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Study finds one in four Oklahoma

Francis Tuttle educator wins national award
hospitals rates an A for quality
Francis Tuttle Technology Center’s Liz Dinkins BY MEG WINGERTER policies to prevent errors, “When hospitals work time into it. She sug-
was named the nation’s top teacher for 2018 by the Staff Writer staffing levels and how together to learn best gested patients who want
Association for Career and Technical Education. patients rated their pro- practices and learn how to learn more about hos-
Dinkins, who teaches graphic communications, viders. they can be the best they pital quality not rely too
received the honor last week at ACTE’s CareerTech A national ranking New Jersey topped the can, we find the state as a heavily on rankings.
VISION 2018 in San Antonio, Texas. She was recog- group says only one- list, with about 57 percent whole improves.” “Some of the most
nized in September as one of five regional finalists. quarter of Oklahoma of hospitals getting an A. LaWanna Halstead, important ways to make
The national award honors an educator who dem- hospitals deserve an A Oklahoma was 29th, with vice president of quality decisions about your
onstrates innovation in the classroom, commitment for quality, but some 26 percent of hospitals and clinical initiatives at health care include talk-
to students, and dedication to career and technical contend the grading sys- getting that ranking. the Oklahoma Hospi- ing to your doctor and
education in their community. tem ignores the efforts of Leah Binder, presi- tal Association, said the other trusted individuals
“Liz is continually looking for new and exciting small hospitals. dent and CEO of Leap- rankings lack important who have had health care
ways to reach the students we serve,” said Tom Leapfrog Group, which frog, said there is some context. Leapfrog only experiences,” she said in
Friedemann, Francis Tuttle superintendent and compiles report cards random fluctuation in looked at 39 of Okla- an email.
CEO. “Liz is a leading example of excellence in the for hospitals nationwide patient safety scores, but homa’s 153 hospitals, Binder acknowl-
classroom.” twice a year, recently a few states have seen because it doesn’t include edged that the rankings
In 2017, Dinkins was named Oklahoma CareerTech ranked the 50 states sustained improvement. critical access hospitals aren’t perfect, but said
Teacher of the Year. Teaching is “the most fun and based on the percentage States haven’t changed and specialty hospitals, she thinks public pres-
amazing job,” she said after that award ceremony. of hospitals that it had laws to focus on patient and because some facili- sure to be transparent
given an A. safety, but hospitals in ties are too small to gen- about patient safety will
TISHOMINGO The scores are based on some states have gotten erate enough publicly improve quality in the
reported rates of infec- together to learn from available data, she said. long term.
Wildlife refuge to close for special deer hunt tions, surgical problems each other, she said. Participation in Leap- “It’s really holding
and safety incidents, “What we find are that frog’s survey is volun- health care account-
A large portion of Tishomingo National Wildlife like patient falls and bed some states have made a tary, Halstead said, and able, the way we hold
Refuge will be closed to the public Thursday and sores. It also includes special effort to address some hospitals find it other goods and services
Friday for a controlled white-tailed deer gun hunt. whether hospitals have patient safety,” she said. too expensive to put staff accountable,” she said.
Refuge gates at Refuge Road (Main Entrance),
Murray 23 and Nida Point will be closed to the
public by about 8 a.m. Thursday and will reopen
after dark Friday. No hunting will occur near the
Rock Creek and Bell Creek access points so they
will remain open for permitted activities during this Top news stories on in the past 24 hours:
closure. 1. Creek reservation arguments make clear where
The state Department of Wildlife Conservation some Supreme Court justices stand, but others are a
selected 20 hunters in a random drawing for this mystery
special hunt. For more information on these con- 2. Stitt’s top staffer embraces ‘utility player’ role
trolled hunts, go to 3. Fatal crash reported Monday on I-35 in Garvin
controlledhunts.htm County
4. Sunny, 40s Monday in Oklahoma City, freezing
PARK HILL weather and snow possible by Saturday
5. Search for escaped, convicted murderer continues
Museum schedules Christmas Open House Monday in Oklahoma

Hunter’s Home will host its 18th annual Christmas
Open House from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday. The home and
general store are decorated for the holiday season.
