Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation Clinical Genomics Center staff Adam Adler, Melissa Bebak, Graham Wiley, Ph.D., and Patrick Gaffney, M.D.

The College of American Pathologists (CAP) has awarded accreditation to the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation’s Clinical Genomics Center.
OMRF’s Clinical Genomics Center is an internationally recognized resource providing scientific researchers with the latest technologies in DNA sequencing, genotyping, and gene expression data. Now, with CAP accreditation, the facility will be able to offer these services to clinicians, as well.
“This allows us to expand our genetic analysis beyond research space and into clinical diagnostics, which is important for helping with healthcare,” said facility director Patrick Gaffney, M.D. “We would like to partner with local healthcare providers to offer genome sequencing tests for those who may be suffering from genetic diseases.”
Gaffney said he expects most clinical work will initially focus on pediatrics to help diagnose a wide spectrum of rare hereditary diseases in children. The facility specializes in studying the genetic basis of rare diseases through a process called exome sequencing. The exome represents roughly two percent of the human genome, so this type of testing allows scientists to more directly focus on pinpointing genetic mutations.
The federal government recognizes the CAP Laboratory Accreditation Program, begun in the early 1960s, as equal to or more stringent than the government’s own inspection program.
During the CAP accreditation process, inspectors conduct an onsite inspection and examine the laboratory’s records and quality control of procedures for the preceding two years. CAP inspectors also examine laboratory staff qualifications, equipment, facilities, safety program and record, and overall management.
“We’ve had tremendous success in the research space with this genomics facility, and we feel confident we can go into a clinical setting and provide these services to physicians and families, as well,” said Gaffney. “We are thrilled for the opportunity and grateful to the College of American Pathologists for this recognition.”

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Q. I am single, not currently dating and enjoying my life. It would be great to find a healthy man to have a relationship with and I hope that is in my future. What I find so sad are some of my friends who are in relationships that are not healthy, in fact two of them are down right toxic, but they won’t leave because they don’t want to be alone. They are already alone!! What is wrong with them?

A. I think “being alone” is such a difficult “situation” to treat. It casts such a spell on the person that it almost shuts down their cognitive processes and creates an illusion that becomes their reality.
An illusion of “I am not alone because I have John sitting on the sofa with me.” Never mind that John rarely communicates in a loving dialogue unless he wants something or that he belittles you in front of his friends or that he shows you no affection in public to the point that others don’t even know you are a couple.
If you leave John and this abusive relationship you will be alone. That means “without John.” Why is alone worse than being with abusive John? You are now free to be with others.
When women NEED a man, or men NEED a woman, that is a bad start to the connection and will prevent you from taking action when you read “the writing on the wall.”
When I was working with Sharon all she could focus on was “wanting to be married.” It was not about the quality of the man as much as not wanting to be alone (and also wanting financial security.) She found her man. In the beginning she pointed out some negatives, i.e., he was overweight and drank more than she liked. (She had been married twice before, both alcoholics).
As the relationship progressed she talked more about his money than his drinking or his weight. She also had concerns because their politics were at opposite ends of the spectrum. He also was controlling of her time. But he had money and she didn’t want to be alone.
They married almost a year later. When I saw her a few months after the wedding, her spirit seemed subdued. Her vibrant energy channeled differently.
But she was not alone; she was married, she had her man!!
There are certainly no guarantees about the sustainability of relationships. I think it is healthy for people to be able to “be without an intimate/partner relationship” and be comfortable. That does not mean it is “forever.” Perhaps the less we think about it and just live our lives, who knows who the Universe will put in our path.
In the mean time, get a dog, cat, bird, plant; something you can nurture and love until “your person” comes along. Read some good books. Learn to like being with you.

Vicki L Mayfield, M.Ed., R.N., LMFT Marriage and Family Therapy Oklahoma City

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Join the INTEGRIS James L. Hall Jr. Center for Mind, Body and Spirit for an evening with author Brigid Schulte, an award winning journalist for the Washington Post – and harried mother of two. She began the journey quite by accident, after a time-use researcher insisted that she, like all American women, had 30 hours of leisure each week. Stunned, she accepted his challenge to keep a time diary and began a journey that would take her from the depths of what she described as the Time Confetti of her days to a conference in Paris with time researchers from around the world, to North Dakota, of all places, where academics are studying the modern love affair with busyness, to Yale, where neuroscientists are finding that feeling overwhelmed is actually shrinking our brains, to exploring new lawsuits uncovering unconscious bias in the workplace, why the U.S. has no real family policy, and where states and cities are filling the federal vacuum.
Along the way, she was driven by two questions, Why are things the way they are and, how can they be better. The answers she found are illuminating, perplexing and ultimately hopeful.

