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Oklahoma State Department of Health

Press Update

DATE: May 9, 2000
CONTACT: Peggy Wiebener
405/620-6476

Jerry Regier, Acting Director, Oklahoma Health Department, met with the Division Deputy Commissioners this morning. These meetings will occur on a daily basis as he continues to familiarize himself with the inter-workings of the Department. The deputies gave updates on each division as it relates to the daily operations of the Department. Mr. Regier announced the hiring of a management consulting firm to assist in the efforts of identifying ways to help the Agency run more efficiently. Because of the emergency situation that exists, a sole source contract, not to exceed $25,000, has been let, which will run through June 30, 2000.

"I want the citizens of Oklahoma to be assured that there have been no interruptions in the services provided to the long term care facilities by the Health Department, "said Regier. There have been some changes implemented, including the scrambling of the on-site visits by the surveyors. These visits are now occurring, unannounced, including after hours and on the weekends. As other areas are identified Mr. Regier will continue to institute the necessary changes.

Additionally, the technical assistants from the Region VI HCFA office in Dallas, continue to be on site and available to staff

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