Andrea Gunter, RN, (left) and Terisa Denwalt, RN, will help children with disabilities live out their dreams this summer at JD McCarty’s Camp ClapHans.

by Bobby Anderson, RN, Staff Writer

For a few short weeks this summer, children with disabilities from across the region will gather in Norman to celebrate just being kids.
It’s a highly-anticipated annual affair carried out at JD McCarty Center for Children with Developmental Disabilities and it’s known as Camp ClapHans.
And for registered nurses Andrea Gunter and Terisa Denwalt it will be a time to witness pure joy.
Last year was Gunter’s first experience with camp. She had worked part-time at the residence houses before getting the invite to come down to the onsite camp facility next to the center’s lake.
“It’s different and there’s just so much diversity,” Gunter said. “It’s like a whole different thing than I’ve ever done before. It’s a lot of fun. It’s more of a relaxed environment, the kids are here and everybody is having a good time.”
“You’re just here to give meds and help everything go smoothly.”
A military wife, Gunter was no stranger to moving around the country. She worked in a lot of different types of nursing settings.
After taking a year off she started looking around for another setting.
“I get to work part-time and it’s just great,” Gunter said. “Every time I get a job in nursing it’s like this is my favorite job.”
Denwalt is working her first camp this summer. Working orthopedic oncology for 20 years she went into schools two years ago to help with special needs children for a change.
“Going through nursing school 22 years ago we did a class project and we all went to volunteer for the Special Olympics and I just kept doing it after that,” Denwalt said. “I’ve always kind of been involved and thought I would end up in this area and then the opportunity just came up.”
Children have always had that pull.
“I just love playing with the kids and talking to them,” Denwalt said. “There’s no negative feelings out there. It’s a total positive. You don’t ever hear about people in this line of work complaining about their job like they do everywhere else.”
Gunter has already given her some pointers. But the main thing to remember is just have fun.
“It’s an enjoyable experience because the kids bring so much joy to you that you just want to try and give them as much joy back,” Gunter said. “You’re here as the nurse and in a lot of nursing settings in the hospital your patients know they need the nurse. They don’t need us. They’re here to have fun.”
Gunter enjoys watching the counselors getting kids ready each morning while she’s doing her med pass.
“They are so good and it’s so fortunate the kids have these opportunities,” Gunter said. “In the school system they may stand out or feel different a little bit. Here they’re just kids. Some kids come back every year so you have kids that see each other every summer that have been coming for years. They’re just so happy to see each other. It’s sweet.”
Marketing Director Greg Gaston said historically camp registration is complete within hours of opening.
Gaston said years ago parents began downloading the camp registration forms from the center’s website and completing them in advance.
“Then they’ll send it in at 12:01 a.m. the day registration opens,” Gaston said with a chuckle.
Camp ClapHans is a residential summer camp for kids with disabilities ages 8 to 18 and is an outreach program of the McCarty Center.
Five camp sessions are offered each summer. The camp is located on the center’s campus and features two cabins and an activities building that are located next to an 11-acre lake.
Activities for campers include archery, arts and crafts, canoeing, fishing, horseback riding, talent shows and swimming.
Each camper is assigned to a counselor with the camper/counselor ratio of 1:1.
Staff members are typically university students working toward a degree in allied health-care fields (physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech-language pathology); special and general education; outdoor recreation; nutrition; and other related fields. Prior to camp, staff members attend training.
The camp opened in 2013 and is named in honor of Sammy Jack Claphan, a citizen of the Cherokee Nation and an Oklahoma native. Sammy played football for the University of Oklahoma and graduated with a degree in special education. Afterward, he played in the NFL for the Cleveland Browns and the San Diego Chargers. After retiring from football, Sammy returned to Oklahoma and became a coach and a special education teacher. Sammy died in 2001 at the age of 45.
For Denwalt, the expectations for her first camp experience are simple.
“Something to come back to every year really,” Denwalt said. “I want it to be something I enjoy and they enjoy me and take a little break from the hardcore stuff.”

Excellent Benefit Package Provided
Licensed Nurses to work with our special needs pediatric patients 0-21 years of age. Our campus consists of 6 rehab hospital units with 6 pediatric patients in each unit. Nurses will monitor assigned hospital unit to ensure quality of patients’ health and the care that is given by Direct Care staff.
· Must have current OK Drivers license · Must be able to lift 25 lbs

Looking for something fun to do this summer?
Camp ClapHans Nurse NEEDED!
Individualized care for 12 campers per session and support from camp staff for the nightly activities.
Hours are 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. Sunday, Monday, Tuesday nights
5 weeks of Camp starting June 9. Training week of June 3rd-6th

For more info, contact Jennifer Giamelle!
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With an outgoing and bubbly personality, Brianna enjoys working with the patients as they recover through therapy and rehabilitation.

