Dr. David B. Larson, the president of the National Institute for
Healthcare Research and a noted proponent of the benefits of faith
healing, is coming to Oklahoma City next week for an Integris Health
* Beginning 7 p.m. Monday, the author of more than 190
professional publications will offer the free lecture "Bridging the
Gap Between Spirituality and Health" at the Marriott. To reserve a
seat, call the Integris HealthLine, 951-2277.
* The following morning, Larson will direct a workshop for
physicians and mental health professionals, "The Forgotten Factor in
Physical and Mental Health: What Does the Research Show?" The $25
session for continuing medical education and continuing education
units will be in the Integris Baptist Medical Center auditorium.
Reservations may be secured by calling the Center for Mind, Body and
Spirit, a nonprofit entity of Integris Mental Health, 943-3921.
The adjunct professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at
both Duke University Medical Center and Northwestern University
Medical School claims research shows spirituality and religiousness
have promise in illness prevention, coping with illness, recovery
from surgery and improving mental health treatment outcomes.
Spirituality also may have a positive effect on alcoholism, stress,
depression, suicide, hypertension and increased longevity.
On Thursday, James L. Hall Jr. will receive the 1998 Award of
Excellence from the Integris Foundation for his work as the founding
chairman of the advisory board for the Center for Mind, Body and
Spirit. Hall is a director of the Oklahoma City law firm Crowe &
Dunlevy and the chairman of its health care section. The award will
be presented as part of the foundation's 1998 Circles of Excellence
Awards and Recognition Dinner at the Marriott.
Morris R. Pitman, a 1932 petroleum engineering graduate from the
University of Oklahoma, has given $250,000 to the university to
establish its first endowed faculty position in physical therapy in
honor of his daughter, Jill Pitman Jones. Pitman is a longtime
university donor to such areas as engineering, physical therapy and
The St. Anthony Hospital Foundation has established the Padua
Society, a philanthropic organization for both honoring physicians
and funding various hospital programs. Named for the ancient Italian
city that was home to St. Anthony, society memberships -- $1,000 a
year, or $10,000 for life -- are open to physicians affiliated with
the hospital. To date, the society has 31 lifetime members and 23