Moore City Manager Steve Eddy read a proclamation from Moore Mayor Glenn Lewis, who was unable to attend Tuesday’s service. In the proclamation, Lewis urged all citizens of Moore to honor the Moore Medical Center and the physicians, employees and volunteers who cared for and demonstrated selflessness, courage and heroism May 20.
During Tuesday morning’s ceremony, prior to the demolition work from Midwest Wrecking, Whitaker made the announcement of the formation of the Moore Advisory Committee that will include leaders from the city of Moore who will assist and offer recommendations to the hospital board’s strategic planning process to define what the new Moore Medical Center will look like.
Deidre Ebrey, director of economic development and marketing for the city of Moore, will co-chair the advisory committee with Whitaker.
“We are expecting about a three-week timeline on the demolition. At that time, we will be looking at 45 to 60 days as an initial plan to have temporary services on site here so that those folks that need urgent care and emergency services will be available here,” Whitaker said. “That will start the process of working with the advisory council, our board, our medical staff, the system, but more specifically those medical members who practiced here in Moore.
“They have to be a part of this relocation and rebuild plan, also. We will define what the Moore Medical Center will look like and we promise you, we will keep you fully informed of our status and what’s going to be happening.”
Moore Medical Center became a part of the Norman Regional Health System in 2007.
“I remember when we were in the process of going through acquiring Moore Medical Center, and the thing that struck me during our due diligence process, it was very apparent the attitude of employees we saw back when Moore was facing some challenging times on the financial side,” Whitaker said. “The thing that came through loud and clear to me, there was such a huge level of commitment from those employees that we ran across during that process of going through the court system. That really was one of the main reason we chose to move forward in trying to bring the Moore Medical Center in as part of the Norman Regional Health System.