Cider and snacks will be served. Pick 3, Dec. 2: 3-7-5
Hunter’s Home, 19479 E Murrell Home Road, is Cash 5, Dec. 2: 11-22-31-32-36 Clyde Paul Benton Thomas Duffy Work
the only remaining antebellum plantation home Lucky for Life, Nov. 29: 01-04-11-36-41, Lucky Ball: 08 Oct. 13, 1932 - Dec. 2, 2018 Oct. 3, 1960 - Dec. 1, 2018
in Oklahoma. Built in 1845, it was the residence of Mega Millions, Nov. 30: 25-28-40-43-63, Mega Ball: 19,
George Murrell and his two wives, nieces of Chero- Megaplier: x3 On Dec. 2, 2018, our family Thomas Duffy Work passed
kee Chief John Ross. The home is now a museum Powerball, Dec. 1: 10-11-47-55-58, Powerball: 26, Power lost its most crucial and on peacefully after a brief
with many original furnishings. For more informa- Play: x2 beloved husband, father and illness, surrounded by his
tion call 918-456-2751 or go to Lotto America, Dec. 1: 1-30-34-40-45, Star Ball:5, All-Star grandpa - Paul Benton. This loving family, in Oklahoma
man was truly the “gentle” City on Dec. 1, 2018.
huntershomeok. Bonus: x2 in gentleman: soft-spoken, Cherished son of James E.
For the latest lottery numbers, go to www.lottery. intelligent and definitely the Work (1927 - 2011) and
FROM STAFF REPORTS “listener” of our family. His Dorothy Duffy Work (1928 -
encouragement, actions and 2004); adored brother of
deeds were entwined in Cindy Work Abell, of Austin,
his genuine love for family. TX, and J. Kelly Work, of
Although his “roots” were in Oklahoma City; and beloved
Victory Life Church (Brown’s, NEWCASTLE STILLWATER Texas, of which he was quite brother-in-law of Greg Abell,
Deaths Durant).
Fraser, Nina S., 94, died Dec.
1. Prayer service 6 p.m. Friday
Dickey, Jon Allan, 73, died Nov.
29. Services noon Wednes-
proud, he became an Okie at
heart via his degree from
of Austin, TX, and sister-in-
law, Janis Powers, of
ADAIR Evans, Linda Lou, 70, died (Wilson-Little, Newcastle). day, University Heights Oklahoma A&M College. Oklahoma City. He was
Beach, Kathie R., 65, died Dec. Nov. 30. Celebration of life 2 NORMAN
Baptist Church (Crawford Family, Born in McKinney, TX on also beloved by his nieces
1. No services (Gary Kelley’s p.m. Wednesday (Matthews, Edmond). Oct. 13, 1932, to Leslie Frank and nephews, Kelley and
Longhat, Kathy A., 62, died Dec.
Add’Vantage, Tulsa). Edmond). 1. Wake 7 p.m. Tuesday, Angie TAHLEQUAH and Maggie B. (Kindle) Andrew Abell and Michael
McGinn, Fred Lee III, 76, died Smith U.M.C., Oklahoma City. Jordan, Archie Leo, 73, died Nov. Benton, Paul later moved to and Elizabeth Work. He is
ARDMORE Dec. 3. Memorial services 11 a.m. Oklahoma, where he began a also survived by his dear
Hunter, James Frank, 20, died Services 11 a.m. Wednesday, 29. Mass 10 a.m. Tuesday, St.
Saturday, The Springs Church of First Baptist Church, Carnegie Brigid Catholic Church (Reed life of self-determination cousins and their families,
Nov. 27. Services 10 a.m. Thurs- Christ, Oklahoma City (Crema- and dedication to “making it Dian and Leon Williams, Dan
day (Harvey-Douglas, Ardmore). (Ray and Martha’s, Carnegie). Culver, Tahlequah).
tion Society, Oklahoma City). Madden, Samuel Ezekiel, 75, died in life” and became his own and Timmye Donnell, Dave
Ledbetter, Cletus O., 89, died TULSA man by throwing newspapers and Cammie Donnell, and
Nov. 29. Graveside services 2 ELK CITY Dec. 1. Services 2 p.m. Wednes-
day, Alameda Baptist Church Boston, Arlie D., 71, died Nov. 29. at age 7. He faithfully Debbie and Terry Brownrigg.
p.m. Wednesday, Condon Grove Brown, Linda Lee, 75, died Dec.
