News from INTEGRIS

September 11, 2020
How To Teach Your Child To Wear a Mask
There is a lot of information swirling around, and it’s difficult to sort through it all sometimes, but one thing is clear: wearing a mask helps stop the spread of the virus. It is well worth your effort to teach your children to embrace this important change in their lives.

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August 20, 2020
Common Coronavirus Questions: How can we keep schools safe during COVID-19?
As students across Oklahoma head back to the classroom, David Chansolme, M.D., the Medical Director of Infection Prevention at INTEGRIS Health, weighs in on the best way to keep our schools safe during the pandemic.

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August 14, 2020
Enid Priest Shares His Personal Experience with COVID-19
Father Mark Mason shares his experience dealing with COVID-19.

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August 10, 2020
Pregnant and Testing Positive for COVID-19
INTEGRIS Health is seeing an alarming increase in the number of pregnant women testing positive for COVID-19.

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August 4, 2020
Common Coronavirus Questions: What is the truth about Hydroxychloroquine?
David Chansolme, M.D., the Medical Director of Infection Prevention at INTEGRIS Health tries clear up the confusion surrounding Hydroxychloroquine.

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August 3, 2020
Doctor Diaries: A Look Inside a COVID Unit at INTEGRIS
A husband and wife physician team give us a rare look inside the COVID Units at INTEGRIS Baptist Medical Center and the INTEGRIS Portland Avenue campus.

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July 31, 2020
Common Coronavirus Questions: Where are Oklahomans most likely to catch COVID-19?
Jeffrey Cruzan, M.D., the President of the INTEGRIS Medical Group shares insight on the top places fueling the pandemic in Oklahoma.

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July 29, 2020
Taking Care of Yourself during the Pandemic
Allie Friesen, the new Director of Behavioral Health at INTEGRIS, has an encouraging message of caring for yourself during this time of crisis. 

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July 22, 2020
Common Coronavirus Questions: Are hospitals and clinics safe for non-COVID needs?
Jeffrey Cruzan, M.D., the President of the INTEGRIS Medical Group, stresses the importance of maintaining your routine medical visits during the pandemic.

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July 21, 2020
The Science Behind the Mask
As the number of coronavirus cases continues to grow at an alarming rate across the state, using a mask, along with other preventive measures such as social distancing and frequent handwashing, has been scientifically proven to slow community spread.

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July 17, 2020
Common Coronavirus Questions: What’s causing the rising COVID numbers?
Jeffrey Cruzan, M.D., the President of the INTEGRIS Medical Group, asks us to practice the Oklahoma Standard in the fight against COVID-19.

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July 7, 2020
INTEGRIS Health to Open Portland Campus to Care for COVID Patients
With a rapidly increasing number of hospitalizations across the state, INTEGRIS Baptist Medical Center is experiencing capacity constraints and will open the INTEGRIS Baptist Portland campus to help care for a growing number of COVID-19 patients.

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July 1, 2020
Doctor Diaries: An Infectious Disease Specialist Chronicles the Current COVID Situation
David Chansolme, M.D., the medical director of infection prevention at INTEGRIS Health, takes us inside a COVID intensive care unit at INTEGRIS Southwest Medical Center.

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June 29, 2020
Common Coronavirus Questions: With COVID-19 cases rising across the country, what is the current situation in Oklahoma?
David Chansolme, M.D., the Medical Director of Infection Prevention at INTEGRIS Health continues to try to inform the public on the very real dangers of COVID-19.

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June 25, 2020
INTEGRIS Health Addresses Rising COVID-19 Hospitalizations
INTEGRIS Health acknowledges there has been a significant increase of new COVID-19 patients and hospitalizations due to COVID-19 over the last couple of weeks. INTEGRIS Health hospitals currently have nearly 60 inpatients with the virus.

