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
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
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
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. …