FEELING OF ACCOMPLISHMENT: Bridges Skilled Rehabilitation in Bethany

by Vickie Jenkins – Writer/Photographer

At Grace Living Centers, we recognize that all people are endowed with the great dignity of having been made in the image and likeness of our Creator. Regardless of our age or abilities, we are each special. It is for this reason that we aspire to treat each person – patient, resident, family member and each other – with love and respect; to serve people with compassion and dignity. This is our mission; this is our approach to life. –Grace Living Center-
Meet Brianna Bean, RN at Grace Living Center, Bridges Skilled Rehabilitation in Bethany, OK. Growing up in Piedmont, OK, Brianna attended OCCC for nursing. She has been a nurse for a total of seven years. Her first job as a nurse was working at Oklahoma Heart Hospital as a PCCU nurse (Post Coronary Care Unit) and came to Grace Living Center a year ago.
Brianna explained why she is a nurse. “Ever since I was little, I wanted to be a nurse,” Brianna said. “I had three younger siblings and I always took care of them. I just enjoyed helping them in any way that I could,” she said. “I found myself helping them succeed in whatever they set out to do and I helped them better themselves. We are all still pretty close and they have told me they appreciated me helping them when they were younger.” “I knew I would grow up to be a nurse. I like working here because when the patient comes in, they are not feeling so great but when they leave, they are feeling better. I guess you could say that I have a real desire to help others in any way that I can. It gives me a great feeling of accomplishment. That is why I am a nurse and I can’t image doing anything else.”
What is the favorite part of your job? “It would be the way I get to work with the patients and learn all of their backgrounds. I enjoy getting to know them. I work in the skilled area unit, which means the patient is here due to surgery or an accident or they are here for rehab. It is nice to work with them and see them get better after their stay here; which can be from one week to two months. It just depends on the patient and how they are recovering. It is nice to see the patient leave feeling good about themselves,” Brianna replied.
What qualities make a good nurse? “Above all, I think a nurse needs to be compassionate, and empathetic. They definitely need to have a lot of patience and be able to get to know the patient and understand them,” Brianna said.
When asking Brianna to describe herself, she said, “I guess you could say I am a bubbly person and outgoing. I can have fun and I can be assertive when needed. I am very considerate and kind or so people tell me,” she said with a smile. “I am a good team player and I love taking care of others. I guess that pretty much explains a lot about me.”
If Brianna were to give someone advice for entering the medical field, she would tell them, “that going to school to be a nurse can be tough at times, especially when they just get started, but the end payoff is worth it. The gratification you get at the end is amazing! Just don’t give up and know that you can do it!”
When Brianna is not working, she likes to spend time with her nine year old daughter, Jocelyn. “We love to sing and dance all the time and act silly,” she said with a laugh. “We love just being ourselves. Jocelyn really likes art so I like to do art work with her. For myself, I am on a softball team and love to play. I have been playing softball since I was five years old. I have played soccer in the past but haven’t played that in about a year. I like to stay active and busy doing something all the time. I guess you could say that I am pretty outgoing,” she said.
If you could sum up your life in one word, what would it be? With a quick answer that seemed fitting for her, Brianna said, “adventurous.”

Great opportunity to work with us with excellent benefits, including great employer matching 401K,
Tuition Reimbursement, Christmas bonus and the opportunity for quarterly bonuses!


North Campus Positions:
· RN Director of Pre-Admission Testing, FT, M-F Days
· RN Med Surg Days, 7am-7pm, FT – $5000 Sign on Bonus
· RN OR Circulator, M-F Days, FT – $5000 Sign on Bonus
· RN Pre-Admission Testing, PRN, M-F Days, FT – $3000 Sign on Bonus
· RN Pre-op/Phase II, FT, M-F Days
· Surgical Tech, FT, M-F Days
· Radiographer, PRN, Variable Days
· Patient Care Tech, Med Surg, FT and PRN, 7pm-7am
· Patient Care Tech, Med Surg, PRN, 7am-7pm
· Medical Asst, Pre-Admission Testing,
PRN, M-F Variable Days

