Ink's drying on a deal for Integris Health to contract for
care providers with the Central Oklahoma Medical Group, one of the
Sooner State's largest physician practices.
Integris also will serve as the group's capital partner, lending
it money for growth and development projects.
COMG employs 47 physicians and 47 support staff in its care of
62,000 patients in six facilities across the Oklahoma City area. By
seeking additional insurance contracts with Integris, COMG Executive
Director Steve Powell hopes to chart 30 percent growth over the next
three to four years.
"The physicians of Central Oklahoma Medical Group feel very
strongly that health care should be directed by physicians and that
our group should be owned and governed by physicians," notes Dr.
Robert Beckerley, president of the group. "Our agreement with
Integris will help ensure this philosophy for years to come."
Both organizations will maintain their separate identities,
ownership and governance. They will work together through a joint
contracting committee to develop contracting strategies and market
"Our organizations have worked together effectively for 16 years,"
says Integris President and CEO Stanley Hupfeld. "This agreement
not only allows for more organized and coordinated efforts between
us, but it also increases Integris' primary care physician capacity,
which will help keep down costs of care."
St. Anthony's Center of Behavioral Medicine received a bronze
medal at the 14th Annual Healthcare Advertising Awards for its
mail campaign, "Mental Health Matters Series." The five-postcard
series was selected from more than 3,000 entries in 24 different
categories by Heathcare Marketing Report.
ManorCare Health Services has opened a rehabilitation unit in
Norman featuring 10 semi-private rooms, an outdoor patio, special
therapy gym and whirlpool. It will hold an open house for the new
unit from 4-7 p.m. Sept. 25.
The Group for Research in Pathology Education is moving its
central office to the University of Oklahoma Department of
Founded at the University of Iowa in 1970, GRIPE is moving to the OU
Health Sciences Center from its current home at the University of
Southern California. The organization of 60 medical schools and
individual members around the world holds two conferences annually
and publishes a journal. Its executive director is John H.
Holliman, OU's Noble Foundation professor of pathology.
Hospitals, physicians, pharmacists, dentists and other
professionals within Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma's
provider directories may now be found on the Internet at
Mercy Health Center's outpatient services scored well in the
hospital's six-month patient satisfaction report, with results on
five of the six surveyed questions charted within the hospital's
"positive perception" range. For inpatient services, results on
four of seven questions fell within the positive field. The survey
was prepared by Healthcare Research Systems during the first half of
El Reno's Redlands Community College is the first school in
central Oklahoma to offer a health care technician certification
program. It plans to offer four to five of the 10-week unlicensed
assistive personnel courses each year.
"Tulsa Community College has been offering the program a little
over a year with great results: 100 percent of the certified
graduates are being immediately em-ployed," notes the coordinator of
Redlands' program, Toni Pratt-Reid.
Obstetrics and gynecology physicians are gearing up for the 36th
annual OB/GYN Fall Symposium, Oct. 15-17 at the Clarion Hotel.
Certified for 18 hours of category 1 continuing education, the
symposium is sponsored by the OU College of Medicine, Maternal and
Child Health Service, the Oklahoma State Department of Health and
Oklahoma Chapter of the American College of Obstetricians and