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Our guest on ST Medical Monday is Dr. Jennifer Clark, a Visiting Associate Professor of Community Health at TU's Oxley College of Health Sciences; she teaches in TU's Health Care Delivery Science Program. Dr. Clark is also a contributor/commentator for the ongoing, thrice-weekly Project ECHO updates regarding COVID-19. These online, open-to-the-public updates, originating from Oklahoma State University and freely streamable, are medically-driven information sessions presented by a multi-institutional array of doctors and scientists.

Oklahoma State University Medical Center

Oklahoma State University Medical Center in Tulsa could be under contract as the area’s COVID-19 surge hospital through the end of June, but hospital officials are looking at keeping it ready even longer.

OSU Medical Trustee Jay Helm said on Wednesday the space should reamain ready to take in COVID-19 patients through the fall.

"Everything you see is that we’ll have a resurgence coming. And so, we’ve kind of committed that we would be available. It’s not part of the contract. We’d probably have to have a new contract," Helm said.

Oklahoma State University

Tulsa’s OSU Medical Center will serve as a COVID-19 hospital in the event of a surge in cases.

A hospital in the Oklahoma City area will be designated as a COVID-19 hospital for that area of the state in the coming days.

OSU Medical Center Chief of Staff Dr. Mo Som said other hospitals in the state are ready to increase their capacities by 40% and should not transfer COVID-19 patients before they hit that limit.

"This is essentially a safety outlet if we should, in fact, hit the surge," Som said.

Despite the growth in enrollment at existing medical schools and the emergence of new schools, there's still a physician shortage in many parts of the United States, particularly in rural areas. Even in some urban environments, there's a shortage of specialty care, necessitating long trips to see a doctor or specialist. So how can medical professionals spread existing care to underserved areas?

On this installment of ST Medical Monday, we are discussing World AIDS Day, which arrives on Friday the 1st; we're also talking more generally about how people with AIDS are cared for here in our community. We have two guests -- the first is Kate Neary, the CEO of a local nonprofit known as Tulsa Cares, and the second is Dr. Madhuri Lad, who works in the Department of Internal Medicine at the OSU-Tulsa College of Health Sciences (and who is, moreover, certified in HIV Medicine).

On this edition of ST Medical Monday, we speak with William Paiva, who became the executive director of Oklahoma State University's Center for Health Systems Innovation (CHSI) in 2014. A health and biotech venture capitalist who was on the board of directors for the CHSI since it began in 2012, Paiva is an Oklahoma native who received a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from the University of Oklahoma and an M.B.A. from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.

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A managing partner has been chosen for downtown Tulsa’s OSU Med Center. After months of talks, it’s announced Oklahoma City based Mercy Health Systems is the selection. Chairman of the OSU Medical Authority, Jerry Hudson, says an agreement would provide administrative expertise, financial stability, and needed upgrades.

Negotiations are underway, but no timeline is set. OSU Med Center is the primary hospital for Tulsa’s indigent residents.

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The financially strapped OSU Medical Center in Tulsa is exploring a possible partnership with Mercy Health Systems. It could provide some financial stability to the Tulsa hospital, which is seeking an 18.25-million dollar appropriation from the state. State Representative Doug Cox, who is a physician, thinks such a partnership could attract and train more doctors who would work in rural areas. He says that would benefit the entire state.