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INNOVATE The End of an Era: David L. Boren to Retire as OU President

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 OU President David L. Boren Announces Retirement

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$1 Million Gift Bolsters Efforts to Prevent Disease and Elevate Public Health

Annual Oklahoma Health Center Annual Breakfast attracts more than 500 participants

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OHCF Members

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Boren Announces Plans To Retire As President Of The University Of Oklahoma

One of America’s longest-serving presidents of a major university plans to retire next summer. University of Oklahoma President David L. Boren announced September 20 that he plans to retire after this school year. 4

His retirement will take effect June 30, 2018, unless a permanent successor has not been named by that time, in which case he will remain as President until the search is completed and his successor has been named. Upon his retirement, he will have served as OU’s president for over 23 years. Boren thanked the OU students, faculty and staff who have been committed to excellence during his time at OU. Boren also expressed his deep gratitude to his wife, Molly Shi Boren, for her full partnership during his tenure. Boren’s retirement from OU will come after he completes 51 years of public service in Oklahoma. Boren is the first person in state history to have served as Governor of Oklahoma, U.S. Senator and President of the University of Oklahoma. He also served in the Oklahoma Legislature. Under President Boren’s leadership, the University of Oklahoma has initiated more than 30 new programs and has become a pacesetter in public higher education. Throughout Boren’s 23-year presidency, OU has experienced significant improvement in academic rankings, program growth, private fundraising, national scholarship awards, internationalization, research output, graduation and retention rates, application numbers, student satisfaction, athletic achievement and every other major metric of institutional excellence. OU became the only public university in U.S. history to rank first among all universities, public or private, in National Merit Scholars enrolled. It also became the only university in the nation whose students won the Rhodes, Marshall, Mitchell, Goldwater, Fulbright and Truman scholarships in the same year. During his tenure, OU has ranked in the top ten public universities in private fundraising with over $3 billion raised from private donors. Private scholarships for students have quadrupled and endowed faculty positions have increased from 94 to over 550. Boren is one of a handful of university presidents across the nation who teaches an undergraduate course every semester. He will continue to teach a political science class after his retirement. A Rhodes Scholar, Boren was recently elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the country’s oldest and most distinguished honorary societies. He will be inducted in October.

Boren as a Public Servant As an elected official, Boren set records with his election outcomes. In his last U.S. Senate election, he won 83 percent of the vote in the general election, which was the highest margin of victory in any U.S. Senate contest that year. His support from members of both parties varied by only one percent. When Boren and Ronald Reagan both were on the ballot in 1984, each received over 70 percent of the vote, and Oklahoma led the nation in ticket splitting with the bipartisan result. Boren resigned his U.S. Senate seat two years early to become OU’s president. While in elected office, Boren championed reforms in government and ran with a broom as his symbol. He led efforts to pass open meeting laws for public bodies, legislation to require the recording of all legislative votes, campaign finance disclosure and the reform of competitive bidding procedure. He started the first educational programs for gifted and talented students, and he helped make Oklahoma one of the top five states in the nation for increases in education during his term in the Oklahoma House of Representatives. He helped co-author bills to establish the state Vo-Tech system and state-funded community colleges. He was the founding governor of the Oklahoma Arts Institute. Under his leadership, the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence was established. He continues to serve as its chair. As Governor, he set up voluntary work programs for welfare recipients at state institutions and for a state trails system which reduced the welfare rolls in the state. He led the effort to abolish both the state and federal inheritance taxes between spouses and successfully cut state income taxes while preserving record increases in spending for education. During his 16 years in the United States Senate, Boren was truly bipartisan and sought to bring senators from both parties together. He has been committed to strengthening America’s role in the international community throughout his public career. In the Senate, he authored the National Security Education Act, which established the largest overseas scholarship program for American students since the Fulbright Program. As a champion of human rights around the world, Boren played an active role in the re(Continued on page 40) 5

