The Edmond Sun

November 25, 2009

11-27 Health: in brief

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

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 or call Medicare at 1-800-633-4227.