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Dr. Patzkowsky Honored With Distinguished Service Award

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Dr. Patzkowsky Honored With Distinguished Service Award Enid’s own, Gary Patzkowsky, D.O. was honored with the 2017 Outstanding & Distinguished Service Award by the Oklahoma Osteopathic Association.  He was presented with the honor by Enid physician and former OOA President, Dr. Mike Ogle at the OOA’s Presidential Banquet held Saturday. Dr. Patzkowsky was born in Oklahoma City and raised just north of the Oklahoma border in Kiowa, Kansas. His father was a family physician and preceptor for medical students. It was in this rural community and early in life that

Dr. Patzkowsky developed a profound interest in medicine and medical education. Following high school graduation he attended the University of Kansas where he was active in leadership roles. He received his bachelor’s degree in political science, played the bass guitar, and was vice president of the graduating class of 1970. While attending KU he met Marcia, his future wife.  The couple will celebrate their 46 the anniversary this year.

Dr. Patzkowsky earned his doctor of osteopathic medicine degree at Kansas City College of Osteopathic Medicine followed by a rotating internship, as chief intern, at Osteopathic hospital in Tulsa. He matriculated to Texas Tech University completing a residency in family medicine, as chief resident. He was offered a full time faculty position and became an Assistant Professor of Family Medicine. Dr. Patzkowsky also served as the Medical Director of the Panhandle Rural Health Corporation in Amarillo, Texas. While in Amarillo, Texas he and his wife were blessed with a son. He practiced in rural Kansas for a year before returning to his birth state of Oklahoma – landing in Enid –  for a 35-year career. Shortly after returning to Oklahoma he and his wife celebrated the birth of a daughter.

Dr. Patzkowsky’s Enid career ranged from solo family practice, occupational medicine, minor emergency care and instructing and mentoring medical students. He has also been devoted to community service. Dr. Patzkowsky has coached little league and junior league sports and has provided sports physicals for the public school system for more than 25 years. He has also donated his time and talent to the Enid Community Clinic, the NW Oklahoma Blood Institute the NW Oklahoma Osteopathic Foundation and various other community organizations.

When presenting the award,  Dr. Ogle described Dr. Patzkowsky as a personal friend and mentor who values family. “Dr. Patzkowsky  is a loving father  who always finds time for his children. Always present at sports games, dance recitals and graduations. His passion for medicine and caring for others is also evident in his children, who were inspired by his actions and leadership and sought professions in the medical field.”  Dr. Ogle said.   Dr. Patzkowsky’s son, John, and wife,

Sneha, are anesthesiologists in Kansas City and his daughter, Kristin, is a second year Physician Assistant student at OU Health Science Center. Dr. Patzkowsky’s award was presented April 29 th in Norman, OK, as part of the 117 the annual Oklahoma Osteopathic Association Convention.

Northwest Oklahoma Osteopathic Foundation Awards $15,000 to Community Organizations

ENID, OK – – The NW Oklahoma Osteopathic Foundation (NWOOF) recently awarded $15,000 to six community organizations as part of their annual Community Grants Program. Youth and Family Services received $750 toward their youth smoking cessation program. YWCA received $1500 toward their Girl Power Program RSVP received $2500 toward their Fresh Market Commodity Box Program 4RKids received $2750 for medical equipment for workplaces Loaves and Fishes received $3000 for their Fresh Dairy program Denny Price Family YMCA received $4500 for the launch of their Livestrong Cancer Program. Representatives from the six community organizations recently met with the foundation’s board of directors to further explain how the grant monies will be put to use. “The NWOOF has a long history of giving back to the community in this way. We were pleased to be able to support these programs that will, in turn, improve the health and quality of life for so many.” said Anita Luetkemeyer, Executive Director of the NWOOF.

Northwest Oklahoma Osteopathic Foundation Awards Scholarships and Launches Mentoring Program

ENID, OK – – The NW Oklahoma Osteopathic Foundation recently awarded three, $1000 scholarships to graduating high school seniors in NW Oklahoma who have expressed a desire for a career in medicine and demonstrated leadership, commitment, and a love of community during their time in high school. Receiving scholarships were: Cathy Mapes of Alva High School, Kaleigh Crawford of Mooreland High School and Beaux Biggers of Chisholm High School “All of these students possess the qualities, character and compassion to take them far in life. The NW Oklahoma Osteopathic Foundation looks forward to working with these students and helping them reach their professional goals,” said Anita Luetkemeyer, Executive Director, NWOOF. In addition to the scholarship awards, the NWOOF has launched a mentorship program, designed to identify students interested in a career in medicine and help guide them down the path of becoming a physician by offering job shadowing opportunities, networking events, MCAT exam assistance and supplication to medical school. “It’s our goal, by developing relationships with these students, to have a positive impact on their professional development. Then perhaps, when it’s time to begin their career, they might consider returning to NW Oklahoma.” Luetkemeyer said. Graduating high school seniors selected for the mentoring program were: Marquez Baker, Enid High School; Jacelyn Zimmerman, Chisholm High School; Jada Lorenz, Okeene High School; Kimberly Stuck, Alva High School; Dawson Haworth, Fairview High School; Jalee Wills, Woodward High School, Riley Raynor, Chisholm High School; Molly Bloom, Enid High School, Meg Bloom, Enid High School; Brayden Jeffries, Alva High School; Lexie Shafer, Alva High School; Shannon Nesseralla, Alva High School, Cathy Mapes, Alva High School; Kaleigh Crawford, Mooreland High School and Beaux Biggers of Chisholm High School.