Larson Scheduled to Give Faith in Healing Lectures

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Dr. David B. Larson, the president of the National Institute for Healthcare Research and a noted proponent of the benefits of faith in healing, is coming to Oklahoma City next week for an Integris Health series.

* 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. People 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 scholarships. Business 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 annual. …

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