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OSU Center for Health Sciences News

Thursday, May 9, 2013

OSU Medical Center receives funding as part of state budget deal

OSU Medical Center Gov. Mary Fallin and Oklahoma legislative leaders have announced that OSU Medical Center will receive $13 million as part of a state budget deal.

OSU officials said that a portion of those funds will be leveraged against available federal health funding to reach the $18.25 million originally requested. The funding ensures that the OSU Medical Center and OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine will continue their mission to train physicians and care for the underserved throughout the state.

"We are very pleased that the Legislature and governor recognize the value of OSU Medical Center by providing the necessary support to ensure its continued success," said Howard Barnett, president of OSU-Tulsa and OSU Center for Health Sciences. "A strong teaching hospital enables us to continue to train dedicated physicians for underserved areas of Oklahoma and helps Tulsa to prosper by providing quality health care for our community."

With the state's support secured, OSU officials will continue seeking a long-term private partner willing to provide financial, management and technology resources to ensure that Oklahoma will have a healthy future.

Events planned as part of OSU-CHS commencement week activities

OSU Center for Health Sciences will host several events next week in preparation for the Commencement Ceremony on Friday, May 17.

Events begin Wednesday with the Medical Student Breakfast and Rehearsal at 9 a.m. in Founders Hall. The Graduate Student Breakfast and Rehearsal is Thursday, May 16 at 9 a.m. in Founders Hall.

The annual Awards Banquet is Thursday, May 16 at the DoubleTree Hotel-Warren Place at 6110 S. Yale Ave. The reception begins at 6:30 p.m., with dinner at 7 p.m.

The OSU-CHS Commencement Ceremony begins at 7 p.m. at the Broken Arrow Performing Arts Center. Kyle Summers, class of 2013 president, will deliver the commencement address.

OSU Women's Health Center offers health and wellness tips

National Women's Health WeekDuring National Women's Health Week, May 12-18, OSU Women's Health Center is offering some practical tips to help improve overall health:

  • Visit a health care professional to receive regular checkups and preventive screenings.
  • Get active and eat healthy.
  • Pay attention to mental health, including getting enough sleep and managing stress.
  • Avoid unhealthy behaviors, such as smoking, not wearing a seatbelt or bicycle helmet, and texting while driving.

OSU Women's Health Center provides comprehensive care and services like physical examinations, prenatal care and mammograms. To make an appointment, call 918-561-8543 or visit the OSU Women's Health Center website.

National Women's Health Week is coordinated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office on Women's Health.

Mobile Telemedicine Clinic to help veterans during Tulsa Stand Down

Mobile Telemedicine ClinicOSU TeleHealth will provide basic health screenings to homeless veterans in the university's Mobile Telemedicine Clinic at the Tulsa Stand Down event on Saturday.

Debbie Martin, OSU-CHS TeleHealth manager, will offer health information to veterans and measure blood pressure, pulse, respiration rate, oxygen level, height and weight.

The annual event, which typically assists more than 150 veterans, also offers a variety of services ranging from food and clothing to benefits counseling and community services.

Use caution when undertaking spring cleaning tasks

Springtime for many people brings extra cleaning and yard work. OSU in Tulsa Safety Manager Matt Sharpe is reminding everyone to slow down and be careful. Mishaps with ladders, gardening tools and lawn mowers can cause injuries that require medical attention.

To avoid accidents and injuries, follow these tips:

  • Wear proper protective clothing for the task, like a hat, gloves or goggles.
  • Use your legs to lift, not your back and bend at the knees.
  • Get help with items that are too big or oddly shaped.
  • Use a ladder or step stool rather than furniture that could tip or slide.
  • Never use a ladder on uneven, soft or wet surface.
  • Keep the center of your body within the side rails to avoid over-reach.