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June 16, 2020
Common Coronavirus Questions: With COVID-19 cases on the rise, what is your advice to Oklahomans?
With the recent uptick in COVID-19 cases in Oklahoma, we felt it was important to share this video message from David Chansolme, M.D.

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June 16, 2020
INTEGRIS Gives Back to the Community through Food Drive
At INTEGRIS, we continue to be humbled by the generous community support we are still receiving in the form of personal protective equipment, sanitation supplies and donated meals. That’s why we decided to return the favor by holding an INTEGRIS Food Drive to benefit the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma.

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June 15, 2020
Is it Safe to Seek Medical Care During COVID-19?
When the COVID-19 pandemic reached its initial peak this spring, many health care systems noticed another, equally alarming health concern: people who needed care from doctors and hospitals stopped coming in. Those experiencing even serious issues like chest pain, stroke symptoms or acute appendicitis were avoiding emergency rooms, doctors’ offices and hospitals.

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June 5, 2020
Common Coronavirus Questions: When is it realistic to expect a vaccine for COVID-19?
Here to answer that question, is David Chansolme, M.D., the Medical Director of Infection Prevention at INTEGRIS Health.

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June 3, 2020
Common Coronavirus Questions: Can COVID-19 mutate?
Here to answer that question, is David Chansolme, M.D., the Medical Director of Infection Prevention at INTEGRIS Health.

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June 1, 2020
Common Coronavirus Questions: Can heat and ultraviolet light help battle COVID-19?
Here to answer that question, is David Chansolme, M.D., the Medical Director of Infection Prevention at INTEGRIS Health.

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May 29, 2020
Common Coronavirus Questions: Will the vaccine keep someone from getting the virus?
Here to answer that question, is David Chansolme, M.D., the Medical Director of Infection Prevention at INTEGRIS Health.

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May 27, 2020
Common Coronavirus Questions: Are there two different strains of COVID-19?
Here to answer that question, is David Chansolme, M.D., the Medical Director of Infection Prevention at INTEGRIS Health.

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May 26, 2020
Common Coronavirus Questions: If we have “flattened the curve”, why are visitation policies still so strict at hospitals?
Here to answer that question, is David Chansolme, M.D., the Medical Director of Infection Prevention at INTEGRIS Health.

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May 22, 2020
Common Coronavirus Questions: Will we still see a surge of COVID-19 cases or multiple spikes?
Here to answer that question, is David Chansolme, M.D., the Medical Director of Infection Prevention at INTEGRIS Health.

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May 20, 2020
Common Coronavirus Questions: What has to happen for someone to be deemed "recovered" from COVID-19?
Here to answer that question, is David Chansolme, M.D., the Medical Director of Infection Prevention at INTEGRIS Health.

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May 18, 2020
Don’t let Fear Keep You from Receiving Needed Medical Care
To ensure you can safely seek care at INTEGRIS hospitals, clinics and emergency rooms, we have taken extra precautions so you can get the care you need.

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May 18, 2020
Common Coronavirus Questions: Is it safe to go to a hospital or clinic to take care of other health needs?
Here to answer that question, is David Chansolme, M.D., the Medical Director of Infection Prevention at INTEGRIS Health.

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May 15, 2020
Common Coronavirus Questions: Now that Oklahoma is “re-opening”, what can we do to protect ourselves from COVID-19?
Here to answer that question, is David Chansolme, M.D., the Medical Director of Infection Prevention at INTEGRIS Health.

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May 14, 2020
Common Coronavirus Questions: Is COVID-19 now causing serious symptoms in some children?
Here to answer that question, is David Chansolme, M.D., the Medical Director of Infection Prevention at INTEGRIS Health.

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May 11, 2020
Common Coronavirus Questions: What has been the most common spiritual need of our COVID-19 patients?
Here to answer that question is Noel Gray, Manager of Pastoral Care at INTEGRIS Baptist Medical Center.

