Variety Care
3000 N. Grand Blvd.
Oklahoma City OK 73107-1818
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Mission Statement Making quality health care affordable and accessible.
Contact Information
Contact Name Lou Carmichael
Contact email
Address 3000 N. Grand Blvd.
Oklahoma City, OK 73107 1818
Phone (405) 632-6688
Fax 405-288-0249
County Oklahoma
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Checks may be mailed to Variety Care Foundation, 3000 N. Grand Blvd., Oklahoma City, OK  73107
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $44,362,144.00
Projected Expenses $43,034,378.00
History and Background
Former Names
Oklahoma Community Health Services2009
Variety Health Center2009
Year Founded 1932
IRS Ruling Year 1980
State Registration Expiration May 2018
Mission Making quality health care affordable and accessible.
Variety Care’s history of service to Central Oklahoma goes back to 1932. The history of the Variety Care name is unique and tied to a commitment of community caring. In December 1928 at the Sheridan Square Theatre in Pittsburgh, an infant was found having been abandoned because the family was too poor to provide basic needs for the baby. The owner of the theatre and the other 10 members of the Variety Club elected to raise money to care for this child and later arranged for her adoption. Variety Clubs across the county took on the cause of children’s health and well-being. As the Great Depression plunged more and more children and families into poverty, Variety Clubs across the country galvanized all areas of the entertainment industry toward its mission of caring for poor children. Here in Oklahoma City, the Variety Club along with the Junior League invested time and treasure to create a health center devoted to immunizations and childhood wellness. Our mission has expanded to care for the entire family.
Today, Variety Care is the largest community health center in Oklahoma and a leader in developing solutions for high-risk patients such as the uninsured, underinsured, children and vulnerable elderly. We operate 16 clinics in four counties and serve patients of all ages from across 28 counties. We provide the full scope of family medicine, pediatrics, internal medicine, clinical pharmacy, obstetrics, oral health, vision, behavioral health, and case management. Nearly all VC patients live in poverty.  We provide care on a sliding fee scale based on income so care is truly affordable. We provide pharmacy discounts for people who cannot afford to pay full price for medicine that will cure illness and extend their lives. We have a commitment to providing the right care in the right way at the right time and we focus on removing barriers that keep people from getting the medical care they need. We know that without having basic needs met, many people are not in a position to seek medical care, so we link patients with other community resources such as housing, food, education, and job assistance. A majority of VC’s board of directors are patients of the health center. This majority-consumer board ensures that we remain aware of, and responsive to, the needs of the people in the communities we serve.   

Every day, more than770 Oklahomans turn to Variety Care (VC) for medical, dental, behavioral health, and vision primary care and social service programs. Insured or uninsured, all are welcomed with compassion and respect. Access is the core of our mission; therefore, the growth of patients and services offered are our most important accomplishments and mean that we are reaching those who need us most. Many people come to VC because we treat them as a partner in their healthcare. Many of our providers and most front office staff speak Spanish so that patients best served in Spanish can effectively communicate. We also have on-site translation services to other languages as needed. In 2016, VC cared for 54,178 patients through 182,492 patient encounters. When added to those served through the Teen Clinic pregnancy prevention program, Foster Grandparents, and the Women, Infant and Children program, Variety Care touched the lives of 104,883 individuals.

Goals include continuing to work with hospitals to reduce readmissions for high-risk patients and working with other agencies to develop services for seniors so they are able to remain at home as long as possible. In addition, a significant goal is to expand services to additional high-risk populations, which will require additional funding sources. As important as treatment of chronic disease is VC’s effort to prevent it in the first place. Patient education, screening and other services that help keep people well have even greater potential for healthier outcomes, but these services are non-billable.



Our most current and ongoing need is for unrestricted funding for the uninsured and for unreimbursed services that our patients need. VC’s federal grant helps offset some of the cost for patients in poverty and allows us to slide fees to a nominal charge. In fact, VC provides $3 of care for every $1 in federal funding. Many times that is not enough - we have patients who cannot afford to pay even the nominal fee. Some funding to offset the minimum fee is received from United Way and through our Patient Care Fund, but many needs are not covered. Uninsured patients need help to pay for diagnostic testing such as lab and X-ray and visits to specialists. Most chronically ill patients need on-going routine testing beyond the diagnosis of the disease. This lab testing contributes to medication management. This is true for patients suffering from diabetes, hypertension, and other illnesses. Funding is needed for more clinical pharmacy staff to help patients understand their medications and how to take them. Education about medications is proven to make a difference, especially to those patients who take several medicines. Other staff needs are for intensive case management, nutrition and wellness, and staff to undertake and maintain quality improvement activities.