Cemetery Pavilion, Milburn 2. Services 10 a.m. Tuesday (Primrose, Norman). Memorial services 1 p.m. Thurs- served his country in the Born in Oklahoma City on
McAllister, James Gregory, 61, day (Gary Kelley’s Add’Vantage, U.S. Army and was deployed Oct. 3, 1960, Tom graduated
(Clark, Tishomingo). (Martin-Dugger, Elk City). Tulsa).
Whitmore, Thomas Harry, 80, Monroe, Matthew Dean, 39, died died Nov. 30. Memorial services to Korea during this conflict. from Putnam City High
11 a.m. Wednesday, Randall Uni- Herring, DeFay, 96, died Dec. 1. Paul honorably achieved the School in 1979 and from
died Dec. 1. Services 2 p.m. Nov. 29. Memorial services 1 p.m. Services 1 p.m. Wednesday (Gary
Thursday (Harvey-Douglas, Thursday (Whinery, Elk City). versity, Moore (OK Cremation, rank of master sergeant. He Francis Tuttle Technology
Oklahoma City). Kelley’s Add’Vantage, Tulsa).
Ardmore). Lawrence, Betty Lou, 92, died
was especially proud to be Center in 1983, where
ENID in the last graduating class he was named Student of
ARNETT OKLAHOMA CITY Dec. 1. No services (Gary Kelley’s
Schultz, Velma Lea, 92, died Dec. of Oklahoma A&M College, the Year in two separate
New, Ione Elizabeth, 97, died 2. Services 10 a.m. Thursday Baker, Gloria Lynn, 87, died Add’Vantage, Tulsa).
Dec. 2. Memorial services were where he received his programs. Tom worked for
Dec. 1. Services 2 p.m. Thurs- (Anderson-Burris, Enid). WILBURTON bachelor’s degree in business Hertz Corporation in Oklahoma
day, Nazarene Church, Harmon Monday (Advantage, Oklahoma
FAIRMONT City). Raney, Lisa Ann, 52, died Nov. administration. Paul was City for 24 years. He continued
(Shaw, Arnett). 30. Services 2 p.m. Thursday married to Beverly Haun for his career at the Epworth
Wyssmann, Evelyn, 91, died Ford, Tommy Lee, 74, died Nov.
ATOKA Dec. 1. Celebration of life 10 29. Services 11 a.m. Friday (Waldrop, Wilburton). 35 years, and while married, Villa Retirement Community,
Christian, Gilbert Columbus, a.m. Wednesday, Zion Lutheran (Rolfe, Oklahoma City). YUKON he was drafted to the Army. where he recently celebrated
89, died Nov. 30. Services were Church, Fairmont, (Ladusau- Guzman, Jose Isabel, 66, died
Jameson, Danny L., 55, died Dec.
They had two children and his 10th anniversary. His
Monday (Brown’s, Atoka). Evans, Enid). Dec. 1. No services (OK Crema-
2. Celebration of life 11 a.m. Paul worked for Southwestern wonderful qualities made
tion, Oklahoma City).
Wednesday (Yanda and Son, Bell. He then was employed him adored by co-workers,
BETHANY GUTHRIE Harder, Cora Ann Danielson, 90, by AT&T where he stayed friends, and family alike. For
Gardner, Billie L., 91, died Dec. Gibson, Reuel Davis, 83, died died Dec. 1. Graveside services 2 Yukon).
until retirement. Paul married those who were blessed to
1. Graveside services 3 p.m. June 3. Memorial services 11:30 p.m. Thursday, Cedar Tree Cem- Alice Lay Lechtenberger know him, Tom showed us
Wednesday, Memorial Park
Cemetery, Oklahoma City (OK
a.m. Wednesday, Guthrie Church
of God Chapel (Demuth, Okla-
etery (Reed Culver, Tahlequah).