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May 8, 2020
Common Coronavirus Questions: Is social distancing until 2022 a real possibility?
Here to answer that question, is David Chansolme, M.D., the Medical Director of Infection Prevention at INTEGRIS Health.

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May 7, 2020
Common Coronavirus Questions: If you get COVID-19 once, can you get it again?
Here to answer that question, is Charles Morgan, M.D., the Medical Director of the James R. Daniel Stroke Center at INTEGRIS Southwest Medical Center.

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May 6, 2020
Common Coronavirus Questions: Can pets get or carry COVID-19?
Here to answer that question, is David Chansolme, M.D., the Medical Director of Infection Prevention at INTEGRIS Health.

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May 5, 2020
Common Coronavirus Questions: How does COVID-19 affect the brain?
Here to answer that question, is Charles Morgan, M.D., the Medical Director of the James R. Daniel Stroke Center at INTEGRIS Southwest Medical Center.

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May 4, 2020
Common Coronavirus Questions: Is it safe to donate blood during the COVID-19 crisis?
Here to answer that question, is David Chansolme, M.D., the Medical Director of Infection Prevention at INTEGRIS Health.

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May 1, 2020
Common Coronavirus Questions: Can a person test negative and later test positive for COVID-19?
Here to answer that question, is David Chansolme, M.D., the Medical Director of Infection Prevention at INTEGRIS Health.

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May 1, 2020
INTEGRIS Health Frontline Caregivers Honored by Oklahoma Air Force and Air National Guard Flyover Salutes

Members of the 97th Air Mobility Wing at Altus Air Force Base and the 71st Flying Training Wing at Vance Air Force Base flew over INTEGRIS Baptist Medical Center and INTEGRIS Bass Baptist Health Center in Enid on Friday, morning, May 1.The highflying salute was held in honor of health care workers, first responders and other essential personnel working on the front lines to fight COVID-19.

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April 30, 2020
An ER Nurse Asks for Patience in the Rush to Return to Normal
Rachel McCloy is a nurse in the Emergency Department at INTEGRIS Southwest Medical Center. She says the COVID-19 experience feels like a “hurry up and wait” scenario.

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April 30, 2020
Common Coronavirus Questions: Once you have COVID-19 do the antibodies remain?
Here to answer that question, is David Chansolme, M.D., the Medical Director of Infection Prevention at INTEGRIS Health.

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April 30, 2020
Yukon Couple Hospitalized with COVID-19 Making Progress
Paul H. and Evelyn Bourne were the first two COVID-19 patients to require hospitalization at INTEGRIS Canadian Valley Hospital in Yukon. The married couple came to the hospital together, both were listed in critical condition and both required intubation to breathe.

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April 29, 2020
Common Coronavirus Questions: Do pandemics usually have a second wave of illness?
Here to answer that question, is David Chansolme, M.D., the Medical Director of Infection Prevention at INTEGRIS Health.

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April 28, 2020
Common Coronavirus Questions: What impact can social distancing and isolation have on a person’s mental health?
Here to answer that question, is Dr. Murali Krishna, the co-founder and president of the INTEGRIS James L. Hall Center for Mind, Body and Spirit, and past president of INTEGRIS Mental Health.

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April 27, 2020
A Story of Selfless Sacrifice on the Frontlines of the COVID-19 Pandemic
Tesha Loven says they’re prepared to handle an influx of COVID-19 patients, even though she hopes they never see one.

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April 27, 2020
Common Coronavirus Questions: Will warmer temperatures kill the COVID-19 virus?
Here to answer that question, is David Chansolme, M.D., the Medical Director of Infection Prevention at INTEGRIS Health.

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April 27, 2020
What You Need To Know About Telehealth During COVID-19
Telehealth options allow you to communicate with a health care provider by telephone, messaging or live video even when you can’t visit the office or clinic in person.

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April 27, 2020
Common Coronavirus Questions: Would mom and newborn be separated if mother was diagnosed with COVID-19?
Here to answer that question, is Julie Watson, M.D., a neonatologist with INTEGRIS Children’s at Baptist Medical Center.

