Club President Jonna Buck welcomed everyone to our online meeting on a bitterly cold morning.
Richie Splitt, CEO Norman Regional Health System, provided an update on the Inspire Health plan.  
You can read more about our meeting and see some screen shots by clicking on the gold Recap headline above.
You can watch the entire meeting and program by clicking on this link to our club YouTube account: February 16, 2021

Meeting Summary

Club President Jonna Buck welcomed guests Josh Green (a potential new satellite club member!) and Paula Price, a VP at Norman Regional Health System. 
We sang our traditional "Oh What a Beautiful Morning," saluted the flag and recited the 4-Way Test.

Happy Dollars

Cliff Thomas gave a dollar in thanks for the person who anonymously shoveled his driveway and sidewalk after the second snow storm! 



Jonna reported on recent board decisions:
  • distribution of dues allocated for breakfast to four organizations: Food and Shelter, Transition House, Bridges, and the The Willows. 
  • expenditure of $350 to help purchase snacks for the employees and volunteers working at the COVID-19 vaccination pod at Sooner Mall. This matches funds pledged by the CrossTimbers Rotary Club. Club member Farouk and Sam’s has committed an additional $200, and Joan and Mark Barker made a generous $350 donation.
April Heiple provided an update on additional services Food and Shelter is providing to the homeless during the bitterly cold winter storm gripping much of the country. Last Monday she found extra staffing so F&S could remain open 24 hours since then. F&S is providing a warm place with food for 30-35 people a night who are homeless and cannot go to other shelters. 
  • A team of four from F&S is visiting local encampments to encourage folks to come in from the cold. Some with dogs cannot go to shelters. Local police are helping with identifying those who need assistance. 

  • 59 homeless individuals have been placed in motels. 

  • Three people said they wanted to stay where they are so F&S provided extra propane for camper heaters, subzero sleeping bags and will check on them each day. 

  • April noted they are receiving donations but can use more to cover the $30K for motel rooms costs. 

Our Program

Richie Splitt, CEO Norman Regional Health System, provided an update on the hospitals COVID response and the Inspire Health plan. 
Here are some slides and key point from his presentation. Watch the meeting recording to get more information about the changes designed to serve the growing health needs of persons in the NRHS service area, stretching from the Oklahoma/Texas state line to I-40 and about 50 miles on each side of I-35. 


NRHS is partnering with IMMY, OU Health and the county health department to administer 10K doses of the COVID-19 vaccine on Monday, February 22. Since the pandemic began NRHS has partnered with IMMY to get a COVID test when they couldn't get one elsewhere. From March-December 2020, the partners have performed 64,000 tests and 3,600 antibody tests. The hospital has admitted 1,400 COVID patients. A total of 89 COVID patients are in the hospital right now. 


Inspire Health Plan  

Richie shared details, renderings and the timeline for the five Inspire Health plan projects. He acknowledged our own Dr. Jack Beller and his peers for early planning and leadership, leading to the Inspire Health plan for the community. 
Catch the entire presentation by clicking on this link to our club YouTube account: February 16, 2021