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
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. …