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January 27, 2013

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“These are quality jobs we are going to be bringing in. It is not a telemarketing center, these are high paying jobs that come with benefits that will be in the Norman community.”

We would be bringing in additional physicians. We would be bringing in additional mid-level providers, dentists, nurses, staff,” Karnes said.

Also, if Fallin doesn’t accept the expansion, Health for Friends would be competing for physicians with other states that did accept the expansion, Karnes said. It would also make it more competitive for Health for Friends to receive grants.

“It’s painful. It was painful when she announced they were not going to take it.” Schmidt said.

“I really thought the economic development part would appeal to her (Fallin.) The quality of life in the state and the availability for the quality health care through the state being something that would attract high quality employers, that would be something she might hang her hat on. I had a lot of faith in that.”

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