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11.28.16

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, November 28, 2016

 

For More Information Contact:  Robyn Coventon, Variety Care (405) 635-5694

 

Variety Care Names 2016 Bertha Levy Health Care Advocate Award Recipient

 

(November 28, Oklahoma City) – Tomorrow evening, Tuesday, November 29, the annual Variety Care Diamond Donor Event will be held at the Quail Creek Golf and Country Club.  Variety Care Foundation Board Chair Ann Dagg will present the Kirkpatrick Family Fund with the 10th annual 2016 Bertha Levy Health Care Advocate award.  The Kirkpatrick Family Fund has been selected for this honor to publicly recognize their ongoing support of and commitment to reducing the rates of teen pregnancy in Oklahoma County. 

 

 

“This year's event is especially meaningful because it is the 10th anniversary of the Bertha Levy Award as well as the 10th year of our partnership with KFF,” said Lou Carmichael, CEO of Variety Care.  “Without the philanthropic giving and the vision for a greater Oklahoma that our friends at the Kirkpatrick Family Fund have, Variety Care could not provide the services we do for so many adolescents in Oklahoma. We are grateful to the support we receive from the Kirkpatrick Family Fund that allows us to make such an impact on the lives of so many young people.”  

 

            In addition to their commitment to adolescent health, the Kirkpatrick Family Fund has made an indelible mark on the Oklahoma landscape through their continuing backing of healthy family initiatives, educational programs for lower income families, the Oklahoma Arts Council, improved quality of life via enhanced and protected built environments, the Homeless Alliance and community led arts and humanities programs. 

 

The Diamond Donor event is an annual expression of gratitude for those donors who have given $1,000 or more in the last year to Variety Care.  The Bertha Levy Health Care Advocate award is in honor of Bertha Levy, M.D., who died in 2007 at age 92. Past recipients include Sarkeys Foundation, Cassie Bowen, Kim Henry, Dr. Jay Johnston, Dr. Robert Mannel, Sally Bentley, Mike Fogarty, Good Shepherd Dental Clinic, and Mike Dover.

 

About Variety Care (www.varietycare.org): Variety Care is Oklahoma’s largest community health center with sixteen health care facilities in central, south and western Oklahoma. In 2015, we provided comprehensive and coordinated medical, dental, behavioral health, vision, and social services to 96,582 individuals through 287,644 encounters.  A United Way partner agency, Variety Care serves patients with insurance and without insurance and strives to make health care affordable and accessible for all patients.  The Variety Care Foundation provides philanthropic support and community awareness for Variety Care and its efforts.

               

 

The entire family can access affordable care at Variety Care.  A United Way partner agency, Variety Care serves patients with insurance and without insurance and strives to make quality  health care affordable and accessible for all patients. 

10.14.16

By Kyle Stewart, MD

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Dr. Stewart with Teen Parent Family

To say that Oklahoma has a teen pregnancy problem is a vast understatement. Oklahoma has the second highest teen birth rate in the U.S., nearly twice the national rate. Nearly one in five teen births is a repeat birth. This is critical; with one child, a teen parent can still go on to finish high school, possibly go on to college and enter the workforce. In my experience, a second child tips the scales and makes it nearly impossible for that teen parent to meet education and employment goals. It doesn’t make sense to me that we’d be willing to settle on being the second worst state in the nation in this regard. This doesn’t reflect the greatness of the Oklahoma I know. [Click here to read the full article at the Oklahoma Chapter of American Academy of Pediatrics Website]

10.14.15

In order to continue to serve our valued patients with quality care, some nominal fees will increase effective November 15, 2015. For more information, please ask a receptionist.

08.15.15

We believe our very own staff and medical team are every day heroes in our very own community, and we would like to invite you to celebrate with us National Health Center Week.

Our event is Saturday, August 15th from 10am-2pm at our Straka Terrace Family Health Center, 1025 Straka Terrace.

We will have fun and free activities for the entire family to enjoy.

Activities include:

  • Face Painter
  • Balloon Animals
  • Community Resource Fair
  • Greet and meet with the Ice Queen
  • Greet and meet superheroes
  • Dental screening for children
  • Blood pressure and Glucose readings for adults
  • Please bring unused and expired medication for safe disposal
  • Games, prizes and more!

Don't miss out on this wonderful community event.

A special thanks to our community supporters.

 

 

08.11.15

Help our uninsured patients on Tuesday, August 11th by eating at the new S&B's Burger Joints in Midwest City!S&B Burger Joint Pay It Forward

07.09.15

OKLAHOMA CITY —Two Variety Care doctors have received statewide and regional awards for their commitment to effective and innovative patient care.

The American Academy of Pediatrics’ south-central district announced in late June that it is recognizing Dr. Kyle Stewart with a Special Achievement Award for his leadership on Variety Care’s Teen-Tot program.  The program focuses on improving clinical care for teenage parents and their children while working to prevent future unexpected pregnancies.

"I am honored that the AAP is recognizing the progress we are seeing with teen parents in Oklahoma City, but there is so much left to be done,” Dr. Stewart said.  “We have one of the highest teen birth rates in the developed world, which means we not only need more robust teen pregnancy prevention, but we also have an amazing opportunity to serve teen parents and their children today.”

