The Daily Oklahoman from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on January 31, 1984 · 7
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The Daily Oklahoman from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma · 7

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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Tuesday, January 31, 1984
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THE DAILY OKLAHOMA Tuesday. January 31, ias4 'Earthshaking' Changes Coming in Organized Medicine, AMA Chief Warns By Fat Record The breakup of organized medicine may take longer than that of AT&T, but its effects already are being felt with higher costs for medical care and more doctors per capita, said Dr. Frank Jirka. Jirka, president of the American Medical Association, made his remarks while in Oklahoma City Monday to visit members of the Oklahoma State Medical Association and the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. Forthcoming changes in America's medical structure, wil. doctors becoming more like employees and patients treated by non-hospital businesses, will be nothing short of "ear-thshaking," Jirka said. "In 1965 we were told that we had a doctor shortage of 50,000, and the AMA was accused of professional birth control. The number of medical students then was about 30,000. It is now around 65,000, and we are now looking at the year 2000 and a doctor surplus of 70,000," Jirka said. According to the state medical as sociation, Oklahoma currently has 4,000 physicians, many of whom have moved to smaller towns for jobs. "There are two schools of thought about what this will mean for the patient-consumer. Either the competition will keep costs down or that with every new doctor we add $300,000 to healtb care costs. Choose your horse." The picture looks bleak for students, hundreds of whom attend Oklahoma medical schools, if those schools are forced to cut back enrollments, Jirka said. He said students also may not be able to pick their first choice of residency or be able to go into their chosen field as a result of the imbalance between primary-care physicians and specialists. "My advice to students is that medicine is still a great profession. We probably have some (doctors that are not fit to practice). We recognize the fact that we have some bad apples, but we also have the highest standard of medical education in the world." Jirka stressed the AMA was able "to police our own troops," contrary to on-going litigation against it by the Federal Trade Commission. The FTC is attempting not only to break up the "monopoly" of organized medicine, but to allow physicians to advertise their services. So far, the AMA has spent $3 million to $4 million in legal fees alone, Jirka said. On rising medical costs, Jirka said, "In a fiscal crunch, it's very easy to put the finger on some other person, but it's basically been just pure unadulterated inflation. So when people say health care has gone up, I say relative to what the defense budget?' Jirka said Americans are becoming an aged population, living longer and with more, albeit costly, medical advantages than ever before. The root of the problem, Jirka said, is the American lifestyle. "Of the $322 billion budget in '82 for health care, over half of that was related to the self-destructive American lifestyle smoking, drinking, etc." Phony Doctor Gets Jail Time By Judy Fossett TULSA A woman who set up a phony medical practice here with her husband was sentenced Monday to 13 months in federal prison and four years on probation for lying to the banks which lent the couple money. Kendra Ryan Camp and her husband, Ronald Camp, have already begun serving one-year prison sentences on state charges of obtaining money from patients under false pretenses. Camp is to be sentenced today in the federal bank misrepresentation cases. The two pleaded guilty last November to federal charges of using false names and Social Security numbers to obtain bank loans. Several related charges are being dismissed as part of the couple's plea arrangement. The Camps, as Errol Colin Windsor and Ashley Noelle Windsor, used newly obtained Social Security numbers to obtain loans from First National Bank of Broken Arrow and Valley National Bank. The Windsors claimed to be physicians, the charges allege. The Camps, both 32, operated Windsor Family Clinic for several weeks early last year near the St. Francis Medical Center complex. ! Witnesses have testified the two claimed to have operated a similar clinic in Beverly Hills, Calif. Their Tulsa clinic was decorated with autographed photographs of movie stars. Examination rooms, with velour-covered exam tables, were decorated in movie themes. Mrs. Camp is a former employee of Paramount Studios. Her husband, who attended Edmond schools and Central State University, is a licensed chiropractor. The Camps were arrested after the state drug bureau investigated their advertised claims they could dispense medication. Only physicians and pharmacies licensed by the drug bureau have that authority. Mrs. Camp