The Journal Record Health Care Briefs: December 11, 2012

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Lyons named association president

OKLAHOMA CITY - Cindy M. Lyons, associate director of community educational outreach for the Donald W. Reynolds Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence and a faculty member at the University of Oklahoma College of Nursing, has been named president of the Oklahoma Nurses Association.

Lyons has served ONA as president-elect, vice president and Region 2 president. She was the 1989 recipient of the Oklahoma Nurses Association/Upjohn Award for Excellence in Gerontological Nursing.

She will serve a two-year term as president.

A member of the OU College of Nursing's faculty since 2004, Lyons served on the advisory board for the International Geriatric Research Center and chairperson of the Gerontological Division of the Oklahoma Nurses Association. Lyons holds an associate degree in nursing from Tulsa Community College, a bachelor of science degree in nursing from Langston University and a master of science degree in nursing administration from OU.

OU receives gift for medical scholarships

OKLAHOMA CITY - The University of Oklahoma has received a $1.5 million gift as the first distribution of what is expected to total $3.7 million from the estate of the late OU alumnus Crockett H. Page to establish an endowed scholarship fund in the College of Medicine.

The gift boosts OU's $10 million College of Medicine Campaign to more than $7.1 million.

At Page's request, all of his estate gift will be directed to the College of Medicine's Second Century Campaign for Scholarships.

Page grew up in Oklahoma City and earned two degrees from OU, including his undergraduate degree in chemistry in 1958 and his medical degree in 1961.

He spent his medical career in the U.S. Navy, specializing in family medicine and dermatology. Page died July 3 at the age of 77 in Albany, Ga., where he lived after his retirement from theNavy.

Programs OK'd for McAlester Regional

McALESTER - Two residency programs have been approved for McAlester Regional Health Center in partnership with Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine.

The two residency programs will begin in July. McAlester Regional completed the credentialing process and was approved by the American Osteopathic Association.

"As a teaching hospital, MRHC will be at the forefront of the latest medical developments and bring improved quality of care and customer service to our patients," said David Keith, president and CEO. "Our strong affiliation with OSU and the teaching environment that results will certainly energize the hospital staff and our physicians. Our community also stands to benefit from the program as an economic driver and through increased access points of care for patients."

Ronald Tanner is MRHC's director of medical education. Tanner, a family practice physician in the community, is double board- certified in emergency medicine and family medicine. Tanner served on the committee to design and administer the national certifying examination for hospitalist certification and has directed residency programs in Texas and Arkansas.

"Combining quality health care training in a community setting with hands-on training and direct mentorship from highly skilled and experienced physicians will prepare residents to be the best they can be," Tanner said.

Valle, Doescher join OU Physicians

OKLAHOMA CITY - Laura Valle, a certified nurse midwife, and Mark Doescher, a family medicine physician, have established practices with OU Physicians.

Valle has been an adjunct faculty member at the University of Oklahoma College of Nursing since 2011, teaching obstetric and maternal-child clinicals. She was a labor and delivery consultant in Germany and had been a registered nurse home visitor in the Netherlands, Germany and Belgium. She is also a former labor and delivery staff nurse for OU Medical Center.

Valle graduated with a master of science degree in nursing-nurse midwifery from the University of Cincinnati Distance Program. …