South Campus Positions:
· System Director of Pharmacy, M-F Days
· RN Director of Nursing, M-F Days
· RN Quality Analyst, FT, M-F Days
· RN, Med Surg, FT, 7am-7pm and 7pm-7am – $5000 Sign on Bonus
· RN, ED, FT, 7pm-7am – $5000 Sign on Bonus
· RN, ED, FT, 11am-11pm, Weekend Premium Contract – $5000 Sign on Bonus
· RN, ED, PRN, Variable Days/Nights
· RN Pain/Endo, FT, M-F Days
· RN Pre-Admission Testing, PRN, Variable Days, M-F
· Radiographer, PRN, Variable Days
· Patient Care Tech, FT, Med Surg, 7am-7pm
· Surgical Tech, PRN, Eyes, Variable Days/Hours
· Patient Access Representative, PRN, 10am-2pm, M-F (some weekends)
· Patient Access Representative, ED, PRN, Every other Sunday
· Coding Analyst, FT, M-F Days

Northwest Surgical Hospital Positions:
· RN OR Circulator, FT, M-F Days – $5000 Sign on Bonus
· RN, Med Surg, PRN, Variable Days and Nights, 7am-7pm, 7pm-7am
· Radiographer, FT, M-F Days, $2000 Sign on Bonus
· Paramedic, FT, Med Surg, 7p-7am, Variable nights, $1000 Sign on Bonus
· Sterile Processing Tech, FT, M-F Days – $1000 Sign on Bonus

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Community Hospital/Northwest Surgical Hospital complies with applicable Federal civil rights laws and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, or sex.
Community Hospital/Northwest Surgical Hospital is a facility in which physicians have an ownership or investment interest.
The list of physician owners or investors is available to you upon request.

Siji Jose, Staff RN (RIGHT) pictured with Jessie Lekites, RN, nurse manager (LEFT), is the hospital’s most recent recipient of the DAISY Award. The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses is part of the DAISY Foundation’s program to recognize nurses who go the extra mile for their patients, families and team members.

Siji Jose, RN recognized for exceptional patient care

SSM Health St. Anthony Hospital is pleased to announce that Siji Jose, Staff RN, is the hospital’s most recent recipient of the DAISY Award. The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses is part of the DAISY Foundation’s program to recognize nurses who go the extra mile for their patients, families and team members.
Jose graduated with a nursing degree from Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City in 2018. He was nominated by a patient who felt positively impacted by the compassion, respect and excellence with which he approaches patient care relationships.
“At SSM Health, our nurses exemplify our Mission – Through our exceptional health care services, we reveal the healing presence of God,” said Elain Richardson, chief nursing officer and vice president of nursing, St. Anthony Hospital. “Siji is a light for his patients and coworkers, going above and beyond in a manner worthy of the DAISY Award.”
The not-for-profit DAISY Foundation is based in Glen Ellen, Calif. and was established by family members in memory of J. Patrick Barnes, who died in 1999 from complications due to autoimmune disease. The care Barnes and his family received from nurses while he was ill inspired this unique means of thanking nurses for making a profound difference in the lives of their patients and patient families.
Nurses may be nominated by patients, families and colleagues, and they are chosen by a committee of nurses at SSM Health St. Anthony Hospital to receive The DAISY Award. Awards are given throughout the year at presentations given in front of the nurse’s colleagues, physicians, patients and visitors. Each honoree receives a certificate and a sculpture called A Healer’s Touch, hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Africa, as a reminder of his accomplishment.
The DAISY Award has been awarded to SSM Health St. Anthony nurses since February 2018.
SSM Health in Oklahoma includes SSM Health St. Anthony Hospital (Oklahoma City); Bone & Joint Hospital at St. Anthony (Oklahoma City); St. Anthony South (Oklahoma City), SSM Health Outpatient Center (Oklahoma City) and St. Anthony Hospital – Shawnee (Shawnee, Okla.). The SSM Health network in Oklahoma also includes four SSM Health St. Anthony Healthplex campuses, a community freestanding ER (El Reno, Okla.), 16 affiliated hospitals, and SSM Health Medical Group with more than 250 physicians and providers.


Coordinates licensure activities, including approval of licensure applications. Communicates with applicants, licensees, nursing education programs, other state and federal agencies, and employers. Min. 4 years experience as an RN. Bachelor’s degree in nursing required. Contact Jackye, OK Board of Nursing, (405) 962-1809.
Application review begins 6/19/19. Position will remain open until suitable candidate hired.

