City hospitals to receive grant to start clinics

By Jim Killackey Published: June 8, 2006
Three Oklahoma City hospitals -- St. Anthony, OU Medical Center and Integris Southwest Medical Center -- each will receive up to $50,000 to start medical clinics for patients who frequently seek basic health care services at emergency rooms.

Oklahoma City Community Foundation

"An emergency room is not the best place to get routine primary care," said Pam Troup, executive director of St. Anthony North.

Uninsured or underinsured patients regularly use emergency rooms for primary care, officials said.

But too many primary care patients "bog down all hospitals from treating patients who have true emergencies," said Allen Poston, OU Medical Center spokesman.

Grants are being given to the three hospitals by the Oklahoma City Community Foundation.

"We're responding to emerging needs, and this is a big step" to improve medical care in the metro area, said Cathy Nestlen, foundation communications director. Grants were awarded at a recent foundation board meeting.

St. Anthony Hospital will open its primary-care clinic by the end of this year, Troup said. Start-up dates for clinics at Integris Southwest and OU Medical Center aren't available.

"We already are working on getting patients that frequent the Integris Southwest emergency room directed to an appropriate medical home," said Chris Hammes, Integris Southwest administrator.

| | has disabled the comments for this article.

Trending Now


  1. 1
    Sixth-grade teacher arrested on sexual-assault complaint
  2. 2
    CTB/McGraw-Hill executives apologize for testing problems
  3. 3
    Oklahoma City Thunder: Russell Westbrook refuses to call FedEx Forum 'Grindhouse'
  4. 4
    Woman Admits to Taking Toy from Child's Grave
  5. 5
    Three Sexual Abuse Lawsuits Against Elmo Puppeteer Kevin Clash Dismissed
+ show more