07/01/17

Oklahoma artist, Connie Seabourn.

Photography and Text by Terry “Travels with Terry” Zinn t4z@aol.com

Travel before July 28 to experience the art and intellect of noted Oklahoma artist, Connie Seabourn, at the Oklahoma City University Nona Jean Hulsey Gallery, ion the Norick Art Center. Connie’s exhibition of 45 paintings, “The Feminine Face of God,” shows her thoughts on how God is not limited by gender, race or age.
“Several of the paintings deal with how God/Goddess/Spirit is understood through various religions,“ says Connie. “Myths and cultural stories help explain those things that we individually or as a culture, feel and know, but can’t otherwise explain.” Connie continues, “The overlapping of stories and differing version basically the same stories in various religions makes it even more real to me, rather than making me throw out or questions the entire myth.”
Connie Seabourn is daughter of veteran senior Oklahoma artist Bert Seabourn, and as such has always grown up in an artistic atmosphere. Connie says, “Growing up in a home filed with art and musical influences, I’ve been making art as long as I can remember. Although I was winning awards and selling artworks as a child, I began exhibition in adult competitions and museum shows at the age of 18.”
She received a B.F.A. from the University of Oklahoma and a M.Ed. in art education from the University of Central Oklahoma, in Edmond. Most of her career has been making fine art full-time, she also has taught part –time as an adjunct college professor for seven and a half years and taught art in public schools, grades K – 12 for nine years.
Her intellectual prowess shows itself in this current art showing where her paintings are inspired by “A God Who Looks Like Me,” based on a book by Patricia Lynn Reilly, and “God Holds Us In Her Arms Like a Mother/God Loves us Like a Mother” a reference to Isaiah 49:8-15.
Connie says, “When I pictured God in my mind, He was always male – that is, until Sister Klein told us about early, inspired writings, original texts (many of these from the Bible), that sometimes referred to God as She, which sometimes talked about God loving us as a Mother. That feels right; it rings true. God is neither Father nor Mother, but we can only understand God better by making those familiar comparison. God isn’t limited by gender!”
While the art is influence by traditions and myths, you need not know about or recognize these references to enjoy and appreciate her artistic craft and interpretation. Her ethereal painting style lends itself perfectly for this subject matter, where spirits and classical figures may float faintly around and in her current work.
Connie’s artistic talent doesn’t fall far from her artistic father, Bert Seabourn. In a mission statement Bert says,” Paintings should contest the creative elements. Order versus chaos: contemplative versus emotional; raw versus refined, I try to make each piece of art a unique fusion of design, color, form and composition, using a layering of texture with drips, smears, runs and splatters. The responsibility of the artist is to make a unique experience for himself and the viewer.”
Bert Seabourn’s artistic success is proven with inclusion in the collection of the Vatican, the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, Washington, DC, American Embassy, London, England, China’s national Palace Museum and Moscow University. In Oklahoma City his 23-foot tall bronze of “Wind Walker” is on exhibit at the southwestern Bell State Headquarters, and is a frequent exhibitor at the 50 Penn Place Gallery. Bert and wife Bonnie have been married 67 years.
Connie also is a veteran artist having exhibited in galleries from coast to coast and has her works in many public, corporate and museum collections. She also has produced art for greeting cards by Leanin’ Tree, of Longmont, Colorado. She has created covers for several books including 22 full page illustrations for “Rainbow Spirit Journeys: Native American Meditations and Dreams.”
A leisurely travel through “The Feminine Face of God,” is an intellectual, emotional and pleasurable visual experience, which often raises questions and inspires more investigation on the exhibition theme. With free admission it is an easy and natural retreat into the mind of an artist, in a cool atmosphere during the summer heat of July.
The Nona Jean Hulsey Art Gallery, located in the Norick Art Center on the Oklahoma City University Campus, is the center of the University’s participation in the visual arts. The gallery provides a contemporary exhibition space for significant and challenging exhibitions by local and national artists and art organizations. The Hulsey Gallery houses the Oklahoma City University Art Collection and affords the School of Visual Arts student educational opportunities related to collection management and exhibition of art in a professional gallery.
The mission of the Nona Jean Hulsey Art Gallery is to promote the understanding of and extend the audience for contemporary art, and to present exhibitions that inform, inspire and challenge the public, particularly students of Oklahoma City University. The Hulsey Gallery and the Oklahoma City University Art Collection are an integral part of the School of Visual Arts, and it is used daily by visitors, students, and faculty.
Looking forward, the annual Oklahoma High School Art completion of two dimensional artworks will take place November 5 – 19, 2017. There is an opening reception planned for Sunday November 5 from 2 – 5 pm.
For more information on hours and location: http://www.okcu.edu/artsci/departments/visualart/exhibits

