Variety Care hires two doctors
to serve medical leadership roles
Variety Care, a community health center with several OKC Metro locations, has hired two doctors to take on the roles of chief medical officer and pediatric medical director. Dr. Steve Ramirez will serve as the new chief medical officer. Dr. Kyle Stewart will serve as medical director of pediatric medicine. Ramirez and Stewart were hired at Variety Care following a national search, and they will see patients at Variety Care in addition to administrative duties.
Emergency doctors warn parents about holiday risks for children
Emergency physicians at The Children's Hospital at OU Medical Center are urging parents to exercise caution around the holidays to help keep children safe. The joy of the season can turn into tragedy in a blink of an eye if preventive measures are not taken to keep kids safe, said Dr. Curtis Knoles, pediatric emergency physician and medical director of emergency medical services for children. Knoles encourages parents to keep a watchful eye on kids when they are eating and playing. He warned parents to keep dangerous toys, food, drinks, coins and small objects out of the reach of children. Relatives without young children should make a sweep of their homes to eliminate risks. Cover electrical outlets and place medicines in a secure location, especially if young children will be staying with you. For more information about ensuring a healthy holiday for the entire family, visit www.oumedicine.com/holidayhealth.
Scientists win grant to study heart devices
Two Oklahoma researchers recently received a two-year $488,883 grant from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health. They will investigate changes in the function of platelets caused by implantable blood pumps used to treat severe heart failure. Trevor Snyder, Integris Baptist Medical Center research scientist, and David Schmidtke, University of Oklahoma associate professor and bioengineering program director, will investigate why some patients who receive ventricular assist devices, or VADs, experience episodes of bleeding. These devices can be used to keep people with failing hearts alive until a heart transplant becomes available or as an alternative to a heart transplant.
From staff reports