constantly renewed. If donors opt not to take the t-shirt, Oklahoma Blood Institute

will make a monetary donation to Global Blood Fund for blood center assistance in developing countries. As a non-profit blood center, Oklahoma Blood Institute’s donors provide every drop of blood needed for patients in more than 160 hospitals statewide. Blood donors can visit Oklahoma Blood Institute donor centers statewide, or stop by a mobile blood drive. Appointments are not required but can be made by calling Oklahoma Blood Institute at 877-340-8777 or visiting *16-year-olds must weigh at least 125 pounds and provide signed parental permission; 17-year-olds must weigh at least 125 pounds; 18+ year olds must weigh at least 110 pounds.


Dean McGee Professor Lectures on Keratoconus in Congressional Briefing On Tuesday, November 7, 2017, the Alliance for Eye and Vision Research’s (AEVR) Decade of Vision 20102020 Initiative held its first-ever Congressional Briefing dedicated to Keratoconus research. Featured speaker Dimitrios Karamichos, PhD, associate professor of Ophthalmology and Cell Biology at the Dean McGee Eye Institute at the University of Oklahoma, delivered a lecture entitled “Spearheading Keratoconus Research: A Quest for Novel Treatments”. Dr Karamichos discussed the latest research discoveries—many funded by the National Eye Institute (NEI) within the National Institutes of Health (NIH)—that are directed towards the development of novel, noninvasive, and tailor-made treatments, depending on the patient status and keratoconus severity. Keratoconus is an eye condition in which the normally round, clear, dome - shaped cornea progressively thins, causing a cone - like bulge to develop. This results in blurring and distortion of vision and increased sensitivity to light. The prevalence of KC has traditionally been reported as 1 in 2000 individuals, based on a study performed several decades ago. Subsequent technological advancements have substantially increased the number of individuals diagnosed and treated for KC. In a recent study (2016), the incidence was found to be 1 in 375 individuals. Keratoconus is now been reported to affect 1 in 375 to 500 individuals worldwide, including the US. Dr. Karamichos was joined by Washington, D.C.-based patient advocate Rachel Dungan, who won the inaugural National Keratoconus Foundation (NKCF) Short Film Festival. NKCF Executive Director Mary Prudden, JD introduced Ms. Dungan and announced other patient advocacy and educational activities around the November 10 National Keratoconus Day. Other organizations sponsoring the Briefing include Research to Prevent Blindness (RPB), the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO), and Eye Bank Association of America (EBAA).

During his visit, Dr Karamichos, met with Congressman Steve Russell (5th District of Oklahoma) and his Legislative Asst. Alaura Ervin. Sen. Inhofe’s Legislative Asst. Jennifer Bowman also met with Dr Karamichos at a separate meeting.


Button Batteries: Much More Than Just a Choking Hazard Button batteries – found in devices throughout the home as well as in many children’s toys – may cause a choking hazard or other life-threatening issues for small children, warn specialists at the Oklahoma Center for Poison and Drug Information. Last year, specialists at the center noted a nearly 20 percent increase in the number of cases where a child swallowed one of these small, disc-shaped batteries. Though sometimes they can be swallowed without causing a problem, other times the battery may end up becoming stuck in the throat. This can happen even if the child shows no signs such as coughing or choking. Once stuck, the battery must be removed by a doctor immediately in order to avoid serious burns or other life-threatening situations. Similar serious problems can occur if the child places a button battery in the nose or ear. Parents and caregivers should keep an eye out for the small, yet dangerous products. Some helpful tips for a safe holiday: • When having company over, make sure items containing button batteries are put away and in a safe place where children cannot reach. • Be aware of the products you are buying when shopping for small children. • Never leave batteries sitting out. • Do not replace or change batteries in front of children. • Check household items that contain button batteries to ensure the battery compartment is securely shut. • Buy only products that require a screwdriver or tool to open the battery compartment. • Check all household items such as garage door openers, bathroom scales, flameless candles, handheld video games, flashlights, etc., that could cause a potential hazard. • Batteries the size of a penny or larger can cause an even greater danger. Call the poison center with any questions or concerns regarding button batteries and seek immediate help if a battery is accidently swallowed because there is no way of telling whether the battery will pass or get stuck inside the child’s body. Also, do not forget to text “POISON” to 797979 to easily have the Oklahoma poison center’s number saved in your cell phone. Pharmacists and registered nurses at the poison center are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week at (800) 2221222. Please do not email the poison center or a member of the poison center staff, as poisoning emergencies are not handled through email. The Oklahoma Center for Poison and Drug Information is a program of the University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy at the OU Health Sciences Center. For more information, visit OklahomaPoison. org.


