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06.08.17

June 8, 2017, Oklahoma City, OK – Variety Care will break ground on its new location in the Old Britton area at 10:30 am, Tuesday June 13th. The groundbreaking ceremony will feature company representatives, board members, elected officials, and local business leaders.

Variety Care selected the Old Britton area for this 35,000-square foot health center to serve this low income, medically underserved area.  Expectation and estimates show that about 90% of the people served (newborns, children, youth, teens and pregnant women) will live in households at or below poverty.  Demand for pediatric and obstetrics for Medicaid patients is high in this area and although there are many providers in the area, most have limited panels for Medicaid.   

“We will be able to increase access to health care, provide workforce development and invest in a distressed neighborhood.  We are

grateful to all of the partners including HRSA, community leaders, financiers, and construction professionals who came together to make this project possible,” said Lou Carmichael, CEO Variety Care and Executive Director Variety Care Foundation. 

Construction of the health center is targeted for completion in the Summer of 2018, with a capacity to see 5,000 new patients the first year.  By the end of the third year, this health center will have the capacity to treat 12,000 new patients.  Variety Care will begin accepting applications for physician and provider positions at this location in the fall and for medical support and administrative staff in early 2018. Grote Caston Construction will serve as the general contractor on the project and Snoddy Properties will serve as the Project Manager.  Design for the facility was created by Hornbeek Blatt Architects.   

                Hundreds of thousands of people across Oklahoma struggle to find a way to access health care in their communities. Many go without the medical attention they need, because they simply don’t have access to quality health care that they can afford. Putting off care leads to many poor outcomes, continuing the cycle of poverty and poor health.  Variety Care’s staff of almost 500 Oklahomans works every day to provide care for those in our community who need it most.

 

               Variety Care is Oklahoma’s largest community health center with sixteen health care facilities in central and western Oklahoma. In 2016, we provided comprehensive and coordinated medical, dental, behavioral health, vision, and social services to 104,883 individuals through 294,095 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.

06.06.17

Left to Right – Charlie Lickteigh, Jennifer Fogg, Leigh Ann Albers, Donna Brogan, John Brogan

Left to Right – Charlie Lickteigh, Jennifer Fogg, Leigh Ann Albers, Donna Brogan, John Brogan

 

 

Left to Right - David Dagg, Ann Dagg, Richard Stillinger, Melanie Stillinger, Tina Biard

Left to Right - David Dagg, Ann Dagg, Richard Stillinger, Melanie Stillinger, Tina Biard

 

Tuesday, June 6, 2017, Oklahoma City, OK – Over 300 people gathered for the 2017 Variety Show in support of Variety Care’s mission to make quality, affordable health care accessible in Oklahoma. The annual event was held at the Chevy Bricktown Events Center and featured themed entertainment, dining, and an atmosphere designed to virtually transport guests to Paris, Rome, and Frankfurt.

 

                The evening "A Taste for Travel" featured food and music during the cocktail hour as guests travelled between the three destinations.  As guests and patrons were seated for dinner, the dinner and a show portion of the evening began with a short video of Variety Care patients and staff members speaking to the importance of access to quality health care services.  Following dinner, guests were treated to a full Variety Show with song and dance directed by Jay Ferguson featuring a live orchestra and performers from local talent.  The evening culminated with guests dancing into the evening. 

 

                “This year's event was a resounding success under the leadership of our event co-chairs Leigh Ann Albers and Jennifer Fogg,” said Lou Carmichael, CEO of Variety Care.  “With the leadership of the Variety Care Foundation Board of Directors and the Variety Show Committee, Variety Care continues to grow access to services to thousands of low income families. We are grateful to all who sponsored and made donations at the event.”  

 

                Hundreds of thousands of people across Oklahoma struggle to find a way to access health care in their communities. Many go without the medical attention they need, because they simply don’t have access to quality health care that they can afford. Putting off care leads to many poor outcomes, continuing the cycle of poverty and poor health.  Variety Care’s staff of almost 500 Oklahomans works every day to provide care for those in our community who need it most.

 

                In a year with so many health and social service cuts and economic uncertainty, charitable giving has never been more important.

 

Variety Care is Oklahoma’s largest community health center with sixteen health care facilities in central and western Oklahoma. In 2016, we provided comprehensive and coordinated medical, dental, behavioral health, vision, and social services to 104,883 individuals through 294,095 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.

