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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Tax code needs update
Tax reduction proposals that will likely be signed by Gov. Mary Fallin are contingent on revenue growth, State Treasurer Ken Miller said Thursday at the state Capitol.
“Our history has shown that we can manage that,” Miller said.
Is earthquake insurance for you?
Most Oklahomans have insurance covering their homes and businesses in case tornadoes roar overhead. But, fewer are protected against damage to their property when the ground rumbles underfoot.
AAA: Pump price jumps 22.5 cents
Prices for a gallon of gasoline are expected to increase 10-20 more cents this spring before falling after Memorial Day, the auto club AAA reports.
Anti-earthquake measures used in Safety Center construction
Extra concrete designed to counter the seismic waves created by earthquakes and waffle pans to help with high density record storage will be part of the new Public Safety Center.
Work is progressing in the basement and ground floor of the city’s new 70,000 square-foot, multi-story Public Safety Center at the southeast corner of First Street and Littler Avenue in downtown Edmond. It will house the Police Department and the Public Safety Communications Department.
Explore new foods during National Nutrition Month
Research confirms taste is the No. 1 reason why one food is purchased over another. So what are consumers to do when the taste of favorite foods starts to lose its luster? As part of the 2014 National Nutrition Month theme, “Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right,” the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics encourages everyone to explore new foods and flavors, keeping taste and nutrition on your plate at every meal.
Patton moves east for new corrections gig
In Robert C. Patton, Oklahoma is getting a new corrections director from Arizona who is more than willing to use private prisons as a means to deal with inmate overcrowding.
“I’m a (prison) bed manager. I’ll tell the policy makers I need beds, and if I can convince them that I need beds, then it’s their jobs on whether it’s public or private,” said Patton, whose first day as Oklahoma Corrections Department director began Tuesday.
Patton’s position on private prisons is far different than that of Jones, the former director who resigned in October following clashes with elected officials who wanted to put more inmates in private facilities.
The Oklahoma Board of Corrections last month approved a measure that allows the state to seek proposals from private prison companies to provide an additional 350 to 2,000 medium-security beds for state inmates.
OSU offers pecan management course
Whether you are a seasoned grower, new to the industry, or simply wanting information about it, the 2014 Fundamentals of Pecan Management course offered by Oklahoma State University will offer participants a wealth of research-based information.
Group asks neighborhoods to plant redbuds
Keep Edmond Beautiful is asking all neighborhood associations to rededicate themselves to purchase Oklahoma redbud trees for their neighborhood entrances.
Redbud Bloom is a program to fill traveling byways with Redbud trees to further beautify Edmond by having them bloom next year, said Saundra Naifeh, president KEB.
“Our goal was to plant 1,000 trees in five years and we are almost there,” Naifeh said.
KEB is partnering with the University of Central Oklahoma, which is planting an additional 200 Redbuds on its campus. Redbuds work well when planted nearby or under the cover of larger trees, Naifeh said at the recent Edmond Neighborhood Summit presented by the Edmond Neighborhood Alliance.
“It will be their 125th birthday and, Edmond is really going to stand out,” Naifeh said of 2015. “People will want to see how beautiful we are.”
Stalled museum project receives legislative support
The Oklahoma House Democratic Caucus expressed its unanimous support Wednesday of the state Senate measure that would help complete the American Indian Cultural Center and Museum.
Senate Bill 1651 would appropriate $40 million from the state’s Unclaimed Property Fund, which would be matched with $40 million pledged by non-federal and non-state sources to finish the project.
Frigid U.S. weather means highest power prices since '08
Freezing temperatures gripping the eastern U.S. will result in the highest electricity prices in six years for consumers in Boston, Dallas and San Francisco.
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