July 15, 2010
OHCA Contact: Jo Kilgore, Public Information Manager, (405) 522-7474.
Garth Splinter Returns to OHCA as State Medicaid Director
OKLAHOMA CITY – Garth L. Splinter, M.D., is Oklahoma’s new Medicaid director, Oklahoma Health Care Authority CEO Mike Fogarty announced.
Splinter is a familiar face at the agency, where he was administrator from 1994-99, and in Oklahoma’s medical community. He more recently served as an associate professor and division head for the Primary Care Health Policy Division in the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine at the University of Oklahoma’s College of Medicine. For four years, he also was chief medical officer for the University Hospitals Trust.
“I’ve been away from OHCA for 11 years, and I see a considerable difference,” Splinter said. “Its budget is three or four times larger, and it has twice as many people. However, the focus on excellence is unchanged.”
He anticipates that some of the major tasks awaiting him as state Medicaid director are assisting with the federal health reform’s impact on Oklahoma and the effects of the ongoing state budget shortfall on OHCA.
Splinter’s diverse educational and professional background will give him a unique perspective when dealing with complexities facing the agency. He earned a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from OU and a master’s in business administration from Harvard before returning to OU for his M.D.
He succeeds Lynn Mitchell, M.D., who has moved to the Oklahoma State Department of Health to serve as deputy commissioner of prevention and preparedness services and chief medical officer.