Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Cincinnati Firm Purchases Locally Owned the United Group

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Cincinnati Firm Purchases Locally Owned the United Group

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The United Group, the privately owned Oklahoma City provider of institutional pharmacy services and resident assessment software systems, has been purchased by Omnicare Inc. of Cincinnati, a pharmacy and consulting services provider.

United brings to the Omnicare fold a client list of more than 2,200 residents of long-term care facilities in the Sooner State. It also offers a broad range of ancillary products and services, including pharmacy consulting services to an additional 3,600 long- term care residents, as well as infusion therapy and hospice care. Its annualized revenues run at more than $8 million.

"United's institutional pharmacy and infusion therapy businesses complement our existing operations in Oklahoma," said Omnicare President Joel F. Gemunder, "and its presence in the hospice market allows Omnicare to broaden the scope of services we offer to that region. This acquisition also provides us with an opportunity to offer a wide array of clinically advanced services." With United's software installed in about 450 facilities, Omnicare now has proprietary care planning software systems running in almost 2,500 facilities, "further advancing our strategy of compiling a broad clinical database to facilitate our disease and outcomes management programs," he said. Business A local inventor displayed four new devices to help the disabled achieve greater independence before the American Occupational Therapy Association annual conference earlier this month in Orlando. Mark I. Bresler, a rehabilitation engineer and president of Southwest Assistive Technology Inc., presented his creations at the Technology Lab with Trudy E. Posner, a self-employed occupational therapist. Bresler's inventions included: * The "Turtle Trainer" -- which allows therapists to assess the ability of physically challenged individuals to use power mobility while sitting in their customized wheelchairs. * A spin-art machine to allow vocational and recreational use and training of individuals requiring the use of switches. * A telephone receptionist system for people who use augmentative communication and/or require the use of switches. * A switch-activated paper roller to roll advertising circulars. The conference was attended by about 10,000 occupational therapy professionals. The Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care Inc. has certified the University of Oklahoma Charles B. Goddard Health Center. People Scientists at OU and the National Institutes of Health have located and characterized the gene involved in pancreatic cancer, which they hope will lead to a test for early detection of the disease. Their findings were published in the April 18 issue of Science. OU researchers involved included Bruce A. Roe, the George Lynn Cross Research Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry; Ying-Ping Wang, a post-doctoral student; and Judy S. …

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