Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Group Names OU Dean Oklahoma Dentist of the Year

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Group Names OU Dean Oklahoma Dentist of the Year

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The dean of the University of Oklahoma College of Dentistry has been named the Oklahoma Dentist of the Year.

Russell J. Stratton was honored by the Oklahoma Dental Association for his "outstanding service and devotion to the advancement of the science and art of dentistry."

Dean since 1988, Stratton has played a key role in incorporating computer technology into dental education. The graduate of the Washington University College of Dental Medicine, George Washington University and the Naval Graduate Dental School joined the college's Department of Removable Prosthodontics in 1977, becoming its department chair eight years later.

A participant in the Government Council of the American Association of Dental Schools, he is the only educator on the Western Regional Board.


St. Anthony Hospital, though its subsidiary Healthcare Systems of Oklahoma, has acquired a limited partnership in the Surgery Center of Midwest City. Universal Health Services, which has operated the center through a subsidiary since 1992, owns and manages outpatient surgical centers in 11 states.

With more than 50 surgeons on staff, the fully accredited Midwest City facility has performed more than 25,000 surgical procedures since opening in 1989. St. Anthony has two other ambulatory surgery centers in the metro area.

OU scored a 99 percent pass rate as its third-year med students took the first stage of the U.S. Medical Licensing Examination. "These results clearly demonstrate that the OU College of Medicine is truly among the very best medical schools in our nation," boasted President David Boren.

CommunityCare Managed Healthcare Plans of Oklahoma has grown to more than 475,000 members in its different plans, with more than 90,000 in the CommunityCare HMO. According to Employee Benefits News, the Oklahoma City-based managed care organization is the 30th largest in the United States. …

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