$1 Million Gift Bolsters Efforts to Prevent Disease and Elevate Public Health

Clifford Hudson and Leslie Hudson, Ph.D., donated $1 million dollars to the University of Oklahoma College of Public Health at the culmination of Tuesday’s Hudson Fellows Symposium in Oklahoma City. It is the second $1 million gift to the college from the couple in just over two years. Pictured with the Hudsons are OU College of Public Health Dean Gary Raskob, Ph.D. (left), University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center Provost Dr. Jason Sanders (right), and Dr. Al Sommer, who was the symposium speaker. Sommer shared highlights of a decades-long career in opthalmology, epidemiology, micronutrient research, disaster relief and more. Summer proved that vitamin A deficiency dramatically increased illness and death in children, and that a 4-cent dose of vitamin A not only prevented and cured eye disease, but also reduced childhood deaths by 34 percent. For the second time in just over two years, a $1 million gift to the University of Oklahoma College of Public Health will advance work aimed at improving health and quality of life in Oklahoma and beyond. Dr. Jason Sanders, senior vice president and provost of the OU Health Sciences Center and Gary Raskob, Ph.D., dean of the College of Public Health announced the gift from Leslie Hudson, Ph.D., and Clifford Hudson of Oklahoma City at the annual Hudson Symposium in Public Health. The gift will expand the endowment that was created in 2015 through a previous gift from the Hudsons. As a result of their generosity, the 6

college will be able to provide a total of five fellowships for research scholars. “Improving the quality of life and longevity for the citizens of Oklahoma and the globe is the work of public health professionals, and the OU Health Sciences Center is proud to have been a leader in this field for more than 50 years now,” said Sanders. “This gift helps fuel the work of talented research scholars and expert practitioners in a variety of areas within the ever-expanding and increasingly important field of public health. We are extremely grateful to the Hudsons for their vision and continued support of these efforts.”

Clifford Hudson addresses the audience at the OU College of Public Health. Hudson and his wife Leslie Hudson, Ph.D. (left) donated $1 million to advance the education, research and training of research scholars and public health professionals in Oklahoma.

In 2015, the Hudsons also gave $1 million dollars to the college, funding two inaugural Hudson Fellows in Public Health, thereby advancing research focused on reducing nicotine addiction and teen pregnancy. The newest Hudson Fellows include: • Quyen Duong, a doctoral student in biostatistics, whose research involves developing models to predict infants at risk for severe intraventricular hemorrhage (bleeding in the brain). Currently, there are no effective methods of prevention. Duong’s work aims to better predict at-risk infants utilizing measures taken from special, near-infrared headbands. • Kaitlin McGrew, a doctoral student in epidemiology. McGrew’s research focuses on quantifying health disparities in Oklahoma and decreasing the burden of stigmatized illnesses such as Hepatitis C virus and substance use disorders. • June Dao, a doctoral student in epidemiology with a strong interest in cancer prevention research. Dao’s research aims to better understand the spatial effect of environmental exposures on cancer. She is currently involved in multiple research projects including one that is looking at benzene exposure and birth defects. • Kathleen “Kae” Aithinne, a first-year doctoral student in occupational and environmental health. Aithinne’s research interests center on bacteria or viruses that can be suspended in liquids or aerosolized. She hopes to uncover new information that can lead to new mechanisms to reduce infection or re-infection. • Wei-Jen Chen, a first-year doctoral student in biostatistics and epidemiology, whose previous re-

search focused on arsenic and urologic cancer in Taiwan. Chen plans to research environmental influences in children’s health. “Through training, education and mentorship at the college, as well as the financial assistance provided through the Hudson Fellows in Public Health endowment, these students are able to focus their research skills on critical issues affecting public health in this nation,” said Raskob. “Our inaugural fellows have gone on to apply their research and training in new leadership roles in the field of public health. We believe the same will be true of our newest Hudson Fellows.” The Hudsons’ support is an integral part of efforts to recruit and retain the best and brightest students to the graduate programs of the College of Public Health, he added. “College of Public Health students are trained to identify issues, ask the pertinent questions, design and conduct research to answer those questions; analyze and interpret the resulting data; communicate to and advocate for the public. My training in public health gave me skills that are easily translatable into many aspects of my life. We are proud to support the continued mission of this college,” said OU College of Public Health alumna Leslie Hudson, Ph.D. Dr. Leslie Hudson earned a bachelor’s degree in physical therapy, a master’s in public health and a doctorate in epidemiology from the University of Oklahoma. She also served as a faculty member in the OU College of Public Health, specializing in biostatistics and epidemiology. She continued her service with OU Health Sciences Center as a member of the advisory board of the College of Public Health. (Continued on page 40) 7

