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Community Foundation Recognizes the Next Generation of Palliative and Hospice Care

The Hospice Foundation of Oklahoma and Oklahoma City Community Foundation have announced five nursing students and one medical student as recipients of the 2021 Khader K. Hussein Awards in Palliative Care. Each student will receive a $2,000 award.

Dr. Hussein and his wife, Cecilia, stand surrounded by Khader K. Hussein Awards in Palliative Care recipients at a luncheon in 2017.

The Hospice Foundation of Oklahoma was established as an affiliated fund of the Oklahoma City Community Foundation in 1997. Two years later, the board created the Khader K. Hussein Awards in Palliative Care to honor the contributions of Dr. Hussein and his wife, Cecilia, and recognize students who have demonstrated an interest in palliative and hospice care.

Dr. Hussein, one of the top oncology physicians in the city and a leader in the field of palliative and hospice care, helped launch the Central Oklahoma Cancer Center at Southwest Medical Student and has mentored countless medical and nursing students. He has also served as volunteer medical director for Hospice of Oklahoma County and board member at the Hospice Foundation of Oklahoma.

“It is an honor to receive this award,” said Amy Nix Smith, a 2021 award recipient from Oklahoma City University’s Kramer School of Nursing. “It will help me continue my education as I plan to go forward with my doctorate and try to publish my capstone project on nurse-led bereavement.”

The 2021 Khader K. Hussein Awards in Palliative Care recipients are:

  • Indigo Deberry – University of Oklahoma School of Medicine
  • David Donner – University of Central Oklahoma Department of Nursing
  • Holly Dungan – Southern Nazarene University School of Nursing
  • Amber Johnson – Langston University Department of Nursing
  • Amy Nix Smith – Oklahoma City University Kramer School of Nursing
  • Crystal Stewart – University of Oklahoma Fran and Earl Ziegler College of Nursing

OCCF Distributes $70,000 in Grants to Make Oklahoma City Greener

An unusually harsh winter devastated vital trees and landscaping in central Oklahoma.

The Oklahoma City Community Foundation is distributing more than $70,000 this spring to enhance, activate and beautify six well-used areas in our community. The grants are part of the Community Foundation’s Parks & Public Space Initiative spring grant cycle, a program that has invested $4.5 million into the community the past 20 years to encourage central Oklahoma residents to enjoy parks and other public areas.

The grants come at a crucial time for our community after crippling ice storms and excruciatingly cold temperatures ravaged thousands of healthy trees, shrubs and green spaces this winter. At the same time, parks are filled with an unprecedented amount of people trying to stay active safely through the pandemic.

“With the unusually harsh winter weather, our trees and green spaces took quite a beating this past year,” said Nancy Anthony, Oklahoma City Community Foundation president. “Our Parks & Public Space Initiative grants will work to add back some of that greenery and rebuild the places that community members cherish in their neighborhoods, as well as create new areas of respite and activity across the city.”

Grants provided through the Community Foundation’s Parks & Public Space Initiative spring cycle include:

  • City of Choctaw – $11,050 to add landscaping, trees and benches to the historic area around the Rock Island Caboose.
  • Fields and Futures – $18,150 for landscaping additions to athletic fields at Mary Golda Ross Middle School and Classen School of Advanced Studies at Northeast High School.
  • Lynn Institute of Healthcare Research – $15,000 to fund the trees, seating and stage needed to create a pocket park in the northeast Oklahoma City neighborhood.
  • Myriad Gardens Foundation – $6,300 to replace trees lost in the 2020 ice storm.
  • Oklahoma City Public Schools – $7,550 to resurface a walking track at Hillcrest Elementary School in south Oklahoma City.
  • RIVERSPORT Foundation – $12,000 to add landscaping and trees to a Boathouse District welcome area at the intersection of Phillips Avenue and SE 5th Street.

The Parks & Public Space Initiative supports the beautification, development and activation of neighborhood/community parks, school parks, trails and other public lands. This initiative grew out of the Margaret Annis Boys Trust, which was established through a gift from Miss Boys’ estate in 1991 to support and encourage landscaping and beautification projects in parks, medians and other public lands in Oklahoma City. Eligible groups interested in development, beautification or expanded use of a particular public space can determine grant participation eligibility for the summer cycle by visiting