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OSU Center for Health Sciences News

Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014

OSU-CHS researchers receive President’s Cup for interdisciplinary projects

OSU-CHS President Kayse Shrum, D.O., left, and Bruce Benjamin, Ph.D., with the President’s Cup. Oklahoma commander, Randy McRae, Marv Sandbek, American Legion Department of Oklahoma historian, Gary Brech and Scott Tafoya, American Legion Department of Oklahoma service officer.
OSU-CHS President Kayse Shrum, D.O., left, and Bruce Benjamin, Ph.D., with the President’s Cup.

OSU-CHS researchers were honored with first and second place in the President’s Cup for Creative Interdisciplinary competition at the University Awards Convocation in Stillwater on Tuesday.

The Center for Wearable Electronic Sensing Systems and Technology (CWeSST) took the top prize and the Interdisciplinary Program in Regenerative Medicine at OSU (IPRMO) received second place in the competition, which honors interdisciplinary research at OSU.

Led by Bruce Benjamin, Ph.D., interim vice provost for graduate programs, CWeSST combines biomedical, engineering and apparel design research to develop wearable garments for use in health and wellness.

The Interdisciplinary Program in Regenerative Medicine at OSU enhances collaboration between all OSU campuses in the area of regenerative medicine research. The faculty researchers on the project include Gerwald Köhler, Ph.D., associate professor of microbiology, and Kenneth E. Miller, Ph.D., professor and chair of anatomy and cell biology.

Stover appointed CEO of OSU Medical Center

Stover
Stover

OSU Medical Center and Mercy Health System has announced that Rhett Stover will be the hospital’s new chief executive officer. Stover has served as interim CEO since September.

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

Before becoming interim CEO, Stover served as regional vice president of payor relations and contracting for 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.

“Rhett is a strong leader focused on continuing the great work of OSU Medical Center, in partnership with Mercy, which includes providing the best patient care and medical student education,” said Di Smalley, regional president of Mercy in Oklahoma.

OSU-CHS celebrates National Rural Health Day

Johnny Stephens, interim vice president for research and chief operating officer, right, speaks at the National Rural Health Day celebration this morning in Founders Hall with Chad Landgraf, GIS specialist, left, and Jeff Hackler, assistant to the dean for rural service programs.
Johnny Stephens, interim vice president for research and chief operating officer, right, speaks at the National Rural Health Day celebration this morning in Founders Hall with Chad Landgraf, GIS specialist, left, and Jeff Hackler, assistant to the dean for rural service programs.

OSU-CHS is celebrating National Rural Health Day today to bring awareness of the millions of Americans who live in small towns, farming communities and frontier areas and have limited access to medical care.

The spirit of the annual event closely aligns with the OSU Center for Rural Health’s efforts to recruit, educate and train physicians who will practice in rural communities, advocate for rural health programs and conduct research to ensure rural Oklahoma has access to quality, affordable health care.

The National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health sets aside the third Thursday of each November to “Celebrate the Power of Rural” by honoring the selfless, community-minded spirit that prevails in rural America and bringing to light the unique healthcare challenges rural citizens face.

Do your part to help OSU-CHS save energy during the holiday break

Going Green

OSU in Tulsa has saved close to $3 million in energy costs and the holiday break is a fantastic opportunity to save more. Students, faculty and staff can help conservation efforts during the extended Thanksgiving weekend by taking the following steps:

  • Turn off or unplug electronic equipment such as computers, monitors, speakers and printers.
  • Unplug fans, chargers, radios and appliances such as coffeemakers.
  • Close blinds and tilt the slats upward to reduce heat loss.
  • Turn off all lights when you leave.

Keep in mind that some areas on campus may be cooler than usual during the break due to reduced heating times.

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