appeared late Monday afternoon before U.S. District Judge Dale Cook. Speaking in a low voice, she told the judge, "I don't have any excuse" for misrepresenting herself to the banks. The pair had claimed they changed their names and Social Security numbers to elude Camp's parents, who were said to be angry with him. Papers to Appeal Ruling On Hospital Documents The Oklahoma Publishing Co. on Monday filed notice of its intent to appeal a federal court order denying public access to thousands of sealed documents that could show hospital misuse of state and federal Medicaid money. OPUBCO, publisher of The Dally Oklahoman and Oklahoma City Times, contends the public should have a right to examine expense documents that wnniH show how Oklahoma hospitals spend taxpay ers' money obtained through the Medicaid and Medicare programs. The documents in dispute were obtained by the state Department of Human Services from four hospitals in an effort to show the hospitals have been spending Medicaid and Medicare money lavishly, instead of Just spending it on necessary and reasonable items. The documents were obtained from St. Francis, Hlllcrest and St. John hospitals in Tulsa and St. Anthony Hospital in Oklahoma City. - The order denying the public access to those documents was issued Friday by U.S. District Judge Thomas Brett of Tulsa. The newspapers Monday asked Judge Brett to delay his order for DHS to either destroy or return the controversial documents to the Oklahoma Hospital ' Association until after the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver has a chance to rule on the appeal. Death Penalty Being Sought COALGATE Coal County District Attorney Larry Grant said the state will seek the death penalty again in the retrial of James Wallace Wolfe, who Is charged with fatally stabbing a 91-year-old woman here last June. The trial, which begins today In Coal County District Court, marks the second time Wolfe, 35, of Coaigate, has faced first-degree murder charges in connection with the death of Nancy Mellnda Yoakum. , , , Wolfe's first trial resulted In a mistrial Dec. 7, after the jury failed to reach a verdict Slatt Photo by Jim BkM Georqe Niqh Monday by Chuck House, president of the Oklahoma City Gridiron Club. The show, an annual spoof on state politics, is presented by area newspeople at Lincoln Plaza Forum's dinner theater. Some tickets still are left for the Tuesday, Feb. 7, preview show, and for the Friday, Feb. 10, banquet show. Tickets can be obtained from club members or by calling Odessa Farquhar at 787-8268. Frozen Pipe Bursts, Costs State $7,000 on Water Bill water in the basement, and the water had filled the drains it was draining simultaneously." Pierson said the flooding was discovered last week when city workers reported the speed of the meter indicated something was wrong. Until last year, the building and its 620-acre campus was a home for children in the custody of the Department of Human Services. The state's Department of Public Affairs has tried at least twice to sell the buildings and grounds, but have so far failed to attract bidders. It did, however, sell two small portions of land that the town of Pryor had been leasing as sites for the town water tower and an electrical substation. Pierson said the town bought the two land parcels for $6,400 "less than that water bill." By Jim Etter PRYOR The vacated Whitaker State Children's Home, which state officials haven't been able to sell, apparently has cost the state $7,000 in a single water bill because of a broken pipe, officials said Monday. The pipe that froze then burst in the empty building caused water to run at a rapid rate, flooding a basement and chalking up more than 6 million gallons on the meter, said Bob Pierson, utility superintendent in this northeastern Oklahoma town. "I would guess they probably got the bill today," Pierson said. The bill, for both the water lost and the charge for the water dumping into the sewer, came to slightly more than $7,000, he said. "The amount was something over 6,400,000 gallons from the 20th of December to the 20th of January," Pierson said. "There was about five feet of Investors Want Money Back By James Jahnson The Rebel Oil Co. and three related firms were sued in U.S. District Court Monday by a group of investors who said they want their money back. The Investors accused Rebel and the other firms of violating securities laws and ot making misstatements inducing them to invest in Rebel's operations in 1982. Besides Rebel Oil Co. the suit also named Rebel Exploration Inc., Rebel 1982 Drilling Program Ltd., and 3080 Investors 1982-1 Ltd. The suit also was directed against Robert E. Lee, chairman of the board ot Rebel Oil and a member of the board of Rebel Exploration; R.E. Lee Jr., president and a director of Rebel Oil and Rebel Exploration, and Charles D. Phillips, executive vice president of Robel Oil and a general partner of 3080. The disgruntled investors said that besides Investing $150,000 to $12,025 each, they also were charged assessments and other fees. Thay