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Jay Johnson installed as OHA board chairman

The Oklahoma Hospital Association (OHA) board of directors installed Jay Johnson, FACHE, president and CEO, Duncan Regional Hospital, as chairman on April 16, for a term through 2021. He has served as chairman-elect since 2018 and has served on the OHA board since 2013.

Johnson has been president and CEO at Duncan Regional Hospital since 2010. He began his career at Parkland Health and Hospital System in Dallas, followed by nine years at Stillwater Medical Center and five years at Mercy Hospital Ardmore.

A fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, Johnson is a past delegate of the American Hospital Association’s Region 7 (Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas) Regional Policy Board. Johnson also currently serves as the board chair for the Cancer Centers of Southwest Oklahoma.

OHA awarded Johnson its Advocacy in Action award in 2013 and again in 2017. He has served on the OHA council on policy and legislation almost continuously since 2013.

Locally, Johnson serves on the board of the Duncan Chamber of Commerce, is a member of the Duncan Rotary Club and Duncan First United Methodist Church. He is the past chair of the Duncan Public Schools Foundation and the past chair of the Duncan Area Economic Development Foundation. In 2019 he was named the Duncan Man of the Year by the Duncan Chamber of Commerce, and in 2015 he was named Outstanding Alumni for Cameron University. He is a graduate of Leadership Oklahoma class 29 and Leadership Duncan class 16.

He received his Bachelor of Business Administration degree in 1990 from Cameron University in Lawton, Okla. He earned his Master of Health Administration degree in 1994 from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in Richmond, Va. 

Food Allergies

 Do peanuts or shellfish cause you to become ill?  A plate of scrambled eggs causes your skin to itch? If so, you are not alone; millions of people suffer from an allergy to a food. In fact, food allergies affect around 5% of adults and 8% of children and these percentages are rising  A food allergy occurs when the immune system attacks a food protein that it mistakes as a threat to the body.

It is possible for any food to cause an allergy, but just eight foods cause most:

• Cow’s milk (most commonly found in children)

• Eggs

• Peanuts

• Tree nuts (i.e., walnuts, almonds, and pecans)

• Soy

• Wheat and other grains with gluten

• Fish (mostly in adults)

• Shellfish (mostly in adults)

Symptoms can present themselves within minutes of digesting the food or a few hours later. Some of the mild to moderate ones may include:

• Hives

• Dry, itchy rash

• Redness of the skin

• Nausea or vomiting

• Diarrhea

• Stomach pain

• Sneezing

Severe symptoms may include:

• Trouble swallowing

• Shortness of breath

• Drop in blood pressure

• Chest pain

• Turning blue

Severe symptoms, alone or combined with milder symptoms, may be signs of life-threatening anaphylaxis (an acute allergic reaction). Immediate treatment is required.  Epinephrine is the first-line treatment for anaphylaxis. You should work with your primary care provider to determine the best treatment plan for your specific allergy.

The only way to prevent a reaction is to avoid the food completely.  Make sure to read food labels to ensure the food you are allergic to isn’t in the ingredients. Avoid cross-contact of foods.  You should clean your cooking utensils and cook all allergy-safe foods first.  Recognize your symptoms. You know your body – spotting your signs early could save your life. If you have an epinephrine injector, always know where it is and how to use it. 

Your primary care provider should make a food allergy diagnosis. You should not diagnose yourself with a food allergy. If you have concerns, visit with your provider.

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