VeloCity APRIL 2022

LEADERSHIP NOTES

THE OPPORTUNITY TO FINALLY FIX THE JAIL IS HERE

Nursing at OU Health means I pick a schedule that works for me.

Over the past few years, we’ve had the privilege and great responsibility to lead our community’s response to the major challenges of our criminal justice system here in Oklahoma County. When we began, long-term overcrowding and poor living conditions at the jail had drawn the attention of the US Department of Justice for civil rights violations. It was clear that something had to be done. The overcrowding at the jail was a symptom of a broken system. To understand how to first bring the population down, we brought in the Vera Institute of Justice, an independent national research and policy nonprofit. Their report back to us led to the creation of the Criminal Justice Advisory Council and a focused effort to reduce the population and ensure more people could be rehabilitated and back in the workforce. Those efforts have been successful. The average population in the Oklahoma County Detention Center in 2021 was 1,713, down by nearly a thousand from our peak . On the day I write this, our numbers are down to 1460, which we believe is the lowest it has been in 25 years. This success can be attributed to better processes, case processing improvements and, most notably, diversion programs that help those with mental illness and substance abuse disorders stay out of the jail when they don’t really belong there. Now it is time to address the jail facility itself, and the pending expiration of existing county bonds will allow us to build a new facility without a tax increase. We know who needs to be in our jail and who does not. We need a facility that functions efficiently so people are not unnecessarily detained, and that those who are dangerous have a place to be held pre-trial. This new facility will ensure our public safety, provide for job training , mental health treatment and more. This is the right facility at the right time. Join us in voting YES on June 28 to finally fix the jail.

Safia Franks, RN Cardiology

Roy H. Williams, CCE President & CEO

We Make a Difference for Our Patients. Nursing at OU Health means you have flexibility in your schedule through innovative programs – created by nurses and made for nurses. We are dedicated to creating and fostering a strong culture of collaboration and patients-first mentality in our hospitals and clinics. We know that when you put the patients first, everything else falls into place.

READ ROY’S VELOCITYOKC ONLINE STORY OF THE MONTH “INTERNATIONAL COMPANY TO BRING UP 770 NEW JOBS TO NORMAN” VELOCITYOKC.COM/ ROYSPICK

We’ve recently launched new nursing positions and programs with competitive pay rates, including:

• OU Health Weekend Position (Work 2 shifts, get paid for 3) • OU Health Travel at Home Position • OU Health Education Accelerator Program

Apply today by visiting OUHealth.com/Nursing. Job opportunities are available in all areas of adult and pediatric care, oncology and more, in hospital and clinical care settings, including OU Health University of Oklahoma Medical Center, Oklahoma Children’s Hospital OU Health, OU Health Edmond Medical Center and OU Health Stephenson Cancer Center. As an integrated academic health system, interested nurses can practice at OU Health and seek a faculty appointment at the OU Fran and Earl Ziegler College of Nursing.

Sincerely,

Roy H. Williams, CCE Chamber CEO & President

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