Iglesias de Esquivel, Apolinar,
Records in 1991. They enjoyed
retirement, traveling, being
all how to live -- gently,
honestly, with persistence,
Cremation, Oklahoma City). homa City). 76, died Dec. 1. Services 11
Wilson, Gloria Jean, 70, died Gibson, Vivian Maxine, 85, died a.m. Wednesday, Centro de
antique dealers (Benton’s hard work and always a
MARRIAGES Bounty) and just “being touch of humor. He met
Dec. 2. Private services (Corbett, Nov. 30. Memorial services Avivamiento (Howard-Harris,
Oklahoma City). 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Guthrie Oklahoma City). together.” Preceding Paul in every challenge and surpassed
Church of God Chapel (Demuth, Kirth, Edetta F., 74, died Nov. Keith Ryan Dimick and James death were his mother expectations in every phase
BLACKWELL Oklahoma City). 29. Services 11 a.m. Thursday, William Lehmkuhler and father; brother, Leslie of his life. His unfailing
Barber, Sam M., 95, died Nov. 30. Jarred, Marilyn Faye, 70, died Church of the Redeemer (Rolfe, Sinmiloluwa Ekpa M. Adeleye Benton; and sisters, Anne dedication to his work made
Services 11 a.m. Thursday, First Nov. 30. Services 10:30 a.m. Oklahoma City). and Eneojo Friday Onuche and Margaret. Surviving him an extremely valued
Christian Church (Roberts and Tuesday (Smith-Gallo, Guthrie). Vestal, Bobby W., 77, died Dec. Jamie Marie Hudgins and Ronny family members including employee. His easygoing and
Son, Blackwell). 1. Services 10 a.m. Thursday, Vafadar his loving extended family happy temperament made
Sixkiller, Johnny H., 46, died Nov. HOLDENVILLE Donica Renee Bradford and
Northwest Baptist Church are: Scott Benton, Edmond him a joy to be around. Tom
29. Services 2 p.m. Thursday, Akin, Alyene C. “Pat,” 75, died (Mercer-Adams, Bethany). Rodney Terall Lawton
(Nick and Andrew, grandsons, cherished every opportunity
Church of Christ (Roberts and Dec. 2. Graveside services 11 Wallis, Garrold Deloyd, 95, died Shirlene Elizabeth Bean and
Nathan Levett Butler and Eugenia); Kerri Hickman, to be with family and friends
Son, Blackwell). a.m. Tuesday, Holdenville Cem-
BLANCHARD etery (Fisher, Holdenville).
Dec. 2. Services 10 a.m. Wednes-
Vidhi N. Patel and Parva Pankaj- Longmont, CO (Mike and and shared countless happy
day, Southern Hills Baptist grandchildren, Jim, Rachel, times with them including
Knight, Mary Louise, 83, died Church (John M. Ireland, Moore). kumar Patel
Dec. 1. Services 2 p.m. Wednes- KELLYVILLE Elena Marie Stewart and Joel and Kaitlyn); Alice, wife of many wonderful celebrations,
Washington, Joyce R., 63, died the home; stepchildren, Kirk Sooners football games and
day (Eisenhour, Blanchard). Harriott, Cora Lee, 100, died Demonde Polk
Dec. 1. Services 2 p.m. Friday
Dec. 1. Services 2 p.m. Tuesday
(Rolfe, Oklahoma City). Erin L.P. Pinkston and Dennis Lechtenberger, Dallas (Blair fun-filled days at the lake.
CANEY (Hutchins Maples Matherly, Wayne Bickford and grandchildren, Olivia Tom’s deep love of his
Whitfield, Suzy R., 88, died Nov.
Alford, Neal, 80, died Dec. 2. Ser- Bristow).
29. Services 11 a.m. Saturday Mercadies Kathleen Valdez and and Wes); Dayna Koontz, family and friends and their
vices 10 a.m. Friday, Voca Baptist
MARIETTA (Rolfe, Oklahoma City). Fylan Timothy Walker Del Mar, CA (Jim and love in return will ensure
Church (Brown’s, Atoka). Kymbre Nichelle Johnson and granddaughter, Alice); and that he lives on in their
Tipton, Betty Frances, 88, died PERRY
CHICKASHA Dec. 1. Graveside services 2 p.m.
