OSU Mobile Cardiology to Roll into Rural and Underserved Oklahoma

Oklahoma State University Medical Center and OSU Center for Health Sciences are teaming up to hit the road this fall in a giant orange-colored mobile unit with one mission–improve the heart health of underserved and rural areas of Oklahoma.

Medical center and university officials dedicated OSU Mobile Cardiology during a ceremony earlier today at OSU Medical Center (OSUMC) in downtown Tulsa. The OSU Mobile Cardiology unit will bring state-of-the-art cardiology diagnostic services to Oklahoma communities that don’t have access to needed services.

Jan Slater, CEO, OSU Medical Center, said the OSU Mobile Cardiology enables Oklahomans to receive the testing they need in their home communities, which saves patients valuable time.

“OSU Mobile Cardiology offers critical diagnostic testing on site, at a physician’s office, hospital or health-care location,” Slater said. “The testing is the same as what you find in a high-level cardiology department like OSU Medical Center.”

OSU Mobile Cardiology testing includes abdominal ultrasound, carotid duplex ultrasound, echocardiogram exercise stress test, exercise stress test, lower extremity duplex ultrasound, nuclear stress testing, nuclear medicine diagnostic studies, stress echocardiography and venous Doppler ultrasound.

Howard Barnett, president of OSU-Tulsa and OSU Center for Health Sciences, said he believes OSU Mobile Cardiology will save lives of our friends and neighbors.

“OSU’s primary care physicians throughout Oklahoma tell us their patients often will neglect their hearts rather than make the trip to a metropolitan area for cardiac diagnostic services,” Barnett said. “OSU Mobile Cardiology is perfectly aligned with the land grant mission of Oklahoma State University and, in particular, OSU’s medical school in Tulsa. OSU is dedicated to bringing outstanding medical care to the people who need it the most.”

Oklahoma ranks among the five worst states in America for heart disease. Oklahoma also heads the list for the leading risk factors of heart disease such as smoking, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, lack of physical activity and obesity.

The OSU Mobile Cardiology unit is funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, a challenge grant from the A.R. and Marylouise Tandy Foundation and a contribution from The Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation.

“OSU Center for Health Sciences and the OSU Medical Center have a national reputation for our expertise, commitment and compassion,” said Dr. Kayse Shrum, provost of OSU Center for Health Sciences and dean of the OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine. “The OSU Mobile Cardiology unit will augment the care our physicians are providing at the front line of medicine – underserved and rural primary care.”

The mobile unit will be going to many rural and underserved communities this fall. For an appointment, patients will first need to talk with their physician for a referral. Results of the cardiovascular testing will be read by a board-certified cardiologist and sent directly back to the referring physician for any needed follow-up care.