For Jalelah Abdul-Raheem, P.h.D, RN, there was a certain comfort level that she fell in love with at Redlands Community College in El Reno.
Having worked there once before, she knew what she would be coming back to when she accepted the position of Interim Department Head of Nursing and Allied Health.
“Redlands is very community and family oriented,” she said. “Everybody looks out for everybody. It’s a real strong network and very supportive.”
Maybe that’s why Redlands graduates are some of the most sought-after in Oklahoma.
Or maybe it’s just one of the reasons.
With a small ratio of students per instructor, a simulation lab, great employment opportunities after graduation and a live NCLEX review, Redlands has one of the best nursing programs in the area.
Community support is huge in Canadian County for the school and vice versa.
The Canadian County Health Department has requested Redlands students work with their OB nurse practitioner. Students have adopted a mission in El Reno treating recently released inmates and recovering drug and alcohol addicts.
Students serve in the twice-monthly, bilingual health clinic.
Redlands admits students one time each year to the traditional day program.
LPN to RN admission occurs for a handful of individuals in the spring.
The program threads theory and simulation together to help build understanding of the specific content being taught. Simulations enhance student understanding, build confidence prior to clinical as to what to do, say, and provide appropriate interventions for patients.
Redlands Nursing Program graduated its first class in 1981. The program is a two-year nursing program with new classes beginning in the fall of every year.
Students graduate with an Associate in Applied Science Degree and upon graduation, are eligible to take the NCLEX exam to become a Registered Nurse. Redlands also offers options for LPNs attending the nursing program. LPNs who meet admission criteria are given credit for Fundamentals of Nursing.
Walking into a facility with her Redlands name badge on is always a treat for Abdul-Raheem.
“We have a very positive perception,” Abdul-Raheem said. “(Employers) know we are community based. They have a lot of good things to say about our students and because we like to partner with others our name really gets out there.”
A small faculty to student ratio allows Redlands instructors to team teach.
“Students are able to get more one-on-one instruction and they’re able to get more of a mentorship from faculty that they hang on to,” she said.

Where’s your summer dream vacation? Integris Southwest Medical Center Oncology Department


Africa, just all over the continent.

Tinesha Chapel, LPN

I want to go to Norway. I’m 92 percent Scandinavian.

Candice Galbranson, RN

Germany, just traveling all over.

Macy Gingher, LPN

I’m going back to Estes Park, Colorado with my kids.

Kelli Langdon, RN

DaVita is Hiring Registered Nurses, Patient Care Technicians and LPNs in Oklahoma City!

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The new INTEGRIS Community Hospital – OKC West, which brings a transformative concept of health care to Central Oklahoma, is officially open and accepting patients.
A grand opening ribbon-cutting event was held June 10 to introduce the community to the new hospital, 300 S. Rockwell Ave., in Oklahoma City. Speakers included Tim Pehrson, president and CEO of INTEGRIS, David Stillwell, president of the West Region for Emerus Holdings Inc., David Holt, mayor of Oklahoma City and Percy Kirk, chamber chair of the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce.
The 22,475-square-foot, two-story INTEGRIS Community Hospital – OKC West is part of a major initiative in which INTEGRIS has opened four new community hospitals – small-format facilities also known as micro-hospitals or neighborhood hospitals – in the Oklahoma City metropolitan area.
The INTEGRIS Community Hospital at Council Crossing, 9417 N. Council Road, the INTEGRIS Moore Community Hospital, 1401 SW 34th St., and the INTEGRIS Del City Community Hospital, 4801 SE 15th St., all opened earlier this year.
As part of its expansion initiative, INTEGRIS, the state’s largest nonprofit health care system, entered into a joint venture partnership with Emerus, the nation’s first and largest operator of community hospitals, to build and manage the facilities. The community hospital concept has emerged as a growing trend as health systems look to offer more cost-effective and streamlined care.
“Oklahomans have told us they want quicker, more convenient medical care, without compromising quality or safety,” Pehrson said. “These community hospitals allow us to do just that, bring high-quality care closer to home for many of the residents we serve.”
Emerus Chief Executive Officer Craig Goguen said the company is honored to partner with INTEGRIS, an award-winning, highly respected health system brand, as it expands its footprint throughout central Oklahoma. “We’re excited that all four of our beautiful new community hospitals are now open to patients in the Oklahoma City area, allowing a great health system like INTEGRIS to expand its reach into the community to provide a variety of patient services that are fast, convenient and economical.”
These new community hospitals will serve a variety of patient needs including emergency medical care, inpatient care and other comprehensive health services. While the ancillary services vary, each community hospital has a set of core services including the emergency department, pharmacy, lab and imaging.
The rest of the services depend on the needs of the community, but common examples include primary care, dietary services, women’s services and low-acuity outpatient surgeries. The community hospitals offer:
*Health system integration — allowing for care coordination, consultation and seamless transition across the care continuum
*Fully licensed as a hospital and subject to all hospital conditions of participation and regulatory requirements
*Emergency-trained physicians and outpatient ambulatory clinical services on site — ensuring patients receive the highest quality care, when they need it
*Inpatient bed capacity — allowing patients to stay closer to home when lower level admissions/recoveries are needed
*All patients accepted without regard to insurance or ability to pay, including Medicare, Medicaid and Tricare
*Community-based hospitals open 24 hours a day, seven days a week – offering ease of access to our patients

