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Freedom From Hunger Campaign Begins June 21

Citing statistics that show 17 percent of all Tulsans live in food insecure homes, The Salvation Army and Reasor’s are launching the Freedom from Hunger campaign to raise awareness and funds to help those in the community who need help feeding their families. All donations will benefit The Salvation Army’s feeding program at the Center of Hope homeless shelter.

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Red Cross Requests Blood Donations

The American Red Cross urges those who have never given blood before, as well as those who have not given recently, to make an appointment to give blood or platelets now and to help sustain a sufficient community blood supply through the summer months.
While the need for blood is constant during the summer months, the Red Cross experiences a drastic decline in new donors during those months.
Nationwide, nearly one-third fewer donors gave blood last summer compared to the rest of the year. Additionally, many schools where blood drives are held are not in session, and donors often delay giving due to summer vacation plans.
About 38 percent of the population is eligible to give blood, but less than 10 percent of those eligible donate. The blood donation process takes about an hour with the actual donation only taking about 10 minutes.
Whether new to donating blood or a lifelong donor, the Red Cross offers helpful tips for an enjoyable donation experience:

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Tulsan to Bike Across America to Raise Funds for Polio Eradication

By Vanessa Glavinskas

Tulsan Bob McKenzie will be riding his bicycle this year for the sixth time in Race Across America (RAAM), one of the most respected and longest running endurance sports events in the world.

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Dr. Jamal Siddiqui to Open South Tulsa Clinic

By BLAKE AUSTYN

Dr. Jamal Siddiqui, an ophthalmologist with The Eye Institute, opens his new practice in south Tulsa, at 7171 S. Yale Ave., on June 1. Dr. Siddiqui is making the move to the new location from The Eye Institute’s location at St. John Hospital.

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Parkside Honored

Parkside created the “By Your Side” Patient Assistance Program to provide patients in need, as well as their families, access to a food pantry, books, clothing and transportation.

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St. John Owasso Named Top Hospital

St. John Owasso, 12451 E. 100th St. N., was recently named a Truven Health Top 100 Hospital, being the only hospital in Oklahoma to receive the recognition. 

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Arubah Clinic Expands to Better Serve

By EMILY RAMSEY

Since opening its doors in 2011 to provide health care to the uninsured population, Arubah Clinic, 1021 W. Main St. in Collinsville, is continuing its efforts to remain responsive to its patients’ needs. Last year, in order to decrease patient wait times, the clinic expanded its hours.

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Dr. Terry Rigdon Provides Excellence in Dentistry

Tulsa-based Dr. Terry Rigdon is highly regarded nationwide for his skills in dentistry. He routinely provides dental services to his fellow dentists. In addition, he treats patients from all over northeastern Oklahoma, many of whom are referred by other dentists. Patients from Missouri, Kansas, Arkansas, Illinois, California, even France and the Ukraine (in the former Soviet Union) have sought treatment from Dr. Rigdon.

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CTCA Adds Medical Oncologist/Hemotologist, Promotes Medical Director

Cancer Treatment Centers of America at Southwestern Regional Medical Center in Tulsa (CTCA) has announced two recent physician changes. Kathryn Arrambide, M.D., F.A.C.P., has joined the hospital as a medical oncologist and hematologist and Kevin Tulipana, D.O., who served as a hospitalist in the special care unit, has been promoted to medical director of hospital medicine.

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Hillcrest HealthCare Expands to Mayes Co.

Hillcrest HealthCare System (HHS) has signed a long-term management agreement to assume operations and associated assets of AllianceHealth Pryor in Pryor, Oklahoma. The seven-year agreement between HHS and the Mayes County Hospital Authority is effective May 1.

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CTCA Matches Employees with Community Caring Organizations

More than 30 non-profit organizations gathered at Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) for the hospital’s third annual Community Day held March 2.

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Broken Arrow, Jenks Utica Park Clinics Announce Doctors

In March, Taniesha Buffin, M.D., Ob/Gyn, joined the team at Utica Park Clinic Broken Arrow. Buffin is board certified in Obstetrics & Gynecology and has been practicing since 2010. She is particularly skilled in the areas of abnormal uterine bleeding, menopause, and contraception management and is fluent in both English and Spanish.

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Hillcrest Receives Stroke Certification

Hillcrest Medical Center recently received certification as a Comprehensive Stroke Center from DNV GL Healthcare, a national health care accreditation organization that certifies hospitals’ quality and patient safety protocols. The certification reflects the highest level of competence for treatment of serious stroke events. Hillcrest Medical Center is one of two hospitals in northeast Oklahoma with Comprehensive Stroke certification.

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Going Bald for Cancer

FUNDING RESEARCH: Chelsey Beathard, a second-year student at Oklahoma State University’s College of Medicine, prepares to have her head shaved by Ashton Alagdon, of Epic Salon in Broken Arrow, as part of a St. Baldrick’s Foundation head-shaving event, hosted by OSU-COM, to raise money for lifesaving childhood cancer research.

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CTCA Founder to Receive Horatio Alger Award

Courtesy Horatio Alger Association

Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans, Inc., a nonprofit educational organization honoring the achievements of outstanding individuals and encouraging youth to pursue their dreams through higher education, has announced that Richard J Stephenson, founder and chairman of Cancer Treatment Centers of America, has been selected for membership in the prestigious organization. Stephenson, widely recognized for his philanthropic efforts, global business leadership, and establishment of a new standard in personalized cancer care, joins 10 other esteemed business and civic leaders from across North America in receiving this honor in 2017. For the last 70 years, the Horatio Alger Award has been annually bestowed upon admirable leaders who have succeeded despite facing adversity and who are committed to higher education and charitable efforts in their local communities.

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