This drawing shows plans for the Integris Edmond Medical Center, which is to be east of Interstate 35 and north of Henderson Hills Baptist Church.
Advancements in Health
The field of medicine lives and breathes innovation. It’s what creates breakthroughs and medical miracles. And it’s happening in Oklahoma. In what may be one of the strongest efforts to advance health care, we’re seeing new medical facilities rise, such as those in Edmond and Norman, along with the University of Oklahoma’s cancer center and the research tower of Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation. Meanwhile, smaller groups labor to make a difference, too.
Oklahoma’s medical research programs will likely see fewer grant dollars due to federal budget cuts, and officials at the state’s two medical schools worry that change could have dire consequences. That impact comes in a state that already faces a shortage of primary care physicians — a...
Health and local leaders in January announced the creation of the Oklahoma County Community Health Network, a system that will connect Oklahoma County’s free clinics with hospitals and help ensure more coordinated care for clinic patients.
In Oklahoma, efforts to reduce 30-day readmissions in the last two years have prevented more than 3,000 readmissions to Oklahoma hospitals, which translates to about $29 million in cost savings to Medicare, according to estimates from the Oklahoma Foundation for Medical Quality.
Passing legislation to curb smoking in Oklahoma has been the goal of the state Board of Health for the past year. Health advocates argue that cutting smoking rates in Oklahoma could have a big impact on Oklahoma’s overall health.