CEO/Executive Director Statement

At Variety Care, we care about the whole patient. Our culture is one of teamwork with staff at all levels that believe in our mission and treat patients with respect no matter their income or insurance status. We believe in the concept of community-based medicine, that it is more patient-friendly for individuals to receive medical care in their “family doctor’s office,” than in a clinic model where people must wait in line for the next available provider. The importance of relationship is very real at VC; when patients become known to staff and are addressed by name, they are more likely to confide in and listen to their medical provider. Because we serve the insured and the uninsured, entire families, from newborns to grandparents, can come to VC for their health care needs. Each patient has their own medical provider that they will see each time they visit the health center. We believe there is no wrong door into Variety Care. Our system is integrated so patients are treated holistically. A medical provider may identify a behavioral health need, or a dental provider may identify a medical need. That team-based approach puts the patient at the center of every appointment.

VC employees at all levels receive Mental Health First Aid training, which helps them to be more comfortable in working with the public as staff learn to recognize the warning signs of someone who needs mental health assistance. With training, comes a deeper understanding of mental illness and the confidence to act that helps break down the barrier of fear of encountering someone with a mental health problem. This helps us provide more patient-centered medical care.

VC’s combined and integrated services have huge potential for cost savings to the system, the community and the patient, but the cost of these services must be supported by community donations to make them affordable for low-income families and the working poor. We have recently opened up clinics in collaboration with OSU/OKC and will soon open clinics at Emerson Mid-High School, and in northwest OKC. We will continue to develop and nurture partnerships that allow us to reach out to the elderly, the disenfranchised, the uninsured and those who have limited options for healthcare. At VC, we ARE changing the face of healthcare in Oklahoma.



Board Chair Statement

Variety Care faces governance challenges typical of a fast-growing nonprofit organization. With 16 clinics and 434 staff, ensuring continued management and financial stability is one of the board’s most significant responsibilities. Fortunately, we have a dynamic and visionary CEO who works well with the board and a stable management team. Confidence in this team allows the board to focus on trends in healthcare and on expansion opportunities.

VC expands at a controlled pace to ensure programs are sustained.  Because of VC’s excellent reputation, individuals and communities often approach us asking VC to expand to their community. One such example is a local pediatrician who wanted to serve all children, whether insured or uninsured. Within a typical medical practice, she could not afford to do so. She approached VC, who acquired the practice, providing affordable access to this well-known and much beloved pediatrician for all neighborhood children.

A challenge unique to community health centers is a federal requirement that at least 51% of the board be users of the center. Finding qualified board members, especially in rural areas, can be difficult. VC’s 14-member board has an active nominations committee that seeks out quality individuals for potential service and a roster is presented for election once a year. Board members who rotate off are replaced by persons with similar qualifications; for example, a health center user in a rural community would be replaced by another rural member. This keeps the board balanced and within federal compliance. Health care is one of the most regulated of industries, and community health centers among the most regulated in the industry. Training is critical, and all board members, each serving no more than two 3-year terms, must maintain a high level of expertise. Board training specific to community health centers is available locally through the Oklahoma Primary Care Association. Also, board members travel to national training meetings as funds allow.

VC serves tens of thousands of people each year, people who without VC would not receive the medical and social service care they need. VC is about access, about caring and about finding solutions, and I support this mission and these efforts whole-heartedly. I strongly believe that you don’t get involved with an organization without being fully committed to furthering its mission. I am dedicated to Variety Care and its mission to improve the state of health care in our community. It’s a calling and I enjoy doing it.

Area Served
Area Served
Geographic Area Served
Central Oklahoma
Variety Care serves patients across a 28-county area with facilities located in Oklahoma, Tillman, Caddo, Custer and Cleveland counties.  
Service Categories
Secondary Organizational Category Diseases Disorders & Medical Disciplines/Pediatrics
Tertiary Organizational Category Human Services/Family Counseling

VC primary care services include a broad range of programs and services for all ages. VC full-time facilities include eight health centers in Oklahoma City and two in Norman, as well as rural clinics in Ft. Cobb, Grandfield, and Thomas. In addition, Variety Care operates a part-time site at Oklahoma Educare, and two sites in collaboration with Community Mental Health Centers.

