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October 29, 2013

Moore Medical Center goes vertical

Changing face of health care means shift in services offered

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NORMAN —

In the meantime, construction has started on a temporary, free-standing emergency department in Moore.

“We wanted to get the ED up and running as quickly as possible,” Splitt said.

The temporary, modular building will allow for trauma fast-track rooms for minor illnesses and injuries, an isolation room, treatment rooms, a triage area, X-ray, CT, ultrasound and lab services.

Hospital leadership is targeting Dec. 2 as the temporary facility’s opening date. It is the same type of facility that served as a temporary hospital for Joplin, Mo., after a tornado devastated the hospital in that city.

Moore’s temporary ED will consist of 11,000 square feet. Splitt said a freestanding physical medicine facility could be next, which would include occupational medicine and speech therapy. If approved, that temporary facility could open in February or March.

An above-ground saferoom on site for employees and staff also will be built.

Meanwhile, other services are being addressed at the HealthPlex. A surgical suite build-out at the HealthPlex will allow for more capacity for main surgery and gynecology surgery.

On Monday, the hospital board also approved expansion and upgrades to the HealthPlex facility to better serve the additional patients coming to the HealthPlex since the loss of MMC. Those plans include build-out of the fifth floor. Currently, that floor is a shell, but it will become a 32-bed unit.

Following the tornado, the demolition of Moore Medical resulted in 14,643 tons of debris being removed. Of that, 66 percent — or 9,628 tons — of debris was diverted from the landfill.

Saxum Communications patnered with NRHS to conduct five live focus groups to assess options and opinions from stakeholders.

The Moore Advisory Committee included city leaders, physicians and employees. Two volunteer focus groups were conducted by NRHS staff, Splitt said.

In addition, an online community survey between Sept. 23 and Oct. 21 garnered 289 responses. Of those, 83 percent were female, often the decision-makers in choosing family health care, Splitt said.

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