05.11.17

May 11, 2017, Oklahoma City, OK – Variety Care is proud to announce that Nathan Valentine, M.D., has been selected to serve as the Interim Chief Medical Officer, after a thorough and extensive nationwide search was conducted. 

 

Valentine was born in Florida and moved to Oklahoma as a child, graduating high school in Oklahoma City.  He completed undergraduate education at Oklahoma State University and Medical School at the University of Oklahoma followed by Family Medicine Residency at Via Christi in Wichita, Kansas.  He then returned to Oklahoma City to start a solo house call Practice for patients who have difficulty leaving their homes.  He is Board Certified in Family Medicine with a CAQ in Hospice and Palliative Care.  He has served as the Variety Care Director of Family Medicine since 2013, splitting his time between administrative duties and primary care clinic.  He is active in the Healthy Hearts for Oklahoma statewide research project aimed at decreasing cardiovascular disease.  He serves as the Project Lead of the Chronic Disease Management Clinic (CDMC) at Variety Care.  With an interest in clinical quality improvement efforts on many fronts as well as generally optimizing care to underserved populations, he is a member of the Clinical Quality Committee of the Oklahoma Primary Care Association (OKPCA).

 

Dr. Nathan Valentine said that in his new role, he will be able to continue Variety Care’s mission of providing access to healthcare.  “I have enjoyed my time as Family Medicine Director. While I will miss parts of that role, I appreciate this opportunity to contribute at the organization and community level. At Variety Care we are leading the push to improve the quality and accessibility of affordable healthcare for all Oklahomans--there exists no more meaningful a way to spend one's time.”

 

Lou Carmichael, Variety Care Chief Executive Officer, states “Dr. Valentine has demonstrated a genuine commitment to the mission of Variety Care, showing real passion for our dedication to the tenets of PCMH (Patient Centered Medical Home) and an unwavering commitment to quality.  He was unsurpassed in his understanding of the quality efforts we are making and I am excited to see what the future holds under his clinical leadership and expertise.”

 

Variety Care is Oklahoma’s largest community health center with sixteen health care facilities in central 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.

05.08.17

May 8, 2017, Oklahoma City, OK – Variety Care is proud to announce and welcome Tram Nguyen, MHS, PA-C, as the newest Physician Assistant to join our team.  Nguyen will be the latest provider to join the Variety Care Pediatric Department and will begin seeing patients in May, 2017. 

 

Tram graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Oklahoma City University and a Masters in Health Science from Oklahoma University Health Science Center. She chose to work in the medical profession because it’s an interesting and complex field with many rewards. Nguyen loves the patient-provider interaction, noting that it’s a great feeling to be able to help patients when they are not feeling well. She gets satisfaction from making her patients feel better. Tram enjoys spending time with her family and friends as well as playing board games and salsa dancing.

 

Tram says, “I am grateful for the opportunity to join this great organization. I'm excited to start soon and I look forward to meeting everyone and my new patients.”

 

Dr. Sandra Gilliland, Variety Care Pediatric Medical Director, states “We selected Tram Nguyen to join the pediatric team for her commitment to community service and passion for expanding healthcare access.”

 

Variety Care is Oklahoma’s largest community health center with sixteen health care facilities in central 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.

04.24.17

April 24, 2017, Oklahoma City, OK – Variety Care is proud to announce and welcome Nathan Kadavy, MHS, PA-C, as the newest Physician Assistant.  Kadavy will be the latest provider to join the Variety Care Family Medicine department and began seeing patients in early April.

 

A native of Perkins, Oklahoma, Nathan graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology/Cell and Molecular Biology, with distinction, from Oklahoma State University and then from Oklahoma University Health Science Center with a Master of Health Science degree. He is excited to start his medical career at Variety Care. Kadavy’s favorite part of being a medical provider is interacting and building relationships with his patients. His goal is to not only be a medical provider, but a trusted friend and valuable member of the community. In his free time, he enjoys mentoring young kids with disabilities and spending time with friends and family. He is an avid sport fan, particularly of the OSU Cowboys, a movie buff and book lover.

 

Nathan says, “I am happy and excited to join the Variety Care team. Variety Care's mission and founding principles align with my own beliefs about what healthcare should be like. I look forward to being at Variety Care for years to come.”

 

Dr. Nathan Valentine, Variety Care Family Medicine Medical Director, states “We are excited to have Nathan on the team at our OSU-OKC location, as his passion for serving patients well will be an asset to the community.”

