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October 29, 2013

Moore Medical Center goes vertical

Changing face of health care means shift in services offered

NORMAN — The Norman Regional Hospital Authority approved plans Monday for a five-story, 100,000-square-foot, $28.8 million facility for the Moore Medical Center rebuild. The new medical center will offer emergency and outpatient services as well as lab and imaging such as ultrasound and X-ray.

Richie Splitt, chief administrative officer of Moore Medical Center and the HealthPlex Hospital, told health system board members that the facility will be designed to meet the most desired needs in the Moore community.

“Health care is changing and we’re positioning ourselves to change with health care,” Splitt said.

Up to 80,000 square feet of medical office space will accommodate displaced physicians, other physicians and specialists and additional outpatient and ancillary services. Community education meeting space will accommodate 50 to 100 people for medical education, health screenings and meetings.

What the new facility will not offer is a full-service in-patient hospital — at least not initially.

“The answer is not ‘no,’ it’s just ‘not now,’” NRHS COO Greg Terrell said.

Terrell said the industry has changed and there is less demand for in-patient services. NRHS CEO David Whitaker said there were some very emotional discussion with employees about that decision.

The proposed design will feature a modern look to go with a modern vision. The center will look similar to the HealthPlex, and Splitt said it will provide convenience of access.

Future phases could include physical therapy and a birthing center. If the market merits, the design allows for a possible expansion corridor that would allow for a patient tower with inpatient beds.

“This will be a development structure unlike anything we’ve seen today,” Splitt said. “Modern health care today demands that we are efficient.”

The structure will make use of vertical space for a smaller footprint than the previous 45-bed hospital. The new facility is projected to open in 2016.

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