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As those who have tried endless diets know, there are no easy fixes when it comes to losing weight and keeping it off. Even with dieting and exercise, many don’t succeed. Brandi (last name withheld), a 35-year-old mother from Ardmore, Oklahoma, thought she found her answer when she discovered weight loss surgery at cheap prices was a booming business in Tijuana, Mexico.
She knew people from her small town who traveled to Mexico for successful gastric sleeve weight loss surgery, and in her research she found numerous clinics there advertising their services on YouTube with slick patient videos. Those Tijuana clinics charge as low as $4,000 for the whole surgery plus anesthesia. The clinics woo potential patients by marketing the experience as more like a vacation than a possible life-threatening surgery.
In gastric sleeve surgery, which is usually suitable for patients who have 100 pounds or more to lose, the structure of the stomach is changed to be shaped like a long, skinny tube, which restricts the amount of calories the body absorbs. The new banana-sized stomach, or “sleeve,” is about 1/10th the size of the original stomach.
Brandi traveled to Tijuana to have the surgery on March 11, and one day later “they put me on the plane while I was still hurting really bad, with no instructions on after-care,” she says.
Once Brandi returned to Ardmore she ran into more problems. “I ran a low-grade fever for days and my back pain was horrible and getting worse. It got so bad after several days that I had to go to the ER. They told me I had a softball-sized abscess and leak from the surgery,” she says. “Right away, the local ER rushed me to INTEGRIS in Oklahoma City for emergency surgery to repair the leak.”
Brandi’s story doesn’t surprise Hamilton Le, M.D., who performed that emergency repair surgery 10 days after her failed surgery by the other doctor in Mexico. Le is medical director at the INTEGRIS Weight Loss Center. “In just the last eight weeks or so, I’ve had to repair four people who had life-threatening complications — in some cases, critically ill and almost dead from sepsis — from gastric sleeve surgery by doctors in Mexico,” he says.
Dr. Le points out all four patients are from smaller, more rural towns such as Ardmore and Woodward. He believes the clinics in Tijuana are targeting small towns with their advertising, since those potential patients aren’t near the bigger cities that offer weight loss surgery locally. “The patients I’m seeing with complications aren’t coming from Edmond, they’re coming from Elk City,” he says.
In Brandi’s case, “Dr. Le thinks the infection came from the way they did my sleeve,” she says. “It should look like a banana, but there is a big kink in the middle. When you look at the X-ray it doesn’t even look like a gastric sleeve.”
Although the price for weight loss surgery usually starts at $10,000 in the U.S. and can run up to $25,000, “you get what you pay for,” Le says. “Any money people save by doing the surgery in Mexico could go down the drain. If you have complications once you get back to the states, often insurance won’t cover care from an unapproved surgery, and many hospitals won’t work on the patients without their paperwork.”
Brandi says, “When I was so sick at the ER in Ardmore, I called lots and lots of doctors, but nobody else in the state would take me because the surgery was done in Tijuana. Thank God for Dr. Le. I don’t know what I would have done without him.”
She stayed in the INTEGRIS hospital for a week and continues to make bi-weekly trips to Oklahoma City for follow-up care. She says she might need additional surgery in the future to do further repairs on the sleeve. Still, Brandi feels like one of the lucky ones. “My medical bills (from treatment of the complications) run in the hundreds of thousands of dollars now. I’m lucky because my insurance is helping me pay. I can’t even imagine how the others with no help from insurance will make it,” she says. Brandi advises, “Don’t go down there and do it. It is much safer to pay for it here, and know what you’re getting. I didn’t even get the right kind of sleeve… it didn’t even look like a normal sleeve.”
Dr. Le says long-term outcomes of having weight loss surgery in Mexico aren’t good. “The surgery is just the tip of the iceberg. When you have the surgery in the U.S., there are extensive pre- and post-surgery requirements and after-care, like getting an EKG to check heart health, meeting with a psychologist to make sure patients are emotionally ready for the surgery, and having a nutritionist teach them how to re-learn to eat.” Without this coaching, patients are much less likely to maintain any weight loss, he says.

