The Norman Transcript


July 19, 2013

Temporary medical facility planned for Moore



The temporary facility will also include emergency services and ancillary services including x-ray and labs.

Hospital authorities are weighing proposals for portable buildings from three companies and are expected make a decision next week. Following the bid award, it will take 60 to 90 days for the temporary facility to become operational, Wells said.

NRHS doctors associated with Moore Medical were quickly relocated to offices in Norman and south Oklahoma City. As Moore rebuilds, those doctors could be relocated back to Moore, Wells said.

When the tornado hit, there were approximately 100 employees, 30 or more patients and 300 community members seeking shelter at MMC. The courageous actions of hospital staff were remembered during a special ceremony prior to the medical center’s demolition.

“You saved the lives of about 40 patients,” Whitaker said at the ceremony. “You saved each other’s lives as staff members and colleagues and then the 300 community members who sought shelter at our Moore Medical Center. To not lose anyone is miraculous.”

Moore Medical Center was a 45-bed facility that provided general medical and surgical needs, physical therapy, obstetrical services, 24-hour emergency services and diagnostic imaging. A specialty service, cochlear implants, was also provided through Moore Medical.

Services previously provided at MMC are being handled at other NRHS facilities.

Norman Regional Health System is a multi-campus system operated by the Norman Regional Hospital Authority, a public trust. Facilities include Norman Regional Hospital and the HealthPlex. Norman Regional’s Porter Avenue Campus is licensed for 324 beds and offers a full range of services. The HealthPlex at Interstate 35 and Tecumseh Road is licensed for 136 beds and features cardiovascular services, spine and orthopedic surgery, and women’s and children’s services.

NRHS also provides outpatient diagnostic centers, medical transport services, physician services, centers of excellence, durable medical equipment supplies, a primary care network, community wellness service and employer health services.

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