Press Release

May 25, 2017

OHCA Contacts: Jo Stainsby - (405) 522-7474, Cate Jeffries - (405) 522-5616

OHCA board chair named Rural Health Advocate of the Year

The chairman of the Oklahoma Health Care Authority board, Charles ‘Ed’ McFall, has been named Rural Health Advocate of the Year by the Rural Health Association of Oklahoma.

McFall received the award on May 25 at the 2017 Oklahoma Rural Health Conference held in Norman. OHCA CEO Becky Pasternik-Ikard congratulated him during an OHCA board meeting held later that day in Oklahoma City.

According to the award nomination guidelines, the award recipient should be a tireless advocate for rural health issues.  The nominee should have repeatedly demonstrated his/her commitment to rural health through grassroots efforts or policy changes.  The Rural Health Advocate of the Year inspires others to understand the significance rural health care plays for Oklahomans across the state by engaging elected officials in discussions and promoting policies that support rural health care.

McFall’s nomination said “he exemplifies a level of commitment to health care in rural Oklahoma that sets the bar high. He has not only spent his career working in rural Oklahoma, but volunteering tirelessly to improve access and services for all Oklahomans.”

A graduate of the University of Oklahoma, College of Pharmacy in 1969, McFall has served as a registered pharmacist in Oklahoma for more than 40 years. During this time, he owned and operated McFall Pharmacy in Frederick for more than 20 years. He also practiced in Shawnee at the Medical Center and at Comanche County Hospital in Lawton. His career in rural Oklahoma also included the years he worked as the Director of Pharmacy at Memorial Hospital in Frederick and consultant to Memorial Nursing Center. 

Investing more than just his career, McFall demonstrated his devotion to health care in Oklahoma in 1992 when he was appointed to the Commission on Oklahoma Health Care by then-Governor David Walters. The Commission’s mandate was to consider fundamental structural changes to the health care system in Oklahoma and one of the recommendations was to create the Oklahoma Health Care Authority. When the Oklahoma Health Care Authority was created in 1993, McFall was appointed a board member by House Speaker Glen Johnson. He is the sole remaining original board member having now served nearly 24 years. McFall has served most of these years on the OHCA board as either chairman or vice chairman.

In addition to his service to the OHCA, McFall served on the Oklahoma State Board of Pharmacy and stepped down as that board’s President to serve on the OHCA board. He also served on the Utah Pharmaceutical Association board as President during a time he owned a pharmacy in that state. He also dedicated the time to be a member of the Board of Trustees of Memorial Hospital in Frederick, President of Region Six, Oklahoma Pharmacist Association, and Chair of the Rural Health Planning Committee.

“The OHCA, as well as the provider community and Oklahomans we serve, benefit from Ed McFall’s engagement, expertise and dedication. Health care and rural Oklahoma need more leaders like him. I congratulate Ed on his selection for this prestigious award,” said Pasternik-Ikard.


The Oklahoma Health Care Authority (OHCA) administers two health programs for the state. The first is SoonerCare, Oklahoma’s Medicaid program. SoonerCare works to improve the health of qualified Oklahomans by ensuring that medically necessary benefits and services are available. Qualifying Oklahomans include certain low-income children, seniors, the disabled, those being treated for breast or cervical cancer and those seeking family planning services. The second program OHCA operates is Insure Oklahoma, which assists qualifying adults and small business employees in obtaining health care coverage for themselves and their families. Currently, there are 842,158 Oklahomans enrolled in OHCA’s programs.   The agency contracts with a state-wide network of 45,702 providers. For more information, visit or