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Living Legacy

Welcome to the Living Legacy page. We hope you will find this as an inspirational and useful tool in your journey toward excellence at OUMS.

Many famous people achieved their successes because they had positive qualities of a legacy maker. Here are some examples that reinforce what employees are telling us make a great workplace.  Check out our links below to learn how to sharpen your legacy-maker qualities.


Applications are now being accepted for the Living Legacy Awards
Click here to nominate your worthy coworker!

Quarterly Legacy Makers receive

  • Handcrafted, blown glass trophy
  • Gift of your choice valued at $100
  • Name displayed on the Living Legacy website
  • Automatic nomination for the OUMS “Legacy Maker of the Year” award

Legacy Makers of the Year receive

  • Handcrafted, blown glass trophy
  • Gift of your choice valued at $500
  • 8 hours PTO
  • Name displayed on the Living Legacy website

Qualities of a Legacy Maker

a good listener. a benefit to your colleagues. a team player. values others' opinions. respects others. encourages other to grow and develop. allows others to contribute their skills. is positive. goes above and beyond

A Good Listener

washington-banner-smallGeorge Washington was a good listener who allowed others to have a constructive voice. Not only was he the first president of the U.S. and a founding father, he knew listening to others was a key to success, and it helped him create a Living Legacy.

“He listened to all suggestions and chose whatever idea was best.”

-Thomas Jefferson about George Washington

Want to be a better listener?

A Benefit to Your Colleagues

einstein-banner-smallAlbert Einstein was a tremendous benefit to his colleagues. Not only did he develop the Theory of Relativity and the world's most
famous equation, he is a role model to others who want to create a Living Legacy.

“Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.”

– Albert Einstein

Want to benefit your colleagues? 

A Team Player
Bruce Lee  was a team player who knew how to contribute to a healthy, functional environment. Not only was he a great martial artist and action film star, but he realized the easiest way to create a healthy environment was to live for others, helping him create a Living Legacy.

“Real living is living for others.” 

– Bruce Lee

dickens-banner-smallFamous 19th century writer Charles Dickens was a team player who believed helping others was the only worthwhile way to live. He understood that lending a hand to his fellow man was the key to success, helping him create a Living Legacy.

“No one is useless in this world who lightens the burden of another.”
– Charles Dickens

Want to be a
 team player?


angelou-banner-smallValues Others’ Opinions

Nationally recognized poet and author Maya Angelou knew that valuing others and their opinions was important. Regarding others
in this way helped her create a Living Legacy.

“When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed.”

– Maya Angelou

Want to value others’ opinions?

Respects Others

U Thant was the third secretary general of the United Nations and Burmese diplomat who led
negotiations during the Cuban Missile Crisis. He believed respecting others was very important,
and this is one of many reasons he was able to create a Living Legacy.

“Every human being, of whatever origin, of whatever station, deserves respect. We must each respect others even as we respect ourselves.”

– U Thant

Want to respect others?

Encourages Others to Grow and Develop

mandela-banner-smallBeloved South African leader and Nobel Peace Prize winner Nelson Mandela overcame many obstacles in his life and in his country with the help of others. Paying it forward and encouraging others to grow and develop helped Mandela create a Living Legacy.

“Everyone can rise above their circumstances and achieve success if they are dedicated to and passionate about what they do” 

– Nelson Mandela

Want to encourage others to grow and develop?

Allows Other Employees to Contribute Their Skills

The famous civil rights leader and Nobel Peace Prize winner Martin Luther King Jr. overcame many obstacles in his life and helped create a more just and equitable world. Allowing others to contribute their skills and work hard alongside him helped Martin Luther King Jr. create a Living Legacy.

“Everybody can be great because anybody can serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”

– Martin Luther King Jr.

Want to allow others contribute their skills? 


Is Positive

Not only is Abraham Lincoln one of the most recognizable American presidents, but also he is known for being a very positive and encouraging person. Being positive and encouraging helped him create a Living Legacy.

“Everybody likes a compliment.” 

– Abraham Lincoln

Want to be positive? 

Goes Above and Beyond

Mother Teresa was a caring and compassionate woman who used her gifts to create a better world. She strove to always exceed what was expected of her in order to make circumstances better for others. This, among many other things, helped her create a Living Legacy.

“Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.” 

– Mother Teresa

Want to g o above and beyond?


Past Winners


First Quarter

Jessica Leal, OU Medical Center

Kris Harrison, OU Medical Center Edmond

Sheila Dyer, OU Medical System

Kelly Simmons, The Children’s Hospital

Second Quarter

Robyn Bucher, OU Medical Center

Kenneth Caldwell, OU Medical Center Edmond

Sheila StCyr, OU Medical System

John Karlin, The Children’s Hospital

Third Quarter

Alisha Steele, OU Medical Center

Ulysses Wilson, OU Medical Center Edmond

Jose Rosas, OU Medical System

Robin Morrow, The Children’s Hospital

Fourth Quarter

Chrystle Johnson, OU Medical Center

Tara Smith, OU Medical Center Edmond

Edith Buxton, OU Medical System

Donna Wilson, The Children’s Hospital

2015 Legacy Makers of the Year

Chrystle Johnson, OU Medical Center

Kenneth Caldwell, OU Medical Center Edmond

Sheila Dyer, OU Medical System

John Karlin, The Children’s Hospital


First Quarter

Beulah Doakes, OU Medical Center

Tony Townsend, OU Medical Center Edmond

DJ Johnson, OU Medical System

Glen Waymel, The Children’s Hospital

Second Quarter

Valerie Milton, OU Medical Center

Bryan Barnett, OU Medical Center Edmond

Linda Harrison, OU Medical System

Lori Williams, The Children’s Hospital 

Third Quarter

Jan Rodery, OU Medical Center

Shannon Dunkenson, OU Medical Center Edmond

Julie Conrady, OU Medical System

Jamie Kilpatrick, The Children's Hospital