Prominent Tulsa Physician Kills Himself - NewsOn6.com - Tulsa, OK - News, Weather, Video and Sports - KOTV.com |

News

Prominent Tulsa Physician Kills Himself

Posted: Updated:
Dr. Jerome E. Block Dr. Jerome E. Block
TULSA, Oklahoma -

A prominent Tulsa physician killed himself Thursday, according to Tulsa Police. Jerome E. Block, M.D., jumped to his death from the Central Park West Apartments, police said.

They said Block jumped from the 20th floor of the complex around 9:30 a.m.

Block was fined $105,000 in June, 2015, to "settle allegations of submitting false Medicare claims to the United States," according to the U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Oklahoma. A former employee filed a "whistle blower" complaint, stating unlicensed personnel and staff provided medical services to patients like taking and recording patient history, performing and recording physical exams.

Medicare regulations require that such services must be provided by a licensed physician or nurse practitioner to qualify for payment, United States Attorney Danny C. Williams Sr. said.

The 77-year-old physician founded Integrations Health Center at 61st and Sheridan in 2007. He wrote an open letter, posted on the clinic's Facebook page October 13, stating he was taking a "much needed sabbatical." He said medicine was a life-long passion, and that his patients had become his friends.

"It is my sincere hope that each of you continue to strive to live in optimal health as each year passes," he wrote.

Block was married and the father of eight children. His obituary states he received his MD from the New Jersey College of Medicine in 1964 and practiced in Missouri and Kansas before opening his Tulsa clinic.

A post by the clinic states Block "left this world too soon," and that the office will be closed Monday in honor of the physician.

Special Features

Live Traffic

Get the latest road conditions on Green Country roadways.

iPhone App

Get breaking news, weather, sports & video directly on your iPhone.

CBS Shows

Watch your favorite CBS shows for free online.

Links

Looking for a website or event you heard mentioned on News On 6? Find it here!

TV Schedule

Need to know what's on TV? Check out our television schedule.

Live Radar

WARN Interactive

Special Coverage

  • Bridge Tracker

    How safe are Oklahoma's bridges? Use Bridge Tracker to find out now.

  • Fallen Heroes

    News On 6 honors our fallen Oklahoma heroes. View our interactive timeline.

  • Murrah Bombing Timeline

    Learn more about the events leading up to and following the bombing.

  • Storm Zone

    Watch tornadoes tear across Oklahoma and learn how to stay safe!

Powered by Frankly
News On 6
303 N. Boston Ave.
Tulsa, OK 74103
Newson6.com is proud to provide Oklahomans with timely and relevant news and information, sharing the stories, pictures and loves of Oklahomans across our great state.
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2017 KOTV. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.