Annual Oklahoma Health Center Breakfast Features the Business of Science The Oklahoma Health Center Foundation along with the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber welcomed more than 500 attendees for the annual Oklahoma Health Center Breakfast on Sept. 6. The event was held at the Embassy Suites. A panel discussion was held featuring Innovation to Reality: Building Successful Business Models at the Oklahoma Health Center. Speakers were Paul DeAngelis, Ph.D., professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, OUHSC, Biotech ventures:,, and; Scott Meacham, president and CEO, i2E, Inc., and Craig Shimasaki, Ph.D., MBA, president, CEO and Co-Founder of Moleculera Labs, Inc., CEO and Founder of Biosource Consulting Group, Entrepreneur-in-Residence/Adjunct Professor, University of Oklahoma, Price School of Business. Moderators for the panel discussion were Rhonda Hooper, president & CEO, Jordan Advertising, chair, Greater Oklahoma City Chamber, member, Oklahoma Health Center Foundation Board, and Carol Troy, president, Troy Consulting, member, Oklahoma Health Center Foundation Board. The panel discussion gave insight into how scientific discovery can lead into a successful business model. (L-R) Rhonda Hooper, Craig Shimasaki; Scott Meacham; Paul DeAngelis and Carol Troy.

OKC Innovates Symposium Wednesday, October 18th 1 - 6 p.m. Embassy Suites Downtown/Medical Center

BIG DATA Panel Discussion • RSVP/Details: 8

OMRF scientist receives $2.8 million to study rare autoimmune disorder

Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation researcher Bob Axtell, Ph.D., has received a five-year grant from the National Institutes of Health to study a rare autoimmune disease called neuromyelitis optica (NMO). The grant, awarded by the National Eye Institute, will provide Axtell with $2.8 million to study NMO and investigate its similarities to other autoimmune diseases, especially multiple sclerosis. NMO, like all autoimmune diseases, occurs when the immune system attacks its own healthy tissues as if they were harmful invaders. In the case of NMO, the body primarily attacks the optic nerves and spinal cord, resulting in inflammation that can cause severe pain and vision loss. In severe cases, NMO–also known as Devic’s disease— can invade regions of the brain or brain stem.

Bob Axtell, Ph.D.

“NMO is so similar to multiple sclerosis in how it presents itself that it is often misdiagnosed as MS,” said Axtell. “This can be devastating to the patient, because MS therapies do not work for NMO and, in some cases, can make the disease worse.” Axtell said this grant offers an opportunity to study the origins of the disease and, along with his expertise in MS, to better understand the condition in order to identify molecular targets for therapies.

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According to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, NMO affects roughly 4,000 Americans and it occurs 80 percent of the time in women. It also disproportionately impacts African-Americans. Currently there are no approved therapies for the disease, and Axtell would like to play a role in changing that. “I was elated when I got notice of the grant. When it sank in, I knew it was time to go do something important,” he said. “This is a great opportunity to make a difference for people struggling with this horrible disease, and we are motivated to be a part of the solution.” The grant, 1 R01 EY027346-01, is funded through the NEI, a part of the National Institutes of Health.


Geriatrician Named Interim Chair of Geriatric Medicine at OU College Of Medicine Geriatrician Donald L. Courtney, M.D., has established his medical practice with OU Physicians. He has also been named interim chair and associate professor of the Donald W. Reynolds Department of Geriatric Medicine at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine.

As part of The Donald W. Reynolds Department of Geriatric Medicine at the OU College of Medicine, OU Physicians geriatricians teach other physicians about specialized care for seniors at the OU College of Medicine.

Geriatricians provide health care services specific to seniors just as pediatricians specialize in health needs specific to children. This care may include management of chronic disease, improving functional independence, palliative care and symptom management of dementia.

With more than 975 doctors and advanced practice providers, OU Physicians is the state’s largest physician group. The practice encompasses almost every adult and child specialty. Many OU Physicians have expertise in the management of complex conditions that is unavailable anywhere else in the state, region or sometimes even the nation. Some have pioneered surgical procedures or innovations in patient care that are world firsts.

Courtney is board certified in internal medicine, geriatric medicine, hospice and palliative care. He completed a geriatric medicine fellowship at the Veteran’s Administration Medical Center, Memphis, Tennessee. He completed his internal medicine residency and internship at Eastern Virginia Graduate School of Medicine, Norfolk. He earned his medical degree at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. Courtney is a fellow of the American College of Physicians and a member of the American Geriatric Society. OU Physicians geriatricians see patients on the OU Health Sciences Center campus at 1122 NE 13th Street. For appointments, call (405) 271-3050.