charged the transactions actually constituted securities trading under Oklahoma law. They said that before Investing they had been assured by the defendants that the securities law had been complied with. However, they say the assurances were false. The Investors asked return of Investments totalling $300,878 plus 10 percent Interest and punitive damages of $500,000. The Investors were Identified ns L. Michael Dillard, Floyd and Marilyn Haynes, Cheryl Bell Dillard (doing business as SABCO), and Chuck and Diane Norrls. Bill Reduces i j Size of Park State Briefs By Maureen Sharr The grass median along portions of Lincoln Boulevard and the bill for maintaining it were given back to Oklahoma City when Gov. George Nigh signed a budget-cutting bill Monday. An amendment was added to a bill which shrinks the size of what had been designated State Park No. 1. Essentially, it reduces the state park borders to include the grass median from NE 13 (the medical complex) to NE 28, which encompasses the State Capitol complex. It will also extend along NE 23 from Kelley to Santa Fe. This will take in the governor's mansion. It eliminates all the grass median along Lincoln Boulevard from Reno to NE 13 and from NE 28 to the Cowboy Hall of Fame. City Manager Scott Johnson said he has watched with great interest the move to give the park area back to the city to maintain. Johnson said the city has received no notification of any change in the agreement . "I've got a feeling that that agreement has twe parties to it and I'm not aware that we've been contacted," he said. The state has estimated it can save $280,000 a year by giving the area back to the city to maintain and patrol. Johnson and the director of the city Parks and Grounds Management Division, Jim Manning, said estimates on what it cost the city in the past to maintain this area are not readily available. The boulevard median became a political hot potato two years ago when National Cowboy Hall of Fame directors threatened to move the museum unless state and city officials promised to beautify the area. The directors have since decided to relocate the Hall. Danny Williams KTVY Cancels 'Dannysday' By LynOsburn ktvy unannei 4 announced Monday it will discontinue "Dannysday," the weekday series starring Danny Williams. The 17-year run of the variety show will end Feb. 29. Lee Allan Smith, vice president and general manager of KTVY, said it was the station's decision to cancel the show. "I think Danny is the most talented individual in this market," Smith said. "He was up against "All My Children;' he did the best he could." Contacted at home, Williams said "This is not an ending, but a beginning. I gotta go do something else. "I feel very fortunate to have been on TV. I'm really grateful that the people of Oklahoma City paid any attention to me at all." Reflecting the feelings of everyone in television, Williams said, "Eventually every TV show is canceled. After all, I had 17 years, "MAS'H" only ran for 10." Williams said his future is uncertain. "I may go back into radio. I may go home to Fort Worth... If it pays and it's legal, I'll do it." Williams said. Smith said the show was not pulling the desired demographic ratings. Demographic ratings not only tell how many people are watching a certain program, but a breakdown according to sex and age group. Women, between the ages of 18 and 49, are the most desirable group to advertisers because of buying power. Arbltron's 1983 November ratings book showed "Dannysday" having a 34 percent rating when Industry analysts say advertisers look for 50 to GO percent. Kerry Robertson, co-host of "Dannysday," will join the news staff of KTVY. OU 'Bloodied But Not Bowed' by Budget Cuts, Banowsky Reports By Chris CMteel NORMAN "Bloodied but not bowod," the University of Oklahoma will prevail despite state budget cuts that have Impeded progress and shaken the morale of the faculty, OU President William Banowsky said Monday. , , , Banowsky's remarks were made during nil sixth annual "State of the University" address to a joint mooting ot Norman civic clubs. The OU president's 50-mlnute talk Included a detailed account of the detrimental effects 14 months of budget cuts have had on the university. Historic growth In the last five years has been supplanted with throats of a return to "business-as-usual mediocrity," ho said. "The most serious damage Is the morale of our faculty and staff. The most important gains of the past few years wore In the strength of new faculty. One-half of the Norman campus faculty has been added since 1978. "They aro bright, marketable and, since they do not have the protection of tenure, most are looking and some are already living. Virtually every department reports faculty arc actively applying for positions elsewhere," Banowsky said. Nineteen faculty mombora novo already left or have announced resignations effec tive this summer; resignations nnd the hiring freeze have caused the faculty to dwindle to a "critically low level." "For yoars, we have hud the smallost faculty in the Big Eight