Barbara Jacques, recognized in the Significant Women in Oklahoma Agriculture series, has lived a life fully devoted to agriculture.

A life fully devoted reaps fully deserved rewards.
Barbara Jacques, an Oklahoma native and current Shidler resident, has fully devoted her life to promoting and educating others about the agricultural industry.
“I was one of these kids that grew up and just wanted to be on my horse every day, all day long,” Jacques recalls. “If I got in trouble, my punishment was to be grounded off my horse, which was the most painful thing my parents could have ever done.”
She laughed.
Barbara grew up around agriculture but didn’t become completely consumed by it until she married a full-time rancher, Dave Jacques, in 1979. Together, the two established Seven D Ranch, which consists of a cow-calf operation, stocker cattle and a small hay operation. The Jacques continue to manage a cowherd and stocker operation for Dave’s parents as well.
“I think that was something that was just in my blood,” she said. “I can’t imagine that I would’ve ever married anyone who wasn’t in agriculture because that was what I loved and where I wanted my life to be.”
Jacques first developed a passion for teaching others about agriculture when she went to college and was surprised to learn many people did not have an understanding or appreciation for an industry that impacted their daily lives.
“I realized it is very important for those of us in agriculture to always try to be educating the people who aren’t in agriculture,” Jacques said. “Everyone has basic needs of food, water, clothing, and shelter. They need to understand that agriculture provides all of these things for them every day.”
Contributions
In 2012, Jacques was appointed to serve on the Cattlemen’s Beef Board by Tom Vilsack, U.S. Secretary of the Agriculture at the time. During her six-year term, she has served as both a committee chair and an executive committee member for the board.
“I’m very proud to have had the opportunity to serve on Cattlemen’s Beef Board,” she said. “I think that is a very important job. The beef board is a driving force that propels our industry forward both home and abroad.”
The Cattlemen’s Beef Board consists of 100 members who oversee the Beef Checkoff. In addition to research and promotion within the U.S., the checkoff works hard to put American beef on the global map, which a single producer would struggle to do alone.
“Ninety-five percent of the world’s consumers live outside of United States,” Jacques said, “so I think it is of the utmost importance for us to be able to market our products on a global level.”
Jacques considers this honor to have been the most noteworthy of her contributions to agriculture, but says that her work with children through local, state and national cattlewomen’s associations has been equally significant to her.
Jacques’ devotion to these organizations and the agricultural industry is undeniable. She served as the Beef in Curriculum chair for the American National CattleWomen, an Oklahoma co-chair for the National Beef Ambassador Contest, a National Beef Cook-off committee member, and an executive committee member for the Oklahoma CattleWomen for 10 years.
Additionally, she has served as president and vice president of the Oklahoma CattleWomen, president of the Osage County CattleWomen, and was named Oklahoma CattleWoman of the year in 2011.
Outreach
Jacques found a great avenue to combine her passion for children and love for agriculture by serving on the advisory council of the highly successful Ag in the Classroom program.
On top of being involved on the ranch, Barbara taught art in public schools for over seven years, where she incorporated agriculture in her lessons. Barbara left public school to serve as a curriculum specialist and course developer for a private education company for eight years. She and her husband now own the Salt Creek Gallery & Marketplace in Pawhuska, where she works as a designer and silversmith.
Her latest endeavor includes hand-engraved western belt buckles and jewelry, fine art, clothing, handmade crafts made by local people and “cream of the crop” Oklahoma-made food products.
“We have a lot of people from all over the world coming into Pawhuska,” she said, “and I think if they want to take home some Osage County pecans or some Oklahoma honey or pepper jelly, then I think that’s a great way to showcase the outstanding products that we have in our state.”
Many of her customers are agriculturalists from the area, but numerous people from across the state and nation visit the gallery. Jacques feels she is teaching others about agriculture through her business and spends time with customers answering questions about the industry.
Heather Buckmaster, a friend and colleague of Jacques, describes her as a leader in the industry.
“While working on the ranch, taking care of her family, running an art gallery and producing beautiful jewelry, she also finds the time to advocate for agriculture literacy within our schools and serve in national leadership positions as a volunteer for the beef industry. She is an Agriculture Wonder Woman who I admire tremendously,” Buckmaster said.
When asked what inspired her to dive into agriculture and serve others, Jacques said it was never a conscious decision.
“It was just something that comes from the very core of my being, from my heart,” she said.
The tone of her voice encompassing a whirlwind of emotion made her passion for agriculture even more evident.
“Every year that goes by there’s a bigger need than there was the year before to make people understand,” she said. “We have to have agriculture.”
At 61, Jacques still has goals set to impact agriculture. She is already pushing for a children’s agriculture museum in the state and is planning to make handouts using Ag in the Classroom lessons to give out at her store.
Her daughters have also chosen to pursue agriculture.
“You can just tell that it’s in their blood,” she said, in hopes that her grandchildren will become the fifth generation of agriculturalists in her family.
Buckmaster describes her as a “tireless supporter of agriculture literacy.”
When asked about this statement, Jacques said with that same emotion, “This is so important to me. It’s just who I am. I will stop trying to teach people about agriculture on the day that I die.”
Barbara Jacques has truly lived a life fully devoted to agriculture, and both she and the industry have reaped the rewards of her dedication.

