Building on Tradition is a special section that will publish in the Enid News & Eagle for eight Sundays in February, March and April 2019. The section is designed to feature individuals, businesses and organizations in Enid and Northwest Oklahoma that work every day for the betterment of the region and its residents. This section, which published Feb. 17, 2019, focuses on the health care industry, its members, careers and concerns.
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CBD, or cannabidiol, is a cannabis compound with medical benefits but does not make people feel “stoned” and can actually counteract the psychoactivity of tetrahydrocannabinol, a crystalline compound that is the main active ingredient of cannabis, also referred to as THC.
Iron Airman began in 2012 as an initiative of the 11th Bomb Squadron at Barksdale Air Force Base, in Bossier Parish, La., and arose from a desire to inspire and motivate airmen beyond the minimum Air Force fitness standards.
Teachers are learning something new all the time, and if you’re not you’re probably not having much success. — Christie Buckner, Enid Public Schools
Health benefits of bicycling include muscle tone, cardiovascular health, keeping an active lifestyle and weight loss, cyclist Bryan Skaggs said.
Digital technology has made simulator-based education much easier to acquire for vocational-technical schools and colleges.
"One medical study indicates that hearing technology can stall dementia because of the persistent input to the brain. Another indicated that hearing impaired people with this technology were less likely to be isolated and lonely, especially as they got older." — Carmen Ball, Hedges Speech and Hearing
St. Mary’s Joint Replacement Institute was the first in Oklahoma to earn The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for Advanced Certification for Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement.
In 2004, when participation in the physical agility testing was voluntary, less than a dozen officers qualified for one of the two incentives. Ten years later, when testing was mandatory, nearly half of the force received an incentive due to testing success.
"The amazing thing about the eye and the reason why that’s so important is the eye is the only place in the body that you can see blood vessels without having to cut into you. So whatever’s happening in those blood vessels in the back of your eye is happening elsewhere in your body." — Justin Funk, optometrist
The state of Oklahoma has the third-highest adult obesity rate nationally and fifth-highest for adolescents, according to data from Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Obesity is a problem that has been discussed at length, but the rates continue to rise, regardless.
With rising costs of health care, it has become increasingly difficult to afford such necessities as prescriptions and medical supplies for some in Garfield County. Fortunately, Enid Community Clinic stands in the gap for such residents.
With the closure of Dexeus Oncology in 2017 and Mercy Oncology in 2018, Integris Bass Baptist Health Center and St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center have been hard at work to provide quality cancer care in Enid so patients will not have to drive to Oklahoma City or Tulsa.
A study in 2018 by the Association of American Medical Colleges states the U.S. is projected to face a shortage of between 42,600 and 121,300 physicians by 2030.