“It is hopefully the start of much more for north Tulsa in terms of economic development and livability. We’re proud that 25 percent of the Tisdale Clinic construction was done by north Tulsa businesses – the highest minority participation in Tulsa construction projects thus far. Eight members of the first construction crew were able to walk to work, and we continue to hire north Tulsans as support staff, nurses, and doctors,” he said.
Tisdale will also eventually be home to the Wayman Tisdale Foundation, formed after his death to provide funding for prosthetic devices for amputees across the country.
“We’re so happy that the foundation will continue Wayman’s legacy in the health center that bears his name,” said Tisdale’s widow, Regina. “He was always a great model for fitness and wellness. He’d be so proud to see our work to help those disadvantaged by amputation operating here, where such progress is being made to provide access to quality health care to this community.”
Funding for the OU Wayman Tisdale Specialty Health Clinic came from public and private sources, including the Oklahoma Legislature, University Hospitals Authority and Trust, the George Kaiser Family Foundation, The Morningside Healthcare Foundation, Saint Francis Health System, Saint John Health System, the Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation and the Helmerich Foundation.
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OU professor receives fellowship
A University of Oklahoma associate professor, Sarah W. Tracy, has received a National Endowment for the Humanities Research Fellowship to complete a biography on nutrition and heart disease researcher Ancel Keys (1904-2004). The biography is tentatively titled “Health Revolutionary: Ancel Keys, Science, War, and the American Diet.” Few people have exerted more influence on American eating habits than physiologist and epidemiologist Ancel Keys.
Since joining OU in 1999, Tracy, associate professor of Honors and the History of Medicine and director of the Medical Humanities Program in the Honors College, has received two NEH Fellowships in support of her research. Tracy won an NEH Fellowship in 2002-2003 to support the writing of her book, “Alcoholism in America from Reconstruction to Prohibition,” published by Johns Hopkins University Press in 2005.