Outreach Health Services Administrator Ginger Meyers, left, and Karen Mangan, RN director of patient care.

story and photo by Traci Chapman

Outreach Health Services might be new to the Oklahoma City metropolitan area, but it’s a company that brings with it more than four decades of caregiving for seniors and individuals with disabilities.
“As the company has this depth of experience, so do we,” said Karen Mangan, Outreach Health RN director of patient care. “We have bonded over our shared outlook of patient care and service.”
Mangan forged that bond with Outreach Administrator Ginger Meyers, a home health administrators of more than 30 years’ experience, the last 20 in Oklahoma City, she said.
“I’ve just always been in the business of caregiving,” Meyers said.
Mangan has been in nursing for about 40 years – 10 as an LPN, 30 as RN, working in virtually every aspect of healthcare.
“I was at my doctor’s office and they offered me a job as a file clerk, and it just went from there,” she said. “It’s always just been my calling, what I knew I was meant to do.”
Their backgrounds were a natural fit, then, for Outreach Health, Meyers said. Founded in 1975 in Texas by William Ball, Outreach was one of the first home health agencies in that state, according to company literature. Today, more than 8,000 employees across Texas – and now in Oklahoma City – provide home care, self-directed and personal emergency response services, assistance to women, infants and children, pediatric and behavioral health services.
“We have some really significant differences to other companies in this field – not only our long-range track record, but the fact we are both family owned and operated and our philosophy is faith-based,” Meyers said. “That’s something that really called to me, and it’s illustrated in everything we do.”
That includes not only patients, but employees, Mangan and Meyers said. Outreach makes how staff see themselves as a part of the firm’s crucial mission a priority, helping them to reach new professional levels while empowering patients and their families, Meyers said.
“It truly is a positive, supportive environment,” she said. “We support each other while we support those we work to help every day.”
“That kind of environment is positive for everyone,” Mangan said. “When you have the right people, dedicated employees who really live for this kind of service, you want to make sure they’re happy.
“That, then, makes the care they give even more significant – not just technically superior, but with a kind of care that comes from the heart, as well as through skills,” she said.
Outreach Health works hard to ensure just that, Meyers said. In addition to standard benefits like health insurance, the company offers emergency assistance funds, scholarship and loan programs, as well as counseling and outreach programs that include a library for employee growth, chaplains and Bible studies. That type of care extends to Outreach’s patients, Mangan said. Beyond physical care and assistance, caregivers provide friendship and companionship, a sense of safety and a symbol of faith. Chaplains are also available to those clients who need or ask for their services, while caregivers fulfill duties ranging from bathing and hygiene, mobility assistance, home safety assessments, shopping, housekeeping and meal preparation, transportation and escort to community events and other activities, medication and doctor’s appointment reminders and more, she said.
“Of course, there are so many other things we offer, including RN visits and assessments, pre- and post-operative care assistance, hospital sitting and much more,” Mangan said.
Many of those Outreach Health seeks to serve are older individuals, although some might be dealing with disabilities at a younger age, chronic conditions and the like, Meyers said.
“Normally we’re looking at geriatric, multiple diagnosis patients unable to care for themselves,” she said.
Beginning July 1, Outreach will begin its ADvantage Waiver contract, a program designed for “frail elderly and adults with physical disabilities age 21 and over who do not have intellectual disabilities or a cognitive impairment,” according to Oklahoma Health Care Authority.