For the 2017 winter season, The Sooner Standard and HSC Student Affairs has teamed up with both The Children's Hospital at OU Medical Center and OU Medicine. Our goal is to help the patients feel more secure and “at home� in the hospital. We are gathering new pajamas, blankets, toys and other simple comforts that can help. Provide comfort to someone in need of some holiday cheer by giving a gift (or a few) to patients in need! https:// 11

OMRF accepting 2018 Fleming Scholar applications If you hear the word “goggles” and think science instead of swimming, then a summer in a laboratory at the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation might be just the ticket for you. OMRF is now accepting applications for its 2018 Fleming Scholar Program. The deadline is Feb. 1. The annual summer program is entering its 63rd year of bringing together the best and brightest science students from across the Sooner State for eight weeks at OMRF. This unique program provides students hands-on lab experience alongside some of the world’s top researchers. Applicants must be Oklahoma residents at the time of high school graduation and at least 16 years old to qualify. High school seniors and college freshmen, sophomore and juniors are eligible to apply for this award-winning program. Fleming scholars are paid and may be eligible for housing. The application includes submission of academic transcripts, a long-form essay and letters of recommendation. “This program has provided a springboard for many careers in science and medicine and simply shouldn’t be missed,” said OMRF Human Resources Specialist and Fleming Program Coordinator Heather Hebert. “This opportunity offers experience that cannot be emulated in a classroom setting.” The program is named for Nobel Prize-winning scientist Sir Alexander Fleming, who discovered penicillin and also traveled to the U.S. to dedicate OMRF’s first building in 1949. Since the program debuted in 1956, nearly 600 Oklahoma students have spent their summers in state-of-the-art labs working on meaningful science. Two current OMRF vice presidents, Rodger McEver, M.D., and Judith James, M.D., Ph.D., launched their careers as Fleming scholars. To apply or for more information, visit

Tobacco Cessation Treatment The Tobacco Treatment Research Program offers tobacco cessation treatment at no cost to adults from campus or the community who would like to quit using tobacco. Treatment includes counseling with a tobacco treatment specialist, either in person or by telephone, as well as nicotine replacement therapy. The TTRP offers six counseling sessions that focus on developing a plan to quit, learning about the health benefits of quitting, stress management strategies, making positive lifestyle changes, coping skills and relapse prevention. Most individuals are provided with nicotine patches and nicotine gum, though other forms of NRT and tobacco cessation medications may be offered for those who qualify. Individuals also have opportunities to participate in new and innovative treatment research. Tobacco Treatment, Research Program 755 Research Parkway, Suite 150 Oklahoma City, OK 73104. Learn More. Call 405-271-QUIT (7848) or send e-mail to 12

No Kidding—Adult Vaccinations Are Critical According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about one million people seek hospital care due to pneumonia, and nearly 50,000 deaths occur from the disease every year, in this country alone. Similarly, since 2010, estimates place influenza-related hospitalizations between 140,000 - 170,00, and influenza-related deaths between 12,000 - 56,000 annually in the U.S. Most people who experience the flu will have a mild illness, however, some

people who are at a higher risk can develop illnesses such as pneumonia or bronchitis that become so severe, hospitalization is required and death may occur. Whitney Doerfert-Schrader, R.N., B.S.N., quality manager, said, “As health care professionals, we can help by identifying patients who are at higher risk and provide both influenza and pneumococcal vaccinations when appropriate.” She cited current vaccination recommendations, which target adults 65 years or older, those who have weakened immune systems, have chronic underlying medical conditions (such as asthma, diabetes, or heart disease), or smoke. These conditions elevate risk of pneumonia and, unless contraindicated, vaccinations are needed. “It’s our responsibility to screen for influenza and pneumococcal vaccines with eligible patients and administer the vaccines in order to decrease rates of preventable diseases and help keep Oklahoma healthy,” said Doerfert-Schrader. Vaccination into adulthood is critically important. OU Physicians is participating in a national collaborative through American Medical Group Association focused on increasing adult immunization rates. To underscore the importance of this initiative, Doerfert-Schrader said the Quality department launched a competition among clinics who administer both vaccines directly to patients. The effort began October 1 and continues through January 31, 2018. As part of the competition, each clinic will develop its own campaign slogan and promotion. Recognition will be awarded to the clinic achieving the greatest relative percentage of improvement in flu vaccine administration; greatest relative percentage of improvement for administration of pneumococcal vaccine; and best clinic-specific campaign slogan and promotional tools, such as flyers, handouts and stickers. While most people will recover from influenza in two weeks or less, some will develop complications, which