OU Physicians see patients in their offices at the OU Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City and at clinics in Edmond, Midwest City, Lawton and other cities around Oklahoma. When hospitalization is necessary, they often admit patients to OU Medical Center. Many also care for their patients in other hospitals around the metro area. OU Physicians serve as faculty at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and train the region’s future physicians.

Fall Prevention Awareness Day: Three Things You Can do to Prevent Falls

Fall is just around the corner, but falls shouldn’t be just around the corner for older adults. Falls are not a normal part of aging, but they are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries in older Americans. The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH), along with the National Council on Aging (NCOA), is celebrating the 10th annual Falls Prevention Awareness Day on September 22, 2017. The OSDH highlights three goals that all older adults have the power to achieve: 1. Be ready: Education is the most important step to being ready to prevent a fall. There are resources online to help older adults understand their risk of falling. They can also enroll in evidence-based falls prevention programs to learn how to address their fear of falling and what they can do to sustain their strength. 2. Be steady: Older adults can be steady if they take simple steps to prevent falls. These include talking 10

with a doctor about medications, getting hearing and vision checkups, and assessing living spaces for hazards. 3. Be balanced: Falls prevention is a team effort that takes a balance of education, preparation, and community support. Falls Prevention Awareness Day is an opportunity to take a look at the world around us, be aware of falls hazards, and think about how we can make changes that help our parents, grandparents, aging neighbors, and even ourselves from falls. Every 20 minutes an older adult dies from a fall in the United States. Every year in Oklahoma, approximately 7,000 older adults are hospitalized and more than 450 die from a fall. Hospital charges alone total more than $250 million a year related to falls. The Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance program has been proven to reduce the risk of falls. In Oklahoma, (Continued on page 40)

Saint Francis Hospital Launches Thank-The-Donor Program TM

Oklahoma Blood Institute and Tulsa-based Saint Francis Health System have teamed up to pioneer a first-of-its-kind program that enables blood recipients to thank their individual blood donors. This will improve blood supplies by allowing donors to know the personal impacts they make on the lives of others. It will also have pro-social benefits across the community by empowering connectedness and an Attitude of GratitudeTM. This program will allow patients to send a note or photo to their actual blood donor using their smart phones, tablets or computers to visit the website. Step-by-step instructions make the process easy to follow and a patent-pending process maintains anonymity for both the blood donors and recipients, thus preserving important privacy protections. As permitted by the sender, a donor’s thank you can be shared with wider audiences, such as Saint Francis Health System staff or Oklahoma Blood Institute social media followers. Saint Francis is the first hospital system in Oklahoma to fully implement Thank-The-DonorTM, in order to give patients who receive blood a unique opportunity. Because of their unwavering commitment to service and their forward-thinking approach to healthcare, Saint Francis is a natural partner for Oklahoma Blood Institute to publicly launch this health and humanitarian innovation. Several hospitals in the Oklahoma City-metro area served by Oklahoma Blood Institute have also begun the process of implementing Thank-The-DonorTM in their facilities. “Not many patients ever get the chance to meet and thank their blood donors face-to-face,” said John Armitage, M.D., president and CEO of Oklahoma Blood Institute. “Thank-The-Donor breaks the communication barriers and offers a new and different way to share a ‘thank you!’ We know this personal connection will inspire our wonderful donors to keep saving lives through their irreplaceable gift of themselves.”

Blood recipient Holly Benningfield, 19, expresses her gratitude for blood donors. She needed blood from 22 selfless donors during treatments for leukemia at Saint Francis Hospital in Tulsa. Every two seconds someone needs blood—this is an eye-opening statistic. Holly Benningfield, 19, of Tulsa, is just one of the many lives saved by having access to donated blood products. Holly, a college student, fought and won a battle against leukemia in high school. She needed blood transfusions from 22 donors during her cancer treatments. She takes every opportunity she can to thank Oklahoma Blood Institute donors for saving her life. Stories like Holly’s make the gift of blood donation personal and powerful, and can inspire donors to continue their commitment to giving. “When I got that blood, my energy just shot through the roof, I was so happy,” Holly said. “Thinking about all those people who have donated, they’re the reason I get to be here. It’s a wonderful experience to know that someone cared, and wanted to help you.” Oklahoma Blood Institute relies solely on volunteer blood donors to serve more than 160 hospitals medical facilities statewide, including Saint Francis Hospital and The Children’s Hospital at Saint Francis, as well as all hospitals in the Oklahoma City-metro area. More information is available at 11

