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TU Completes Renovations On Oxley College of Health

The University of Tulsa recently completed renovations on five floors of its downtown Tulsa campus facility at 1215 S. Boulder Ave. These renovations allow for expansion from 310 to more than 600 students in the Oxley College of Health Sciences. The space houses the School of Nursing, Department of Communication Disorders and Sciences, Department of Kinesiology and Rehabilitative Sciences, OU-TU School of Community Medicine, and the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship.

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Local Health Care in Crisis


Rural hospitals across Oklahoma are in crisis. Each year, Oklahoma hospitals absorb more than $560 million in unreimbursed care for their uninsured and underinsured patients. Wagoner Community Hospital provided $4.3 million in free care to our local residents last year.

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Researcher Selects OSU-CHS

Showket Hussain, Ph.D., renowned molecular oncologist and senior research officer for the Indian Council of Medical Research in New Delhi, recently joined Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences on an international visiting fellowship for cancer research.

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Jane Niemeyer Brings Comfort Through Nonprofit


After Jane Niemeyer was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2013, she experienced firsthand the range of emotions that the disease brings. She also witnessed up-close those feelings in fellow cancer patients.

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Don’t Bug Them!

KICKING THE FLU: Players from the Roughnecks served as celebrity judges of the 12th annual Don’t Bug Me poster contest, a partnership of Hillcrest HealthCare System and the Tulsa Health Department. Posters were created by students of local elementary schools. At left is David Abidor, defensive player for the Roughnecks, and with him is midfielder Brady Ballew. Both are posing with the signature Don’t Bug Me antennae.

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OSU-CHS Psychologist Honored

Richard Walter, scholar-in-residence of forensic sciences at Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences and world-renowned pioneer in crime scene assessment, has been selected as a recipient of the Paul W. Kehres Meritorious Service Award from the American Academy of Forensic Sciences.

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Roughnecks, Hillcrest Create Partnership for 2016 Season

The Tulsa Roughnecks and Hillcrest HealthCare System recently announced that they will continue their partnership for a second season. Hillcrest HealthCare System will remain as the official medical provider of the Roughnecks team as well as the presenting sponsor of the team’s 2016 season.

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Senior Resource Website Launches

In an effort to empower older adults and their families with valuable information on aging well in a rapidly-growing seniors housing industry, the American Seniors Housing Association (ASHA) recently launched a new website. Devoted to the complex components of today’s senior living options, is part of ASHA’s five-year strategic plan designed to provide seniors, adult children and others with meaningful seniors housing information.

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Red Cross Has Significant Need for Type O Negative Blood

The American Red Cross has a significant need for type O negative blood donors to donate blood for patients.

Type O negative blood can be transfused to patients with any blood type and is often used in emergency situations. While less than 7 percent of the U.S. population has type O negative blood, hospitals depend on frequent O negative donations to ensure it’s always available for patients in need.

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Scouts Take CTCA Field Trip

On Feb. 6, Cub Scouts from Grissom Elementary experienced a high-tech, hands-on field trip to learn about robotic surgery at Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA), 10109 E. 79th St., in Tulsa.

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Senior Star Donates Handmade Blankets

GIVING BACK: Senior Star and St. Francis representatives stand with more than 100 handmade blankets that Senior Star donated to hospitalized children and their families at The Children’s Hospital at Saint Francis, 6161 South Yale Ave., in February.

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OSU Researcher Aims to Improve Drug, Explosives Detection

Jarrad Wagner, Ph.D., wants to improve the tools used in detecting the presence of illegal drugs or explosives in homes and other locations where production is suspected.

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Eye Doctor Expands Practice

WINK OPTIQUE: Dr. DJ Riner recently expanded his practice with the opening of a second location, Wink Optique, at 101st Street and Yale Avenue, in the Shops of Seville shopping center.

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Visiting Angels Recognized

In January, Visiting Angels of Green Country was awarded both the Best of Home Care Provider of Choice and Employer of Choice Awards from Home Care Pulse. Home Care Pulse is the home care industry’s leading firm in performance benchmarking and quality satisfaction management, serving hundreds of home care businesses across North America.

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OSU-CHS Researching Effects of Massage Therapy

Massage and stretch therapies are widely used to improve function following a musculoskeletal injury. Aric Warren, Ed.D., associate professor of athletic training at Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences, wants to document the efficacy of these treatments through evidence-based research.

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