Services available under ADvantage Waiver include: * Case management * Adult day health, including personal care * Skilled nursing in a home health setting; * Physical and respiratory therapy * Hospice * Speech/language therapy * Specialized medical equipment/supplies and environmental modifications * Respite and Restorative home delivered meals.
As Meyers and Mangan count down to the July 1 ADvantage kick-off, their first focus is to continue their efforts to build up their staff, individuals who will bring the care and commitment that has been a way of life for each of them.
“We’re very strong advocates for people having their own choice, and we like being a part of making that possible,” Meyers said. “Having the right staff is how we do that.”
For more information about Outreach Health, go online to its website at www.outreachhealth.com or contact Mangan or Meyers via email at info@outreachhealth.com or by phone at 405-256-2998.

By Angela Brice-Smith, MPA, RN – Regional Administrator, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Region VI (AK, LA, NM, TX, OK)

Medicare is taking steps to remove Social Security numbers from Medicare cards. Through this initiative the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will prevent fraud, fight identity theft and protect essential program funding and the private healthcare and financial information of our Medicare beneficiaries.
CMS will issue new Medicare cards with a new unique, randomly-assigned number called a Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI) to replace the existing Social Security-based Health Insurance Claim Number (HICN) both on the cards and in various CMS systems we use now. We’ll start mailing new cards to people with Medicare benefits in April 2018. All Medicare cards will be replaced by April 2019.
CMS is committed to helping providers by giving them the tools they need. We want to make this process as easy as possible for you, your patients, and your staff. Based on feedback from healthcare providers, practice managers and other stakeholders, CMS is developing capabilities where doctors and other healthcare providers will be able to look up the new MBI through a secure tool at the point of service. To make this change easier for you and your business operations, there is a 21-month transition period where all healthcare providers will be able to use either the MBI or the HICN for billing purposes.
Even though, your systems will need the capability to accept the new MBI format by April 2018, you can continue to bill and file healthcare claims using a patient’s HICN during the transition period. We encourage you to work with your billing vendor to make sure that your system will be updated to reflect these changes as well.
Beginning in April 2018, Medicare patients will come to your office with new cards in hand. We’re committed to giving you information you need to help your office get ready for new Medicare cards and MBIs.
Here are 5 steps you can take today to help your office or healthcare facility get ready:
1. Go to our provider website and sign-up for the weekly MLN Connects® newsletter.
2. Attend our quarterly calls to get more information. We’ll let you know when calls are scheduled in the MLN Connects newsletter.
3. Verify all of your Medicare patients’ addresses. If the addresses you have on file are different than the Medicare address you get on electronic eligibility transactions, ask your patients to contact Social Security and update their Medicare records.
4. Work with us to help your Medicare patients adjust to their new Medicare card. When available later this fall, you can display helpful information about the new Medicare cards. Hang posters about the change in your offices to help us spread the word.
5. Test your system changes and work with your billing office staff to be sure your office is ready to use the new MBI format.
We’ll keep working closely with you to answer your questions and hear your concerns. To learn more, visit: cms.gov/Medicare/SSNRI/Providers/Providers.html