may include not only bacterial pneumonia, but also ear and/or sinus infections, and worsening of chronic, potentially life-threatening medical conditions such as congestive heart failure, asthma or diabetes. Pneumonia is an infection of the lungs that can cause mild to severe illness in people of all ages. It is of particular danger to children younger than 5 year of age, but adults should also be concerned and take measures to protect themselves against influenza and pneumonia, and the possible complications that may occur.

Interim Commissioner Names General Counsel for Oklahoma State Department of Health

Interim Commissioner Preston Doerflinger announced today that he is naming Julie Ezell as General Counsel for the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH). “Julie has proven through her work with the Commissioners of the Land Office and during her time at the Attorney General’s Office that she is uniquely qualified to help lead OSDH into the agency’s next phase,” said Doerflinger. “She has a proven track record of leading agencies during transitions and she will be an invaluable asset as we move the agency forward. I’m excited to have her on board as part of our team.” Ezell has been a practicing attorney for 11 years, ten of which have been with the State of Oklahoma. Her work history includes tenures at the Oklahoma Tax Commission, Commissioners of the Land Office, the Oklahoma Attorney General’s Office and, most recently, serving in the dual role as General Counsel and Deputy Executive Director for the Oklahoma Teachers Retirement System. “I applaud the selection of Julie Ezell as general counsel at the Oklahoma State Department of Health,” Attorney General Mike Hunter said. “She is a talented and skilled attorney, who has experience handling complex circumstances. Julie and I worked together to modernize, create accountability and return public trust to the Commissioners of the Land Office during my time as Secretary of the Commission in 2009 and 2010.” Ezell is a fourth generation Oklahoman and lives in Edmond, Oklahoma with her husband and four children. The OSDH General Counsel position is currently vacant. Ezell will assume General Counsel duties immediately. 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. WovenLife* 5. Office of the Chief Medical Examiner 6. Oklahoma Allergy and Asthma Clinic* 7. Oklahoma Blood Institute* 8. Children’s Hospital Foundation* 9. Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation* 9a. OMRF Research Tower* 9b. OMRF Bell Building* 9c. OMRF – Acree-Woodworth Building* 9d. OMRF – Massman Building* 10. Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics* 11. Oklahoma Department of Health* 12. General Electric Global Research* 13. Department of Human Services 14. OU Medical Center* A. Professional Office Building B. OU Medical Center C. The Children’s Hospital D. Oklahoma Transplant Center E. OU Medical Center Surgical Center 15. OU University Research Park 655 Conference Center Pall Forte Oklahoma Business Roundtable Oklahoma State Regents OneNet OTRC OU Medical Center Financial Services OU Medical Center Marketing Presbyterian Health Foundation* Potts Family Foundation Pure Protein SIWA ViewSolid, Inc. 755 DNA Solutions COARE Biotech Haus Spaus Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center URP Management Office MedEncentive Moleculera NewSpin360 Nova Venture Services, LLC OCAST*


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

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


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 Thursday, November 30 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Hosted by 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. It offers insight and opportunity to discover connections that can propel your endeavors and the research/projects you are working on. In a casual, after-work atmosphere, enjoy free light bites and adult beverages, while you meet and learn about what others are working on in our Innovation District. From 5:30 to 6:00 pm, guests will enjoy the happy hour portion of the event. The event itself will be held from 6 to 7 pm. At 7 pm, guests will have the ability for post-networking until 7:30 and to meet with anyone they didn’t have an opportunity to previously talk with. Bring your 90-second elevator speech and connect with your fellow inhabitants of the Innovation District over the course of an interesting hour. Please bring business cards for distribution to approximately 30 other attendees. RSVP medium%3Demail%26utm_campaign%3Dnew_event_email&utm_term=eventurl_text Scenes from the Mind Meld Sponsored by University Hospitals Authority and Trust Sept. 7th


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


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Associate Members Oklahoma Employees Credit Union


