Avalon Community Services Inc. has inked a four-year contract
the Missouri Department of Corrections to provide substance abuse
services at the "Show Me" state's 650-bed Ozark Correctional Center,
a medium security prison in Fordland, Mo.
The contract, Avalon's initial step into Missouri, "represents
first of what we believe will be several new contract awards for
Avalon," said Chairman and Chief Executive Donald E. Smith. "Our
management team continues to focus on growing our corrections
business on a regional basis and this contract is the first of
several new programs we plan to begin during the next 12 months."
Avalon, which also operates what it hopes will grow into a chain
of assisted living centers, provides substance abuse and treatment
programs at six Nebraska medium and maximum security state-managed
facilities. It expects the Missouri pact to increase its annual
revenues by about $800,000.
As a manager of correctional facilities under its subsidiary
Southern Corrections Systems Inc., Avalon oversees a 250-bed minimum
security center in Oklahoma City called the Carver Center, a 255-
minimum security facility in Tulsa called the Avalon Correctional
Center, and a medium security facility in El Paso, the 144-bed El
Paso Intermediate Sanctioned Facility.
Avalon opened two assisted living centers in the second half of
1996: the $2.5 million Emerald Square in northwest Oklahoma City and
the $2.5 million Diamond Crest in Fort Collins, Colo.
When Emerald Square opened in November, Avalon projected its
revenues will reach $4 million for 1996 and $13 million this year.
Columbia Surgicare-Midtown has won three-year certification from
the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care Inc.
In a similar vein, Metro Tech's Dental Assisting Program has
received preliminary certification from the Commission on Dental
Accreditation of the American Dental Association. Following an on-
site evaluation within the next 18 months, the program may receive
final accreditation for a three- to five-year period.
Sonic, fondly self-titled America's Drive-In, is bagging support
for the American Red Cross by driving home the charity's "Help Can't
Wait" message on Sonic's food bags, cups and napkins.
For the third straight year, Sonic will distribute the 60 million
promotional items at its 1,600 restaurants across the U.S. Oklahoma
City-based Sonic also has donated $25,000 to the Red Cross of
The Children's Hospital Carnival at NorthPark Mall garnered a
record $22,500, besting last year's tally by $4,500. Since its
origin in 1988, the carnival has raised more than $120,500 for
programs backed by the Children's Hospital Auxiliary.
Mary Jane Hughes and Lori A. Webster have joined Deaconess
Hospital as marketing and public relations associates.
Hughes, a former assistant director of public relations at St.
Anthony Hospital, came to Deaconess from Sonic Restaurants Inc.,
where she served as the manager of corporate communications.
Webster, once a public relations specialist at St. Luke's Health
System in Kansas City, Mo., came to Deaconess after serving as the
supervisor of employee communications at OG&E Electric Services.
The American College of Healthcare Executives has recertified Gary
Watson a Fellow. The president and chief operating officer of
Integris Mental Health Inc. first obtained that status in July 1986.
Community Hospice of Norman has chosen a health care administrator
from Lawton for its new program director. Lee Young brings more
than 20 years of management experience to the post.
Laura L. Cross, a director of the Oklahoma City law firm Miller,
Dollarhide, Dawson & Shaw, will serve as a panelist for the March 28
teleconference "Hard Questions, Ethical Answers," sponsored by the
Oklahoma City Community College. The 1-3 p.m. teleconference will
air from the OU Health Sciences Center Robert Bird Library