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I have a baby now so he keeps me cool. He’s my anti-stress. Justin Simon, RN

I walk my dog and garden. If I had a pool I’d live in it. Kathy Holland, RN, Case Manager

Stay inside where it’s dark and sip cool drinks. Kevin Frantz, PT

Stay inside with the A/C, my Yorkie Poos and Dachshund Susie Moore, RN

We provide in-center (outpatient) dialysis, home training and follow-up for home hemodialysis and
peritoneal dialysis, as well as inpatient (in hospital) dialysis for acute and chronic patients.
We also offer jobs in regulatory, compliance, quality, IT, etc!  A great place to learn and grow.

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The American Cancer Society of Oklahoma kicks off its Making Strides Against Breast Cancer campaign this month with two main events.
The Real Men Wear Pink Kickoff Party will be Thursday, Aug. 15 at the Paramount Room, 701 W. Sheridan Ave in Oklahoma City beginning at 6 p.m.
Every year, an elite group of Oklahoma City businessmen join the fight against breast cancer by pledging to wear pink every day throughout October. It can be a shirt, pocket square, even socks. These ambassadors will create awareness about the Walk, and they will also commit to raising a minimum of $2,500.
“When someone makes the comment about the pink, it is our opportunity to educate and spread the word of how every dollar helps,” said Randy Nance, Chair of this year’s campaign. “If we do not find a cure, many women and men we all know and love are subject to being stricken with this terrible disease.”
Nance says while the monetary goal is vital, so is raising awareness and bringing more people into the mix.
“If volunteers can give of their time, talent and resources toward finding a cure, in my books that is just as much a win and a successful campaign,” he said. “My wife lost one sister to breast cancer, and she has another sister who had a double mastectomy, so the gene is one that is prevalent in her family. I am greatly concerned about her health and would welcome the discovery of a cure sooner rather than later. That’s why I am committed to supporting ACS and Real Men Wear Pink.”
The second event is the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Kickoff Breakfast. It will be Thursday, Aug. 22 at 21C Hotel, 900 W. Main St, in Oklahoma City beginning at 7 a.m.
“This breakfast is a fun yet touching way to bring together cancer survivors as well as honor those we have lost,” said Alicia Jackson, ACS Community Development Manager. “We carefully select individuals each year to serve as our ‘Portraits of Hope,’ and this is our first year to select a male survivor. These ambassadors will share their journey and offer guidance to others who may be going through the same experience. The breakfast is always a lot of fun, so we hope cancer survivors will come out and join us.”
Both the Real Men Wear Pink and the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer kickoff events are free and open to the public. For additional information or to RSVP, contact Alicia Jackson at Alicia.Jackson@cancer.org
The Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5 K Walk will be held Saturday, Oct. 19 at the Wheeler District, 1701 S. Western, beginning at 8 a.m.
Additional information on the American Cancer Society and its services can be found at www.cancer.org

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OMRF Dr. Gabriel Pardo and OMRF employee and patient Chrissy Brady.

For Chrissy Brady, the first signal of illness came when her left leg went numb. A month-long migraine followed. When a subsequent MRI showed lesions scattered through her brain, it left no doubt that she was suffering from multiple sclerosis.
In MS, immune cells attack the protective covering of nerves in the brain, causing vision problems, tremors, paralysis, painful spasms, imbalance and cognitive changes. It’s difficult to diagnose and treat, and the cause is unknown.
Brady receives treatment for her disease at the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation’s Multiple Sclerosis Center of Excellence, one of the preeminent centers for MS research and treatment in the world.
And Brady visits there every day, not because of her disease, but because she also works at OMRF.
In the foundation’s accounting department, Brady handles clinical billing, production reports and other clinic-related tasks. Working down the hall from where she receives treatment, she said, has an added bonus: empowerment.
“It’s not an accident that I ended up working here. It gives me a real sense of ownership over MS,” said Brady. “I think about the research at OMRF every day when I come to work. I’m working shoulder-to-shoulder with people making progress on the very disease I have.”
Brady made the decision to follow her doctor, Gabriel Pardo, M.D., to OMRF when he was hired to helm OMRF’s new MS Center in 2011.
“Dr. Pardo is like my guardian angel,” she said. “I trust him with my life.”
Brady is one of more than 3,000 patients seen by Pardo, the Center’s director, and his team.
In addition to patient care, the MS Center is devoted to the advancement of scientific knowledge through clinical and basic research to gain a deeper understanding of these conditions, which can improve clinical outcomes for MS patients worldwide.
Despite the unpredictable nature of the disease, Pardo was able to identify the right treatment strategy for Brady, including switching her medication to ocrelizumab a year ago. The drug, which went through clinical trials at OMRF, is the first treatment designed specifically for the type of MS Brady has.
“MS is such a complex disease, and each patient presents a unique challenge,” said Pardo. “So it’s quite rewarding to help someone unravel this puzzling disease like we have with Chrissy.”
Under Pardo’s care, Brady has not experienced a relapse in more than five years.
“My bosses knew that I had MS before hiring me,” she said. “For them, it was a gamble. But I’m forever grateful that they took a chance on me. That shows how special OMRF really is, and I never take it—or the care I get here—for granted.”
For more information about OMRF’s Multiple Sclerosis Center of Excellence, visit omrf.org/multiple-sclerosis or call 405-271-6242.