The United Way of Central Oklahoma kicked off its 2017 campaign with more than 700 attendees enjoying a free pancake breakfast at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark earlier today. Business and civic leaders enjoyed the annual tradition of flipping pancakes to showcase their United Way spirit. The kickoff celebration marks the official start of the United Way of Central Oklahoma’s fundraising campaign as well as the State Charitable Campaign and the Heart of the City Campaign.
The United Way’s campaign raises money to support 120 programs in five focus areas—strong families, successful kids, healthy citizens, independent living and community preparedness—that are administered by 58 Partner Agencies, striving to improve lives in our community.
“The United Way continues to lead the way in addressing our community’s most pressing issues,” said David Rainbolt, BancFirst executive chairman and campaign chairman. “To do this, we rely on local businesses, big and small, along with individuals to continue to provide financial support. Given the economic challenges facing our community and with government budget cuts, the United Way and its Partner Agencies need our support more than ever. This is a tough time for fundraising and every dollar counts.”
This year 83 companies were Pacesetters, companies that complete their campaigns prior to the official kick off and “set the pace” for others to follow. Pacesetters raised $4.9 million and got the campaign off to a great start.
Through this year’s board game themed campaign, United Way is challenging the community to “make a move and play it forward” through contributions via their United Way workplace campaigns, individual giving and the contribution of their time and effort by volunteering for community projects.
“We’re always so thankful to our Pacesetter companies that truly set the pace for our campaign,” said Debby Hampton, president and CEO, United Way of Central Oklahoma. “Every year, thousands of generous donors respond to the needs of our community through their support of our annual campaign. Thanks to our donors, United Way and our Partner Agencies are able to touch the lives of one in three central Oklahomans.”
For more information on the United Way of Central Oklahoma’s annual campaign for the community or to make a contribution online, visit
United Way of Central Oklahoma researches human needs within the communities of central Oklahoma and directs resources to accountable health and human services agencies to meet those needs by improving the health, safety, education and economic well-being of its most vulnerable citizens. For more information about United Way of Central Oklahoma, please visit or call (405) 236-8441.

A Union of Forces: Leveraging Diversity and Inclusion in Health Care

The African Health Summit will be held Saturday, October 7th from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. – breakfast to be served at 9:00. The demographics of patients in the U.S. are shifting. Health professionals are preparing to deliver care to the most diverse patient populations in our history. Providers and patients both face a different world today. Join Cheryll Albold, Ph.D., designated institutional administrator for the Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education, as she discusses how these shifts relate to health care, and how to improve the experience and outcomes for diverse groups of patients. She will examine the link between issues of patient population diversity, equity, cultural competency and health.
Dr. Albold received a master’s degree in counseling and student personnel services from Fordham University, in New York, and earned a doctor of philosophy degree in higher education and a minor certificate in educational research methodology, both from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She is a chapter author in the book, D.I.V.A. Diaries: The Road to the Ph.D. and Stories of Black Women Who Have Endured.
Local physicians will participate in a panel discussion that will address issues that exist in the Oklahoma City metro area.
Advance registration is required. Seating is limited. Tickets are required to attend this event.
Location: Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame, 4040 N. Lincoln Blvd., Oklahoma City, OK 73105.
Register for tickets by calling the INTEGRIS HealthLine at 405-951-2277. Online registration is not available.


This event will be held at the OU Schusterman Center, Learning Library 4502 E. 41st Street, Tulsa, OK 74135 December 1st, 2017 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Check in/registration will start at 7:30 a.m. Session Topics: Violence in the workplace, Preventing Injuries at Work, Humor Amongst Healthcare, The Grieving Professional and Drug Use/Abuse Pre-registration $120 until November 24th, after that date $150 Lunch & CEU’s included Register at For more information call 1-888-616-8161.


The event will be held at the Oklahoma City University Kramer School of Nursing Rooms 135 & 136, 2501 N. Blackwelder Ave., Oklahoma City, OK 73106 September 19, 2017 from 6:30 – 8:00 PM. Jan Slater JD, MBA, Faculty Bioethics Center Oklahoma University School of Community Medicine will speak about this national and Oklahoma initiative.
No charge or registration required and one CE available from ONA and one CE available for LCSW/LMSW. Hosted by the Oklahoma Chapter of the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association.

The Health Care Professional’s Role When Faced With Human Trafficking

The event will be held at the OU Fran and Earl Ziegler College of Nursing, 1100 N. Stonewall Ave, Room 138, Oklahoma City, OK 73117 Friday, September 29, 2017 from 8:00 am – 1:20 pm. Registration will be 7:30 am – 8:00 am.
$50.00 per/person (complimentary to consortium employees) For more information contact: Patrice Brown 405-271-1491, ext. 49206.

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Kramer School of Nursing at Oklahoma City University.

The Kramer School of Nursing at Oklahoma City University was awarded full accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) in August.
The school was visited by a team of six peer review colleagues from ACEN in March to review the BSN, RN-BSN, MSN, and Clinical Doctorate programs for renewal of national accreditation.
The review process includes three steps:
* An onsite three-day visit to the campus and extended sites
* Evaluation of the site review team’s report by the ACEN Review Panel
* Review of materials by the ACEN Board of Commissioners, who make the final decision.
The accreditation was renewed for eight years, the maximum extension allowed, with the next visit for these programs set for the spring of 2025.
ACEN, based in Atlanta, is the oldest nursing education accreditor.