Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Physical Therapist Shortage Critical

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Physical Therapist Shortage Critical

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There is a critical shortage of physical therapists in the United States, according to Dr. Mark Anderson, associate professor of physical therapy at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City. Anderson said by the year 2000 the need will be nearly double the number engaged in the profession at that time.

"Physical therapists are involved in many areas including neurology, pediatrics, gerontology, orthopedics, burns, sports medicine and research, to name a few," Anderson said.

The physical therapy program in the College of Allied Health at the Oklahoma Health Sciences Center is a two-year undergraduate program, leading to a bachelor of science degree.

"We take 66 students each year, and we receive nearly 300 applications," Anderson said. . .

- Julian G. Franks has been named director of planning and marketing for the Oklahoma Medical center.

Before joining the medical center, he co-founded and served as chief executive officer of Retirement Care Associates, a development firm specializing in joint ventures for not-for-profit sponsors in the development of retirement housing communities.

Oklahoma Medical center is a multi-facility system which includes Children's Hospital of Oklahoma, Oklahoma Memorial Hospital, Child Study Center and O'Donoghue Rehabilitation Institute in Oklahoma City and the George Nigh Rehabilitation Institute in Okmulgee. . .

- St. Anthony Hospital has appointed Melissa Hoehn to the foundation staff as assistant director of development. Hoehn will assist the director with overall development and fund-raising programs for the hospital including special projects and annual appeals.

Hoehn's previous experience includes fund-raising and special event coordination for the Oklahoma chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and Oklahoma City Beautiful. . .

- Pharmacists in Oklahoma have joined forces with the nonprofit Medic Alert Foundation to protect the lives of patients at risk of complications or even death in medical emergencies.

Members of the Oklahoma Pharmaceutical Association are promoting the Medic Alert Emergency Medical Information System to their patients. The Oklahoma program is part of a national effort by pharmacists that has resulted in the enrollment of more than 120,000 of their patients and saved the lives of more than 4,000. …

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