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


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

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

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



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


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


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

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

Scott B. Dennis, MHA 750 N. E. 13th Street Oklahoma City, OK 73104-5010 Phone: (405) 235-0040 Website: Facebook oklahomaallergyandasthmaclinic Twitter @okallergyasthma lergy and asthma care and to participate in the numerous research studies. The Oklahoma Allergy & Asthma Clinic has a Burkard pollen and mold collection instrument on the roof of its main location and provides the daily counts to the media and the counts are also posted on the website and on social media. The Oklahoma Allergy & Asthma Clinic has its central clinic location on the Oklahoma Health Center campus. Four full-service satellite clinics are located in Edmond, Norman, Midwest City and Northwest Oklahoma City, adjacent to Mercy Hospital. A new Norman practice building opened in December 2016. How is an allergist different than a regular physician? An allergist is a doctor who is an expert in the diagnosis and treatment of allergic diseases and conditions. Those conditions include asthma and frequent coughing; hay fever; sinus infections; eye allergies; reactions to food, insect stings and drugs; and immune system problems that might cause frequent infections. You should see an allergist if you have any of these conditions. More than 50 million people in the United States have these allergic diseases. Although symptoms may not always be severe, allergies and asthma are serious and should be treated that way. Many people with these diseases simply don’t realize how much better they can feel with proper treatment. An allergist is trained to find the source of symptoms, treat it and help patients feel healthy. After earning a medical degree, the doctor must complete a three-year residencytraining program in either internal medicine or pediatrics. Then, an allergist completes two or three more years of study in the field of asthma, allergy and immunology.



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

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

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

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



Michael Carolina, CEO 755 Research Parkway, Suite 110 Oklahoma City, OK 73104-3612 Local: (405)319-8400 Toll Free: 866-265-2215 In Tulsa: 618 East Third Street, Suite 5 Tulsa, OK 74120 918-576-7650 Website: Facebook: Twitter: The Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology (OCAST) was established in 1987 as the state’s agency for technology-based economic development. OCAST’s mandate is to “expand and diversify Oklahoma’s economy and provide new and higher quality jobs for Oklahomans” by encouraging “. . . the development of new products, new processes and


whole new industries in Oklahoma.” (O.S. 74, Sections 5060.1a and 5060.2A) MISSION To foster innovation in existing and developing businesses • by supporting basic and applied research • by facilitating technology transfer between research laboratories and businesses • by providing seed capital for innovative firms in the development of new products or services • by helping Oklahoma’s small and medium-sized manufacturing firms become more competitive through increased productivity and modernization (O.S. 74, Section 5060.3) VISION OCAST funds cutting-edge science and technology through processes that are recognized nationally and internationally for demonstrating excellence, objectivity and economic impact. OCAST’s vision is continued growth and vitality of its basic premise of facilitating collaborations between state government, universities, start-up companies and established large-scale firms to develop an entrepreneurial environment which supports technologybased economic development. OCAST’s strategy includes technologies such as biosciences, information technology, sensors and electronics, advanced materials, energy and alternative fuel sources. Achieving this vision will result in continued growth of advanced technology companies in the state thereby increasing Oklahoma’s global competitiveness, per capita income and quality of life.


Terri White ODMHSAS Commissioner 2000 N. Classen Blvd, Ste E600 Oklahoma City, OK 73106 Phone: (405) 522-3908 Website:

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

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

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


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


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


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

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


Stephen M. Prescott, M. D., President 825 N.E. 13th Street Oklahoma City, OK 73104 Phone: (405)271-7400 Website: JOBS at OMRF -- shared/frameset/Frameset.jsp?time=1380829938244 What if there was a place solely focused on research? A place where collaboration could thrive and ideas could grow? Where the stage was set for life-changing discoveries? There is.

It’s the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation. • OMRF scientists hold 700 US and international patents and have developed two FDA-approved drugs. • The Scientist magazine named OMRF among the “Best Places to Work” for postdocs and in academia in 2011, 2012 and 2013. • For our work on rheumatoid arthritis and lupus, the National Institutes of Health has designated OMRF as one of only nine Autoimmunity Centers of Excellence in the US. • Our internationally recognized cardiovascular biologists are studying how blood-vessel formation impacts heart disease and breast and colon cancer. • Researchers at OMRF have identified more than 25 genes associated with lupus and five linked to Sjögren’s syndrome. 28

