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OU Medicine COVID-19 Public Update

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The OU Medicine healthcare enterprise is committed to reducing the risk of the spread of COVID-19 through proactive planning, prevention, and education.

As Oklahoma's only academic healthcare system, we are working as leaders in public health and epidemiology across OU Medicine’s hospitals and the OU Health Sciences Center to create processes and protocols to reduce the spread of COVID-19. We are also actively working with the Oklahoma State Department of Health and other health systems across the region to respond to this public health crisis. To find more information, visit


Welcome: Jennifer Schultz, Senior Vice President, OU Medicine

OU Medicine Preparedness for COVID-19 as an Enterprise: Chuck Spicer, FACHE, President and CEO OU Medicine, Inc. and Jason Sanders, M.D., OU Health Sciences Center Senior Vice President and Provost

Importance of Preparedness in Hospitals to Ensure We can Care for the Patients/Hospital’s New Visitor Policy/Return to Work Guidelines for Healthcare Personnel: Linda Salinas, MD, Epidemiologist, OU Medical Center

What is a Pandemic? What Trends Are We Seeing? : Aaron Wendelboe, Ph.D., Epidemiologist, OU Hudson College of Public Health

Why is it Important to “Bend the Curve”? How Does the Public Play a Roll in Bending the Curve?:
Dale Bratzler, DO, MPH, Enterprise Chief Quality Officer, OU Medicine

How Can You Help Stop the Spread/What To Do If You Are Exposed/Screening vs. Testing: Douglas Drevets, MD, Chief of Infectious Diseases, OU Medicine

Guidelines for Pregnant Women: Rodney Edwards, MD, Chief of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, The Children’s Hospital

Within our healthcare system - which includes OU Medical Center, OU Medical Center Edmond, The Children’s Hospital, OU Physicians in Oklahoma City and Tulsa, Stephenson Cancer Center, Harold Hamm Diabetes Center, and OU’s 7 health professions colleges - our teams are working around the clock to prepare our employees to meet the patient needs that may arise. More importantly, we have been working to prevent and reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our healthcare facilities. We have been preparing for this since we first heard about COVID-19 several months ago.

Recently, we released updated visitation guidelines for our healthcare system that limits the number of visitors per patient. While this may be temporarily inconvenient, this public health measure will help reduce the spread of COVID-19 among patients, visitors, and employees. You can read the full policy here.

While most patients who contract COVID-19 will not need medical care, some patient groups can become seriously and critically ill, including those with weakened immune systems, other medical conditions, and the elderly. It is important that we all do our part to protect these individuals by preventing the spread of this virus. You can find some helpful and simple tips on prevention here. Consider printing this flyer out for your home or office as a daily reminder.

If you are concerned you have been exposed to COVID-19, please call your primary care physician or contact the Oklahoma Department of Health COVID-19 call center at 877-215-8336.

Through the years, Oklahomans have proven themselves resilient and have shown great strength during the most difficult of times. We sincerely believe that together we can reduce the impact of COVID-19 in our state and return to our daily lives.

Thank you for helping us take care of you, your family, our employees, and all Oklahomans.


Chuck Spicer, FACHE
President and CEO, OU Medicine, Inc.

Jason Sanders, MD, MBA
Provost and Senior Vice President, OU Health Sciences Center
Vice Chair, OU Medicine, Inc. Board of Directors.