Francis Tuttle Unveils Health Sciences Center

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Francis Tuttle will unveil its $5 million Health Sciences Center with a dedication and open house celebration beginning 3:30 p.m. Friday.

The research-driven vision behind the center is to incorporate "the best components from around the country into one facility," said officials with the technology center.

Dr. Mary Ann Bauman, director of Integris women's health, will present the keynote speech at the ceremony. A reception and tours will be available after the dedication, which coincides with the Oklahoma Legislators Experience Career Tech Day.

The 60,000-square-foot center offers degrees for assistants in dental, veterinary, nurse and other medical fields, including advanced unlicensed; practical nursing; respiratory care; and orthotic and prosthetic technician. It was built by contractors Nashert Constructors and Shiloh Enterprises from designs by Frankfurt-Short-Bruza Associates.

People

Dr. William C. Dooley has joined the staff of the University Health Partners. He also will serve as medical director of the Oklahoma Institute of Breast Health. The Vanderbilt graduate comes to Oklahoma City after serving as the chief of breast surgery and director of the John Hopkins University Breast Center.

Gov. Frank Keating has announced appointments to two state boards concerning the health care sector. They include:

* To the State Board of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services: Rose Mary Shaw, Pawhuska, succeeding Faye Marlow-Holden, and Michael H. Smith, Broken Arrow, a reappointment. Their terms will end Dec. 31, 2007. Senate confirmation is required.

* To the Long-term Care Facility Advisory Board: New appointments include Chris Kincaid, Edmond, succeeding Larry Hughes; Candy Degeare, Edmond, succeeding Phoebe Griffin; Ann Hayes, Edmond, succeeding Joe Smithers; Molly Wallace, Oklahoma City, succeeding Maxine Dean; and Beverly Stapleton, Lawton, succeeding Jim Eskridge. Reappointed were Alicia Smith, Ada; Danny Nevitt, Muskogee; Idalle Faram, Oklahoma City; Diane Hambric and Steve Cox, both of Tulsa. All will serve a term ending Nov. 1, 2003.

Business

Dr. Anthony Economou, a glaucoma specialist and surgeon with BVA, has adopted a new treatment, which is called the Ahmed Valve. It is reserved for glaucoma patients who have not received restored vision following cataract surgery with implants. Under the procedure, the tiny, flat plastic valve is inserted in the eye, under the eyelid, to reduce intraocular pressure by draining excess aqueous humor. "We are restoring vision in many patients who were blinded by glaucoma," he noted.

Rosewood Nursing Homes has sought a certificate of need for a five-year lease of the 200-bed Rosewood Manor Nursing Center in Norman, at an annual cost of $270,000. A decision is due from the Oklahoma State Department of Health by March 29.

Central Oklahoma Christian LLC has applied to lease the 148-bed Central Oklahoma Christian Home licensed nursing center in Oklahoma City. The 10-year lease from owner Alpha Care Properties would cost $88,000 a year. A decision is due by March 29.

HIS Nursing Home Co. has applied for certificates of need to lease two Shawnee nursing facilities for 10 years: the 60-bed Parkview Nursing Home, at a cost of $192,000 a year, and the 165- bed Colonial Estates Nursing Home, at a cost of $396,000 a year. A department decision is due March 26.

Proposed regulations

The State Board of Health will meet twice over the next 30 days to consider amendments to Department of Health rules. Both meetings will be in Room 307 at the department headquarters, 1000 NE 10th St. …

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