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


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

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


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

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

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

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



Tom Gray, President & CEO 655 Research Parkway, Suite 500 Oklahoma City, OK 73104 Phone: 405-319-8150 Fax: 405-319-8168 Website: Founded in 1985 with the vision of creating a premier medical center in Oklahoma City, the Presbyterian Health Foundation has invested over $118 million in medical education and research in Oklahoma. This investment has led to medical breakthroughs which touch the lives of individuals and families in communities across the state and nation. It has also brought exciting economic opportunities by positioning Oklahoma at the forefront of genetic research and biotechnology. Proceeds from the 1985 sale of the Presbyterian Hospital were used to create a foundation which would enhance medical research and education in the state of Oklahoma. Trustees of the Presbyterian Hospital continued with the newly formed foundation and believed the potential for excellent health could become the norm, rather than the exception, for all people. Nearly 30 years later, Trustees of the Foundation continue to share a set of values, expectations, and modes of behavior refined under strong leadership and forged by a long history of success that has made a tremendous impact on the people of Oklahoma.


Over the last decade, Presbyterian Health Foundation developed the PHF Research Park which contains 700,000 square feet of wet lab and office space and provides a place for researchers to translate discovery to solutions, putting science to work solving a specific human health need. Following the 2013 sale of the PHF Research Park to the University of Oklahoma, the Foundation has returned to focusing its efforts on supporting scientific research and medical education at the Oklahoma Health Center Campus. The purpose of the foundation is to provide resources and to encourage the development of medical education and research programs, conducted primarily in Oklahoma. The Foundation concentrates its support in four areas: • Medical Research • Medical Education • Community Health Programs • Technology Transfer Researchers, mentors, administrators and leaders in biotech companies are all part of a community of people who bring to life the ideas of PHF’s mission. PHF will continue its mission to support excellent biomedical science where discovery may be translated to therapies that save and enhance human life. Today, the disclosures in good science, evidenced based knowledge, yield brand new widened horizons of human existence.


Susan Adams, President & Chief Executive Officer 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

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. 33


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

In education, research and patient care, the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center is the state’s premier academic health center and regional leader in meeting the challenges of 21st-century health care. The most concentrated source of medical expertise in Oklahoma, the OU Health Sciences Center’s new facilities and new technology -- plus an internationally prominent faculty -- place it at the leading edge of the nation’s institutions of medical education. One of only four comprehensive academic health centers in the nation with seven professional schools, the OU Health Sciences Center serves more than 3,800 students enrolled in more than 70 health professions, graduate and undergraduate programs on the Oklahoma City campus and at the Schusterman Center at the University of Oklahoma-Tulsa. In addition, more than 700 physicians are receiving residency training in Oklahoma City and Tulsa. Research, training grants and contracts, and sponsored program activities at the OU Health Sciences Center totaled more than $120 million

in FY 2013. With a budget of over $870 million, OUHSC employs more than 1,200 full time faculty and 4,000 staff. More than half of all NIH expenditures in the state of Oklahoma result from OU Health Sciences Center research. The OU Health Sciences Center serves as the state’s training facility for physicians, biomedical scientists, nurses, dentists, pharmacists and a wide range of allied health and public health professionals. The OU Health Sciences Center is known for its research programs in cellular and molecular medicine, gene regulation, structural biology, cancer, diabetes, microbiology and immunology, vision, cardiovascular physiology, neuroscience and pharmaceutical sciences. The center’s growing faculty and facilities offer unparalleled opportunities for students, patient care and the development of the biomedical industry in Oklahoma. OU Health Sciences Center-developed technology is advancing the economy of Oklahoma. Companies that commercialize technology created by OU Health Sciences Center researchers have been established in Oklahoma City. OU has become one of the primary centers in the world for genome studies, with the Norman campus contributing to the human genome project and the OUHSC campus providing a number of microbial pathogen genomes. The OU Health Sciences Center ranks second in the world for the number of microbial genomes being sequenced.


Two-thirds of all Oklahoma physicians, half of the state’s dentists and a significant percentage of Oklahoma’s other health care professionals earned their degrees from the OU Health Sciences Center. In addition, the seven OU Health Sciences Center colleges are the primary source of continuing education for the state’s health care professionals.


The scientists, scholars and clinicians appointed to the OU Health Sciences Center faculty stand at the leading edge of their profession. They not only train the next generation of health care providers and researchers,

With cancer being one of the leading causes of death in the United States, The Peggy and Charles Stephenson Cancer Center opened in June 2011. This cancer center allows the people of Oklahoma to receive world-class treatment without leaving the state and is staffed with some of the nation’s finest cancer physicians. It offers state-of-the-art technology, unparalleled cancer research programs, and bench-to-bedside care.

many are themselves practicing professionals actively involved in improving the lives and health of Oklahomans. The clinical practice of the OU College of Medicine is provided through OU Physicians. These physicians represent the largest multi-specialty medical group in the state with more than 500 physicians, offering almost every adult and child specialty. OU Physicians accepts referrals from across the state and region and care for hospital patients at the OU Medical Center. OU Children’s Physicians is an integral part of OU Physicians.


