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August 22, 2013

Year of turmoil for Norman health system

NORMAN — The Norman Regional Health System is anticipating $50 million to $70 million in insurance reimbursements for the loss of Moore Medical Center, NRHS CEO David Whitaker told city council members Tuesday.

The total loss of Moore Medical shortly before the fiscal year end was a devastating blow in many ways, but Whitaker and his team are moving forward with recovery and rebuidling efforts. The facility took a direct hit in the May 20 tornado and was a total loss.

The former site of Moore Medical is a clean slate now, with demolition and the removal of the foundation complete. Four insurance policies will come into play, Whitaker said, which will help offset the health system’s losses.

Policies cover the building and property, internal contents, special papers and business interruption.

Electronic health records are intact but some patient records in the building were destroyed, he said.

“Our focus on Moore has been three specific areas,” Whitaker said.

First was to deal with immediate needs including relocation of patients following the tornado. Physicians with Moore offices were relocated and patients connected with their doctors within 48 hours.

Next came intermediate issues of beginning the insurance process as well as demolition and debris removal of the facility.

Soon, a temporary modular facility will open to serve Moore at the former Moore Medical site. The facility will house a hospital emergency room, urgent care and supporting services.

The long-term planning process for rebuilidng is beginning. Whitaker said the new facility won’t have the same footprint, but will be designed with the future needs of Moore in mind. NRHS wants the Moore community to be part of the planning process.

The health system already hosted the first focus group meeting with Moore government and school officials and also have met with Moore Medical staff.

NRHS had 286 employees who had major losses as a result of tornadoes on May 19 and 20. Donations supporting those employees have been tremendous.

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