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The INTEGRIS Foundation is pleased to announce it has received a $10,000 grant from the Carolyn Watson Rural Oklahoma Community Foundation and its Community Grant program.

INTEGRIS Foundation Receives $10,000 Grant

OKLAHOMA CITY (April 19, 2017) - Partnership to provide cutting-edge telehealth medicine in Kiowa County

The INTEGRIS Foundation is pleased to announce it has received a $10,000 grant from the Carolyn Watson Rural Oklahoma Community Foundation and its Community Grant program. The grant will be used to eliminate time and distance for chronically ill patients through telemedicine in rural Oklahoma – specifically in Kiowa County.

“We are thrilled about the impact this grant will have on the Kiowa County community,” said Anne Clouse, vice president and executive director of the INTEGRIS Foundation. “Much needed gifts like this will allow us to partner with local providers to unite clinical expertise and telemedicine technology to benefit even more patients. We appreciate this meaningful gift and support of the Carolyn Watson Rural Oklahoma Community Foundation.”

INTEGRIS telehealth medicine will offer two-way video consultations giving patients the opportunity to receive treatment from a metro-area clinician by offering a cost-effective and time-saving care solution in their own community. Rural communities deserve the same access to healthcare as seen in metropolitan areas, and through the purchase of telemedicine equipment, INTEGRIS can expand the scope of practice and partner alongside medical specialists in cardiology, pulmonology, psychiatry and endocrinology giving patients the comprehensive care they deserve.

According to Oklahoma’s 2014 State Health Report, Kiowa County ranked the poorest for total mortality (age-adjusted) and leading causes of death in the state, which was 54 percent higher than the national average. Leading causes of death in Kiowa County include heart disease, chronic lower respiratory disease, diabetes, pneumonia and suicide.

With this grant, INTEGRIS will be able to purchase telemedicine equipment which will expand the on-site clinic at Elkview General Hospital in Hobart.

The Carolyn Watson Rural Oklahoma Community Foundation was founded by the late Carolyn Watson, CEO and chairman of Shamrock Bank, N.A., in 1995 to improve the quality of life in rural Oklahoma communities. Through its to grant programs, the organization promotes education, health, literacy and arts and the humanities in 20 Oklahoma countries. Since its inception, the Carolyn Watson Rural Oklahoma Community Foundation has awarded nearly $900, 000 in grants to schools, teachers and communities in rural Oklahoma. Additionally, the Carolyn Watson Opportunities Scholarship offers awards of up to $10,000 per academic year for high school seniors graduating from 62 rural Oklahoma counties to attend college.