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OSU Center for Health Sciences News

Thursday, may 28, 2015

Tandy Foundation pledges $8 million to name medical academic building

Tandy Building Rendering
Architectural rendering of the A.R. and Marylouise Tandy Medical Academic Building

The A.R. and Marylouise Tandy Foundation is helping transform medical education through an $8 million donation to support the construction of a new medical academic building at OSU-CHS. The announcement was made at a special ceremony on Tuesday.

In recognition of the contribution, OSU is naming the new 84,000-square-foot facility the A.R. and Marylouise Tandy Medical Academic Building. The new four-story building will be constructed on the northwest corner of the campus, located at 1111 W. 17th St., off Southwest Boulevard.

“This generous contribution from the Tandy Foundation will greatly enhance the instruction we offer our medical students,” said OSU-CHS President Kayse Shrum, D.O. “The state-of-the-art facility will provide the quality training necessary for the next generation of physicians as we work to address health care needs in rural and underserved areas of Oklahoma.”

The A.R. and Marylouise Tandy Medical Academic Building will include a hospital simulation center with an emergency room, operating room, intensive care unit, birthing suite and ambulance bay that will enable students to simulate procedures and practice skills commonly utilized in hospitals across the country.

Operation Orange launches statewide trek on Tuesday

OSU-COM medical student Darren Vargas shows high school students how to intubate a patient during last year’s Operation Orange in Durant.
OSU-COM medical student Darren Vargas shows high school students how to intubate a patient during last year’s Operation Orange in Durant.

OSU-CHS will take medical school summer camps for high school students to five cities across the state beginning Tuesday.

Operation Orange will kick off at Northeastern A&M College in Miami on Tuesday and continue on to Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford on June 5, East Central University in Ada on June 9, OSU in Stillwater on June 10 and wrap up at Sequoyah High School in Tahlequah on June 11.

OSU-COM students will provide teen-agers with a medical school experience through engaging in a variety of hands-on activities, such as testing suturing skills, practicing clinical skills by listening to a simulation of a patient’s heart and lungs and studying the anatomy of the human heart, lungs and brain.

For more information about the program, visit the Operation Orange website.

Staff Advisory Council to present employee awards

The OSU Staff Advisory Council in Tulsa will recognize two employees with Awards of Excellence on Tuesday, June 16.

The employees will be honored during an event at 1:30 p.m. in the fourth floor boardroom at OSU Center for Health Sciences. All staff and faculty are invited to the event. Cookies and punch will be served.

Faculty receive awards for distinguished service

Baker, top left, Koehler, Shaw and Davis
Baker, top left, Koehler, Shaw and Davis

Four OSU-CHS faculty were recognized for exceptional teaching and service at a faculty awards banquet last week.

Damon Baker, D.O., professor of internal medicine, received the Regents’ Distinguished Teaching Award for Clinical Faculty. Gerwald Koehler, Ph.D., associate professor of biochemistry and microbiology, is the recipient of the Regents’ Distinguished Teaching Award for biomedical sciences faculty.

Harriet Shaw, D.O., retiring professor of osteopathic manipulative medicine, was honored with the 2015 OSU-CHS Distinguished Service Award. Randall Davis, Ph.D., director of biomedical sciences and associate professor of pharmacology, was honored with an award for his extraordinary service as 2014-15 Faculty Senate President.

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