Resident:

Karen Grissom, South Oklahoma City

 

 

Context: Grissom said her concern with teacher shortages is an ongoing issue. Her children are now adults, but she experienced this same problem when they were in school. She believes schools can’t effectively reach each child with current student-teacher ratios, which are among the highest in the nation.


Response:

Charles Tompkins, Interim Chief Human Resources Officer

 

 

Context: Tompkins said Oklahoma City Public Schools has struggled to recruit teachers for years. Challenging working conditions and teacher pay are some of the biggest problems when recruiting and retaining teachers. The district has had to get creative with its recruitment efforts in order to find more job candidates.


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Least Profitable Small Hospitals

These 10 small general hospitals had the greatest losses in overall profit margins in 2012.
HospitalCityBedsNet IncomeOverall Profit Margin
Stroud Regional Medical CenterStroud25-$7,066,663.00-100.2%
Physicians Hospital at AnadarkoAnadarko25-$6,983,948.00-90.5%
Integris Edmond*Edmond40-$8,930,045.00-67.7%
Sayre Memorial HospitalSayer46-$3,077,181.00-38.9%
Latimer County HospitalWilburton33-$2,328,614.00-36.9%
Pauls Valley General HospitalPauls Valley64-$4,149,135.00-30.7%
Kingfisher Regional HospitalKingfisher25-$3,180,373.00-22.8%
Mercy Hospital TishomingoTishomingo25-$652,704.00-15.5%
Cimarron Memorial HospitalBoise City25-$524,406.00-14.7%
Harmon Memorial HospitalHollis31-$738,953.00-14.6%
* Less than 12 months of data available.

Source: Oklahoma City Public Schools

Most Profitable Large Hospitals

These five general hospitals with 100 beds or more posted the highest overall profit margins in 2012.
HospitalCityBedsNet IncomeOverall Profit Margin
Medical Center Of Southeastern OklahomaDurant140$22,675,088 26.1%
Wagoner Community HospitalWagoner100$4,424,554 22.3%
St. Francis HospitalTulsa814$183,176,728 20.8%
Jane Phillips Memorial Medical CenterBartlesville140$20,702,607 17.0%
Integris Bass Baptist Health CenterEnid162$17,172,265 13.9%

Source: National Center for Education Statistics


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