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April 23, 2020
Common Coronavirus Questions: Is it safe to go to work if there are few people there?
This video series was designed to answer some of the most common questions about COVID-19.

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April 23, 2020
Trial by Fire: A First Year ER Nurse Describes COVID-19
Hailee StullTalk about on the job training, Hailee Stull became a registered nurse less than a year ago. Now, she finds herself working on the frontlines of a worldwide pandemic.

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April 22, 2020
New Medical Supply Donation Drop-Off Sites
Due to the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and continued worldwide shortage of medical supplies, we will continue to accept personal protective equipment (PPE) donations 24/7 at our new PPE Donation Drop Boxes at INTEGRIS Baptist Medical Center and INTEGRIS Southwest Medical Center. If you have a large donation that will not fit in the box, please contact INTEGRIS Public Safety at 405-949-3425 and they will meet donors at the facility to receive the donation.

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April 22, 2020
Common Coronavirus Questions: When Will This End

Here to answer that question, is David Chansolme, M.D., the Medical Director of Infection Prevention at INTEGRIS Health.

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April 21, 2020
INTEGRIS Begins Universal COVID Screening

COVID-19 swab testingEffective Monday, April 20, INTEGRIS Health, Oklahoma’s largest health system, will be rolling out universal COVID screening for all inpatients. This means any hospital patient seeking treatment at an INTEGRIS facility will be screened for COVID-19.

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April 21, 2020
Common Coronavirus Questions: How can someone with cancer protect themselves from COVID-19?
Here to answer that question, is Shripal Bhavsar, M.D., a radiation oncologist with INTEGRIS Cancer Institute.

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April 20, 2020
An INTEGRIS Respiratory Therapist Describes the Pandemic
Jennifer Blevin is a Respiratory Therapist working in the COVID Unit at INTEGRIS Southwest Medical Center. She says the current situation caused by the coronavirus pandemic can be described in one word – tense.

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April 20, 2020
Common Coronavirus Questions: Is take-out, delivery or drive-thru food safe?

Here to answer that question, is David Chansolme, M.D., the Medical Director of Infection Prevention at INTEGRIS Health.

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April 17, 2020
INTEGRIS Serving COVID and Non-COVID Needs
While much of our efforts are understandably focused on COVID-19, we stand ready for any non-COVID needs the community may have as well. We do not want people to neglect their health during this unprecedented time.

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April 17, 2020
INTEGRIS Baptist Portland Avenue Campus Plays Role in State’s Phase 2 Surge Plan
Gov. Kevin Stitt announced today that the INTEGRIS Baptist Medical Center Portland Avenue campus will play a vital role in the state of Oklahoma’s COVID-19 Emergency Response Plan.

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April 16, 2020
Common Coronavirus Questions: Should you not take certain medications with COVID-19?

Dr. David Chansolme answers frequently asked questions about COVID-19.

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April 15, 2020
INTEGRIS Canadian Valley Hospital Caregivers Share Their Experiences with COVID-19
INTEGRIS Canadian Valley Hospital is caring for several coronavirus patients, some of whom are critically ill. Caregivers share their experience working with COVID patients.

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April 15, 2020
Common Coronavirus Questions: Can COVID-19 hurt your heart?
We know there is a lot of information, and misinformation, out there surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. That’s why we have decided to start a frequent video series answering some of the most common questions about COVID-19. Today's question: Can COVID-19 hurt your heart?

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April 14, 2020
Common Coronavirus Questions: Should people wear masks in public?
We know there is a lot of information, and misinformation, out there surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. That’s why we have decided to start a frequent video series answering some of the most common questions about COVID-19. Today's question: Should people wear masks in public?

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April 13, 2020
Common Coronavirus Questions: Is it safe to go to the grocery store?
We know there is a lot of information, and misinformation, out there surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. That’s why we have decided to start a frequent video series answering some of the most common questions about COVID-19. Today's question: Is it safe to go to the grocery store?