This year’s high school students participating in the VOLUME (Volunteer, Observe, Learn, Unify, Mentor, Explore) Summer Program with the Children’s Center Rehabilitation Hospital.

The Children’s Center Rehabilitation Hospital is proud to welcome this year’s high school students participating in the VOLUME (Volunteer, Observe, Learn, Unify, Mentor, Explore) Summer Program. This program is focused on providing teenagers insight into the medical, rehabilitative and educational services offered at the Hospital.
The VOLUME Summer Program provides hands-on learning experience to high school students who hope to pursue careers in healthcare, physical rehabilitation, special education or social work. Throughout the program, students participate in team and character-building activities, educational presentations and one-on-one patient interaction. The program is limited to 24 participants each year, and is open to those enrolled in 10th through 12th grades during the preceding school year.
“This is the fifth year of the VOLUME Summer Program. Through this program, we have seen our participants develop a passion not only for the healthcare field, but for working with children with complex medical needs and disabilities,” said Amy Coldren, manager of volunteer services at The Children’s Center Rehabilitation Hospital. “By providing opportunities for one-on-one patient interaction, participates learn how to communicate and interact with children and teens whose abilities and life experiences differ from their own. Participants typically graduate VOLUME with a deepened enthusiasm for their future career path and a greater knowledge of what it takes to achieve their goals. We have had tremendous success with our VOLUME participants. Each summer they make a positive impact on the Hospital’s patients and staff.”

Sam Presti, executive vice president and general manager of the Oklahoma City Thunder, and his wife, Shannon, have announced their gift of $600,000 to The Children’s Hospital at OU Medicine.
The Presti’s gift will have a major impact on The Children’s Hospital. Thanks to the family’s gift, two procedure rooms will receive renovations and technology upgrades in the Jimmy Everest Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders in Children and the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit at The Children’s Hospital. The Presti’s generosity will also create a nurturing and interactive space in the east lobby of The Children’s Hospital, transforming both indoor and outdoor areas for patients and families that will foster creativity and healing for patients during their stay.
“Sam has been an engaged supporter of our mission and efforts and approached us last fall to determine how he and Shannon could most effectively make a positive difference for our patients and their families,” said Jon Hayes, president of The Children’s Hospital. “It became clear that Sam had a resolute sense of gratitude to the community and wanted to reciprocate in a way that would benefit all Oklahomans irrespective of location, socioeconomic status or any other barrier. The Prestis see a strong children’s hospital that endures well into the future as an essential aspect for all citizens of the state. We are so grateful for their generosity. At The Children’s Hospital, our highest priority is to provide quality patient and family-centered care and to improve the lives of children throughout the region. The Presti family’s gift helps us make every patient and family’s hospital stay as comfortable as possible, thereby improving their recovery and healing process.”
The Children’s Hospital is part of OU Medicine, a 501(c)(3) providing state of the art medical services to the children of Oklahoma and the region. OU Children’s Physicians representing nearly every pediatric specialty, see patients at the hospital, as well as in clinics in the Oklahoma City metropolitan area and throughout the state.

Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation scientist Tim Griffin, Ph.D.