In terms of studont-toachcr ratio. That Is why, during the boom porlod, wo addod 150 new positions. Now we have already lost 68 through retirement nnd resignation without boing able to fill them," he said. Faculty shortages have weakened the university's academic reputation and curriculum, ho said. At lonst 45 soparato courses were eliminated this semester, and nnothor 66 sections of other courses canceled. Sum mer school offerings will be greatly reduced. Enrollment, however, has remained steady, resulting In larger class sizes and a higher student-tenchor ratio, he said. "Academic departments are now In danger of losing accreditation and nil arc suffering oroslon In national standing. The excellent onos are sagging toward mediocrity and the nverngc onos toward inferiority." Banowsky referred to a bill hoaded for the state House this week thni seeks to temporarily raise the state sales tax by 1 cent. The bill gives reason for cautious optimism, he said. Ilnnowsky has since last fall publicly stated his support for state tax Increases. From Staff and Wire Reports Purcell Girl Accidentally Killed PURCELL An eight-year-old Purcell girl was fatally shot by her brother while he was cleaning a rifle at their home here, Purcell Police Chief Frank Lindsay said Monday. Sherri Dyan Williams died after a single .22-cal-iber bullet entered her left side and passed through her lower back as she walked by her brother's room about 8:30 p.m. Sunday, Lindsay said. , - According to Lindsay, Keith Williams, 10, was cleaning what he believed to be an unloaded rifle. Authorities have ruled the shooting accidental, Lindsay said. School Boards Honor Boren WASHINGTON Sen. David Boren was honored Monday by the National School Boards Association. Boren's award was presented here by Dr. Joan Parent, NSBA president from Foley, Minn., for his "firm belief in the public schools as an essential institution in a democracy." "There is no question Sen. Boren was a major player in the defeat of the proposed tuition tax credit legislation last year,' she said. 6 Counties OK'd for Loans The U.S. Department of Agriculture has declared six western Oklahoma counties eligible for emergency loan assistance, Gov. George Nigh announced Monday. The counties are Beaver, Ellis, Harmon, Texas, Tillman and Washita. The declaration allows Farmers Home Administration loans to farmers who suffered crop losses during a drouth from June through October of last year. Lexington Escapee Sought LEXINGTON Escaped convict Gerald Pike, dej scribed as dangerous, remained at large Monday; officials said. Pike, serving a life sentence for a 1975 kidnapping and robbery spree, escaped early Friday when he apparently cut a hole in a fence at the Lexington Correctional Center. City Woman Reports Rape An Oklahoma City woman has told police that she was raped at knifepoint by an intruder early Saturday, police said. The woman told police she was asleep in the den of her northside home when she awoke about 2 a.m. to find an intruder kneeling beside her, police said. The victim said the man put a knife to her throat after she screamed. The intruder then reportedly raped the woman while holding the knife at her throat. The victim was taken to Oklahoma Memorial Hospital where she was treated for minor injuries and released. Body of Patient Discovered The body of an Oklahoma City nursing home patient was found early Monday after children riding a school bus spotted the body near the intersection of NE 23 and Coltrane, police said. Zola F. Howell, 80, was reported missing from the Watkins-Stephens Nursing Home, 2200 N Coltrane, about 8:30 p.m. Sunday, said police spokesman Lt. Dave McBride. His body was spotted by the children almost 12 hours later, he said. Howard is believed to have died of natural causes, McBride said. Pianist Andre Watts Cancels OU Concert Internationally acclaimed pianist Andre Watts was stricken ill during a recital at the University of Oklahoma Monday night and forced to cancel the remainder of his concert. The pianist had just completed a Beethoven Sonata, the first work on his program. Applause in the packed Holmberg Hall auditorium was heavy. The pianist had risen, bowed briefly, walked off stage. He had returned for one curtain call, bowed again briefly, and left the stage again. The applause continued, but Watts did not rcippear. ; Dr. Allan Ross, dlvector of the school of music, appeared on stage. "I am sorry to have to tell you that Mr. Watta has Informed me that he is too ill to continue the concert." Arrangements were then made for ushers to' distribute slips for refunds. Watts, who had nppcared with the Oklahoma' Symphony last March for a performance of Rachmaninoff's Concerto No. 2, had been an enormous, hit, Dr. Ross, contacted later after his visit to Watts room, said he had been unable to learn the nature of the illness. Wilis had canceled a November per-, formanco because of an injury to his hand, but It-was not known Immediately if the earlier hand injury was a factor,

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