Depending on the location, services include preventive and primary medicine, pediatrics, OB/Gyn, prenatal care, geriatrics, clinical pharmacy, mental health, substance abuse services, immunizations, optometry, dental, on-site lab and X-ray, WIC, patient education, referrals to community resources, discounted medications, a patient assistance program for receiving free medications for those who qualify, case management, and patient advocacy. Two of VC’s urban health center sites have walking trails with strategically placed benches. The Mike Dover Park at the Lafayette campus includes a beautifully landscaped park and active play equipment to encourage movement. Patients and community members utilize these outdoor facilities to exercise and gather together.


Population Served General/Unspecified Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent Unemployed, Underemployed, Dislocated
Program Short-term SuccessHelpDescription of short-term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program.

At VC’s Inasmuch Foundation Pediatric and Wellness Center (Lafayette campus), a new model of patient-centered, holistic care can be found. The campus includes a pediatric wellness center with integrated medical, dental and behavioral health. Services are provided in a family-friendly environment and there is nearby access to vision care. A dietician provides coaching in nutrition focusing on healthy diet and exercise. A teaching kitchen hosts classes in collaboration with OU to teach parents how to prepare tasty nutritious foods, and a Jr. League project offers small group instruction in nutritious meal preparation. Daily successes are celebrated as patients learn healthy, life-changing skills. At Straka Terrace, A Chronic Disease Management Clinic helps patients with chronic illness manage their disease and improve their quality of life. Throughout VC’s system, behavioral health is being integrated with other services to ensure a holistic approach to life long health and wellness.



Program Long-term SuccessHelpDescription of the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future or represent an ideal state.

For VC, long-term success focuses on improved wellness and quality of life for our patients. A survey was conducted of 355 patients who received assistance through our Support Care Fund; 87.3% increased health knowledge, 99.7% understand the importance of routine checkups, 65.6% feel they are in good health, and 84.2% can now recognize the specific symptoms of their condition. In another survey involving 241 patients, 71.4% showed improvement in their health. Long-term change in condition over a year was measured for 30 diabetic patients; 67% showed a sustained improvement in their health. These dynamic long-term successes happen because of VC’s commitment to patient education and coaching; they are all the more dynamic consider the poverty of the patients. Straka Terrace, VC’s flagship location, has received certification as Patient Centered Medical Home.

Program Success MonitoringHelpDescription of the tools used to measure or track program impact. VC monitors 16 health outcomes, reported by site and by provider; results are used to continually improve services. Another measure of success is an increase in the number of patients seeking care at VC. Our efforts to expand services to children have been highly successful with the number of children served by VC continuing to grow. VC focuses on early entry into prenatal care, resulting in healthier babies. We also operate the largest single WIC site in the state, providing education and nutrition to at-risk families. Another measure of success is our ability to adapt to the need of patients. Variety Care formed a Patient Care Fund to help the neediest of patients on a case-by-case basis. The Fund is used for such things as eyeglasses, X-rays, family planning and diabetic testing and education.
Examples of Program SuccessHelpSpecific examples of changes in behaviors or testimonies of changes that demonstrate program success.
Patients often express their appreciation for VC.  Maria S. says, “My youngest has health issues concerning her breathing that require ongoing management and treatment. Variety Care takes care of us and is understanding of the attention her condition requires. They help set up appointments so that, when we arrive, the doctor is expecting us. Their compassion shines through their service.”  
Another dramatic example is a recent effort focused on decreasing medication errors and increasing patient safety for those taking multiple medications.  Fifty patients with uncontrolled diabetes were identified, all of whom were taking more than 12 medications and all with a mental health diagnosis. Through the involvement of clinical pharmacists and diabetic educators, within six months 80% of patients had their diabetes under control.

Variety Care’s Teen Clinic is a teen pregnancy prevention program focusing on Oklahoma City Hispanic teens ages 13 – 19, conducted at U.S. Grant, Capitol Hill, Southeast, Emerson, and Putnam City West High Schools, Putnam City Academy, and the Advanced Science & Technology Education Charter School. An 8-lesson evidence-based curriculum Cuidate (”take care of yourself” in Spanish) is offered to freshmen, sophomores, and senior students and students newly enrolled. Cuidate is a culturally appropriate program to reduce HIV sexual risk behavior among Hispanic youth. Teen Clinic also offers Be Proud, Be Responsible, a Centers for Disease approved curriculum featuring eight one-hour modules encouraging responsibility and accountability. In addition to the program offered in schools, Teen Clinic at VC is a series of sexual education classes offered several times per month during which students have free access to a medical provider for questions and contraceptive services.

Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) Hispanic, Latino Heritage
Program Short-term SuccessHelpDescription of short-term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program.