Scientists at the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation are pushing the bounds of a decades-old scientific method to study the origins of osteoarthritis.
OMRF scientists Tim Griffin, Ph.D., and Albert Batushansky, Ph.D., are using a method called gas chromatography-mass spectrometry, or GC-MS, to measure changes in the cartilage of joints from mice. They are targeting cartilage metabolism, the biochemical reactions that occur in the cells to maintain the cartilage.
GC-MS has been used since the 1960s to profile molecules in conditions like drug abuse or steroid use, as well as other human diseases. Griffin and Batushansky are the first to use this method to study cartilage metabolism.
“The idea and basic methodology are old, but strategies for applying this technology are still developing,” said Batushansky. “Look at the engine. The idea and technology significantly evolved as it was used in trains, then cars, then planes, then spacecraft and so on. Development and application change and evolve over time.”
Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis, stemming from the loss of cartilage between bones and joints, and it will affect more than half of all Americans age 65 or older. OA is the leading cause of disability and joint replacements in adults in the U.S.
“Even though OA is incredibly common, we don’t know exactly how it develops and progresses at a cellular level,” said Griffin. “Many recent studies, including our own, suggest that there is a metabolic origin to the disease.”
Several factors can increase OA risk, including age, obesity, joint injuries, high-impact physical jobs, and genetics, but at the biochemical level it’s unknown if these factors share a common origin or are unique, said Griffin.
The next step is to use this new metabolic approach to better understand how these different risk factors cause biochemical changes in cartilage. “We took on the challenge of working with mice lets us study different causes of OA like we see in humans,” said Batushansky.
They hope their work can lead to new potential drug targets to treat or even prevent the disease. “If we can track and characterize the changes in cartilage metabolism using this method, it would help answer fundamental questions about the disease that might lead to novel drug therapies and prevention possibilities for osteoarthritis,” said Griffin.
The findings were published in the journal Osteoarthritis and Cartilage. Other OMRF researchers who contributed were Erika Barboza Lopes, Ph.D., Shouan Zhu, Ph.D., and Kenneth Humphries, Ph.D.
The research was supported by grant No. R01AG049058 from the National Institute of Aging, a part of the National Institutes of Health, and funding from the Oklahoma Center for Adult Stem Cell Research (OCASCR), a program of TSET.

Devin Davis is continuing the family business at Heartland CPR which allows nurses to keep their skills certifications up to date.

Heartland CPR offers American Heart Association (AHA) certified BLS, ACLS, PALS as well as lay-rescuer training (known as Heartsaver CPR/AED/First Aid) in the state of Oklahoma. A small, woman-owned, family-operated local business that offers more than just certification training, but unparalleled service every step of the way, taking training to the customer throughout Oklahoma and welcoming individuals that don’t get training at their workplace to regularly scheduled classes at their OKC location.
By limiting class sizes and offering more class choices than anyone in the state, retaining instructors whose styles minimize anxiety while encouraging a genuine understanding of the material, an all-inclusive pricing structure, and taking every opportunity to exceed expectations, Heartland CPR engages participants with a fresh approach to training. It’s why the business has such a huge following of medical professionals and an unmatched return rate of repeat customers and referrals.
Flexibility and customer responsiveness have always been the cornerstone of Heartland CPR’s business model. One popular offering is the S.T.A.T. program, or “Sequentially Timed Accelerated Training” which offers discounts for customers that take multiple classes as well as stacked scheduling to best use precious time. Nurses and other medical professionals can renew the entire BLS, ACLS and PALS certification suite in a weekend or complete first-time 2-day ACLS or PALS along with pre-requisite BLS in a couple of days.
Heartland CPR was an early adopter of the new feedback manikin technology that becomes mandatory in all AHA classes in 2019; additionally they opted to begin issuing AHA near-immediate digital e-cards well ahead of the mandate to eliminate the issue of lost, destroyed or stolen cards and provide 24/7 access to training records for its customers. Customer requests led to the company expanding into AED equipment sales; a variety of quality AEDs from trusted manufacturers can be offered at pricing that can’t be touched even by online distributors.
Among the contracted instructors, Heartland CPR has former lifeguards, professors, a military veteran, four firefighters, two EMTs pursuing paramedic educations, four paramedics, two firefighter/paramedics, a Level III paramedic, two first responders to the OKC bombing, an EMS Sergeant, an EMS Chief, a “Dinosaur of EMS” with a 30+ year (and counting) career in EMS, and a combined total of AHA instruction experience of over half a decade!
A minimum class size of six participants applies to training at customer locations in the OKC metro area; other minimums apply to customer locations statewide. Don’t have 6? Join one of the public classes offered at Heartland CPR’s OKC location. Emergency & individual classes are available as well.
Continually leading the way while striving to be the single solution for life-saving skills training and equipment, you are invited to experience the Heartland CPR difference!