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Proving Age is Relative

Kenneth Wyatt just celebrated his 80th birthday on June 4. What makes this milestone even more special is knowing he underwent a lung transplant on
Jan. 10, 2019, at the age of 79.
The staff at INTEGRIS Baptist Medical Center held a surprise party for Wyatt and hope to have more of these celebrations in the future.
“People should not see age as a deterrent to seeking an organ transplant,” says Mark Rolfe, M.D., co-medical director of lung transplantation and advanced pulmonary disease management at the INTEGRIS Nazih Zuhdi Transplant Institute in Oklahoma City. “We look at physiologic age, not chronologic age. The old way of thinking was you can only transplant people 65 and younger, but there’s a lot of 75-year-olds who are otherwise healthy and still young at heart.”
About a year and a half ago, Wyatt suddenly started to experience shortness of breath. “It came on really quickly,” remembers Wyatt. “I just couldn’t get enough air. I felt claustrophobic, like I constantly needed more oxygen.”
He was diagnosed at another facility with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis and was told his condition was terminal and he was simply too old for a transplant. Thankfully, Wyatt persisted and found another physician who immediately referred him to the INTEGRIS Nazih Zuhdi Transplant Institute.
“I was anxious to meet Mr. Wyatt,” says Alan Betensley, M.D., co-medical director of lung transplantation and advanced pulmonary disease management at INTEGRIS Nazih Zuhdi Transplant Institute. “We ran some tests and concluded he was healthy despite his pulmonary fibrosis, so we felt he would be an ideal candidate for transplant, regardless of his age.”
Wyatt was placed on the lung transplant list Nov. 15, 2018. “I hear some people wait years for a transplant, so I was surprised to get ‘the call’ less than two months later,” admits Wyatt. “I woke up in the Intensive Care Unit and everyone told me I did great. I was out of the hospital within a week.
“Kenneth did remarkably well through the entire process. His oxygen level is back up to 98 percent and he is currently undergoing rehabilitation to regain his strength and endurance,” Betensley says. “I have no doubt he will make a full recovery. He is proof positive that age is relative.”
Wyatt says the experience has given him a new outlook on life and a brand-new purpose for living. “The way I figure it, is God gave me this condition for a reason. And maybe that reason is to help raise the age limit for transplant consideration. INTEGRIS took a chance on me when most other institutions wouldn’t, and I will be forever grateful for that.”
“I could still have 20 years ahead of me,” Wyatt predicts. “My mom is still living at 104 and my grand-dad lived to be 101 … so there’s a lot of life left in me.”

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Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation scientist Patrick Gaffney, M.D.

Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation scientist Patrick Gaffney, M.D., has received a five-year, $3.1 million grant from the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases to investigate the underlying mechanisms that lead to lupus onset.
Lupus occurs when the immune system becomes unbalanced, leading to the development of antibodies and chronic inflammation that damage the body’s organs and tissues. The disease primarily strikes women and disproportionately affects certain minority groups, including African Americans, American Indians and Latinos.
Risk for lupus is believed to come from changes in the genome, said Gaffney, but researchers don’t actually understand why or how they confer risk. The grant will expand upon information gathered currently through genome-wide association studies, or GWAS.
“In lupus, you have a disease with around 150 associated regions of the genome and maybe thousands of variants related to it,” said Gaffney, who holds the J.G. Puterbaugh Chair in Medical Research at the foundation and is the chair of OMRF’s Genes and Human Disease Research Program. “Each one makes a small contribution to the overall risk of disease, but when we look at them in entirety, the power to predict disease becomes significantly better. All we have now is statistical analysis we’ve gathered from the genome studies. This grant will help us also understand the biology involved in the process.”
GWAS data have been helpful but not particularly useful in getting research into clinics to help lupus patients, because they don’t convey enough about other possible contributing factors, Gaffney said.
To that end, Gaffney will look into the role of “epigenetic” factors, the chemical changes in the genome that affect how DNA is packaged and expressed but do not affect the underlying genetic sequence.
“This is the next step in helping us understand the biology of this data enough to actually generate a real impact for patients,” he said. “We are hopeful this work will lead us to alternative variants in the genome that may not necessarily be associated in a statistical way, but might prove important to the overall disease process.”
The grant, R01 AR073606, is from the NIAMS, a part of the NIH.
“Dr. Gaffney is a recognized expert in the genetics of autoimmune diseases,” said OMRF President Stephen Prescott, M.D. “This novel approach to expanding upon genetic data holds promise for the development of new ways to treat or even prevent diseases like lupus and others.”