 

Variety Care is Oklahoma’s largest community health center with sixteen health care facilities in central 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.

03.27.17

March 27, 2017, Oklahoma City, OK – Variety Care is proud to announce and welcome Jennifer Marshall, LCSW, as our newest Case Manager.  Marshall will be the latest provider to join the Variety Care SoonerCare HAN team and will begin seeing patients in March 2017. 

Jennifer attended undergraduate school at Oklahoma State University where she earned her BA in Psychology.  She then received her Masters of Social Work from the University of Oklahoma where her area of interest was children and families.  Marshall’s work is challenging, but she is always honored when families allow her to enter a difficult season of their lives.  Her objective as a case manager is to remove barriers that are interfering with a family achieving their plans, goals, and hopes for the future.  Marshall says, “My desire is to share the support, information, and skills needed for families restore a sense of well-being in all areas of life.”

Beverly Patterson, Variety Care Director of Clinical Services, says, “Marshall’s desire to spark change in the lives of her clients will make her an integral part of our SoonerCare HAN team. We are excited to have her on board.”

Variety Care is Oklahoma’s largest community health center with sixteen health care facilities in central 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.

03.20.17

March 20, 2017, Oklahoma City, OK – Variety Care is proud to announce and welcome Phoay Luan Lee, PA-C, as our newest Physician Assistant.  Phoay Luan Lee will be the latest provider to join the Variety Care Behavioral Health Department at our Straka Terrace health center.  She will begin seeing patients in March, 2017.

Phoay Luan spent her time in high school assisting with charity drives to help the elderly and disabled persons. Those experiences helped to develop her sense of compassion for the underprivileged and fuel her ambition to become a health care provider.  Lee then received her Bachelors of Public Management with honors from the Northern University of Malaysia in Sintok, Kedah, Malaysia.  She immigrated to the United State to attend medical school, earning her Master of Health Sciences in the Physician Associate Program from the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. 

Phoay Luan Lee is thrilled to join Variety Care. “I was brought up believing that helping people in need is our greatest calling in life.  I am honored to have this opportunity to work at Variety Care and provide care to those who might not be able to receive it elsewhere.” 

Sally Kerr, Director of Behavioral Health at Variety Care, says of Phoay Luan Lee, “Her passion for service and desire to provide care to those who need it most fit directly in line with our mission to make quality health care affordable and accessible.  She will be a great asset to our team.”

Variety Care is Oklahoma’s largest community health center with sixteen health care facilities in central 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.

03.14.17

March 14, 2017, Oklahoma City, OK – Variety Care is proud to announce and welcome Lucinda Lepley, DPN, as our newest Nurse Practitioner at the Norman Pediatric Clinic. Lepley is the latest provider to join the Variety Care Women’s Health Department, and she began seeing patients on February 1, 2017. 

 

Lucinda, who goes by Cindi, comes to Variety Care with a storied career in medicine. She attended undergraduate school at the OU Health Science Center School of Nursing where she also received her MSN-APRN. She then studied at Oklahoma City University attaining her Doctorate of Clinical Nursing. Lepley wrote two theses, one on breastfeeding and the other on vaccine refusal. She has been the principal researcher in eye infections, head lice, eczema, and fever therapies. Caring for not only the patient, but the patient’s whole family is her goal as a Nurse Practitioner. Lepley says, “Medicine provides healing and increases opportunities to help other improve their personal health as well as those of their family members. As a Nurse Practitioner, I am able to provide complete care of the family while providing teaching opportunities to help to improve lives of all those entrusted in my care.”

 

Dr. Lydia Nightingale, Variety Care Women’s Health Medical Director is pleased to welcome Lepley to Variety Care. “Her vast experience and commitment to serving her patients and their whole family make her uniquely qualified for our patient centered medical home environment. She has been, and will continue to be, a great asset to our team.”

 

Variety Care is Oklahoma’s largest community health center with sixteen health care facilities in central 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.

02.13.17

February 13, 2017, Oklahoma City, OK – Variety Care is proud to announce and welcome Rebecca Hendley, PA, as the newest Physician Assistant at the Lafayette location.  Hendley will be the latest provider to join the Variety Care Pediatric Department and will begin seeing patients on February 20, 2017.  