Emeal Melvin Douglas IV Denise Lechtenberger, Denver, hearts. We are eternally
Lyons, Marshall Ray, 46, died Wednesday, Lakeview Cemetery
Price, Loren Wayne, 95, died Lissette Pinto and Jerrell Rae CO. There will be no grateful for Tom’s beautiful
Nov. 28. Graveside services 2 Manuel viewing or visitation. The life as an expression of
Nov. 22. Memorial services 11 (Flanagan-Watts, Marietta). Dora Yaneth Romero Ichel and
a.m. Saturday, Gateway of Hope p.m. Wednesday, Grace Hill Cem- family will gather for a God’s love, in whose
MARLOW etery pavilion (Brown Dugger, Moises Magaliel Ochoa Cardona Reception and to greet arms he is now enfolded.
Church (Ferguson, Chickasha). Marisa Michaela Marquis and
Pena, Albert Jr., 69, died Dec. 1. VanHooser, Carolyn Sue, 76, died Perry). friends prior to the service Services celebrating his life
Eddie Dillon Ervin Proctor
Services 1 p.m. Wednesday, First Dec. 2. Services 2 p.m. Thurs- PIEDMONT Stephanie Carlos and Mario at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, will be held at Hahn-Cook
Baptist Church (Sevier Chicka- day, Lakeside Baptist Church
Riley, Christopher Brian, 44, Zamarron Jr. 2018, at Vondel Smith North Funeral Home, located at
sha, Chickasha). (Callaway-Smith-Cobb, Marlow).
died Nov. 28. Memorial services Tayla Breann Reynolds and Colonial Chapel at 13125 6600 Broadway Extension,
COLLINSVILLE MIDWEST CITY 10 a.m. Saturday, South Point Michael Collin Brenner N. MacArthur Blvd., OKC. 1 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 6,
Ivie, Nancy, 79, died Dec. 2. Baptist Church, Oklahoma City Kylie Jordan Bishop and Ryan Lee Services to honor and 2018, Reception following
Parker, Evelyn Marie, 88, died celebrate his life will follow the service. In lieu of flowers,
Dec. 1. Services 1 p.m. Thursday Memorial services 11 a.m. (Affordable Cremation Service, Hilliard
Wednesday, Wickline United Oklahoma City). at 2 p.m. at the funeral memorial contributions may
(Primrose, Norman).
Methodist Church (Barnes Fried- home. Interment to follow be made in his memory to
DAVIS SALLISAW DIVORCES ASKED at the Memorial Park The University of Oklahoma
erich, Midwest City).
Warner, Betty L., 87, died Nov. Edwards, Nyla Ann, 71, died Cemetery, 13313 N. Kelley Foundation - Memorial
29. No services (Hale’s, Davis). MOORE Nov. 30. Graveside services 1 Behrens, David v. Janet Hamilton Ave. in OKC. In lieu of Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box
Peaslee, Catherine, 76, died Dec. p.m. Wednesday, Sallisaw City Cubit, Daekwon v. Jessica flowers, the family requests 258856, Oklahoma City, OK
DUKE 1. Services 11 a.m. Thursday, Cemetery (Agent Mallory-Martin, Dothager, Nicholas Dean v. Kayla donations to Free to Live 73125.
Perryman, Cecil B., 88, died Dec. Covenant Life Assembly (Prim- Sallisaw). Isabel
Hughes, Michael v. Sylina
Animal Sanctuary, Edmond;
1. Services 2 p.m. Tuesday, First rose, Norman). SPIRO the Hope Center, Edmond;
Baptist Church (People’s Co- McVeigh, David Bryan v. Tina
MUSTANG Shoopman, Ruby Lee, 90, died Leann Salvation Army, OKC; or
Operative, Lone Wolf).
Kiesling, LeeRoy W., 85, died Nov. 30. Services 1 p.m. Satur- Traylor, Perry Lee v. Thompson the charity of your choice.
DURANT Nov. 30. Private services day, Lighthouse Family Worship Traylor, Doris Ann
Macentire, Thomas, 68, died Nov. (Affordable Cremation Service, Center Church, Pocola (Mallory-
29. Services 10 a.m. Thursday, Oklahoma City). Martin, Spiro).

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