Orr to Chair Rehabilitation Services Panel

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John E. Orr of Oklahoma City will chair the 1994-95 Commission for Rehabilitation Services.

Other officers are William F. Crawford of Sulphur, vice chair; and Ernest M. Simpson of Checotah, member-at-large. Jerry Dunlap is director of the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services. . . Three physical therapy clinics owned by Dallas Cowboys Coach Barry Switzer have been sold to NovaCare Inc.

The publicly traded corporation has operated the three Rebound Oklahoma facilities since the purchase closed June 30.

NovaCare, based in King of Prussia, Pa., recently has acquired other Oklahoma health care properties, including the Sabolich Prosthetic and Research Center in Oklahoma City.

No financial details of the Rebound Oklahoma acquisition were made available.

The former University of Oklahoma coach and Larry Derryberry were principals in Rebound Oklahoma.

Derek Prentice, Oklahoma business development manager for NovaCare, said Switzer and Derryberry, a former state attorney general, will be associated with the new NovaCare properties in consulting and marketing positions.

Rebound Oklahoma has a center in Oklahoma City and two in Tulsa.

All of NovaCare's Oklahoma physical therapy centers eventually will operate under the NovaCare Outpatient Rehabilitation name, Prentice said. . . Business Network Inc. will present the seminar "Quality, Outcomes

Marketing in Managed Care" from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Oct. 11 at Radison Inn.

The seminar is for health care management personnel needing a better understanding of outcomes reporting and marketing.

The fee is $185, but discounts are available for multiple registrations from the same facility. For more information call 1-800-889-2688. . . A "Stress and Burnout Conference," scheduled from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Oct. 13 at Cameron University in Lawton, will highlight the critically high rate of stress, anxiety and frequent burn out among health care workers.

The event is sponsored by Public and Community Services, a unit of the University of Oklahoma College of Continuing Education.

Presenters include active nurse professionals who have firsthand experience with the problem.

Participants at the conference will assess their traits to target their individual stressers, which can include family, co-workers and supervisors, career, change and fears of the future. The format will guide participants into designing their individual blueprint plans to counter stress and anxiety.

Program sponsors include the OU Health Sciences Center; Marti Jones, executive director of Agape Recovery Systems in Oklahoma City; the OU Southwest Center for Drug-Free Schools and Communities; and OU Health Promotion Programs.

Cost is $49 and includes refreshments and lunch. To register or for accommodations on the basis of disability, call (405) 325-2248. . . Dr. Kenneth Dormer, professor of physiology at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, presented research results of the African Institute for Scientific Research, Education and Development at the 49th Annual Meeting of the American Scientific Affiliation in St. Paul, Minn.

He presented research on possible tick-killing properties of five species of commiphora plants in East Africa. …