Short-term success for this program is an increased knowledge of HIV and pregnancy prevention, knowledge about possible career tracks, the benefits of staying in school, and learning to respect oneself. Each Cuidate lesson is considered an intervention. For Teen Clinic conducted in the public school, 2770 students participated in 15,589 hours of instruction. Teen Clinic at Variety Care offers a series of sexual education classes offered several times per month during after school hours and on weekends at a VC clinic; students have access a medical provider for questions and free contraceptives. Teen Clinic at VC served 793 students during the 2015-16 year.

Program Long-term SuccessHelpDescription of the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future or represent an ideal state.

For the 2015-16 school year, Teen Clinic served 2,770 students, an increase from 1,075 students in 2011-12. Variety Care’s mission of making quality and affordable health care accessible to all is furthered by providing services to youth at risk for teen pregnancy with education, medical care and guidance to help them plan families after they complete school. With support for this program from the Kirkpatrick Family Fund, we are investing in the future of Oklahoma City. Long-term success for the Teen Clinic program is the prevention of teen pregnancy among program participants during their high school years.

Program Success MonitoringHelpDescription of the tools used to measure or track program impact.

Teen Clinic is monitored through data collection and analysis. Program success is measures by an increase in knowledge about HIV, the importance of condom use, the benefits of abstinence and knowledge of refusal skills. Ages of students served included 18.1% students ages 12- 14, 47.1% of students ages 15-16, and 34.8% of students aged 17-19. Just over a third of the students, 33.0%, were in 9th grade, 33.4% were in l0th grade, 6.3% were in 11th grade, and 27.6% were in 12th grade. Of the total number of students who participated in the program, 41.8% were enrolled at U.S. Grant, 38.7% at Capitol Hill High School, 7.8% at Southeast High School, 5.1% at Putnam City West, 4.1% at Emerson, and 2.6% at Putnam City Academy. Results from the 2015-16 school year show students showed a 21.2% increase in knowledge of STD transmission, and a 31.5% increase in understanding of HIV transmission and AIDS.

Examples of Program SuccessHelpSpecific examples of changes in behaviors or testimonies of changes that demonstrate program success.

The following anecdote illustrates why Teen Clinic is so successful: M is 18 and started coming to Teen Clinic when she was 16. Her 14-year-old sister was pregnant and M wanted to avoid the same path. With the knowledge and support she received through Teen Clinic, M has graduated from high school and postponed pregnancy. She is very grateful for the influence of teen clinic and remarked to the Teen Clinic Coordinator that without Teen Clinic, she probably would be pregnant.


VC works with NorthCare Community Mental Health Center to provide integrated preventive and primary care to Seriously Mentally Ill adults at NorthCare’s new Wellness Campus. There are ample statistics demonstrating that mentally ill individuals have a higher rate of illness and death than the general population. Compared to Oklahomans overall, persons with serious mental illness typically die more than 26.3 years earlier. Many people with serious mental illnesses do not access medical care through traditional avenues. These individuals have multiple barriers to receiving medical care, including stigma, lack of integrated mental and medical health care, poverty and lack of insurance or insufficient financial means to pay for care. By working together, VC and NorthCare change the path of these highly at-risk individuals, giving them hope for a healthy future. Variety Care also has embedded a medical provider at Central Oklahoma Community Mental Health Center and we are expecting similar results as have been achieved at NorthCare.

Population Served People/Families with of People with Psychological Disabilities Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent Unemployed, Underemployed, Dislocated
Program Short-term SuccessHelpDescription of short-term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. Immediate short-term success includes the availability of same day appointments, decreased barriers to care and improvement in the health of patients.  Many mental health consumers struggle with weight gain and diabetes, often associated with mental health medications.  Regular body mass index readings, cholesterol tests and diabetic tests measure short-term improvement.  Smoking cessation and wellness programs have been implemented. An indicator of the short-term success of this program is that new consumers continue to enroll to experience the benefits of the medical home, which fully integrates medical and mental health care.
Program Long-term SuccessHelpDescription of the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future or represent an ideal state.

Because the mentally ill do not traditionally receive coordinated care, long-term success for this program is measured by the sustainability of the program and overall improved health outcomes for patients. The VC / NorthCare collaboration began as a grant funded program and is sustained as part of Variety Care’s overall commitment to improve access to care.  Many of the individuals served at this site have shown significant improvement, consumer/patients diagnosed as obese have made progress toward their ideal weight,  patients with diabetes report improved blood glucose levels equal to or less than 9% (the national benchmark), and  patients with hypertension have achieved adequate control. 

Program Success MonitoringHelpDescription of the tools used to measure or track program impact.

