Mcgee Eye Institute Gets Grant for Dye Laser Research

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A $200,000 grant has been awarded to the Dean A. McGee Eye Institute from the Presbyterian Health Foundation to foster reasearch in the development of dye lasers for both eye and urology patients. Pulsed dye lasers have recently been used to treat kidney stones, and such a laser is in clinical use at an Oklahoma City hospital.

"We hope this new equipment will allow us to treat stones in the kidney itself rather than just in the ureter," said Dr. William F. Barnes, urologist with the Oklahoma City Clinic and co-principal investigator of the grant.

"These new lasers will be unlike any other in the world," said Dr. Wayne F. March, director of Glaucoma Services at the McGee Eye Institute and the other co-principal investigator in the grant.

"One of the lasers will have a newly designed delivery system with an aiming device that uses a microscope as a viewfinder; much like a telescopic sight on a rifle. One of the new pulsed dye lasers developed under this grant will be used in the treatment of eye patients suffering from glaucoma who have not been helped by medication or other types of surgery," said March.

"Urology and ophthalmology students at the University of Oklahoma Medical School will have the opportunity to learn surgical techniques with the latest technology available," he said. . .

- The Oklahoma Health Planning Commission today will rehear a request from Westminster Village, Ponca City, for permission to convert space to 20 nursing home beds.

Westminster Village in August 1988 was denied a certificate of need to upgrade 20 room and board beds to intermediate care nursing beds at an estimated cost of $184,500. The commission's approval under the state certificate of need laws is required before any new nursing home beds may be licensed.

Westminster Village appealed the denial to the Kay County District Court. On Jan. 23, Judge Lowell Doggett sent the Westminster Village proposal back to the commission for a new hearing.

The meeting today is scheduled to start at 8:30 a.m. in Room 1102 of the State Health Department Building in Oklahoma City. . .

- Gary J. Blan, president and chief executive officer of Mercy Health Center, has been named to the editorial board of Hospital & Health Services Administration, a national healthcare journal. . .

- A black-tie dinner and dance is the first in a series of special events scheduled to take place throughout the weekend of March 3-5 in celebration of the grand opening of the Central Oklahoma Cancer Center. The gala event, dubbed "Celebration" by its organizers and sponsored by South Community Hospital, will honor major donors and supporters of the recently concluded $1 million campaign to fund the $3. …