Former President & CEO, INTEGRIS Health

Monthly Archives: February 2016

A Huge Motivator

Published in The Journal Record
February 10, 2016

For years the state of Oklahoma has performed poorly on most national health indices.   Our performance relative to the rest of the country is such that many of our health officials whisper a small prayer when they go to bed each night, “Dear God, thank you for Mississippi.”  Continue reading

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How is this Possible?

Published in The Journal Record
January 13, 2016

There is an old riddle about a man and his son riding in their car, having a major accident. The man is killed instantly.  The boy, badly injured, is taken to the hospital for immediate surgery.  The surgeon enters the operating room, looks at the boy, and explains, “I cannot operate on this boy; he is my son.”  The riddle is posed, “How is this possible?”  The answer, of course, is that the surgeon is the boy’s mother.  While the answer appears obvious, many are stumped because gender stereotypes assume the surgeon must be a man.  Continue reading

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Good Intentions Hampered

Published in The Journal Record
December 16, 2015

In the late 1800’s France poured money, men and material into building the Panama Canal. They were spectacularly unsuccessful.  Years later the concept of a canal intrigued President Theodore Roosevelt.  The prevailing sentiment at the time was that the canal should go to Nicaragua presumably because clearly anything connected with the French had to be slipshod. Continue reading

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