Diabetes Awareness Campaign Focuses on State Fair

“It’s All About Love” on Food Row

Of the nearly one million people who will visit the Oklahoma State Fair this year, many of them come for the food. The fair’s Food Row is famous for serving up treats of fantastical descriptions and proportions. One local health organization is diving in with a message of welcome. Harold Hamm Diabetes Center at the University of Oklahoma is this year’s exclusive sponsor of Food Row. The center’s campaign, entitled “It’s All About Love,” invites fairgoers to prevent diabetes as an act of love. “By staying aware of your risk for diabetes and taking action to bring that risk down, you’re showing love to yourself and the people who love you,” said Dr. Madona Azar, HHDC’s director of adult clinical programs. “The State Fair is Oklahoma’s largest family event, and the combination of fun and food makes it the perfect opportunity to introduce ourselves,” Dr. Azar said. “In

most cases, type 2 diabetes is preventable. Great resources are available, and our center is here to provide for the needs of this community we love.” HHDC will have a display at the north entrance to Food Row where fairgoers can take photos of one another as cartoon superheroes or on a roller coaster alongside smiling corndogs, funnel cakes, and other food items. Original artwork for the campaign was created by Bruce Plante, award-winning cartoonist for the Tulsa World. Visitors are encouraged to share their “selfies” over social media with the hashtag #lovefoodrow. The campaign’s online home is www.HaroldHamm. org/Fair and includes advice for “snaccident” recovery, diabetes risk assessment tools, prevention tips, and more. Harold Hamm Diabetes Center is an OU Medicine Center of Excellence leading the way to prevent, treat, and ultimately find a cure for diabetes. One in three Oklahomans has type 2 diabetes or is prediabetic. The state’s incidence of diabetes has risen 389 percent since 1994.

Don’t Miss the Fall Music Festival

Every Wednesday, September through October, enjoy live music and great food, both with wide varieties in style and taste. Food vendors located at Phillips and Stanton L. Young Blvd. Food trucks from week to week may include: • The Hall’s Pizza Kitchen • Klemm’s Smoke Haus • Let’s Do Greek • Midway Deli • Mutt’s Amazing Hot Dogs • Parking Lot Party • Phill Me Up Cheesesteaks • Pitchfork Kitchen and Bakery • Roxy’s Ice Cream Social • Saucee Sicilian • Smokin’ Okies • Snow S’more • Taste of Soul Egg Roll • Twist Gourmet Pretzels 12

• Sacred Valley Park, (south of Professional Office Building, north of Service Center Building) 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., Wednesdays, beginning September 6 through October 25

OU College of Medicine to Showcase Sophisticated Mannequin Simulators During Open House Oct. 4 To showcase its new high-tech simulation equipment, the OU College of Medicine is holding an open house Oct. 4 at the Clinical Skills Education and Testing Center, a 22,000-square-foot facility at the OU Health Sciences Center. Before they ever treat real patients, medical students and residents practice their skills on realistic mannequins that simulate a multitude of conditions and responses to treatment. Simulation has become a standard in medical education for its ability to improve the quality and safety of patient care. In simulated environments, students practice complex skills in a safe and realistic setting. The Clinical Skills Education Center houses 35 different pieces of simulation equipment used by trainees in many specialties of medicine. The recently acquired equipment includes Victoria, a pregnant mannequin who can speak, turn her eyes toward a person’s voice and give birth during a variety of medical conditions, and simulation equipment that allows students to practice endoscopic procedures, orthopedic procedures and ultrasounds. The open house is from noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 4, at the Clinical Skills Education Testing Center, located on the sixth floor of Garrison Tower, 940 N.E. 13th St. Physicians, residents, students and staff will be on hand to answer questions and demonstrate each type of simulation equipment. Russell Postier, M.D., interim executive dean of the College of Medicine, will deliver opening remarks at 12:15 p.m. For accommodations on the basis of disability, call (405) 271-2769. For parking information, visit


Oklahoma Health Center Campus *Member Organizations Oklahoma Health Center Foundation

1. American Red Cross of Central Oklahoma 2. Dean McGee Eye Institute* 3. Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center 4. Easter Seals Oklahoma* 5. Office of the Chief Medical Examiner 6. Oklahoma Allergy and Asthma Clinic* 7. Oklahoma Blood Institute* 8. Children’s Hospital Foundation* 9. Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation* 9a. OMRF Research Tower* 9b. OMRF Bell Building* 9c. OMRF – Acree-Woodworth Building* 9d. OMRF – Massman Building* 10. Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics* 11. Oklahoma Department of Health* 12. General Electric Global Research* 13. Department of Human Services 14. OU Medical Center* A. Professional Office Building B. OU Medical Center C. 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


