OU-Tulsa Breaks Ground on $7.5 Million Diabetes Center

Groundbreaking ceremonies for the $7.5 million University of Oklahoma-Tulsa site of the Harold Hamm Oklahoma Diabetes Center and the OU Cancer Institute will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12, on the grounds outside the Schusterman Center Clinic.
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Speakers for the ceremony, which is open to the public, include OU President David L. Boren and OU-Tulsa President Gerard P. Clancy, M.D. The cancer and diabetes center at OU-Tulsa is made possible by the state Tobacco Tax, which was passed by the state Legislature, and by the Harold and Sue Ann Hamm Foundation; the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation; Hille Foundation; Gussman Family Foundation; the Cherokee, Chickasaw and Choctaw nations; the Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation; and other generous private donors.
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“This groundbreaking is another major milestone in creating centers of excellence in the treatment of diabetes and cancer in Oklahoma so those impacted by these terrible diseases will not have to leave Oklahoma to receive state-of-the-art medical care,” said OU President David L. Boren.
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The 23,000 SF, two-story addition to the north end of the Schusterman Center Clinic at OU-Tulsa will feature cancer and diabetes diagnostic and treatment space. The facility will have a rooftop healing garden that will be directly viewable from the chemotherapy infusion area on the third floor of the current clinic. The addition should be completed by January 2009.
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Clancy said, “Our programs here will be closely linked with existing programs established with our Tulsa area hospital partners, which include the St. John Health System, Jane Phillips in Bartlesville, Saint Francis Hospital and Hillcrest Health System. The link to the OU Cancer Institute and the Harold Hamm Oklahoma Diabetes Center in Oklahoma City will be very strong as well.
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An important component of the Harold Hamm Oklahoma Diabetes Center at OU-Tulsa is the pediatric diabetes program under the direction of Dr. David Jelley.
The pediatric diabetes center features a teaching kitchen, an exercise room, and an education library that includes online learning opportunities as well as interactive video games.



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