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O'Connor Chairing Board of Examiners for Nursing Home Administrators

Posted on Wednesday, February 18th, 2009

Dr. J.T. O'Connor, Jr., a physician with Mercy Health/Love County Hospital and Clinic, is chairman of the state board that regulates administrators of Oklahoma's 350 nursing homes.

O'Connor has served on the Oklahoma State Board of Examiners for Nursing Home Administrators since 2005. He was appointed by Governor Brad Henry.

The board licenses and disciplines more than 800 nursing home administrators.

O'Connor has been a family practitioner in Marietta for 35 years. He also serves as medical director for Lake Country Manor in Marietta and two other nursing homes in Ardmore.

Locally, O'Connor also works as medical director of the Love County Health Department and the Emergency Services Board. He is a consulting physician to Mental Health Services of Southern Oklahoma.

In addition to his D.O. degree from Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1972, O'Connor earned a master of health from OU's College of Public Health in 1992. The department named him its outstanding student.

O'Connor has been a national leader in the public health/preventive medicine arm of the American Osteopathic Association.

He is certified as a fellow of its affiliate, the American Osteopathic College of Occupational and Preventive Medicine. He has served on the college's board of directs and edited its web site ad newsletter.

For the Oklahoma Osteopathic Association, he has served as a member of the committee on education and the physician grievance committee.

Locally, he served three years on the board of the Ardmore Chapter of the American Red Cross.

O'Connor and his wife, Karen, moved to Love County in 1972. They raised two sons and a daughter.