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Oklahoma has submitted a Qualified Health Plan application, along with rates, for certification in the federally-facilitated exchange for 2018. This is an initial indication that, for the second straight year, only one insurer in Oklahoma will offer exchange products in the individual market.
“There is an incredible amount of uncertainty in the market right now,” said Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner John D. Doak. “Insurers participating in Obamacare have experienced major losses. While we expect a full repeal of this disastrous experiment, insurers have to go by the regulations in place right now. That’s why we’ve seen so many insurers dropping out of exchanges across the country or resorting to double digit premium increases.”
The Oklahoma Insurance Department does not have statutory authority to approve or deny rate increases filed by insurers on the federal exchange. Oklahoma, along with Texas and Wyoming, is a direct enforcement state with no authority to enforce provisions of the Affordable Care Act.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) intends to post information on proposed rate filings for consumers to review on https://ratereview.healthcare.gov on Aug. 1, 2017. In compliance with state statutes, OID cannot release or comment on the rates until that time. CMS officials will review the proposed rate changes, determine if they are justified and post final rate information on Nov. 1, 2017 in time for open enrollment.
According to the American Academy of Actuaries, individual market stability, including insurer decisions on participation for 2018, hinges on:
* Continued funding of cost-sharing reduction (CSR) reimbursements.
* Enforcement of the individual responsibility penalty.
* Risk mitigation mechanisms aimed at lowering premiums, increasing enrollment and improving the risk pool.
* Avoiding legislative or regulatory actions that could increase uncertainty or threaten stability.
State Question 756, passed in 2010, amended the Oklahoma Constitution to prohibit laws which compel individuals, employers and providers to participate in health care systems. Because of that legislative change, insurers offering products on the Oklahoma exchange are required to submit rate filing justifications to CMS for evaluation and approval.
History of Oklahoma Exchange Carrier Participation
2017 – Blue Cross Blue Shield
2016 – Blue Cross Blue Shield, United Healthcare
2015 – Blue Cross Blue Shield, Community Care, Global Health, Assurant
2014 – Blue Cross Blue Shield, Community Care, Global Health, Aetna, Coventry

Scientists at the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation need the help of minority volunteers to help expand their collection of human blood samples for research. Healthy individuals ages 19-90 are encouraged to participate.
“Our sample collection is a priceless resource that helps us learn more about diseases and identify better ways to treat and even prevent them,” said OMRF physician-scientist and Vice President of Clinical Affairs Judith James, M.D., Ph.D.
The foundation hopes to recruit up to 2,000 healthy African-American, Hispanic and American Indian individuals who are willing to have their blood samples stored and tested for blood markers of lupus, a disease in which the immune system becomes unbalanced and attacks the body’s own tissues. Lupus can result in damage to the joints, skin, kidneys, heart and lungs.
“For decades, we have worked with scientists worldwide to unlock the secrets of autoimmune diseases like lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma and others that tend to disproportionally strike minorities,” said James. “By donating these samples for research and further study, these generous people can help us learn more about lupus and other autoimmune diseases.”
The samples collected will be stored in OMRF’s Biorepository, an ultra-cold facility that houses more than 1 million coded biological samples gathered from research subjects over the past three decades. The biorepository serves as a resource for many clinical studies, as well as for multiple research projects around the globe.
If you are interested in participating or would like more information about the study, please call (405) 271-7221 or email Virginia-roberts@omrf.org.

