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OSU Center for Health Sciences News

Thursday, July 3, 2014

OSU-CHS announces two leadership appointments

Polak, left, and Stephens
Polak, left, and Stephens

OSU-CHS recently promoted Eric Polak to vice president for administration and finance and Johnny Stephens, Pharm.D., to interim vice president for research and chief operating officer.

In April 2013, Polak was appointed interim vice president for administration and finance. He filled the position of Jim Hess, Ed.D., who moved to a full-time faculty position and now serves as professor and head of the OSU School of Health Care Administration. In his new role, Polak oversees financial and administrative support areas and OSU Physicians Clinics. He joined OSU-CHS in 2004 and had previously served as director of administrative affairs and chief financial officer.

Stephens will be filling the interim position overseeing research. This role was previously held by Leigh Goodson, Ph.D., vice president for research and institutional advancement, who is the new president at Tulsa Community College. Stephens has been the assistant dean of sponsored programs, supervising clinical trials and the OSU Center for Aerospace and Hyperbaric Medicine. He is also an associate professor of internal medicine and runs the OSU Physicians Internal Medicine – Specialty Services clinic. Stephens has conducted case studies, clinical trials and other types of research, much of which has been published in numerous academic publications.

OSU TeleHealth connecting doctors with patients in rural Oklahoma

OSU-CHS President Kayse Shrum, left, introduces panelists Steve Casady,Duane Koehler, D.O., Pam Forducey, Ph.D. and Jaime Popp at the Tulsa Regional Chamber’s Health Care Forum on Friday.
OSU-CHS President Kayse Shrum, left, introduces panelists Steve Casady, Duane Koehler, D.O., Pam Forducey, Ph.D. and Jaime Popp at the Tulsa Regional Chamber’s Health Care Forum on Friday.

To ensure Oklahoma residents in rural and underserved areas have access to specialty health care services, OSU-CHS is utilizing telehealth to connect physicians across the state with patients hundreds of miles away.

Oklahoma’s telehealth resources were the focus of the Tulsa Regional Chamber’s Health Care Forum on Friday. Telehealth combines electronic information and telecommunications technologies to provide long-distance clinical health care.

Panelists for the forum, titled “Telehealth Applications in Oklahoma,” included Steve Casady, director of OSU TeleHealth, Duane Koehler, D.O., assistant to the dean for rural education at OSU-CHS, Pam Forducey, Ph.D., director of applications at Integris Health, and Jaime Popp, telehealth nurse specialist at Integris Health.

OSU-CHS Security offers tips for home safety

A series of attacks in Tulsa has brought focus to home safety. There are several measures that students, faculty and staff can take to decrease the likelihood of becoming a victim, according to OSU-CHS Security and Emergency Operation Manager Dale Chapman.

“Taking a few moments to think about your security decisions at home could substantially increase your personal safety,” said Chapman. “You should also be aware of unusual activity in your neighborhood and report anything suspicious to your local police department.”

Tips to stay safe at home

  • Shut window curtains and blinds.
  • Close garage doors.
  • Keep outdoor lights on at night.
  • Use a window or peephole to identify visitors.
  • Lock doors and windows at all times.
  • Make sure gates to your yard are closed and locked.

The life of a medical student

The life of a medical student

More than 300 Oklahoma teenagers experienced a day in the life of a medical student while practicing intubations, learning suturing and participating in other hands-on demonstrations at Operation Orange, OSU’s medical school summer camps. Operation Orange is part of an OSU-CHS initiative to recruit medical students who want to practice in Oklahoma and improve the health of our state’s citizens. These camps are helping to ensure a brighter, healthier future for our state.

View videos from Operation Orange on the OSU-CHS website and visit the Storify page to see what participants said about their experience on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.