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OSU Center for Health Sciences News

Thursday, may 21, 2015

Icons for OSU in Tulsa honored at A Stately Affair in Tulsa

OSU-Tulsa President Howard Barnett, left, OSU President Burns Hargis, Bryan Close, Peggy Helmerich, Gayle Jones, Allyson Cain, Bishop Edward Slattery, George Erbacher, D.O., and OSU/A&M Regent Trudy Milner, D.O., at A Stately Affair in Tulsa.
OSU-Tulsa President Howard Barnett, left, OSU President Burns Hargis, Bryan Close, Peggy Helmerich, Gayle Jones, Allyson Cain, Bishop Edward Slattery, George Erbacher, D.O., and OSU/A&M Regent Trudy Milner, D.O., at A Stately Affair in Tulsa.

The 2015 Icons for OSU in Tulsa were honored Monday night during the sold-out A Stately Affair in Tulsa at Southern Hills Country Club.

The honorees included Bob Jones, former executive director of the Oklahoma Osteopathic Association, Bishop Edward J. Slattery of the Catholic Dioceses of Tulsa, Bryan Close, president of CloseBend, Inc., and Peggy Helmerich, community volunteer.

OSU/A&M Regent Trudy Milner presented the award for Bob Jones, who was honored posthumously, to his widow, Gayle, and granddaughter, Allyson Cain, a student at OSU-Stillwater. George Erbacher, D.O., OSU-CHS adjunct clinical assistant professor of radiology and OSU Medical Center graduate medical education committee chair, presented the award to Bishop Slattery.  OSU-Tulsa President Howard Barnett presented awards to Close and Helmerich.

Co-chairs Jack Allen and Dave Kollmann were also honored for creating a successful fundraiser. The black-tie event raised funds to support student scholarships at OSU Center for Health Sciences and OSU-Tulsa.

OSU-CHS graduates receive awards at banquet, commencement

Larry Johnston, D.O., center, was presented the Regents’ Distinguished Student Award during the OSU-CHS Commencement Ceremony on Friday by OSU/A&M Board of Regents Chief Executive Officer Jason Ramsey, left, with OSU-CHS President Kayse Shrum, D.O.
Larry Johnston, D.O., center, was presented the Regents’ Distinguished Student Award during the OSU-CHS Commencement Ceremony on Friday by OSU/A&M Board of Regents Chief Executive Officer Jason Ramsey, left, with OSU-CHS President Kayse Shrum, D.O.

Numerous OSU-CHS graduates were honored for a variety of achievements last week during the annual awards banquet and commencement ceremony.

Larry Johnston, D.O., was named the recipient of the Regents’ Distinguished Student Award, which is presented each year to an OSU-CHS graduate who exemplifies the mission of OSU. Johnston received the award during the commencement ceremony on Friday.

The awards banquet honorees include:

  • Micah Yost, D.O., Academic Excellence Award
  • Rachael Hayden, D.O. and Larry Johnston, D.O., Alumni Recognition Awards
  • Vamsi Guda, D.O., Clinical Excellence Award
  • Jeremy Ransdell, D.O., Leadership and Service Award
  • Nikki Warren, D.O., Mind, Body and Spirit Award
  • Brittany Bolt, Ph.D., Outstanding Biomedical Sciences Graduate Student Award
  • Larry Hytche, M.S., Outstanding Health Care Administration Graduate Student Award
  • Kambra Tucker, M.S., Chairman’s Award for Outstanding Forensic Science Student

To view the full list of awardees, visit the OSU-CHS website.

Research Spotlight: Controlling costs in evolving health care economy

Hess
Hess

An OSU-CHS researcher is examining ways to help insurance companies operate successfully within a changing health care economy.

Jim Hess, Ed.D., chair and director of the OSU School of Health Care Administration at OSU-CHS in Tulsa, conducts analysis on the structure of the health care industry and the risk models under which health insurance companies operate.

“How do we lower health care costs and premiums paid by Americans?” he asked. “The way to do that is to change the way insurance companies operate. We are looking to find what model will be effective and sustainable for the future.”

Under the five-year-old Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, health insurance companies may no longer deny coverage for a preexisting condition or cap the amount of an individual’s total benefits over a lifetime.

Traditionally, health insurance companies use premiums paid by insurance buyers to pay the claims.

To watch a video of Hess detailing his research, visit the Research Spotlight website. To read the full story about the research, visit the OSU-CHS website.

OSU-CHS receives Partner in Education Award

Tulsa Public Schools Superintendent Keith Ballard, left, Eugene Field Elementary Principal Sheila Riley presents OSU-CHS Chief Operating Officer and Interim Vice President for Research Johnny Stephens, Pharm.D., with an volunteer recognition award last Wednesday.
Tulsa Public Schools Superintendent Keith Ballard, left, Eugene Field Elementary Principal Sheila Riley presents OSU-CHS Chief Operating Officer and Interim Vice President for Research Johnny Stephens, Pharm.D., with a volunteer recognition award last Wednesday.

Tulsa’s Partners in Education program recently recognized OSU-CHS for its work with Eugene Field Elementary School during a reception on Wednesday, May 13.

Johnny Stephens, Pharm.D., OSU-CHS chief operating officer and interim vice president for research, accepted the Partners in Education Award from Sheila Riley, principal at Eugene Field and Kuma Browne, education program manager at the Tulsa Regional Chamber.

As the campus’ Partners in Education school, OSU-CHS students, faculty and staff collect holiday gifts, classroom snacks and other items and conduct mini-medical schools and after-school activities for the elementary students throughout the year.

Partners in Education links students with resources that help provide knowledge and skills needed for future success. It connects students and teachers with corporate, education, volunteer, government and civic leaders.

Pete’s Pet Posse coming to OSU-CHS, OSU-Tulsa

Pete’s Pet Posse therapy dogs Nala and Rocky recently visited OSU-CHS to provide stress relief during finals week.
Pete’s Pet Posse therapy dogs Nala and Rocky recently visited OSU-CHS to provide stress relief during finals week.

The OSU Pet Therapy Program – also known as Pete’s Pet Posse – will be making a second home at OSU Center for Health Sciences and OSU-Tulsa.

First launched in Stillwater as a pilot program in 2013, the popular program is expanding to include OSU-CHS and OSU-Tulsa. The pet therapy dogs will be greeters and campus ambassadors and will be available for clinical or crisis situations.

“These dogs will take part in our recruiting efforts and will help students, faculty and staff relieve stress,” said Sandy Cooper, assistant vice president for human resources and coordinator of the Tulsa program. “The local program will be an additional wellness benefit for both Tulsa campuses.”

Eleven dogs and their owners are under consideration for Tulsa Pete’s Pet Posse. Those accepted for the program will be named by the end of May, she said.

To read the full story about Pete’s Pet Posse, OSU in Tulsa Human Resources website.

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