Oklahoma’s comprehensive academic health system is now known as OU Health. The new brand identity represents the combined efforts of OU Medicine and the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and reflects a focus and commitment to improving the health of all Oklahomans.
The brand identity OU Health, which launches today, comes after months of gathering extensive feedback and insight from existing patients and Oklahomans across the state, whose needs encompass medicine and many other healthcare services that lead to good health.
“This unified brand identity for our state’s only flagship comprehensive academic health system is emblematic of the University of Oklahoma’s core purpose — to change lives,” said OU President Joseph Harroz Jr. “It’s here at OU Health – an idea decades in the making – where we bring life-changing, unparalleled care to all Oklahomans. Today marks a major milestone in our ongoing work to transform healthcare in Oklahoma through education, research and clinical care.”
OU Health will continue expanding the full breadth of services across the enterprise statewide, from primary care to specialty care. Hospital names, clinic names, centers and faculty practices within OU Health Sciences Center and OU Medicine will now be a part of the OU Health brand family. The transition of the brand will take place over many months, and it will simplify the public’s ability to interact with the academic health system and find necessary healthcare services.
“Our combined effort under the brand of OU Health speaks to our momentum as a comprehensive academic healthcare enterprise,” said Chuck Spicer, FACHE, President and CEO of OU Medicine. “Our patients come to us because of the future they want for themselves and their families. Our mission is to provide the healthcare that gives them that fullness of life.”
The new brand of OU Health is accompanied by a newly designed, patient-centric website – www.OUHealth.com – to carry the enterprise into a future of innovative healthcare delivery. The website is designed for easy access, usability and quick navigation. OU Health’s doctors, health services, and clinic and hospital locations are available on the site along with healthcare news and information.
With the master brand of OU Health, a new logo symbolizes the broad range of services that are important for health. Patients can expect the same high-quality care under the brand refresh:
* Oklahoma Children’s Hospital at OU Health is the new name for the state’s only freestanding children’s hospital and 24/7 pediatric emergency department. The name was designed after extensive research of freestanding children’s hospitals nationally, along with contributions from Oklahomans and patients’ families.
* OU Health Stephenson Cancer Center, the state’s only National Cancer Institute-Designed Cancer Center, and the OU Health Harold Hamm Diabetes Center, will retain their legacy names derived from generous philanthropic support.
* The adult hospital will officially be known as OU Health University of Oklahoma Medical Center to reflect its status as the flagship academic medical center for Oklahoma, and a Top 100 hospital nationally. OU Health Edmond Medical Center is the name of the Edmond hospital to reflect its over 70-year commitment to the Edmond community.
* The faculty practices of the OU Health Sciences Center will reflect the depth of healthcare expertise and services, including OU Health Dentistry, OU Health Pharmacy and OU Health Physicians in both Oklahoma City and Tulsa.
The brand identity of OU Health signifies a closer partnership with the OU Health Sciences Center – one of only three academic health centers in the nation with seven health profession colleges – and its campuses in Oklahoma City and Tulsa. The OU Health Sciences Center is training Oklahoma’s future health professionals –3,200 students and 850 residents across the Colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Allied Health, Dentistry, Public Health and the research disciplines of the Graduate College. Colleges will maintain their University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center academic brands with a co-branding tie-in to signify their collaboration with OU Health.
“We are extremely proud to unify our brand to be reflective of who we are,” said Jason Sanders, M.D., MBA, Senior Vice President and Provost of OU Health Sciences Center. “Our faculty members are national leaders and comprise the largest group of health specialists in Oklahoma, and our researchers work closely with them to bring their discoveries to the patient’s bedside and to the community. Students and residents are training within the vision and values of our enterprise – providing expertise, advanced technology and compassionate care to ensure each patient is the focus of every decision we make.”
OU Health strives to offer high-value, accessible care, and invests in strategies to serve people across the state and region. OU Health is not just about treating patients’ illnesses and injuries, but it is a commitment to achieving the health that allows them to live their best lives.
“We spent time asking Oklahomans about healthcare and about their understanding of us,” said Jennifer Schultz, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Communications. “We quickly learned that we needed to streamline our brand and simplify the ways in which you can find information about us. At OU Health, we believe that healthcare is about the needs of our patients and how our interactions with them can lead to the health and well-being they seek. The OU Health brand and website is reflective of who we are and who we serve and is aimed at providing the entry point to fulfill the healthcare needs of Oklahomans.