Regular reports demonstrate that the program is used by an increasing number of mental health consumers and that the program works.  A patient, “M,” nearly lost her leg because of diabetes.  Because she had immediate access to her primary care providers within her mental health center, as opposed to fragmented care usually received through a hospital ER, her leg was saved.  Another patient, “K,” came to the medical clinic at NorthCare with chest pain and rapid heart rate. K did not have any insurance.  The VC provider performed an EKG, and noticed symptoms of heart disease.  K was immediately referred to the hospital ER.  VC and NorthCare case management staff made arrangements for him to be admitted to Mercy through a charity program so that he could see a cardiologist.  His condition has stabilized. Time and again, these types of stories are reported. The VC/NorthCare partnership is saving lives. 

Examples of Program SuccessHelpSpecific examples of changes in behaviors or testimonies of changes that demonstrate program success.

Through the VC / NorthCare collaboration, consumer/patients receive integrated care and have experienced improved health and quality of life. When the mental health provider and medical provider communicate and develop treatment plans together, the patient is treated holistically rather than as someone with isolated diseases and complaints. Because both VC and NorthCare are patient-centered, the consumer/patient is involved in making health goals and in developing a realistic plan to meet those goals. Certified Peer Recovery Support Specialists work daily in the clinic, collecting data, and offering hope and support. Two Peer Support Specialists have been trained as wellness coaches and offer one-on-one support to health clinic consumers. The collaboration has led to placement of NorthCare clinicians in VC facilities to provide behavioral health services to VC patients. This furthers the practice of integrated care.

Variety Care has embedded a primary care clinic at Oklahoma City Educare. Educare is a nationally recognized model that promotes school readiness by implementing programming aimed at preventing the achievement gap from taking root in the early years of a child’s life. The concept of wrap around services is one of the reasons Educare programs have become so successful in helping at-risk children progress through their early years. Educare Centers help young children grow up safe, healthy and eager to learn, providing outcome-based learning environments for families and their children who are at-risk for school failure.
Population Served Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent Unemployed, Underemployed, Dislocated At-Risk Populations
Program Short-term SuccessHelpDescription of short-term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program.

Because VC provides care onsite at Educare, children are immunized on time and have regular well-child checkups. School staff refer children to the VC provider, or parents bring the child in. Because their medical provider is at their school, children miss less school, which leads to increased success.

Program Long-term SuccessHelpDescription of the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future or represent an ideal state.

While the numbers of patients served at Educare is modest, the individuals who receive care at this clinic would likely not have received care elsewhere. Because care is provided onsite and on a sliding fee scale based on income, barriers due to poverty and transportation are removed. Variety Care at Educare has been in operation since 2010. Since that time, the number of patients utilizing the service has grown and that growth is expected to continue. VC will continue to reach out to individuals in the community served by Educare who prefer to have a medical home where they can see the same medical provider and in a comprehensive health system. VC will have long-term success at this site when all patients who need medical services are able to access them through the VC partnership.

Program Success MonitoringHelpDescription of the tools used to measure or track program impact.

Program success at Educare is measured by how effectively services have been integrated; Variety Care at Educare is a seamless parts of the organization’s model. Unfortunately, often services offered by nonprofit organizations to persons living in poverty start and stop depending on funding - individuals are naturally reluctant to trust yet another nonprofit who means well but may not have staying power. At VC, we do not open a new clinic unless we are certain it is sustainable. Due to our continued presence at Educare, we expect the utilization of services to continue to grow, as the community comes to trust that Variety Care is in their community for the long term.

