Lance Frye, M.D. and Keith Reed – “COVID-19 Vaccination Rollout”

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Lance Frye, M.D., serves as interim commissioner of the Oklahoma State Department of Health. He also serves as interim department chair, residency program director and professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences.

Frye received his Doctorate in Medicine from Loma Linda University, School of Medicine, Loma Linda, California in 1993. He completed an internship in family medicine in 1994 and a residency in obstetrics and gynecology in 1997. Frye completed additional training in urogynecology and pelvic reconstructive surgery at The University of California in 1998.

After practicing medicine for several years, Frye’s desire to serve his country led him to join the Air Force in 2005 after receiving his commission through the Officer Training Corps. Upon completion of Commissioned Officer Training he attended aerospace medicine training at Brooks AFB where he was recognized as the Honor Graduate. He entered active duty Air Force as a flight surgeon at Nellis AFB, and transitioned to the Air National Guard, moving to Tulsa, Okla. in 2010. Frye served as state air surgeon for the Oklahoma Air National Guard (OKANG) and in that role he served as OKANG senior medical officer and advisor to The Adjutant General (TAG) of Oklahoma for all OKANG medical issues.

Frye deployed in support of Operations ENDURING FREEDOM and IRAQI FREEDOM. He served in multiple areas of expertise in deployed environments including flight surgeon at a contingency aeromedical staging facility (CASF), a gynecologic surgeon, combat search and rescue (CSAR) and casualty evacuation (CASEVAC) in the highest threat environment of Afghanistan in 2008.

Professional memberships include Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology as well as American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. He was appointed as interim health commissioner by Governor Kevin Stitt on May 22, 2020.


Keith Reed has been named deputy commissioner for Community Health Services, a new designation for the agency. This position will work with the 68 county health departments and regional directors. Reed has been with OSDH since 2002 and has served as regional director for Cleveland, Grady, Garvin, McClain and Murray counties since 2013. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Northeastern Oklahoma State University and a Masters of Public Health from the University Of Oklahoma College Of Public Health.

 

 


Chair of the Day

Joe Hodges is the Regional President of SSM Health Oklahoma, the parent company of the St. Anthony Hospitals. Joe’s journey into service began long before he joined St. Anthony Hospital in Oklahoma City in 1992. In fact, his journey began in the small rural Oklahoma panhandle town of Forgan. As the son of a third-generation rancher and a first-grade teacher, his parents instilled in him the importance of education and hard work.

A graduate student at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, he joined St. Anthony as a part-time employee in the hospital’s business office. From the business office he moved into managed care before becoming network director of hospital contracting, then executive director of oncology and administrative services and eventually vice president of operations. In 2003, he was named executive vice president and chief operating officer. And 13 years to the month that he began at St. Anthony, Hodges was named the hospital’s president and served in that role until his appointment as regional president in 2012. Under Hodges leadership, he has expanded health services which are now comprised of four hospitals, a medical group, a foundation, four outpatient healthplexes and 17 rural hospital affiliates.

Hodges serves on the board of numerous civic organizations including: President of the Oklahoma City Civic Center Foundation, Oklahoma Blood Institute, Emergency Medical Services Authority, Allied Arts, OKC Chamber of Commerce, Shartel Boulevard Development Authority and YMCA of Oklahoma City. Previously he has served on the boards of Leadership OKC, Oklahoma City Arts Council and the Oklahoma National Memorial. He has been a member of the Oklahoma City Downtown Rotary since 2007 and he is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Hodges earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Oklahoma State University and a master’s in health-care administration from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. He has two daughters.

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