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April 13, 2020
Facing Frightening Viruses: A Physician Perspective
Mark Rolfe, M.D., is a Lung Transplant and Critical Care Pulmonologist at INTEGRIS Baptist Medical Center. He says we are starting to see an increase in COVID-19 cases requiring hospitalization. Many of those end up in the intensive care unit, where he works.

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April 9, 2020
Richison Family Foundation Makes Sizeable Donation to Stanley Hupfeld Academy
We are deeply grateful for the generous $100,000 gift from Chad Richison through the Richison Family Foundation to Stanley Hupfeld Academy!

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April 6, 2020
INTEGRIS ER Nurse Stands Ready for COVID-19 Surge
Krystian Richardson, Clinical Nurse Manager of the INTEGRIS Baptist Medical Center Emergency Department says contrary to what people may think, their emergency room is no longer flooded with patients worried about COVID-19.

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April 3, 2020
INTEGRIS Providers Offering New Telehealth Options Now
INTEGRIS Medical Group providers, including primary care, behavioralists and specialists, are offering video and telephone visits to new and existing patients.

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April 2, 2020
INTEGRIS Provides Face-Shields to Caregivers
COVID-19 is primarily transmitted by droplets in the air. When used appropriately, face-shields can prevent these droplets from reaching a person’s face. 

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April 1, 2020
ER Expansion at INTEGRIS Baptist Medical Center
As part of ongoing preparations for the COVID-19 pandemic, we have expanded our emergency room and triage areas at INTEGRIS Baptist Medical Center.

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April 1, 2020
An INTEGRIS Pulmonary and Critical Care Physician Discusses COVID-19
Meet David Boggs, M.D., a pulmonary and critical care physician at INTEGRIS Baptist Medical Center. Working in an intensive care unit dedicated for respiratory illness, he is quite literally on the frontlines of the COVID-19 crisis.

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March 25, 2020
Metro-Area Hospitals Welcome Supply Donations
With the pandemic of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), health care systems worldwide are experiencing short supply of many commonly used items. Metro-area hospitals have taken numerous steps in preparation for the arrival of the virus in the Oklahoma City metro area and have outlined procedures for their staffs to keep themselves and patients safe while still conserving much-needed supplies.

Hand-Sewn Face Masks

Want to make and donate hand-sewn masks? 

Instructions for Accordion-Style Mask:  https://buttoncounter.com/2018/01/14/facemask-a-picture-tutorial/
For use: Homemade cloth simple masks can be donated through Volunteer Services and they will be laundered and available to patients at points of entry if clinically indicated.

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March 24, 2020
Additional Medical Supply Donation Drop-Offs
We want to thank the community for its overwhelming response to our call for donated items. In true Oklahoma fashion, many of you came to our aid with a variety of different supplies. We wholeheartedly appreciate your generosity in this unprecedented time.

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March 20, 2020
How We Can Curb the Coronavirus Crisis
INTEGRIS Leadership held a press conference earlier this week on the INTEGRIS Baptist Medical Center campus to provide the latest and most accurate info on COVID-19 to the citizens of Oklahoma City.

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March 19, 2020
Staffing Needs During COVID-19 Pandemic
As our community continues to navigate the COVID-19 public health crisis, INTEGRIS Health is preparing for increased staffing needs.

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March 19, 2020
Oklahoma City and Norman Hospitals Postpone Elective, Non-Urgent Surgeries and Procedures

As we continue working together to safeguard Oklahoma’s health care workers, patients and community from the spread of COVID-19, five hospitals in the greater Oklahoma City metro area have decided to postpone elective, non-urgent surgical procedures.

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How You Can Help

As our community rallies to help those impacted by COVID-19, we continue to hear from those who want to make a positive difference locally. We have three ways you can make an immediate difference.