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Oklahoma State Department of Health

Press Update

DATE: May 9, 2000
CONTACT: Peggy Wiebener
405/620-6476
OR
Leslea Bennett-Webb
405/271-4200

Since the appointment of Jerry Regier as Acting Health Department Director, this office has been greatly concerned with issues raised relating to the Long Term Care Facilities complaint process. While the Ad Hoc sub-committee report that was released yesterday addressed these issues, it must be stressed that this report has yet to be reviewed and approved by the Board of Health. The sub-committee's report and recommendations will be on the June 1, 2000, Board of Health agenda for review and possible approval.

Jerry Regier, Acting Director, stated, "My staff and I have begun analyzing ways to streamline this process. We will remedy this situation."

The hotline number is: 1-800-747-8419. On-call staff respond to hotline calls 24 hours a day. Additionally, the hotline number is posted in each Long Term Care Facility.

No other personnel actions have occurred.

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