Integris Health is now the majority owner of Lakeside Women’s Hospital.
The transaction with the newest member of the Integris Health network became official Tuesday. The physicians practice will remain independent, said Brooke Cayot, hospital spokesperson.
“The more choices we have for health care for the people of Edmond the better. This just adds another element to that. I think that’s all a good thing,” said Janet Yowell, executive director of the Edmond Economic Development Authority.
The two Oklahoma-owned and operated health care entities are making a unified commitment to the women of Oklahoma, said Dr. Deborah Huff, founding partner of Lakeside Women’s Hospital, says the move benefits both organizations.
“We believe the partnership will complete our sphere of care by providing our patients with benefits and services not previously offered at Lakeside,” Huff said. “These include direct access to high quality cardiology, oncology and orthopedic specialists, as well as a wide variety of educational programs. The additional specialties offered by Integris will help us ensure good health for women during every stage of their life.”
President and chief executive officer of Integris Health, Bruce Lawrence, says the alignment solidifies Integris Health as the industry leader in women’s health services in the Oklahoma City area.
“Our interest in Lakeside Women’s Hospital is one that includes a great amount of respect for the way their physicians and staff have cared for women through the years,” Lawrence said. “Our intent as the new partner is to continue the same exemplary care both organizations are known for, with very little change to Lakeside’s current model of success.”
Both parties insist that the patients themselves will notice no significant difference in the day-to-day operations. The medical staff will remain unchanged, as will the location. Current insurance plans and previously scheduled appointments, procedures and classes will also remain the same.
The goal is to create a synergy of services, technology and resources provided by Lakeside and Integris Health that will greatly improve the overall health and wellness of the women of Oklahoma, Cayot said.
Kelly Brewer, Lakeside chief executive officer, said Lakeside has felt good about its 15-year partnership with Integris Health regarding high-risk pregnancies.
Integris specialty contracts such as cardiology and neuroscience are based on referrals that will be going to Integris Baptist Medical Center unless there are Integris physicians at other facilities, Cayot said.
“We’ve always had a relationship with the Lakeside NICU,” Cayot said. “A lot of their babies came to us anyway so this is above and beyond that.”
Lakeside wants to engage in a flourishing relationship with Integris Edmond as well, Brewer said.
“We’ve talked about taking the best practices of Integris and the best practices of Lakeside to form something that is better than we can do separately,” Brewer said. “We do have a lot of patients from Edmond who historically come here.”
The name will remain Lakeside Women’s Hospital.
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Integris Health is now the majority owner of Lakeside Women’s Hospital.
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Touchmark residents give ‘thumbs up’ to new YMCA
Senior citizens from Touchmark bundled up, braved the cold and the icy roads this week and traveled to the Edmond YMCA Recreation & Aquatic Center at Mitch Park on Covell.
The tour group was one of more than 100 that have been guided through the new facility to show what will be available when it is finished. This $22.5 million facility is a joint project with the the Edmond School District, the City of Edmond and the YMCA.
Joining the group and donning hard hats were Touchmark residents Ellie Lottinville, Judith Harris, Jimmie Cook, John Wayant and Richard Newville along with Carla Scull, Touchmark’s director of life enrichment, and Jesse Walls, driver.
Guthrie-Edmond airport looks to upgrade
The Guthrie-Edmond Regional Airport board was told Tuesday by officials from the Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission that GERA is in good shape but work needs to continue to help maximize everything the airport has to offer.
The board was given a presentation by OAC director Vic Bird and Dale Williams, OAC planning division manager about the state of the aviation industry in Oklahoma and how airports the size of GERA are faring.
AAA: Teens report ‘TWD’ significantly less than adults
High school-aged teens report using their phones or texting while driving substantially less often than adults do, according to new research by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.
While the public often cites teens as being the most common offenders, a recent survey found that adult drivers ages 25-39 were the most likely to admit engaging in these risky behaviors behind the wheel.
Peter Kissinger, president and CEO of AAA’s Foundation for Traffic Safety, said young novice drivers, who are especially susceptible to distracted driving crashes, are using their phones while driving less than older drivers.
AAA to offer free Tipsy Tow rides
Before climbing behind the wheel after drinking at a holiday party, AAA Oklahoma hopes you’ll think again and call them for a free Tipsy Tow ride home for you, your vehicle and one more person.
“Over Christmas and New Year’s, up to 40 percent of all traffic crashes involve alcohol,” said Edmond resident Chuck Mai, spokesman for AAA Oklahoma. “But motorists do have options: Use a designated driver, serve non-alcoholic mocktails at parties or call AAA for a Tipsy Tow.”
Paycom plans HoliDazzle event to benefit Warmth 4 Winter Coat Drive
Paycom has teamed with News Channel 4, The Salvation Army and Rotary Club of South Oklahoma City to host HoliDazzle, a free event at Remington Park on Thursday to kick-off the annual Warmth 4 Winter coat drive.
Parents and children are encouraged to bring a new or gently used coat from 3:30-7:30 p.m. to help ensure that every child and adult stays warm during Oklahoma’s harsh winter months. Those who contribute are encouraged to enjoy an afternoon of holiday fun with train rides, pictures with Santa, hot cocoa and cookies.
Lilyfield reschedules ‘Dunks for Diapers’
Lilyfield Christian Adoption and Foster Care has rescheduled its Dunks for Diapers event.
Lilyfield holds a diaper drive with the Oklahoma Christian University Women’s basketball team to benefit foster children. Anyone bringing diapers, wipes or new baby items for ages 0-24 months will gain free admission to the women’s game versus Lubbock Christian University, which will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Eagles’ Nest on the campus of Oklahoma Christian in Edmond.
“This will allow us to give foster families much-needed necessities when they receive placement of a foster child. Often placements happen with little notice and the child may come into a foster home with nothing but the clothes they are wearing,” said Holly Towers, executive director of Lilyfield Christian Adoption and Foster Care.
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Cold impacts Edmond businesses, city services
Roger Seaton is operating manager of Edmond Air Conditioning, Heating and Plumbing, 3104 South Kelly Ave., owned by the Seaton family since 1970.
On Tuesday, for the first time in days, the temperature in the Edmond area rose above 32 degrees. At 2:53 p.m. Tuesday, the temperature was 41 degrees at the Guthrie-Edmond Regional Airport, surpassing the predicted high of 34, according to the National Weather Service.
Seaton’s business offers plumbing services including water line work and repairs to faucets in the kitchen and bathroom. When it comes to plumbing calls, pipes that burst are a priority, Seaton said. It takes a while for pipes to freeze, he said, and residents began calling by Friday. Calls during the cold spell were both about frozen pipes and pipes that had burst.
If you have no water coming out of a faucet, shut off the water upstream and open cabinet doors to get warmer air circulating around pipes, Seaton said.
School back in session Wednesday
Parents are heaving a sign of relief while some students aren’t going to be quite as happy.
“All classes and activities will resume Wednesday in Edmond Public Schools,” said Susan Parks-Schlepp, director of public information and community involvement. “Slick spots remain and buses may be running a bit late but secondary roads are in much better shape after significant thawing.”
As reported earlier, students will not be making up the four snow days taken off from school this past week.
Kelly widening project progressing
Work progresses smoothly for the Kelly widening project, City Manager Larry Stevens said before the City Council this week. Road work began in July about 1,000 feet north of Covell and continues north to a point 350 feet south of Coffee Creek.
Duit Construction/TTK Construction is in charge of constructing a four-lane divided roadway with left turn lanes at all public streets along the project on Kelly going from Covell to Coffee Creek.
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