EDMOND — Edmond Medical Center employee wins Spirit of Achievement Award
Donna Valentine Schmidt, respiratory therapist, Edmond Medical Center, was one of 41 hospital employees statewide to receive an Oklahoma Hospital Association (OHA) Spirit of Achievement Award during the 2009 OHA Annual Convention Nov. 11.
The 41 front-line, behind-the-scenes and administrative employees received the OHA Spirit of Achievement Award in recognition of their significant commitment and contributions in moving their organization to higher levels of achievement and success over the past year.
Award recipients were chosen by their hospitals for exemplifying the Spirit of Achievement by working above and beyond to move a project or the organization ahead toward progress and success. These are individuals who have scaled new heights to bring about improvements in their organization or community.
“We are pleased to honor these special hospital employees who have dedicated time, talent or expertise to improve their organizations and their communities,” said Craig W. Jones, FACHE, president, Oklahoma Hospital Association. “These are the type of team members who, when they see problems, consistently work to solve them.”
Presbyterian Health Foundation presents golf tournament proceeds to OMRF
The Presbyterian Health Foundation presented a $10,000 check to the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation.
The check represented proceeds from the fourth annual Presbyterian Health Foundation/Research Park golf tournament, which was held last month at the Twin Hills Golf and Country Club. The funds will go to support graduate student scholarships at OMRF.
In partnership with the University of Oklahoma Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, OMRF’s graduate education programs offer scholarships and mentoring for doctoral students. OMRF currently counts more than 30 Ph.D. and M.D./PhD. students working toward their degrees under the mentorship of OMRF scientists. The students’ work covers a wide spectrum of research areas, from Alzheimer’s disease to the development of the immune system.
To learn more about OMRF, visit www.omrf.org.
The advantage of Medicare Advantage
More than 11 million Medicare beneficiaries are looking to the Medicare Advantage program as a critical source of comprehensive medical coverage. Also known as Medicare Part C, Medicare Advantage plans deliver more savings, satisfaction and benefits than traditional Medicare. Among the services many Medicare Advantage plans offer are:
• Prescription drug coverage with predictable co-pays
• Preventive care services
• Catastrophic coverage
• Dental, vision, hearing and nutritional services
• Fitness programs
• Access to a registered nurse 24 hours a day
• Coverage for emergency care any place in the world
Enrollment in Medicare Advantage plans continues through Dec. 31. To find out more about Medicare Advantage plans, visit www.medicare.gov or call Medicare at 1-800-633-4227.
EDMOND — Edmond Medical Center employee wins Spirit of Achievement Award
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EF-5 tornado called 'worst in history'
President Barack Obama pledged the federal government’s full support for disaster relief in what is being called one of the most devastating tornadoes in history. The Federal Emergency Management Agency has deployed a team to the state.
Edmond detective describes tornado devastation
Like other Oklahomans, Edmond Police Detective Marion Cain was keeping an eye on the weather Monday.
The storm, which produced the tornado began at 2:45 p.m., about 4.4 miles west of Newcastle and its 20-mile long path went through Newcastle, Moore and south Oklahoma City. About 10 minutes after it formed, it was already causing EF4 damage. Maximum winds of the tornado, upgraded to an EF5, were 200-210 mph, according to information released at 2:50 p.m. Tuesday by the National Weather Service. Its estimated maximum width was 1.3 miles.
UPDATE: How to donate, find drop-off locations for relief supplies
Below is a listing of where donations may be taken in the Edmond area to help the Moore/Oklahoma tornado victims:
• The Edmond Sun is serving as a drop-off location for the downtown Edmond area. Supplies only may be dropped off at 123 S. Broadway and residents may use the backdoor to enter the building. Parking is available behind the building at the Festival Market Place. From 5-10 p.m. donations may be taken to Café Evoke, 103 S. Broadway.
• Edmond North High School is serving as a drop-off location for bottled water through today
• Memorial High School is serving as a drop-off location for food through today.
• Santa Fe High School is serving as a drop-off location for supplies such as work gloves, tools, etc. through today.
Edmond high schools aid Moore, OKC tornado victims
Sometimes good things come from texting.
Monday afternoon, Sydney Richardson, who will be Santa Fe’s student body president next year, was driving home and it was raining. Once home, she talked to her mother, who told her about the tornado in Moore. Then she began seeing the damage on TV.
“It was devastating,” Richardson said. “We watched it all night long. I just felt like we needed to do something immediately.”
City schedules debris collection for May 28
The City of Edmond’s Field Services Division of Public Works will be collecting storm-related debris from the May 19 tornado in accordance with the City of Edmond’s Emergency Operation Plan’s Level Two Response.
Affected areas where debris pick up will occur include in the area beginning one-half mile south of 15th Street to 33rd Street and from Boulevard Avenue east to I-35; and the Territories and Timberlake additions. Please see the map for clarification. Pick up is available for residential homes located within the designated boundaries.
Tree debris must be cut into no more than 6-foot sections and must be placed by the curb of the residence no later than 8 a.m. May 28. Crews will begin collection on Tuesday and continue until they have covered the area.
Storm shelter inquiries up; customers take a number
After the horrific tornado set down in Moore Monday afternoon, storm shelter inquiries hit new highs.
Tuesday Ashley Cunningham, office manager for Red Dirt Septic on Waterloo Road in Edmond, and Mark Webb, owner of the Armor Vault Tornado Shelter in Oklahoma City, said their phones have been ringing consistently starting Monday afternoon.
Insurers respond to Moore disaster
Insurers, like other agencies related to the Moore tornado disaster, are assessing the damage.
The Oklahoma Insurance Department has made an emergency declaration, allowing out-of-state adjusters to work storm damaged areas, said agency spokeswoman Calley Herth. It’s too soon to have tabulated damage estimates, Herth said.
“We are working hard to collect any and all numbers, but it’s just too soon at this moment,” she said.
AG issues charity fraud and schemes alert
Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt Tuesday issued a warning for Oklahomans and donors around the country to beware of charity fraud and scams following the severe storms in Oklahoma.
VIDEO: Pres. Obama's remarks on the Okla. tornado
President Obama speaks on Monday's deadly Okla. tornado.
- Photos: Aftermath of massive tornado in Moore Storm victims were pulled from the rubble and residents began surveying the damage late Monday and early Tuesday in the Oklahoma City suburb of Moore, where a powerful tornado destroyed entire neighborhoods and left dozens dead.
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