The Harold Hamm Diabetes Center is a comprehensive treatment, research, and educational facility dedicated to eliminating and controlling the effects of all types of diabetes. The Diabetes Center is at the forefront in diabetes-related research, and OUHSC physician researchers are specialists in diabetes care and utilize cutting edge research for the best treatment available research.



Dean Gandy, Chief Executive Officer University Hospitals Authority & Trust PO Box 26307 Oklahoma City, OK 73126 Phone: 405-271-4962 Website: The University Hospitals Authority and Trust are a state agency and a public trust of the state of Oklahoma. Their mission is to be a catalyst for excellence in medical education, research and health care. Through the leadership of the University Hospitals Authority and Trust, state and federal resources are maximized to ensure a dependable source of revenue for growth, development and ongoing support for programs aimed at improved health for all Oklahomans. Since 1998, the Authority and Trust have invested approximately $900 million in buildings, equipment and programs. The Trust has built or renovated and now manages over 1.6 million square feet of office and clinical space. Here are a few key projects funded by the University Hospitals Authority and Trust: • Construction of the M. Dewayne Andrews academic office tower for the OU College of Medicine • The Children’s Atrium, which serves as the front door for The Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center and OU Children’s Physicians Building • •Samis Education Center, a three-story, state-ofthe-art facility designed to accommodate a wide variety of meeting needs. • OU Children’s Physicians Building, the first freestanding, pediatric multi-specialty, medical office building in the state, featuring 336,000 square feet of medical office space designed with the needs of young patients and their families in mind. 36

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


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

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

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

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Mark W. Kelly, President and CEO 3001 N Lincoln Blvd Oklahoma City, OK 73105 For all locations visit: Phone: 405.606.6328 Website: Oklahoma 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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(continued from page 5) profits and civic engagement to ensure a better future for all Oklahomans. He was previously state highway commissioner, chairman of the State Chamber of Commerce and Industry and chairman of the Oklahoma State Chamber. He is currently active in the leadership of Calm Waters, the Moran Museum, Communities Foundation of Oklahoma, Oklahoma Tomorrow, Oklahomans for Criminal Justice Reform and the Charles and Peggy Stephenson Oklahoma Cancer Center. His selfless advocacy has earned him many awards and recognitions, including induction into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame and, most recently, he received the E.C. Joullian Distinguished Citizen Award from the Boy Scouts of America. The Rainbolt family’s generosity to OU touches almost every area of the university and includes endowments of faculty chairs in finance, cancer, child psychiatry and education. In 2008, the family made a large gift in honor of Gene Rainbolt’s late wife to name the Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education – making the college the first in OU’s history to be named for a woman, and forever linking the Rainbolts’ name with the education and support of future teachers. Both Gene and his son David serve on the Price College of Business board of advisors. David also serves on the OU Foundation board of trustees. Established in 1928, the Michael F. Price College of Business ensures the enduring global competitiveness of Oklahoma and the nation. As OU’s second-largest college, the Price College of Business educates over 4,000 students through undergraduate, master’s, executive and doctoral programs across six academic divisions in Accounting, Entrepreneurship and Economic Development, Finance, Management and International Business, Management Information Systems, and Marketing and Supply Chain Management. The college boasts 26 nationally ranked programs. The Price College full-time and professional MBA programs are among Bloomberg Businessweek’s Best B-Schools and ranked as a Tier I program by The CEO Magazine the past two years. The Executive MBA is also ranked as a Tier I program by The CEO Magazine and among the top three in the world by the past two years. U.S. News & World Report currently ranks the college’s undergraduate program in the top 50 (#48) on its list of “Best Undergraduate Business Programs.” The Steed School of Accounting is consistently ranked in the top 10 at both the undergraduate and graduate

level among other business schools of its size by Public Accounting Report. The Center for Entrepreneurship is consistently ranked second in the nation among public universities at the undergraduate level and among the top 10 by The Princeton Review and Entrepreneur Magazine. The International Business program ranks in the top 30 by U.S. News & World Report for the 11th consecutive year.


RMHC-OKC FAMILIES this holiday season

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