Business & People Notes

Oklahoma State University Medical Center and Mercy announced the appointment of Rhett Stover to the position of chief executive officer at Medical Center. Stover has served as interim since September.

“Rhett brings exceptional skills and experience to the Tulsa area and has already proven a great asset to Medical Center,” says Jerry Hudson, Medical Authority president.

Before accepting the position of interim , Stover served as regional vice president of payor relations and contracting at Mercy. His work led to the formation of Mercy’s managed care office in Oklahoma, the development of a unified contracting presence for Mercy’s network of hospitals and clinics, and the strengthening of Mercy’s commercial revenue position in the Oklahoma market. Mercy began managing Medical Center in May.

Mercy is the fifth largest Catholic health care system in the U.S. and serves millions annually. Mercy includes 33 acute care hospitals, four heart hospitals, two children’s hospitals, three rehab hospitals and one orthopedic hospital, nearly 700 clinic and outpatient facilities, 40,000 co-workers and more than 2,000 Mercy Clinic physicians in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. Mercy also has outreach ministries in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.

Alex Smith, of Elyria, Ohio, was recently elected to the 2015-16 board of trustees of the national Student Osteopathic Medical Association at the group’s annual conference in Seattle.

A second-year medical student, Smith serves as the national liaison officer of the chapter at -.

“I really love being involved in advocating for students, representing and working to enrich our experience in medical school,” Smith says.

Center for Health Sciences trains osteopathic physicians, research scientists and other health care professionals, with an emphasis on serving rural and underserved Oklahoma. – also offers graduate programs in biomedical sciences, forensic sciences and health care administration.

Justin McLaughlin, senior vice president of economic development for the Tulsa Regional Chamber, will begin his new role as vice president of government affairs for St. John in early 2015.

“Justin has served as an invaluable member of the chamber’s senior leadership team, and his mark on Tulsa’s economic progress will be forever felt,” according to chamber President and Mike Neal.

The chamber credited McLaughlin with helping to bring thousands of jobs to Tulsa since 2011. In particular, he was seen as instrumental to the attraction of the Verizon financial services hub, Macy’s distribution center and the relocation of Borets-Weatherford’s North American headquarters to Tulsa.

Cancer Treatment Centers of America in Tulsa () has added gastroenterologist Scott Hendrickson, DO, FACOI to its team. He will concentrate his practice on the treatment of patients with all types of gastrointestinal issues.

Hendrickson received a Bachelor of Science in biology at the University of Central Oklahoma and a Doctorate of Osteopathic medicine at Oklahoma State University. His postgraduate training included an internship in family medicine and a residency in internal medicine at Tulsa Regional Medical Center.

His work experience includes serving as an associate professor of medicine in the internal medicine department at Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences. Later, he served as a hospitalist at a local regional medical center. He then completed a fellowship in gastroenterology at Oklahoma State University Medical Center, which included training at . He also worked in a gastroenterology specialist practice in Tulsa before joining .Currently, Hendrickson serves as adjunct clinical professor at Oklahoma State University College of Health Sciences.

Board certified in internal medicine and gastroenterology by the American Osteopathic Board of Internal Medicine, Hendrickson is a member of several medical organizations including the American College of Gastroenterology, American Osteopathic Association, Oklahoma Osteopathic Association, Tulsa Osteopathic Medical Society, Osteopathic Founders Foundation and American College of Osteopathic Internists. In 2007, he was awarded the title of Fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Internists, which recognizes excellence in teaching and contribution to education.

Robert Giles, of Giles Law, P.C., has joined forces with attorneys April Rager and Amy Underwood, both of whom most recently served in the Tulsa County Public Defender’s Office representing children in adoptions, divorces and guardianship issues. The three Tulsa attorneys have formed the law firm Giles, Rager & Underwood, P.C.

Giles focuses on family, corporate, commercial, and energy law and has a background as a petroleum engineer. He said the addition of Rager and Underwood creates a firm with 60 years of combined experience and significant expertise in a number of areas, including family law, litigation and mediation.

The new firm, serving Tulsa and surrounding counties, will offer mediation, guardian ad litem, and parent coordinating services as part of its full offering of family law services.

Giles, Rager & Underwood, P.C., is located at 1912 West ‘C’ Street in Jenks.
Officials at Muscogee (Creek) Nation Casinos announce the addition of Andy Langston as chief operating officer. Langston began his duties as earlier this year. He was previously the assistant general manager of River Spirit Casino.

“We are fortunate to have Andy in this position due to his background and experience,” says Pat Crofts, of Muscogee (Creek) Nation Casinos.

Langston’s duties include operational responsibility over the Muscogee (Creek) Nation’s eleven gaming operations and implementing strategic plans and programs. In addition, he will devote a significant amount of time to the River Spirit Casino Phase II Expansion project that is currently underway.

Langston earned a Bachelor of Arts from Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Okla., and a Master of Business Administration from Mid-American Nazarene University in Olathe, Kan. He spent eight years in the banking industry before joining Muscogee (Creek) Nation Casinos. He is an enrolled member of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation.

The Tristesse Grief Center has elected its new officers for 2014-2015 year. Serving as President is Mark Phillips of TULSTAR (pictured). Vice President is Steve Alter of Alter Architecture, Secretary is Holly Tevebaugh of The Williams Companies, and Treasurer is Regina Lodes of HoganTaylor. Other Board Members re-elected for another term include Bryan Guderian of Energy, Denise Felber of HoganTaylor, Justin Johnson of SchnakeTurnboFrank, John Henry Rule of GableGotwals, John B. Staff of New York Life, Kerry Walsh of Walsh Branding, Leslie Brier of Brier Law, Martina Hum of the Children’s Hospital at Saint Francis and Nancy McNair of Tulsa Airport.

Laura Gonsalves is an honorary board member and the mother of the late Tristesse Gonsalves, who was the inspiration for the founding of The Tristesse Grief Center.
The Arthritis Foundation announces Jennifer Wyckoff as community development manager for the south central region in Oklahoma. In her new position, Wyckoff will lead community activation and engagement in the Arthritis Foundation’s signature Walk to Cure Arthritis and Jingle Bell Run/Walk events throughout Oklahoma.

As the community development director, Wyckoff will identity, recruit, cultivate and train volunteers to implement annual development/fund raising plans across Oklahoma. She will establish strategic relationships with community organizations and businesses to secure event volunteers. In addition to these responsibilities, she will be instrumental in sponsorship cultivation and will serve as a conduit to build strong support of the Arthritis Foundation in this area.

Wyckoff previously managed Fight for Air Climb on behalf of the American Lung Association.

Updated 11-23-2014

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