The Norman Transcript

September 14, 2013

Plans finalized for Moore emergency center

By Joy Hampton
The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — Moore Medical Center is going modular, and the temporary facility will open in late November or early December, Norman Regional Health System officials said Friday.

Design changes and a calculation error by the leasing company resulted in a modified contract for the temporary emergency department and outpatient lab. Those changes, along with a cost reduction due to equipment donations by Sona Site and Space Labs, mean the fully-equipped, new facility will cost less than anticipated.

Johnson Portable Buildings — the company that provided the temporary facility for the Joplin, Mo., hospital — will lease the modular units to the Norman Regional Health System for 24 months at a cost of $61,338 per month for a total cost of $1,472,112. The delivery, installation and removal charge is an additional $245,000, the storm shelter $50,00 and utilities and site prep are $100,000.

The cost of equipment, which will be retained for use at the new permanent site, is $523,916. The health system is saving $429,498 because of the donation of ultrasound equipment by Sona Site and the loan of monitoring equipment by Space Labs.

New monitoring equipment will be needed for the permanent facility, but additional equipment would have been needed anyway. The insurance will cover that cost.

The total cost of the temporary facility rings up at $2,595,888.

The emergency and urgent care treatment facility will have a CT, X-ray and lab, which means outpatient lab services can be performed in Moore while the new hospital is being built.

NRHS CEO David Whitaker said focus groups have been completed and the information gathered in those meetings will be turned over to the master facility committee. The focus groups collected input on how best to serve Moore. The master facility committee will begin working with architects on a project design.

Whitaker said Moore Medical’s labor and delivery staff have been fully incorporated into the HealthPlex for the time being. Their services are needed with the increase in volume created by the loss of Moore Medical.

Most of the other displaced staff members have been incorporated as well. Those who have not are collecting pay and remain on call. Twenty have resigned and taken other jobs.

Forty-four NRHS employees and eight volunteers lost their homes in the May tornadoes. Whitaker said the hospital’s care committee has distributed $400,000 of assistance donated from groups across the country directly to employees. This assistance was distributed to all affected employees for disaster relief.

Some employees had homes that were damaged but not destroyed and many lost their cars.

“Every employee that was at work that day lost their cars,” Whitaker said.

All of those damaged cars have been removed except one that was dropped onto the second story of the hospital by the tornado. It is in the parking lot and will be removed soon.

Joy Hampton