The Norman Transcript

Headlines

April 7, 2013

Health for Friends to merge with Variety Care

NORMAN — Beginning May 1, people living in Norman and the surrounding area will have a stronger health care safety net thanks to a new affiliation of Health for Friends, Norman’s nonprofit community health center since 1985, and Variety Care, an Oklahoma City-based nonprofit Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC).

Variety Care and Health for Friends have both earned a reputation for shoring up gaps in the health care safety net by efficiently providing a wide range of quality care and health education to diverse populations.

During a meeting, Brian Karnes, Health for Friends CEO, and Lou Carmichael, Variety Care CEO, immediately saw an opportunity for two thriving nonprofits to merge their strengths to maximize efficiencies, increase services to those in greatest need and increase their social impact far beyond the grant application.

“Now Norman will begin to see more services, more sites, more opportunities,” said Carmichael.

New services that will be provided include prenatal care, family planning, eye care and mental health care. Capacity for existing services will be greatly expanded offering family medicine, pediatric medicine, and dental care.

“We are excited that our long sought after goal of having a strong FQHC site in Norman is going to be realized by the affiliation with Variety Care,” said Karnes. “Variety Care will provide the common vision and identity while we will maintain our unique culture reflecting the Norman community.”

Over the coming months, Health for Friends will transition to the Variety Care name and logo. It will continue to provide primary health care services at the same locations with the same staff. In addition, the Variety Care Foundation will form a Norman chapter to provide advocacy, fundraising and community awareness in support of the Norman operations and programs.

“We have had great feedback from the community,” said Karnes.

Norman Regional Health System and the United Way of Norman, two of Health for Friends long-standing and largest funders, fully support this partnership as they move forward with the affiliation.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Headlines
  • walmart City leaders say ‘yes’ to Wal-Mart supercenter postponement

    Despite complaints that a postponement request was in the eleventh hour, a zoning change in east Norman was put on hold Tuesday night. The proposal to rezone property at Cedar Lane Road between 24th Avenue Southeast and Highway 77 ...

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Solar cars 7 Solar cars use Norman area during pit stop

    Flat, low to the ground with reflective panels and bright colors, these moving vehicles look more like cartoon spaceships than solar race cars. But these funny looking cars represent exactly what the American Solar Challenge (ASC) ...

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • City manager calls Moore strong while addressing Chamber

    MOORE — Moore’s City Manager Steve Eddy could have quoted Dickens: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” Eddy, with help from Mayor Glenn Lewis, reported on Tuesday on the State of the City to the Moore Chamber of ...

    July 23, 2014

  • Norman library to host community dialogue about fracking

    Are Oklahoma oil companies an oligarchy that is controlling state policy? Is fracking safe? These and other topics will be the subject of an upcoming Fracking Forum from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 11 in the Norman Public Library’s Lowry Room, 225 ...

    July 24, 2014

  • Ride CART fare free on Ozone Alert Day

    Environmental officials have declared today as an Ozone Alert Day. Passengers ride fare free on Cleveland Area Rapid Transit on Ozone Alert Days....

    July 24, 2014

  • Medical examiner says inmate died of an accidental drug overdose

    The Oklahoma Medical Examiner’s Office on Wednesday said a woman found dead in the Cleveland County jail Feb. 23 died of a drug overdose....

    July 24, 2014

  • Information scarce on ‘dark money’ group in Oklahoma superintendent campaign

    An independent expenditure group that paid for television advertisements opposing State Superintendent Janet Barresi in last month’s primary has not filed required spending reports with the Oklahoma Ethics Commission....

    July 24, 2014

  • Board votes to delay plan

    OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma’s State Board of Education voted on Wednesday for a second time to delay a formal plan for adopting new education standards in math and English amid opposition to the proposal from three education groups that ...

    July 24, 2014

  • Arizona inmate dies two hours after execution begins

    PHOENIX — A condemned Arizona inmate gasped and snorted for more than an hour and a half during his execution Wednesday before he died in an episode sure to add to the scrutiny surrounding the death penalty in the U.S....

    July 24, 2014

  • Man injured in motorcycle wreck ID’d

    Norman police identified a man transported to Norman Regional Hospital’s emergency room after a two-vehicle collision involving a motorcycle and a car Wednesday....

    July 24, 2014