• OSU/OKC Ribbon Cutting

    DDOK Sponsors Dental Suite at New Variety Care Clinic

    A Variety Care health center will be embedded in OSU-OKC’s new Allied Health Building to increase student, faculty and community access to health care and provide the university’s students with cutting-edge training. The clinic is expected to treat approximately 2,000 patients per year.

    Delta Dental of Oklahoma is funding the clinic’s dental suite through its Oral Health Foundation. John Gladden, president and CEO of Delta Dental of Oklahoma, spoke to an enthusiastic crowd at the facility’s ribbon cutting ceremony on August 26.

    “Delta Dental is a strong supporter of the Oral Health Safety Net, which is comprised of free and low-cost resources across our state,” said Gladden. “By providing dental treatment on a sliding fee scale, Variety Care is a vital component of that Safety Net. We are proud to partner with OSU-OKC and Variety Care in order to provide access to dental care to many who otherwise could not afford it.”

    Variety Care is recognized nationally as a Patient-Centered Medical Home, an important designation that indicates multiple primary care services and resources are wrapped around patients to generate better health outcomes.

    “The new Allied Health Building is also exciting for the health care industry because everyone in health care is needing more and better-trained professionals at all levels,” said Lou Carmichael, Variety Care CEO.

    OSU-OKC redesigned the university’s Health Science program around the new clinic. A growing number of jobs require healthcare workers to provide services in primary and community care settings. The expanded scope of the new curriculum provides access to a community care setting and hands-on learning opportunities for OSU-OKC students.