Examples of Program SuccessHelpSpecific examples of changes in behaviors or testimonies of changes that demonstrate program success.
Both VC and Educare serve the poor and disadvantaged; many are among the working poor without health insurance. Providing care on-site removes many barriers. One child served at Educare has a mother receiving inpatient care for drug use; the baby’s father is in prison. Mom received custody of the child from DHS. Educare staff provided the child with primary care, encouraged, and supported the mother by coordinating mental health counseling. At 10 months, the baby was thriving; mom remained clean and sober and took GED classes at Educare while continuing to receive mental health counseling at NorthCare. Every day, VC attends to the needs of patients with respect, acknowledging the dignity of each individual, regardless of their income. We are part of an entire village of agencies who together to make a tremendous difference in the lives of people.
The Senior Corps Program is part of the Corporation for National and Community Service.  Senior Corps has connected seniors to service opportunities in their communities for nearly 40 years.  The Foster Grandparent Program, one of three Senior Corps programs, connects volunteers aged 55 and over with children and young people with exceptional needs. 
Foster Grandparents are role models, mentors and friends to children and youth who are facing academic, social behavior, or attitude challenges. Variety Care’s Foster Grandparent Program is one of only five in the state.  Children in public schools, after school programs and Head Start programs receive one-on-one attention from seniors with a lifetime of experience to share.  Low-income seniors receive a stipend for their work in this program. The VC Foster Grandparent Program is funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service and the Oklahoma Department of Human Services Aging Services, and is sponsored by Variety Care.
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens
Program Short-term SuccessHelpDescription of short-term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. Each year, about 265 children are served by 65 Foster Grandparents through the VC Foster Grandparent Program. Volunteers provide 65,000 hours each year with a Return on Investment of approximately 4:1. The VC Foster Grandparent Program is operated through 31 volunteer stations in Oklahoma, Roger Mills, Kiowa, Tillman, Beckham, Washita, Cotton, Jefferson, Jackson, Harmon, Greer, and Northwest Caddo Counties.  Each volunteer works an average of 78 hours per month.  Volunteers help children at risk of school failure to improve their academic abilities, social behavior or attitude, all of which can be barriers to school performance.  Each child is tutored in the classroom in an established routine. Foster Grandparents often eat breakfast or lunch with the children who have been assigned to them, further solidifying their bond as a role model and friend to the child.  Short-term success will be achieved each year that children are helped to fulfill their academic potential.
Program Long-term SuccessHelpDescription of the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future or represent an ideal state. Variety Care has hosted a Foster Grandparent Program since 1996.  The program provides a bridge between seniors who have time, skills, patience and experience, and children who need an adult to be their role model and mentor.  Seniors help children develop social coping skills and improve their academic performance.  At an average of 265 children per year, over the last 16 years, Variety Care has helped over 4,000 children to progress in school, keeping pace with their peers and improving their chances of graduation. This record of success will continue into the future.
Program Success MonitoringHelpDescription of the tools used to measure or track program impact.

Foster Grandparents receive an orientation and training before they are matched with a student.  Program success is measured by improvement in three areas: academic performance, social behavior and attitude. Children are evaluated by their Foster Grandparent and their teacher to determine if the program has been successful in helping them to reach their goals.  For the seniors involved in the program, success is more difficult to quantify and involves maintaining a sense of independence and fulfillment in sharing a lifetime of experience with a child who needs them.  Numerous studies have shown that one of the keys to quality of life for seniors is a sense of community and the need to contribute, to make a difference.  Through this program, seniors give back to their community, gain a sense of importance and purpose and see the difference their involvement makes in the lives of children.

Examples of Program SuccessHelpSpecific examples of changes in behaviors or testimonies of changes that demonstrate program success. M.G., a bilingual volunteer at Eldorado Elementary School in rural southwestern Jackson County, assists several children in multiple classes.  She was approached by a teacher who had a group of six 5th grade Hispanic boys who needed help with their reading skills. At their present reading level of 2nd grade, they would not pass the mandatory state testing that would allow them to move on to the next grade level.  They faced being “held back” while their peers moved forward.  For over a month, M.G. worked with the boys every day, having them read to her and giving them quizzes over the chapters they read.  When they took the state test all the boys passed with nearly perfect scores!  This anecdote is typical of the success experienced in the Variety Care Foster Grandparents program.  Overall, approximately 90% of students catch up with their peers and move forward in school.
Comments on Programs
CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments One of the greatest challenges facing Variety Care is that opportunities and needs are unlimited, but funding to address those needs is limited.  We do not believe in developing programs that are grant-dependent that will end when the funding is over.  VC adds clinics and services when they can be sustained. This means that a need may be identified several months or years before we are in a position to make the dream of meeting that need a reality. Variety Care has built a reputation on integrity and longevity.  We help many patients who are turned away elsewhere as too difficult to manage or as noncompliant.  Needs that we have identified and are working strategically to address in the future include comprehensive care for returning veterans, a health center facility that will serve the needs of the LGBT population and coordinated care for children in custody.  In addition to leveraging grants and private donations to meet identified needs, VC is working to develop sources of unrelated business income to support programming.
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Lou Carmichael
Start Date June 2005
Experience Lou Carmichael joined Variety Care as a part-time consultant in 2002.  In 2005, the board engaged her as Interim Executive Director.  After a national search and interview process, she was named CEO in June 2004. Before joining Variety Care, Ms. Carmichael held VP and Director level positions in the areas of Human Resources, Sales, Quality, Compliance, Strategic Planning, Customer Service, Planning and Budget Administration and Client Satisfaction (in Health Care, Consumer Products and Retail). Her corporate career and Officer positions were with Ralston Purina, Union Carbide, and LabCorp/Dianon. She graduated from the University of North Texas with a degree in Political Science. She completed graduate executive programs at the Kellogg School, the University of Michigan and the Harvard School of Public Health. She completed the requirements for certification as a compliance professional from the Council of Ethical Companies (CCP) based in Washington, DC. She has served on non-profit boards and other community service roles in Dallas, St. Louis and Oklahoma City.
Senior Staff
Robyn CoventonChief Administrative Officer
Craig Herwig, D.D.S.Dental Director
Carol MartinChief Operations Officer
Tim ReddoutChief Financial Officer
Nathan Valentine, MDChief Medical Officer
Number of Full-time Staff 430
Number of Part-time Staff 4
Number of Contract Staff 11
Number of Volunteers 93
Staff Retention Rate 91
Are professional development opportunities provided? Yes
Does CEO/Executive Director have formal evaluations? Yes
Management reports to board? Yes
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 15
Asian American/Pacific Islander 6
Caucasian 82
Hispanic/Latino 151
Native American/American Indian 7
Other 0 6 two or more races
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 30
Female 237
Organizational Plans
Fundraising Plan Yes
Policy against commission-based compensation for fundraising consultant Yes
Communication Plan Yes
Strategic Plan Yes
Number of Years Strategic Plan Considers 3
Date Strategic Plan Adopted 2014
Management Succession Plan Yes
Organization Policies and Procedures Yes

