Variety Care saw more than 58,000 patients in 2012, in a full range of primary care services including medical, pediatric, dental, behavioral and mental health, vision, nutrition and Women, Infants and Children (WIC) services. The expanded resources that Variety Care is able to bring to the table will enable the former Health for Friends clinics to meet more of the need of the vulnerable in Cleveland County. As more and more families find their medical home at Variety Care in Norman, they will, as a result, stay healthier and utilize the hospital and emergency care system less and only for its most appropriate means: emergencies and surgeries.
This week is National Health Centers Week and the public is invited to visit Variety Care-Norman Family Practice, in the former Health for Friends building at 317 E. Himes, between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Wednesday and learn more about Variety Care and community health centers. We will be providing free health screenings and will also have refreshments, giveaways, and activities for the kids. Please join us.
Over time, the residents of Norman will experience firsthand the benefit of this convergence of these two remarkable women’s visions. Our services are the right thing to do morally for those who lack resources, and the smart thing to do fiscally to alleviate the costs on the overall health care system and the larger safety net. On behalf of all of us at Variety Care and the Variety Care Foundation, know how proud we are to continue the work started by Kathy Heiple and to being a part of the greater Norman community.
Andrew Rice serves as executive director of the Variety Care Foundation.