Shadow Mountain Caters Special Needs Kids

Shadow Mountain at Riverside, a newly constructed facility at 1013 E. 66th Place that opened its doors in October, houses programs developed for children with special challenges, such as therapeutic foster care, outpatient services for children and their families and medication management.
The 40,000-SF facility, Riverside Behavioral Health, offers 56 inpatient rooms for children who need specialized behavioral health care.
According to releases from Shadow Mountain, the expansion provides more treatment to children suffering from attachment disorders. Specifically, the Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD) program is the only inpatient program of its kind in Oklahoma and is a possible training center for similar programs throughout the nation.
Dr. Dan Hughes, one of the leading experts in treating attachment and trauma, would like the Riverside facility to be the cutting-edge model for all RAD inpatient programs in the nation.
Riverside provides treatment to lower functioning adolescents as well as Autism Spectrum Disorders. The Autism Spectrum program is the only specialized inpatient facility of its kind in northeast Oklahoma. According to the Center for Disease Control, one out of 150 children has an Autism Spectrum Disorder; therefore, the need for these specialized programs is in high demand, said Shadow Mountain reps.
Riverside Behavioral Health is licensed and accredited by the Joint Commission, Oklahoma Department of Health and the Oklahoma Department of Human Services.
A spokesperson from Shadow Mountain said it didn’t take long for the 56 rooms at Riverside Behavioral Health to become occupied, and the center maintains a waiting list of other children and youth who need care.
“It’s very intensive therapy,” Mike Kistler, CEO of Shadow Mountain’s Riverside campus, said. “We spend as much time as necessary to provide healing and coping mechanisms so that the patients can be integrated back into family life and the community.”
Historical Society Announces Tulsa Museum
The Oklahoma Historical Society along with Mayor Kathy Taylor and Kevin Levit of the George Kaiser Family Foundation announced last week aspirations to build a music and popular culture museum in Tulsa’s historic Brady District.
The proposed 45,000-SF building — the exact site of which is still to be determined — will house 16,000-SF of museum exhibits, 7,000-SF for special events and programming, a rooftop cafe, gift shop and spaces for research admissions, storage
The museum, dubbed Tulsa Pop, is estimated to cost $33 million, $25 million of which has already been requested as a one-time appropriation either from Spill-Over Rainy Day Funds, Rainy Day Funds or a bond issue.
The George Kaiser Family Foundation has agreed to start the fundraising with a pledge of $1 million.
Unique from the Oklahoma History Center, which is subsidized every year by taxpayer money, Oklahoma Historical Society Executive Director Bob Blackburn said the business model for Tulsa Pop would see the attraction become self-sustaining.
Blackburn said the Historical Society plans to have funding in place and begin an architectural and exhibit design selection process by next summer.
The proposed opening date for Tulsa Pop is summer 2013.
Tulsa Couple Create Ergonomic Desk
Sallie and Gary Godwin want to turn how the world uses computers upside down.
The Tulsa-based entrepreneurs have created an ergonomic computer desk called FunErgo that allows users to work at their computers from a reclined position.
FunErgo has its roots in a disabling back condition which Sallie Godwin has called scoliosis, a curvature of the spine. The condition prevents her from sitting upright and working at a computer workstation in a conventional manner.
Godwin pieced together her own computer workstation for her office job using an old box monitor on an arm attached to a printer stand. But the stand broke, the monitor fell and barely missed landing in Sallie’s lap.
Her employer asked her to find a more stable system.
When Sallie’s research revealed only expensive, heavy workstations that would be difficult to move in and out of, her husband took matters into his own hands in 2002.
Gary Godwin designed and built an ergonomic computer desk for his wife that he called FunErgo. The desk permitted Sallie to work at her computer in a reclined position, taking stress off her back.
The new FunErgo design proved so effective that Godwin applied for and was awarded a patent in 2003.
What sets it apart from other supine workstations on the market is that its design makes ingress and egress easy.
What inspired Gary was other workstations required the user to push the desk away.
“There was no easy way in or out,” he said. The workstation of Godwin’s FunErgo swings up.
“It’s easy to adjust,” he said.
“Also, it could be retailed for a lot less than other supine workstations because its design relies on gravity rather than mechanical assistance,” he said.
The Godwins created a company, FunErgo, LLC, in 2007 to market the product.
They seek $25,000 in angel investment so they can build FunErgo desks to show potential buyers, and are seeking a manufacturer to license and build a product that would appeal to retailers.
“We think the primary market for FunErgos will be people like Sallie who because of a condition or injury can’t work at their computers sitting upright,” Gary Godwin said. “We have approached a hospital that is interested in buying or leasing a FunErgo for recovering patients.”
The Godwins hope their FunErgo desk can be sold for less than $1,000. The desk has been demonstrated at physical therapy and rehabilitation clinics.
For more information on the FunErgo, visit
FunErgo is a client of i2E, Inc., the OCAST-funded not-for-profit corporation that mentors many of the state’s technology-based companies.
Tulsa Summit Brings Together Lean Experts
The annual Southwestern Lean Summit, a gathering of manufacturers from Oklahoma and surrounding states, is designed to equip manufacturers with knowledge on how to make their organizations more efficient and “lean.” This conference, hosted by Industrial Solutions Inc., will be held June 11 at the Doubletree Hotel Warren Place, 6110 S. Yale Ave.
Attendees come from small to medium sized manufacturing companies and offices who are looking for ideas on how to make their organizations more efficient.
Attendees will learn how to implement a strategic plan for deploying and supporting Lean. They will know how to apply Lean tools in a low-volume, mixed-model environment and get suppliers to support their Lean initiatives.
Four speakers will present during the Top Management session: Ray Chambers, president of Muncie Power Products, Inc.; Joe Ivey, general manager of Allied Motion Technologies’ Emoteq Corp.; Terry May, president and owner of Mesa Products, Inc., and Brad Frank, president and CEO of Tulsa Tube Bending.
The summit is supported and sponsored by the Oklahoma Alliance for Manufacturing Excellence and Tulsa Technology Center.
Attendees may register on-line and obtain additional information by going to Cost is $425.

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