|Updated: 12/02/2013 10:36 am
||Published: 12/02/2013 10:35 am
The OU Wayman Tisdale Specialty Health Clinic will be dedicated on Monday afternoon.
The clinic, established by the University of Oklahoma to address health disparities in Tulsa and provide quality health care to citizens of north, east and west Tulsa, is fulfilling that goal after its first year of operation.
The clinic is named in memory of the late OU and NBA basketball star, Olympic gold medalist and musician Wayman Tisdale. It is located at 36th Street North and Hartford Avenue.
“We are honored that this facility bears the name of Wayman Tisdale, who was well known for his caring spirit,” said OU President David L. Boren. “This clinic will allow us to provide better medical care for the citizens in the surrounding area.”
The Tisdale Clinic was built in response to a study showing a considerably lower life expectancy and far fewer physicians in north Tulsa compared to south Tulsa. The initial goal was to provide vitally needed specialty care for this underserved area. Today, the clinic offers treatment in 16 medical specialties.
OU physicians have conducted almost 12,000 patient visits at Tisdale in this first year of operation, with the majority from Tulsa, followed by Sapulpa, Sand Springs, Owasso, Claremore, Broken Arrow and many other towns across the state, including rural areas. The clinic is also becoming a regional health care destination, drawing patients from Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas, Colorado and other states.
Tisdale will also eventually be home to the Wayman Tisdale Foundation, formed after his death to provide funding for prosthetic devices for amputees in Oklahoma and the across the country.
“We’re so happy that the foundation will continue Wayman’s legacy in the health center that bears his name,” said Tisdale’s widow, Regina. “He was always a great model for fitness and wellness. He’d be so proud to see our work to help those disadvantaged by amputation operating here, where such progress is being made to provide access to quality health care to this community.”
Funding for the OU Wayman Tisdale Specialty Health Clinic came from public and private sources, including the Oklahoma Legislature, University Hospitals Authority and Trust, the George Kaiser Family Foundation, The Morningside Healthcare Foundation, Saint Francis Health System, Saint John Health System, the Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation and the Helmerich Foundation.