Member Organizations

Associate Members Oklahoma Employees Credit Union


Embassy Suites




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


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Kathy McCracken, Executive Director 6501 Broadway Extension, Suite 190 Oklahoma City, OK 73116 Phone: (405) 271-2260 Toll Free: 888-229-KIDS Tax ID: #73-1200262 Website: Children’s Hospital Foundation is the only nonprofit organization in Oklahoma whose sole focus is the advancement of pediatric research and education while supporting specialized clinical care for Oklahoma’s children. Since its inception in 1983, Children’s Hospital Foundation has raised and leveraged matching funds to create more than $110 million for pediatric research, quality specialized clinical care and education programs. Many of these endeavors include collaborative projects with the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City.

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

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



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


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


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

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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 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.


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

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

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

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 6) lease of South Africa’s Nelson Mandela. He and Molly Shi Boren were Senate hosts for Mandela’s first visit to the nation’s capital. Domestically, Boren championed the cause of campaign finance reform in Congress along with the late Senator Barry Goldwater. As the longest-serving chairman of the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee, he passed major reforms providing more oversight of secret intelligence programs.


(Continued from page 7) Clifford Hudson is the Chairman and CEO of Sonic Corporation. He received a bachelor’s degree in history from OU, having attended with Phi Beta Kappa and President’s Leadership scholarships. He received a law degree from Georgetown University. In 2001, he received the OU Regents’ Alumni Award, and in 2011 he received OU’s highest honor, an Honorary Degree in humane letters. Hudson currently serves on the board of the OU Foundation. The OU College of Public Health trains public health scientists who pursue research on contemporary issues in public health such as tobacco use prevention, the prevention and control of infectious and chronic diseases, the role of environmental exposures in health and the administration of health care systems. One of the first accredited schools of public health in the United States, the college provides graduate and professional education for research scientists and for public health practice professionals throughout the state of Oklahoma and the region.

Fall Awareness... (Continued from page 10) many individuals have been trained as Tai Chi instructors and teach Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance classes around the state to older adults. This exercise program focuses on improving functional abilities, such as balance and physical function, to reduce fallrelated risks and frequency of falls. Oklahoma seniors are invited to join a local Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance class. To receive more information on classes and how to prevent falls, contact the Oklahoma State Department of Health at (405) 271-3430 or visit

New OU Programs Since 1994 While at OU, Boren has initiated more than 30 new programs. The dedication of First Lady Molly Shi Boren, who has led campus beautification efforts, has resulted in OU’s ranking among the 25 most beautiful campuses in America. Mrs. Boren also provided major leadership in the creation of the Institute for Quality Communities, which assists all Oklahoma communities with placemaking and community building. In addition, she championed a new program for religious studies. Among the new programs that have been created during Boren’s presidency are the Honors College, the Institute for the American Constitutional Heritage and the Dunham and Headington residential colleges. In the fall of 1996, President Boren founded the International Program Center to coordinate and promote international activities and programs, enhance the international curriculum, and dramatically increase the study abroad for OU students. In 2011, the International Program Center was elevated to college status and will bear Boren’s name upon his retirement. The College of International Studies was established as a reflection of President Boren’s vision of the importance of equipping OU students to be members of the global community. The percentage of students who choose to study abroad has increased from 2 percent to over 30 percent during his tenure. Additionally, a new flagship international study center was established in Arezzo, Italy. At the OU Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City, the Stephenson Cancer Center and Harold Hamm Diabetes Center have been established as well as new facilities for the College of Allied Health, major landscaping of the campus and construction of the David L. Boren Student Union. During Boren’s tenure, a new home for OU-Tulsa has been established at the Schusterman Campus. Additionally, the Wayman Tisdale Specialty Health Clinic opened in north Tulsa. The TU-OU School of Community Medicine, the first of its kind in the nation, was created in partnership with the University of Tulsa. Under Boren’s leadership, the Presbyterian Research Park in Oklahoma City became OU’s University Research Park. The research campus he established on the Norman campus was named the best college research campus in the nation in 2013.

September 2017 Innovate  

The monthly e-magazine of the Oklahoma Health Center Foundation