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· Competitive Salary · Medical, Dental & Vision Benefits · Life Insurance · Matching 401K · Paid Time Off · Company Car · Great Staff and Work Environment

Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores has announced it will team up with United Way of Central Oklahoma and match any new and increased gifts from existing workplace campaigns and individual donors up to $225,000.
“Love’s is proud to partner once again with the United Way to make a positive impact in central Oklahoma,” said Jenny Love Meyer, Vice President of Communications for Love’s. “Our employees give generously every year to support United Way organizations making a measurable difference in our community. This year, we are challenging our neighbors to step up with us. Love’s will match dollar for dollar any new donation or increased donation to the United Way made by individuals or local businesses up to $225,000.”
This gift comes at a time when the needs for health and human services continue to rise while resources remain limited. New dollars and the impact in the community will be doubled, allowing more central Oklahomans to benefit from the programs that United Way helps to fund at our 57 Partner Agencies. “Love’s is a staple in our community because they give back so generously and truly care about people and the challenges they face,” said Debby Hampton, United Way of Central Oklahoma president and CEO. “With Love’s support, we’ll be able to touch more lives and make an even bigger impact in our community, and that’s what Love’s is known for – caring for those who need a hand-up.”
Donations may be made online at unitedwayokc.org or by giving through your workplace campaign.

Forty-seven Oklahoma hospitals and hospital specialty units have met a challenge from the Oklahoma Hospital Association to achieve a health care worker influenza vaccination rate of 96 percent or higher during the 2018-2019 flu season.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): “Influenza places a substantial burden on the health of people in the United States each year. CDC estimates that influenza has resulted in between 9.2 million and 35.6 million illnesses, between 140,000 and 710,000 hospitalizations and between 12,000 and 56,000 deaths annually since 2010.”
“And the risk of complications from influenza is higher among the types of people who are admitted to our hospitals,” said LaWanna Halstead, vice president of quality and clinical initiatives, Oklahoma Hospital Association. “These hospitals have developed policies and processes that ensure their patients and employees are protected.”
Hospitalized patients are particularly vulnerable to the dangers of influenza because their immune systems are often compromised by the illness that caused their admission or by the treatments they are undergoing. Vaccination of health care personnel (HCPs) has been shown to prevent illness and death in patients and reduce influenza and absenteeism among HCPs. The CDC has recommended annual vaccination of HCPs since 1984.
Several key national professional organizations have endorsed mandatory policies for influenza vaccination as a condition of employment within health care facilities, including the American
Hospital Association. In 2011, the Oklahoma Hospital Association board of trustees developed a position statement urging mandatory influenza policies.
Hospitals meeting the 96 percent challenge are:
Arbuckle Memorial Hospital, Sulphur – Bailey Medical Center, Owasso – Blackwell Regional Hospital – Cherokee Nation W.W. Hastings Indian Hospital, Tahlequah – Chickasaw Nation Department of Health, Ada – Choctaw Nation Health Services Authority, Talihina – Creek Nation Community Hospital, Okemah – Eastern Oklahoma Medical Center, Poteau – Grady Memorial Hospital, Chickasha – Hillcrest Hospital Claremore – Hillcrest Hospital Cushing – Hillcrest Hospital Pryor – INTEGRIS Bass Pavilion, Enid – INTEGRIS Canadian Valley Hospital, Yukon – INTEGRIS Jim Thorpe Rehabilitation, Oklahoma City – INTEGRIS Southwest Medical Center, Oklahoma City – Jackson County Memorial Hospital, Altus – McAlester Regional Health Center – McBride Orthopedic Hospital, Oklahoma City – Mercy Hospital Ada – Mercy Hospital Ardmore – Acute Care – Mercy Hospital Ardmore – Rehab-IRF – Mercy Hospital Ardmore Senior Behavioral Health-IPF – Mercy Health Love County, Marietta – Mercy Hospital Healdton – Mercy Hospital Kingfisher – Mercy Hospital Logan County, Guthrie – Mercy Hospital Oklahoma City- Mercy Rehabilitation Hospital Oklahoma City – Norman Regional Health System – Norman Regional HealthPlex – Okeene Municipal Hospital and Medical Clinic – Oklahoma Heart Hospital, Oklahoma City – Oklahoma Heart Hospital South, Oklahoma City – Oklahoma Surgical Hospital, Tulsa – Purcell Municipal Hospital – Seiling Regional Medical Center – Select Specialty Hospital Oklahoma City – Share Medical Center, Alva – SSM Health St. Anthony Hospital – Oklahoma City – SSM Health St. Anthony Hospital – Shawnee – St. John Broken Arrow – St. John Medical Center, Tulsa – St. John Owasso – St. John Sapulpa – St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center, Enid – Stillwater Medical, Perry – Stillwater Medical Center – The Children’s Rehabilitation Hospital, Bethany – Wagoner Community Hospital

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