Attorney General Scott Pruitt has appointed Jim Gebhart, president of Mercy Health Center, to the Board of Directors for the Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust. His six-year term begins Feb. 1.
“I am proud to announce my appointment of Jim Gebhart to the TSET Board. I know Jim’s leadership will be an asset in promoting sound strategies that directly impact tobacco cessation to improve the health and quality of life for residents across the state.”
Gebhart is president of Mercy Health Center in Oklahoma City and an advocate of reducing tobacco usage in Oklahoma through education, prevention and treatment.
“I am honored to join the TSET board, whose passion for preventive care directly aligns with mine,” said Gebhart. “Their work to improve the health of Oklahomans is inspiring and I look forward to contributing to the overall efforts that ultimately make our state a better place to live, work and raise a family.”
Mercy is the eighth largest Catholic health care system in the U.S. and serves more than 3 million people annually. Mercy includes 31 hospitals, more than 200 outpatient facilities, 38,000 co-workers and 1,500 integrated physicians in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. Mercy also has outreach ministries in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. For more about Mercy, visit www.mercy.net.
The Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust was created in November 2000 through a constitutional amendment approved by Oklahoma voters. Oklahomans created an endowment to assure that Oklahoma’s share of the multi-state tobacco settlement would be invested and made available for tobacco prevention.