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Number of flu deaths in Oklahoma up to 20

Number of flu deaths in Oklahoma up to 20

The Oklahoma State Department of Health released the latest Influenza activity summary on Thursday and reported one more person has died from flu-related illness in the past week.

Influenza-like illness is defined as having a fever greater than 100°F combined with a cough and/or a sore throat.

Twenty people have now died in the state from flu-related illness since September and more than 863 people have been hospitalized in that time period.

The OSDH continues to urge people to get a flu shot as flu season is only halfway through.

BCBSOK awards grant to OSU Medicine

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma announced on Thursday it was awarding a $250,000 community health investment grant to Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences Addiction Medicine Specialty Clinic as they work to address addiction and mental health in Oklahoma.

The grant for OSU's Addiction Medicine Specialty Clinic in Tulsa from BCBSOK will be used to research the effectiveness of telemedicine services for treating addiction.

“We admire Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma’s leadership in expanding access to addiction treatment services," said Dr. Kayse Shrum, president of OSU Center for Health Sciences. "This major investment will allow us to reach more Oklahomans who are struggling with addiction and who would benefit immensely from the expertise at OSU Medicine. We appreciate our continued partnership with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma.”

BCBSOK said it's through partnerships like the one it has with OSUCHS where it feels it can make the biggest impact on Oklahoman's health and well-being.

“We are investing in solutions to reduce cost of care and improve health outcomes in Oklahoma,” said Joseph R. Cunningham, M.D., president of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma. “We have been providing health insurance in Oklahoma for nearly 80 years and its part of our mission to help our members as well as our communities. It aligns with our purpose: To Do Everything In Our Power To Stand With Our Members In Sickness And In Health.”

TULSA

University of Tulsa president steps down

The University of Tulsa Board of Trustees on Thursday accepted the resignation of President Gerard P. Clancy.

Clancy is immediately stepping down from his role leading the university due to ongoing medical issues, according to a release from TU. Clancy will continue as a faculty member in the Oxley College of Health Sciences.

The board appointed Provost Janet K. Levit to serve as interim president. Levit served as acting president during Clancy’s medical leave and has served as provost since May 2018.

ADA

Chickasaws plan health care hiring event

The Chickasaw Nation is hosting a hiring event for nurses and paramedics from 2-6 p.m. Wednesday in the Eagle Room at the Apila Center, 1925 Warrior Way on the Ada South Campus.

The event is open to RNs, LPNs, CNAs and paramedics. The Chickasaw Nation has nurse openings in the following areas: RN-OB, Emergency Department and Surgery Center, LPN-OB, Primary Care and Residency Clinic.

Managers will be on-site for interviews and will be able to hire directly at the event. Attendees can also meet peers and tour the Chickasaw Nation Medical Center. Those interested in applying should complete a profile at Chickasaw.net/Careers and bring license/certification information to the event. For more information, contact ChickasawRecruiters@Chickasaw.net

Staff reports

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