McAlester Regional Health Center plans expansions

JAMES BEATY | Staff photoMcAlester Regional Health Center Chief Executive Officer David Keith looks over papers an he talks about future plans for the hospital.

McAlester Regional Health Center has a number of projects underway — including several expansions and community outreach projects.

Planned expansions include new plans for what is known as the Million Building, the hospital’s downtown imaging center and for the projects revolving around the hospital’s planned new cancer center.

MRHC Chief Executive Officer David Keith outlined some of the changes through a quarterly report delivered this week to the city of McAlester. In addition to future plans, the report also highlights recent accomplishments by employees and hospital finances for the quarter ranging from April 1 through June 30.

Some of the hospital’s plans include:

• The Million Building, which the hospital recently purchased, on South Second Street in McAlester.

Keith said Architect Chris Lilly has been selected as the project architect. The Million Building covers 20,170 feet, of which 3,500 square feet will become a medical retail area and will include what Keith called a “state-of-the-art” medical spa.

“The remainder of the building will be remodeled to attract economic development,” Keith said. A completion date for the Million Building project has yet to be finalized.

• Downtown Imaging Center and Primary Care facility. The 18,000 square-foot, two-story building is inside the former Public Service Company of Oklahoma building on South Third Street.

The first floor is to accommodate an Outpatient Imaging Center and a Women’s Imaging Center. The second floor is to be the new home of the Mercy Clinic, the Southeast Family Medicine Clinic and the MRHC Family Medicine Residency Program, Keith said. It’s expected to be completed by late November.

Keith said part of the reason for placing some of the hospital’s facilities is to help with economic development and also to make it more convenient for those in the downtown area.

• Cancer Center Project. The hospital’s planned new cancer center is projected to cost $15 million, with a portion of the cost funded through a city sales tax voters passed to help with the project. Matching donations and philanthropic efforts will also be utilized, Keith said.

Vision Philanthropy Group has completed a feasibility study to determine philanthropic availability in the community, the surrounding area and across Oklahoma in connection with an effort to raise funds for a three-story tower, with results expected to be presented in November to the MRHC Board of Trustees.

Keith said the anticipated completion date for the new cancer center is within the next three-to-five years.

• Veterans Administration Outpatient Clinic, which relocated to the McAlester hospital’s campus from its previous site in Hartshorne.

A 10,000 square-foot facility, the building has two levels. It provides primary and behavioral care for veterans. The VA Clinic employs 20 individuals from the region, and serves an average of from 55-to-65 veterans daily.

• Cosmetic surgery is now in place through the auspices of the McAlester hospital, with Dr. John Tedesco, Keith said.

• The hospital has now acquired complete ownership of the McAlester Ambulatory Service Center. Hospitalist and emergency physicians agreements are also in place, he said.

Other relatively new things related to the hospital include a new partnership with Belfair, the hospital’s new Infant Security System and new physician residencies.

Also relatively new at the McAlester hospital is its Sports Therapy Program, which is in 14 local schools. The hospital’s Occupational Therapy Program is in six schools, Keith said. He credited Mike Baker with leading the programs.

Hospital finances for the April through June second quarter were reported as follows:

• Total operating revenues — $24,758,352.

• Total operating expenses (less depreciation amortization) — $22,907,929.

• Earnings before depreciation amortization — $1,850,423.

• Cash — $33,373,437.

• Net accounts receivable — $16,282,113.44.

• Net capital assets — $43,184,863.69.

• Total assets — $99,309,863.69.

• Current liabilities — $10,287,174.93.

• Longterm debt — $11,211,763,85.

• Net position — $77,810,944.98.

• Total liabilities and fund balance — $99,309,883.76.

Keith said he worked with the hospital’s leadership team in compiling information for the report. They included:

• Vice President, Finance, Jim Fraser

• Clinic Administrator Chris Plunkett

• Vice President, Nursing Operations, Kim Stout

• Vice President, Medical Affairs, Tim Cathey

• Vice President,Support Service, Shawn Howard

• Project Director Jeff Warmuth

• Executive Director, Financial Planning and Analysis, Darryl Linnington.

Keith also spoke of how some of the hospital monetary payments are handled.

“We run from 30-to-45 days from the time we get an invoice until we turn around and pay it,” Keith said.

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