by Ron Hendricks

Oklahomans head for the hills, mountains actually, Salt Lake City for the annual Hearing Loss Association of America national convention. The HLAA convention is held every year in late June in various cities across the country. The Central Oklahoma Chapter (COCHLAA) sponsored the convention here in Oklahoma City in 2007, the One Hundredth birthday of Statehood. This year two members will receive national awards. Vernice Meade; Spirit of HLAA and Sharon Hendricks; Website. COCHLAA is a very active chapter and brings home national awards almost every year. The convention is an opportunity for members to meet and exchange ideas. There are speakers on all sorts of topics from the latest technical advances in hearing aid technology to well known motivational experts, and always, food and fun.
COCHLAA’s summer schedule is more relaxed. in early June we enjoyed a bingo and pizza night. July 21st we will hold a game night with sandwiches and August 5th is the annual Ice Cream Social where new chapter officers will be named and our two scholarship winners will be introduced. All meetings are held at the Lakeside United Methodist church, 2925 NW 66th St. The public is invited and there is no charge. September thru May meetings are a little more formal with a guest speaker and a business meeting. All are hearing friendly. For convenience sake, there are two group meetings monthly. Evening meetings are on the 2nd Monday at 6:30 PM and the day group meets on the 3rd Thursday at 1PM. For more information visit the website. WWW. OKCHearingLoss.org

Date/ Day/ Location/ Time/ Registration #/ Instructor

Jul 6/ Thursday/ Okla. City/ 9 am – 3:30 pm/ 951-2277/ Varacchi
Integris 3rd Age Life Center – 5100 N. Brookline, Suite 100
Jul 11/ Tuesday/ Midwest City/ 9 am – 3:30 pm/ 691-4091/ Palinsky
Rose State Learning Center – 6191 Tinker Diagonal
Jul 11/ Tuesday/ Yukon/ 9 am – 3:30 pm/ 350-7680/ Kruck
Dale Robertson Center – 1200 Lakeshore Dr.
Jul 14/ Friday/ Okla. City/ 9 am – 3:30 pm/ 950-2277/ Edwards
S.W. Medical Center – 4200 S. Douglas, Suite B-10
Jul 14/ Friday/ Bethany/ 9 am – 3:30 pm//405-440-1100/ Kruck
Southern Plaza – Bethany, Oklahoma
Jul 18/ Tuesday/ Warr Acres/ 9 am – 3:30 pm/ 789-9892/ Kruck
Warr Acres Community Center – 4301 Ann Arbor
Jul 21/ Friday/ Okla. City/ 9 am – 3:30 pm/ 681-3266/ Palinsky
Woodson Park Senior Center – 3401 S. May
Jul 27/ Thursday/ Yukon/ 9 am – 3:30 pm/ 350-5014/ Kruck
Spanish Cove – 11 Palm Ave.
Jul 29/ Saturday/ Shawnee/ 9 am – 3:30 pm/ 818-2916/ Brase
Shawnee Senior Center – 401 N. Bell St.
Jul 29/ Saturday/ Piedmont/ 9 am – 3:30 pm/ 373-2420/ Kruck
First Baptist Church – Piedmount, Ok.

The prices for the classes are: $15 for AARP members and $20 for Non-AARP. Call John Palinsky, zone coordinator for the Oklahoma City area at 405-691-4091 or send mail to: johnpalinsky@sbcglobal.net

In order to enhance the patient experience and better serve the surrounding community, St. Anthony Healthplex East is pleased to announce the opening of St. Anthony Pharmacy East.
The pharmacy is located on the first floor of St. Anthony Healthplex East, and is opened from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday – Friday. The pharmacy will accept most insurance prescription plans including Express Scripts, Tricare, CVS Caremark, Humana, BlueCross and many others.
The benefits of the pharmacy include convenience for ER patients and patients of St. Anthony Physicians Group, St. Anthony Healthplex East, as well as professional patient counselling services.
St. Anthony Healthplex East is pleased to offer these expanded services to patients and the community, in an effort to make health care more accessible and convenient.
St. Anthony Healthplex East is located at 3400 S. Douglas Blvd., in Oklahoma City. To contact the pharmacy please call 405-772-4034.

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