VC collaborations include the Oklahoma State Department of Health and county health departments, Community Health Centers Inc., NorthCare for integrated primary care and Healthy Homes, Espra Mas, Educare, Reaching Our City, OK Dental Foundation for rural health access, the Commission to Transform the Safety Net (including Integris, Mercy, Deaconess, Ok Medical Society, the Health Alliance for the Uninsured, the University of Oklahoma, the Ok Commissioner of Health and Commissioner of Mental Health and the Delta Dental Foundation), Integris SW Medical Center and OU Medical Center for care transitions, OU College of Medicine Departments of Obstetrics and Pediatrics, OU College of Pharmacy, OU School of Public Health, the University of Oklahoma, the Oklahoma City Community Foundation, OSU OKC for their EAP program, Infant Crisis Services, Ok Rural Health Association, Ok Primary Care Association, Reach out and Read, a collaboration with NorthCare and the City of OKC for proposed operation of a new center for senior wellness, the Senior Center and Methodist Church in Tipton for a weekly music night, CMS and HRSA Patient Centered Medical Home initiatives, HRSA Diabetic and Patient Safety Collaboratives, SAMHSA integrated care program, Nat’l Association of Community Health Centers.

Risk Management Provisions
Accident and Injury Coverage
Automobile Insurance and Umbrella or Excess Insurance
Builders Risk
Business Income
Commercial General Liability
Computer Equipment and Software
Crime Coverage
Directors and Officers Policy
Disability Insurance
Employee Benefits Liability
Employee Dishonesty
Employment Practices Liability
General Property Coverage and Professional Liability
Life Insurance
Medical Health Insurance
Medical Malpractice
Professional Liability
Umbrella or Excess Insurance
Workers Compensation and Employers' Liability
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government (federal, state and/or local)? Yes
Comments on Staff & Management
CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

Opportunities abound for reaching out to those who are medically underserved, and are addressed through strategic relationships and outreach.  Collaborations such as those between Variety Care and NorthCare, Central Oklahoma Community Mental Health Center, and Educare demonstrate VC’s philosophy to deliver care in a way that is truly accessible.  It is a challenge to manage multiple sites, some of which are rural.  We address this challenge by having clinic managers for all sites participate in leadership team meetings, regular visits to all clinic sites by senior management, participation by all staff in quarterly meetings, involvement of all staff in satisfaction surveys, and regular updates from the Board, CEO, and marketing department. 


Other Documents
Board Chair
Name Don Nevard Pres
Company Affiliation DERRYBERRY & NAIFEH, LLP
Term June 2014 to June 2018
Board of Directors
List Current as of Mar 01, 2017
Board of Directors List
Mariano Acuna Abel Law FirmVoting
Paul Albers Voting
Ann Dagg Cadent Capital AdvisorsVoting
Jared L. Deck Business OwnerVoting
Amy Dunn CBRE Oklahoma CityVoting
Talesa Flenniken SPHRProducers Cooperative Oil MillVoting
Andrew Lasser Dr. P.H.American University Health CareVoting
MaryAnn Martin Schnake Turnbo FrankVoting
Janie McCurdy Voting
Donald Nevard DERRYBERRY & NAIFEH, LLPVoting
Rachel Ramirez
John Stuemky MDThe Children's Hospital - OU MedicineVoting
Leslie Warrior
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 7
Hispanic/Latino 3
Native American/American Indian 1
Other 0 1
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 6
Female 7
Board Term Lengths 3 years
Percentage of Board Making Monetary Contributions to the Organization 100 %
Percentage of Board Making In-Kind Contributions to the Organization 23 %
Board Orientation Yes
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Standing Committees
Board Governance
Project Oversight
Comments on Board & Governance
CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

