Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Carter Healthcare Receives Fourth Homecare Honor

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Carter Healthcare Receives Fourth Homecare Honor

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It's four in a row for Carter Healthcare, ranking once again among Homecare magazine's "Most Gifted Companies in the Nation."

The Oklahoma City home health agency, which will celebrate only its ninth birthday next year, moved up five slots in 1997 to No. 39 on the annual list of 65 companies. It was the only firm from the Sooner State so honored by the magazine.

Carter offers a variety of medical and personal care services in the home. With offices in Oklahoma City, Norman, Tulsa, Stillwater and Ramona, it made about 150,000 nursing visits last year. It was selected by Homecare from more than 15,000 home health organizations nationwide. Business Integrity Health Care will manage health care services at the Oklahoma County Detention Center, effective Thursday, under a contract awarded by the Board of Oklahoma County Commissioners. The Edmond firm intends to pursue other correctional facility health care service contracts. Renaissance MRI, located in The Orthopedic Center at Renaissance in Edmond, now offers "wide bore" magnetic resonance imaging. Such systems enclose patients in a wider cavity than used by normal MRI units -- a blessing to claustrophobic or large patients. A team at the Lynn Health Science Institute has been awarded more than $300,000 in grants to study treatment possibilities of electrically stimulating the stomach or intestine to improve digestive functions. The institute also will research how stomach disorders like colic develop in infants. A new $5,000 "Advanced Ultraviolet" disinfection system has drastically reduced reports of adverse patient skin reactions at the Integris Jim Thorpe Rehabilitation Hospital's Thomas Utterback Aquatic Center therapy pool. The system, which uses hydrogen peroxide and ultraviolet light to kill bacteria growth, also has eliminated chemical residues common with other oxidants. "We have noticed the water is clearer, and there is no chemical odor," noted Mary Maloney, aquatic manager. "Plus, the floor of the pool is not as slippery because it is not coated by chemicals." The Oklahoma State Health Department is using the Integris addition for a one-year pilot program of the ultraviolet system. …

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