The Journal Record Health Care Briefs: April 24, 2012

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The Journal Record Health Care Briefs: April 24, 2012


Taylor receives service award

OKLAHOMA CITY - The Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation presented Oklahoma Supreme Court Chief Justice Steven Taylor of McAlester with its Board of Directors Distinguished Service Award.

Taylor, who was named to OMRF's board of directors in 1988, has served on the foundation's executive, investment, governance and nominating, honors and awards committees.

Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation scientist Lijun Xia received the Edward L. and Thelma Gaylord Prize for Scientific Achievement. Xia joined OMRF's scientific staff in 2002. In the lab, his work on sugars known as O-glycans has revealed answers about the causes of fatty liver disease.

Other awards presented at the OMRF board meeting included: Dean Dawson, Merrick Award for Outstanding Medical Research; Courtney Montgomery, J. Donald and Patricia Capra Award for Scientific Achievement; and Hong Chen, Fred Jones Award for Scientific Achievement.

Dan Little joined the OMRF board. Little is a senior partner in the Little Law Firm in Madill and is chair of the board of the Sarkeys Foundation in Norman.

Health care act forums set

LANGSTON - The School of Nursing at Langston University has scheduled a forum to provide information about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act on Thursday at the main campus and at other locations throughout the state.

The Langston University School of Nursing 2012 Minority Health Forum will begin at Langston University's main campus at 11 a.m., with a reception at 12:15 p.m. The forum will also be held in Tulsa at the same time.

The forums will move from the campus into the communities with 6 p.m. programs at Mt. Bethel Baptist Church in Langston, Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Guthrie, Fairview Baptist Church in Oklahoma City, and Paradise Baptist Church in Tulsa.

Physical therapist joins OU Physicians

OKLAHOMA CITY - Lora Smith, a physical therapist specializing in pelvic and bladder health, has established her practice with OU Physicians.

Smith works closely with the fellowship-trained urogynecologists in OU Physicians Women's Pelvic & Bladder Health. She provides therapy to women with pelvic floor muscle dysfunction, including those with pelvic pain, incontinence and dyspareunia.

Smith earned her doctor of physical therapy degree from Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Mo. She took additional courses at the Herman and Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute, New York, N.Y.

In-home service costs increase

OKLAHOMA CITY - The cost to receive care in the home through home health aide services in Oklahoma has risen over the past five years, according to Genworth's 2012 Cost of Care Survey.

"Overwhelmingly, Americans prefer to receive long-term care in the home and the relatively muted rise in home care costs nationally over the past few years can be viewed as a positive for consumers in Oklahoma," said Steve Zabel, senior vice president of Long Term Care at Genworth.

Nationally, the median hourly cost for homemaker services and home health aide services is $18 and $19, respectively. In Oklahoma, by comparison, the median cost for homemaker services is $17 per hour and the median cost for home health aide services is $19 per hour. The median hourly cost for homemaker services in Oklahoma increased 1.

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