The Oklahoma County Medical Society has a long history of incubating worthwhile community projects, providing resources to help them get started improving the lives of our citizens.
The most recent community project for the Oklahoma County
Medical Society is helping to bring a new kind of transportation service to
Oklahoma County senior citizens and the visually impaired. ITNCentral
Oklahoma will provide transportation 24/7 anywhere within the service area
in private cars driven by screened and trained volunteer drivers. With
ITNCentral Oklahoma, seniors and the visually impaired can lead active, independent
lives and continue to participate in their community without feeling like a
burden on friends and family and without endangering others around them.
For additional information, visit itncentraloklahoma.org.
The Health Alliance for the Uninsured is a collaboration
of physicians, hospitals and other community partners whose goal is to increase
access to primary and specialty care for Oklahoma County citizens who do not
have a medical home and often seek medical care in the hospital emergency rooms
or free clinics. The concept began with Dr. R. Murali Krishna, 2005 OCMS
President, who had the vision of developing a coordinated health care delivery
system for the uninsured in Oklahoma County.
For additional information, visit www.hauonline.org.
Due to concerns addressed by the OCMS Community Health
Committee, the Schools for Healthy Lifestyles (SHL) program was started in
1996, with the Oklahoma City-County Health Department and the Oklahoma State
Department of Health as partners. This community-based health promotion program
concentrates on education in the areas of injury prevention, nutrition,
physical fitness and tobacco use prevention. OCMS physicians are encouraged to
participate in this program by becoming an "Adopt-A-Doc" for an SHL
For additional information, visit healthyschoolsok.org.
In 1993, the OCMS Access to Care Committee reviewed the locations of free clinics throughout Oklahoma County, and OCMS leadership then made the decision to establish a clinic in northwest Oklahoma City with Deaconess Hospital and the Free Methodist Church as founding partners. The Open Arms Clinic, now located at 5252 N. Meridian in Oklahoma City, provides medical care for residents of Oklahoma County without private medical insurance or who are ineligible for government assistance. OCMS primary care physicians, including residents from the Great Plains Family Practice Center, volunteer on site and many OCMS specialists accept referrals.
For additional information, visit butterfieldfoundation.org.
Hospice of Oklahoma County
In 1990, OCMS leadership recognized the need for a local non-profit hospice and established Hospice of Oklahoma County. It was the only hospice in the U.S. organized and funded by physicians. This hospice is now named Integris Hospice of Oklahoma County.
In 1975, OCMS began publicizing the need for a community emergency transport system. Over a period of 1+ years, working in conjunction with the Mayor's Task Force, AMCARE (now EMSA) started without the assistance of government funding. OCMS committed $19,000 in financial support and provided physicians who served as members of the professional advisory group.
Oklahoma Blood Institute
In 1972, OCMS leadership began a study of the local blood banking problems. After several years of planning financing was secured by physicians. and the Oklahoma Blood Institute was formed. It is now recognized as a national leader in blood banking and was the first in the U.S. to offer free cholesterol testing as a benefit to donors. In addition to providing the safest possible blood and blood components to patients, OBI offers many medical services and is involved in a variety of research projects, particularly in hematology and blood component therapy.