Metro Medical Supplier Expands into Okmulgee

By Davis, Kirlee | THE JOURNAL RECORD, February 5, 1997 | Go to article overview

Metro Medical Supplier Expands into Okmulgee


Davis, Kirlee, THE JOURNAL RECORD


The Indian-owned distributor Alko Enterprises Inc. has opened a division in Okmulgee to better reach eastern Oklahoma hospitals and medical facilities.

The Oklahoma City health care supplier, founded in 1987 as a Small Disadvantaged Business (8a) Certified, Buy Indian Corporation, is overseen by President Gene Bruno, who also serves as secretary/treasurer of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation in Shawnee. Among the firm's clients are the U.S. Department of Defense, the State of Oklahoma and the Brooke Army Medical Center.

The eight-person Okmulgee expansion is the firm's second, following a Houston offshoot. Among Alko Enterprises Okmulgee Inc.'s first priorities is testing a just-in-time inventory management concept with the OHM Medical Center of Okmulgee. If successful, company officials hope the concept could save the center up to $100,000 a year in inventory carrying costs and associated operations. Alko expects employment of the new unit to reach 15 in two to three years. Discussions are underway to construct a facility at Okmulgee's airport industrial park. The division now operates from a former Southwestern Bell warehouse. It should be fully operational by the end of February. Business Mercy Health Center has joined the ranks of audiovisual advocates with the opening of The Conference Center at Mercy. The 14,635-square-foot, a $1.5 million expansion, completed debt- free within existing space at the hospital, offers two facilities: * A large, multipurpose hall capable of either seating 300 at one time or being subdivided into a maximum of five classrooms. Backing its large stage is a 6-foot by 16-foot rear-projection screen illuminated by a multi-projection system. A computer inside the podium allows the speaker total command of any imagery required. * A smaller hall capable of either seating 200 at one time or being subdivided into a maximum of four classrooms. A set of nine 37-inch graphics/video monitors with videoconferencing and computer graphics capabilities is available for classroom usage. Programmable lighting, removeable seating and kitchen facilities round out the center. Edmond's Oklahoma Christian Home has received an anonymous challenge grant of $250,000 toward construction of an adult day care center. The facility, which has received full accreditation from the Continuing Care Accreditation Commission, seeks to raise $1.7 million to build an adult day care center and a community center for residents of the facility's cottages and duplexes. It is one of 82 service units of the National Benevolent Association, the division of social and health services of the Christian Church. The Lutheran Senior Citizens Inc. has surveyed 20,000 OKC senior households in preparation for construction of the Concordia Retirement Community, a complex of 120 cottages and apartments to be built on Britton Road between Council and Rockwell. Local focus group meetings will be held in Moore, Oklahoma City and Edmond on Feb. 18 and 19. Aiding in development of Concordia will be New Life Management & Development Inc. of Mount Laurel, N.J. The Health Care Financing Administration has endorsed Medicare Blue USA, the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association's national program offering portable benefits through its Medicare HMO. In Oklahoma, that program is offered under Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma's BlueLinks Senior plan. Columbia Bethany Hospital and Columbia Edmond Medical Center have become part of CompCHOICE, a certified medical management network for evaluating and treating workplace injuries. The laboratory at St. Anthony Hospital has been awarded two-year accreditation by the Commission on Laboratory Accreditation of the College of American Pathologist. In a similar vein, Renaissance Women's Center of Edmond has received accreditation from the Joint Commission of Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. People Integris Mental Health Inc. …

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