Family Medicine Center Dedication Wednesday

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The Family Medicine Center of the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center will be dedicated Wednesday.

Ribbon-cutting ceremonies at the $7.75 million center at 900 NE 10th St. will follow an 11 a.m. dedication ceremony at the OU Health Sciences Center Robert M. Bird Library, 1000 Stanton L. Young Blvd.

"Dedication of this new facility completes a dream that many in Oklahoma have shared for a long time," said David L. Boren, president of the University of Oklahoma.

"I congratulate Provost Jay Stein and Dr. Roy DeHart, chairman of the Department of Family Medicine, and all his colleagues in the department, who have worked so hard to make this dream a reality," Boren said.

"With the faculty and student resources already in place, the opening of this facility will truly put the OU Health Sciences Center in the forefront of family medicine nationwide," he said.

While governor of Oklahoma, Boren was one of the original architects of the family medicine program at the OU Health Sciences Center. A medical scholarship program to train doctors for underserved rural areas and a program to train emergency medical technicians for rural areas also were initiated while he was governor.

"With the OU Health Sciences Center's emphasis on training primary care physicians, this is a culmination of many years' planning and a proud day for the Department of Family Medicine and the university," said Dr. Jay H. Stein, senior vice president and provost of the OU Health Sciences Center.

The Family Medicine Center contains 71,000 square feet of space on two levels. It has 68 examination rooms, five clinics, laboratories and support space for treating patients and educating family medicine physicians, physician assistants and other health care personnel, Stein said.

First floor of the center is dedicated to clinics and clinical support services, including laboratories, X-ray rooms, examination and procedure rooms. …