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Oklahoma  // Senate Bill SB 1604 passes last hurdle
Combined efforts headed by the IHMA, has achieved
a victory for all of the veterans across the United States!  

IHMA Accomplishment • SB1604 passes its last legislative hurdle

 

At last we will be able to institute widespread effective treatment for

our nation's brain injured war veterans. This will translate into effective treatment

for all brain insults, and a savings of many billions per year in entitlement and other costs while boosting America's productivity.


Congratulations and thanks to all of you on this email chain who made
today's victory possible. This now goes to Governor Fallin's desk and after
her signature we will work to implement this law and rescue war injured
veterans!  Oklahoma leads the way!

At the Patriot Clinic in Oklahoma City, we have completed over 950 hyperbaric treatments since January 15th 2014!  I am told that is more than most hospitals do in a
year, and we only had a two person multiplace, thanks to Dr. Johnson.

With this initiative we are on our way to making new lives and restoring
hope for those who answered our nation's call!

A special thanks goes to Congressman Istook for hiring me in 1995 and giving
me the mission of fixing the health care system, Drs. Harch and Neubauer for
discovering how to repair brains, Gen Aragon for her tireless efforts on
behalf of effective treatment, Blue Star Mothers for their sacrifice and
support of our efforts. To the Marines for never leaving their own behind
and for supporting our efforts, and to VFW for their leadership. To Steve
Reimers whose personal support and sacrifice make last years legislative
education effort and our national study possible. To Congressman Cannon
created our first TBI Treatment Act legislation and Rep Bennett and Sen Mark
Allen lead us to this victory today with the Oklahoma Veteran Traumatic
Brain Injury Treatment and Recovery Act.  A special thanks must go to my
wife, Anita, whose sacrifice through these trials and tribulations helped
make today's victory possible.


Thank you all!

Bill Duncan, Former VP, IHMF Governmental Affairs

June 9, 2017
 
IHMF is proud to share exciting news - Such promise and hope for those who put compassionate, quality healthcare in the forefront of their lives and others - we look forward
to following Johnnie's continued success!
 
Johnnie Gilpen  // IHMF Secretary
U.S. Navy | University of Oklahoma | M.S., Physician Assistant Studies 
 
“I can honor my fallen brothers and continue their legacy by working as a Physician Assistant in community healthcare programs that treat veterans and non-veterans alike.”
 
Inspired by his family’s military legacy, particularly his grandfather’s service during World War II and his father’s service in Vietnam, Johnnie joined the military. He first served as a helicopter crew chief in the Oklahoma National Guard, then as a U.S. Navy Fleet Marine Force Hospital Corpsman. Through these experiences, he came to appreciate what it means to be part of team, dedicated to a purpose much large than one’s self. As a Corpsman, he found his passion in medicine. His experiences providing medical care for Marines, Sailors, and locals during deployments made him realize the need for more primary care providers. Johnnie believed that he could make the greatest impact in primary care as Physician Assistant (PA). After leaving the Navy, he set his sights on becoming a PA, while continuing to serve his country as a disaster response epidemiologist and medic at the local, state, national, and international levels. After years of preparation, his dreams have been realized. As a PA, Johnnie plans to work within the VA healthcare system; he wants to be a transitional conduit for veterans as they move from the military to the VA. With compassion and empathy, he hopes to provide quality care to his fellow veterans and bridge the gap in trust between patient and provider to improve health outcomes among patients.
June 9, 2017
 
IHMF is proud to share exciting news - Such promise and hope for those who put compassionate, quality healthcare in the forefront of their lives and others - we look forward
to following Johnnie's continued success!
 
Johnnie Gilpen  // IHMF Secretary
U.S. Navy | University of Oklahoma | M.S., Physician Assistant Studies 
 
“I can honor my fallen brothers and continue their legacy by working as a Physician Assistant in community healthcare programs that treat veterans and non-veterans alike.”
 
Inspired by his family’s military legacy, particularly his grandfather’s service during World War II and his father’s service in Vietnam, Johnnie joined the military. He first served as a helicopter crew chief in the Oklahoma National Guard, then as a U.S. Navy Fleet Marine Force Hospital Corpsman. Through these experiences, he came to appreciate what it means to be part of team, dedicated to a purpose much large than one’s self. As a Corpsman, he found his passion in medicine. His experiences providing medical care for Marines, Sailors, and locals during deployments made him realize the need for more primary care providers. Johnnie believed that he could make the greatest impact in primary care as Physician Assistant (PA). After leaving the Navy, he set his sights on becoming a PA, while continuing to serve his country as a disaster response epidemiologist and medic at the local, state, national, and international levels. After years of preparation, his dreams have been realized. As a PA, Johnnie plans to work within the VA healthcare system; he wants to be a transitional conduit for veterans as they move from the military to the VA. With compassion and empathy, he hopes to provide quality care to his fellow veterans and bridge the gap in trust between patient and provider to improve health outcomes among patients.