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OSDH Receives Additional Funds from CDC to Continue Efforts Aimed at Reducing Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has announced an extension of a grant providing $2.19 million dollars in funding for the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) to target people at higher risk for diabetes, heart disease and stroke. The funds provided will be available through June 29, 2020.
The grant will be used to continue the focus on areas of the state disproportionately affected by high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, diabetes, or prediabetes due to socioeconomic factors such as inadequate access to care, poor quality of care, or low income. Caddo, Delaware, Hughes, Lincoln, McIntosh, Muskogee, Pittsburg, and Seminole counties have been identified as areas of concentration.
Partnerships with other organizations are a key component of the OSDH outreach efforts. Working with the Choctaw Nation Health Services (CNHS) has allowed tribal and non-tribal community members to participate in high blood pressure self-management education coupled with pharmacist-provided medication therapy management. Continued support allows CNHS to expand these initiatives into additional sites within Choctaw Nation’s boundaries.
The extension also allows continued collaboration with Federally Qualified Health Centers and Community Health Centers, and hospitals located in the prioritized counties. Other partnerships include those with Oklahoma State University – Oklahoma County Extension Services (OCES) to offer diabetes prevention and self-management programs in county extension offices across the state, and work with Southwestern Oklahoma State University College of Pharmacy Rural Health Center and the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center’s College of Pharmacy.
“In order to improve Oklahoma’s health outcomes, it is going to require a coordinated effort by government and community organizations,” said Governor Kevin Stitt. “The work of the OSDH to leverage these partnerships and resources is a step toward the goal of significantly raising the state’s health ranking.”
“Many Oklahomans suffer from diseases that are largely due to personal behaviors including sedentary lifestyle, poor nutrition, and smoking,” Interim OSDH Commissioner Tom Bates said. “By using these funds to provide not only care management but also programs that encourage lifestyle changes, we can continue to tackle the challenge of reducing the rates of cardiovascular disease and diabetes.”
Projects funded through the grant include tracking and monitoring clinical measures shown to improve healthcare quality and identify patients with hypertension; implementing team-based care for patients with high blood pressure and high blood cholesterol; and linking community resources and clinical services to support referrals, self-management and lifestyle change for patients with high blood pressure and high blood cholesterol.

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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.”

NIGHT SHIFT RNs NEEDED!
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!
Email resume to: resumes@jdmc.org
J. D. McCarty Center
2002 E. Robinson Norman, OK 73071
405-307-2800 | Fax: 405-307-2801
Visit our webpage at http://www.jdmc.org/
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With an outgoing and bubbly personality, Brianna enjoys working with the patients as they recover through therapy and rehabilitation.

PASSION IN NURSING
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.”

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

COMMUNITY HOSPITAL
NORTHWEST SURGICAL HOSPITAL
INTEGRIS NETWORK

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

Apply online
CommunityHospitalOKC.com/job-postings
NWSurgicalOKC.com/job-postings

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.

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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.

LICENSING ANALYST

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.

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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.

https://www.redlandscc.edu/

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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!

Visit: careers.davita.com to apply or email: Cambridge.Tillman@DaVita.com, phone (918) 520-8681

Join us in building a community of care.

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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

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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.”

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