 

Hendley received her BS Degree with a focus in Community/Public Health at the University of Central Oklahoma in 2013.  She then attended the Physician Associate Program at the University of Oklahoma Health Science's Center where she graduated with her MHS Degree in 2016.  She chose to work in healthcare because, growing up, she was heavily influenced by her family who are employed in positions that assist others and give back to the community.  Hendley wanted to continue on that path by practicing in medicine, specifically pediatrics.  Additionally, she has always had a passion for wanting to integrate more prevention aspects into medicine.  She is extremely honored to have received her dream opportunity, and hopes to be the best provider she can be for her patients. Says Rebecca, “I am extremely excited and honored to join the Variety Care team.  I knew this would be a great opportunity as their mission and my goals seem to align perfectly.”

 

Dr. Sandra Gilliland, Variety Care Pediatric Medical Director, states “I’m excited to have Rebecca Hendley join the pediatrics team at Variety Care’s Lafayette clinic.   When she trained at Variety Care, her passion for underserved children demonstrated what a great fit she is for our team.”

 

Variety Care is Oklahoma’s largest community health center with sixteen health care facilities in central 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.

12.21.16

Oklahoma’s largest community health center, Variety Care, will be embarking on a multi-phased development project in a distressed part of Oklahoma City, known as “Old Britton”- one of the highest areas of poverty in Oklahoma County.  A collaboration between REI Oklahoma’s REI Development Corp., U.S. Bank, New Markets Redevelopment, LLC, BancFirst and Variety Care facilitated financing for the project utilizing the New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) program.  Totaling more than $15 million, Phase I will provide women’s health, prenatal care, postpartum care, pediatric/adolescent care, integrated early childhood development, Teen Tot clinic, parental and marital counseling.  At completion, the health center will have capacity to serve 20,000 new patients.  In addition, the campus will provide job opportunities and training to neighborhood residents in the area of clerical, reception, support staff and allied health.  90 permanent, high-quality jobs will be introduced into Oklahoma’s job market, plus an estimated 100 construction jobs.  

“Without the infusion of capital from the NMTC program, the facility would have been much smaller than demand requires, or not at all,” said Lou Carmichael, CEO Variety Care and Executive Director Variety Care Foundation.  “With the level of support from local and federal funds combined with the NMTC program, we will be able to increase access to health care, provide workforce development and invest in a distressed neighborhood.  We are grateful to all of the partners, from the Health Resources Service Administration, to the city of Oklahoma City and the team of financiers, who came together to make this project possible.” 

The newly constructed 35,000 sq. ft. health center will serve this low income, medically underserved area.  The expectation and estimates show that about 90% of the people served (newborns, children, youth, teens and pregnant women) will live in households at or below poverty.  Demand for pediatric and obstetrics for Medicaid patients is high in this area and although there are many providers in the area, most have limited panels for Medicaid.   This health center will be the 17th full-time site operated by Variety Care. 

“The NMTC program is all about revitalizing and improving communities,” said Scott Dewald, REI Oklahoma President & CEO.  “With every New Markets Tax Credit transaction our organization completes, the impact reaches well beyond the actual project, making it a win-win for both the business and its surrounding neighborhood.”

Since receiving its first federally-funded NMTC allocation, REI Oklahoma has counteracted disinvestment in the state’s communities amounting to total projects of more than $905 million, affecting more than 3,300 jobs.  The tax credits are provided by the U.S. Treasury Department's Community Development Financial Institutions Fund and provide a 39 percent federal income tax credit for investments into qualifying businesses in low income communities.

The expansion of prosperity among Oklahoma’s healthcare facilities has become a forte of REI Oklahoma’s NMTC program with other past healthcare-related projects in Muskogee, Stigler, Tahlequah, Wetumka, Tulsa and Oklahoma City.  Additional projects have included the restoration and repurposing of various historical Oklahoma buildings and assistance to industrial production industries. 

REI Oklahoma welcomes the opportunity to discuss the feasibility of potential NMTC-related financing projects.  Call 800-658-2823 to arrange a meeting.

 

A non-profit economic development firm, REI Oklahoma offers services statewide.  REI Business Lending collaborates closely with local lenders to help entrepreneurs navigate through business lending resources and programs.  For women-owned businesses and minority-owned enterprises, REI Women’s Business Center and REI Native American Business Centers offer unique training, as well as technical assistance and access to capital.  REI Down Payment Assistance provides support to potential homeowners.  Additionally, business space is made available through the organization’s commercial facilities program.  REI Oklahoma leverages the New Markets Tax Credit program to attract new investments into Oklahoma and create needed jobs in underserved communities.  Learn more about the organization at www.reiok.org.  Follow REI Oklahoma on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.