Variety Care was one of the first non-profits to complete the “standards of excellence” through the Oklahoma Center for Non Profits and our board members participate in training and development offerings from the Oklahoma Primary Care Association, the National Association of Community Health Centers, and Board Source. The Governance Committee of the board has organized a schedule of in-service so that board development is on the agenda every month. We have always been committed to our own assessments and making sure that we are also looking for ways to improve our performance as an agency, as a staff, and as a board. Annual Board surveys provide feedback to the incoming chair and officers to work on areas the board feels important to strengthen board performance. Maintaining rural representation and the federal consumer board requirement that keeps the patient’s voice at the table are challenges for the board of directors. Planning for the future in the midst of health reform is both a challenge and an opportunity. Variety Care’s board understands the concept of holistic care provided through a medical home setting. The board provides the governance framework through which innovative programming serves some of the area’s most high-risk patients. These innovations include agency-wide implementation of electronic medical records, which allows patients with chronic illness to be managed effectively and moves VC toward the patient centered medical home model. Another innovation is the patient portal, which allows patients to communicate with their providers outside of the medical visit, and emails reminders and educational messages to patients. Keeping up with important innovations in health care delivery is something to which the VC board is dedicated. The largest programmatic challenge for the board is obtaining the funding to serve the many and varied needs of the communities served by the health center, both urban and rural. VC has accomplished much, managed well, planned strategically, and implemented carefully - however, there is so much more to do and so many more people to help.

Current Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year July 01, 2017-June 30, 2018
Current Year Budgeted Total Income $44,362,144
Current Year Budgeted Total Expenses $43,034,378
IRS Letter of Determination
Prior Three Years' Financial History
Revenue and ExpensesHelpFinancial data for prior years is entered by foundation staff based on the documents submitted by nonprofit organizations.Foundation staff members enter this information to assure consistency in the presentation of financial data across all organizations.
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Revenue$39,423,394$35,983,226$29,220,143
Total Expenses$39,600,246$35,228,875$28,398,897
Revenue Less Expenses($176,852)$754,351$821,246
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201620152014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$8,399,898$8,421,744$7,108,268
Individual Contributions------
Investment Income, Net of Losses$326,851$248,369$221,029
Unrealized Gain/Loss------
Membership Dues------
Special Events------
Revenue In-Kind------
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$29,545,690$27,577,729$22,106,825
Administration Expense$10,054,556$7,651,146$6,292,072
Fundraising Expense------
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.001.021.03
Program Expense/Total Expenses75%78%78%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$34,250,035$33,437,368$31,810,985
Current Assets$3,962,203$3,768,223$2,872,386
Long-Term Liabilities$4,610,449$4,226,098$4,092,038
Current Liabilities$4,138,098$3,532,930$2,794,958
Total Net Assets$25,501,488$25,678,340$24,923,989
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities0.961.071.03
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets13%13%13%
Funding Sources
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountEarned Revenue $28,008,049Earned Revenue $24,524,142Earned Revenue $18,614,546
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountGovt - Unspecified $8,399,898Govt - Unspecified $8,421,744Govt - Unspecified $7,108,268
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions $2,201,794Contributions $2,133,103Contributions $2,733,185
Endowment? Yes
Endowment Spending Policy Percentage
Endowment Spending Policy Percentage (if selected) 5 %
Credit Line? Yes
Reserve Fund? Yes
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Comments on Financials
CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments The primary financial challenge facing Variety Care is lack of unrestricted income to support programming.  VC is less dependent on our recurring federal grant than most health centers nationally, which means that we are sustainable whatever happens in the area of health reform.  VC is financially stable, we have more than the recommended cash on hand, and we balance the addition of new programs with increases in revenue so that all of Variety Care’s programs and services are sustainable for the long term.
Foundation Staff Comments
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Oklahoma City, OK 73107 1818
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CEO/Executive Director Lou Carmichael
Board Chair Don Nevard
Board Chair Company Affiliation DERRYBERRY & NAIFEH, LLP


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