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OSU Center for Health Sciences News

Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012

Morningcrest Healthcare Foundation Awards Grant to OSU-CHS for Eye Care Services

Eye examThe Morningcrest Healthcare Foundation has awarded a grant to the Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences to provide free specialty eye care services and surgery to indigent populations in Tulsa.

The $92,488.91 grant will be used to purchase ophthalmological equipment for use in the treatment of eye conditions on patients referred to OSU-CHS by Good Samaritan Health Services. The equipment will assist with the diagnosis of vascular disorders, including retinal disease, macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, inflammatory intraocular conditions and intraocular tumors.

Good Samaritan Health Services, which operates several state-of-the-art mobile medical units to provide free medical care to poor and underserved populations in Tulsa, has partnered with OSU-CHS to provide patient referrals to Dr. Timothy Frink, clinical assistant professor of surgery – ophthalmology, for treatment. Frink and OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine students and ophthalmology residents will provide eye care for patients.

With the new equipment, Frink will be able to treat more than 5,000 patients a year through referrals from Good Samaritan Health Services and the OSU Physicians Clinics. The program is scheduled to start serving patients in January 2013.

Sponsor a Eugene Field Elementary student during holiday project

Holiday Gift ProjectOSU-CHS is sponsoring three classes this year for the annual Eugene Field Community School holiday gift project.

Each student's gift bag should contain a book, an article of clothing and a toy or gift.  A sign-up sheet and gift tags are available at the CHS information desk.  Please do not exceed $35 per student. Place the items in a gift bag with the student's tag attached. Include both the student's and teacher's name.

Bring gifts in their tagged gift bags to Lee Stidham at the information desk by Dec. 7. For more information, contact Bria Taylor at bria.taylor@okstate.edu.

SNMA hosts Multicultural Food Festival Nov. 28

The Student National Medical Association chapter at OSU Center for Health Sciences will host a Multicultural Food Festival on Wednesday, Nov. 28 from 5-7 p.m. in Founders Hall.

Tickets are available at the event for $5. The annual event raises funds to support the SNMA Thanksgiving baskets for families at Eugene Field Elementary School, OSU-CHS' Partner in Education school.

SNMA is the nation's oldest and largest independent, student-run organizations with more than 40 years of service to under-served communities. Membership includes nearly 5,000 pre-medical students, medical students, residents and licensed physicians.