Also in June, Dr. Shadi Edalati was named 2015 Partner of the Year by the Oklahoma Academy of Family Physicians.

“I have been involved with the Oklahoma Academy of Family Physicians since residency,” said Dr. Edalati, who has served on the organization’s patient advocacy and legislative committees. “As a family physician, I take pride in the ability to take care of pregnant women, children and sick adults confidently.  It is exhilarating, even though occasionally exhausting, to get to know my patients in the context of their family, psychosocial and economic settings in order to deliver care that is evidence-based, yet individualized and patient-centered.”

Stewart practices pediatrics at Variety Care’s Straka Family Health Center in south Oklahoma City, and Edalati practices family medicine at Variety Care’s Northwest 10th Street Health Center.

Variety Care and its providers focus on making quality health care affordable and accessible.  Patients with almost all insurances can be seen at Variety Care, and uninsured patients can access care along on a sliding-fee scale based on income and family size.  Appointments can be made by calling (405) 632-6688.

About Variety Care: (www.VarietyCare.org)

Variety Care is a non-profit community health center with locations in Oklahoma City, Norman, Del City, Fort Cobb, Grandfield and Thomas.  Variety Care saw more than 78,000 people in 2014, providing primary medical, dental, vision and behavioral health care with multiple services at some sites.  A United Way partner agency, Variety Care serves patients with insurance and without insurance and strives to make health care affordable and accessible for all patients.  The Variety Care Foundation provides philanthropic support and community awareness for Variety Care and its efforts.

05.04.15

OKLAHOMA CITY — A Variety Care health center will be embedded in OSU-OKC’s new Allied Health Building to increase student, faculty and community access to health care and provide the university’s nursing students with cutting-edge training in primary care.

A ceremony will commemorate ground being broken for the new building at 3 pm, Thursday, May 7, on the northwest corner of the campus, 400 N. Portland Ave.

"We are delighted to welcome Variety Care onto our campus for this exciting partnership," said OSU-OKC President Natalie Shirley. "Our university, like most, has students, faculty and staff who inevitably need primary care during the year. In addition, our neighbors need access to care as well. Variety Care is a great partner for us because they will be able to offer primary care, dental and behavioral health services. They also accept many different insurances and offer uninsured patients affordable cash options based on their income."

Shirley said OSU-OKC allied health students will have opportunities to work in the Variety Care clinic, providing them with valuable experience in the real world of medicine.

“This makes sense for so many reasons,” said Lou Carmichael, Variety Care CEO. “OSU-OKC is a great community resource, and the campus lies directly in our service area.  The new Allied Health Building is also exciting for the health care industry because everyone in health care is needing more and better-trained professionals at all levels.”

Variety Care is recognized nationally as a Patient-Centered Medical Home, an important designation that indicates multiple primary care services and resources are wrapped around patients to generate better health outcomes.

“It would be nearly impossible to simulate a Patient-Centered Medical Home for educational purposes, so this is an exciting training opportunity for young nurses and other health professionals to work in a PCMH-style clinical setting and help community members gain access to primary care at the same time,” Carmichael said

The new two-story building will also house OSU-OKC’s Allied Health programs, including nursing, cardiovascular technology, dietetics technology and health care administration.  Existing student enrollment plus faculty and staff numbers total about 1,800 people per semester, so the new building will represent an expansion of space and program capacity for the university.

"This alliance will enable OSU-OKC to align health profession education with the health care needs of the community," said Danyel Germain, OSU-OKC Health Sciences division head. "Additionally, the new simulation center will allow for inter-professional, experiential learning as health science students and health care professionals simulate real-life patient scenarios side-by-side."

Carmichael said people of all ages need access to quality primary care, and that means having the workforce to offer those services. She credited the university with showing vision and innovation in this novel approach to make both happen at OSU-OKC.

“With this project, Variety Care will now have embedded clinics in an Oklahoma City elementary school, an Oklahoma City high school and a local university campus,” she said. “We believe firmly that health care is best provided to the public when it can be accessed comfortably and conveniently by patients.”

Completion of the 45,000-square-foot building is anticipated in time for the Fall 2016 semester.

About Variety Care: (www.VarietyCare.org)

Variety Care is a non-profit community health center with locations in Oklahoma City, Norman, Del City, Fort Cobb, Grandfield and Thomas.  Variety Care saw more than 78,000 people in 2014, providing primary medical, dental, vision and behavioral health care with multiple services at some sites.  A United Way partner agency, Variety Care serves patients with insurance and without insurance and strives to make health care affordable and accessible for all patients.  The Variety Care Foundation provides philanthropic support and community awareness for Variety Care and its efforts.

About OSU-OKC:  (www.OSUOKC.edu)

Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City (OSU-OKC) is part of the modern land-grant system of the Oklahoma State University (OSU) System that prepares students for success. Through leadership and service, OSU-OKC is preparing students for a bright future and building a brighter world for all. As Oklahoma’s only university with a statewide presence, OSU improves the lives of people in Oklahoma, the nation, and the world through integrated, high-quality teaching, research, and outreach. OSU has more than 37,000 students across its five-campus system, with more than 7,500 students from 38 states and 78 countries at OSU-OKC. Established in 1961, OSU-OKC has graduated thousands of students who have made a lasting impact on Oklahoma and the world. OSU is America’s Brightest Orange.