New Health Center Named After Wayman Tisdale

Wednesday, June 24th 2009, 10:57 am
By: News On 6

Associated Press

ARDMORE, Okla. (AP) -- A new $20-million specialty clinic planned in north Tulsa will be named after former Oklahoma basketball star Wayman Tisdale.

University President David Boren announced at a board of regents meeting Wednesday that the 50,000-square-foot clinic would be named the University of Oklahoma Wayman Tisdale Health Center.

The clinic will be built beside Neighbor for Neighbor at 36th Street North and North Hartford Avenue.

The 50,000-square-foot clinic, which will serve patients in north, east and west Tulsa, also will feature MRI and CT, endoscopy, outpatient surgery, and a cardiac rehabilitation center. Construction is scheduled to begin later this year. 

During his three years with the Sooners, Tisdale became the first freshman ever to be named to the All-America first team.  He also won a gold medal at the 1984 Olympics and went on to play 12 seasons in the NBA.

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Boren says construction should begin by the end of the year on the new clinic, which will offer MRIs, CT scans, outpatient surgery, endoscopy and a cardiac rehabilitation center to an underserved area of Tulsa.