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OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY COLLEGE OF VETERINARY MEDICINE Spring, 1979 Volume 1, Number 1 Hospital Construction Forms Welcome Sight Mounds of dirt and tons of concrete form a welcome sight in the open area just west of pres¬ ent facilities as construction continues on the teaching hospital. Depco Construction Co. of Shawnee began work on the long-awaited project in September and anticipates completing requirements of the current contract by late 1980. A $9 million appropriation from the Oklahoma Legislature is financing the majority of the project. Private donations, however, will be needed to equip the hospital and complete some areas being left as shell space. Plans call for a two-level, 143,000-square- foot structure which takes advantage of the natural slope of the land. The main floor will contain approximately two-thirds of the space and sits entirely above ground. It will house surgery, radiology, special medicine, treatment and ward areas, the recep¬ tion area and business offices. Central processing, pharmacy and supplies, iiGi^j oGPviCOS, SiUuGPit SUrQGPy, lauOrSiOPy aPiiiiiat medicine and faculty offices will occupy a lower level which opens to ground level along the west side. Dr. Fayne Oberst says "efficiency" was the watchword throughout the planning process. "Our goal was to design a structure that would serve as the model of efficiency among all veterinary teaching hospitals in the country," the head of medicine and surgery explains. The hospital planning committee waged war on wasted space, wasted energy and wasted human resources by developing patterns of movement which would economize on the utiliza¬ tion of space and energy. Architects Bill Halley and Al Tyson say the intercirculation of patients within the building played a major role In the structure's final design. "During planning stages, we ran patients en¬ tirely through various situations to consider at each step the involvement of animals, profes¬ sional and support staffs, students, supplies and procedures," explained Halley, director of univer¬ sity architectural services. As a result of schematic designs based on these movement patterns, the core concept was employed for maximum efficiency. Radiology, surgery and other support services for all species are centrally located with small animal treatment The first issue of Plexus has been pub¬ lished at the request of alumni and friends of the Oklahoma State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Comments on the first issue and suggestions for future ones (par¬ ticularly for Newsline, page 3) are encour¬ aged. Contact the Dean's Office, 205 Veteri¬ nary Medicine BIdg.—OSU, Stillwater, Ok. 74074. Phone—405-624-6648. Dr. Patrick Morgan, Dean Carol Davis, Editor and ward areas on the west, large animal areas on the east and central processing and the pharmacy underneath. Medically and educationally speaking, Dr. Oberst says the new hospital was planned and designed "to enhance student training, clinical and consultative services, continuing education and data collection for applied research." A new area in the building labeled "special medicine" was developed for system specialties such as cardiology, ophthalmology and neurol¬ ogy. "Teams of people from various departments will work in this area to train students and graduates, render service and investigate cases within these specialties," he said. Special attention also was given during plan¬ ning to the handling and to the safety of patients and the students and staff who work with them. Wards, service areas and traffic ways have been designed so that patients move from one area to another with little or no handling. Oberst says this is of particular interest in regard to cattle. In addition, several pressurized rooms have been included to control airflow. Though primarily a means of maintaining aseptic conditions, these airlocking systems also will help control the spread of odors, fumes and possibly contagious diseases. He Sought Excellence...and Found It ... a conscientious, dedicated student... attentive in class, on the job in clinics. A graduate described as "dedicated, diligent and sincere" has been named Distinguished Alumnus by the Oklahoma State University Veterinary Medical Alumni Associaton. Dr. LeRoy Coggins, Class of 1957, was honored during the association's 1978 Homecoming celebration. A plaque presented by Dr. Roger Panciera (Class of '53 and Distinguished Alumnus, '74) was inscribed: He tias sought excellence . . . and found it. . . and shared it. Dr. Coggins currently is professor of virology and director of the research laboratory for equine diseases at New York State College of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell University. Dr. Lester Johnson, section chief of equine at OSU, remembers Coggins as "a conscientious, dedicated student who was attentive in class and on the job in clinics." And Dr. Franklin Baker of Oklahoma City recalls his classmate as a "very fine student and Christian young man—dedicated and hardworking." Characteristics that distinguished him as a student have brought Coggins international recognition as a veterinarian. Development of the official diagnostic test for equine infectious anemia, for instance, has made Coggins a household word for veterinarians and horsemen around the world. The Coggins test, developed in 1970 by the OSU alum, is used interna¬ tionally because of its speed and accuracy for detecting swamp fever. Numerous other achievements have earned him the Harness Horsemen ... a very fine student and Chris- International Award, the Harness Racing Meritorious Achievement Award, tian young man ... a diligent and American Association of Equine Practitioners Research Award and the Alex- hardworking classmate. ander Humboldt Senior Scientist Award.
|Title||Plexus v01-no1; Spring, 1979|
|Subject||Oklahoma State University College of Veterinary Medicine; Oklahoma State University Center for Veterinary Health Sciences; Oklahoma State University-Alumni and alumnae; Newsletters|
|Description||Plexus was published (1979-1997) at the request of alumni and friends of the Oklahoma State University College of Veterinary Medicine.|
|Publisher||Stillwater, OK : Oklahoma State University, College of Veterinary Medicine|
|Contributors||Morgan, Patrick, Dean; Davis, Carol, Editor|