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November 16, 2013

Taking the high road with recycling

NORMAN — Following the May 20 tornado that virtually destroyed the Moore Medical Center, the building’s owners decided to take the high road on the demolition and debris dumping.

It cost a little more but Norman Regional Health System opted to recycle as much of the 14,643 tons of debris as was possible. They were able to salvage and divert 9,628 tons of material.

Hospital CEO David Whitaker told the Norman Chamber of Commerce that recycling the material was the right thing to do for the environment. Miraculously, no employee, patient or visitor lives were lost in the storm.

The hospital’s temporary modular, 24-hour emergency room should be completed soon with a target opening date of Dec. 2. It will include a 10-patient treatment area for urgent care and emergency services as well as a full complement of labortory and radiology services.

Planning has started for the replacement, 120,000 square foot medical facility. Once construction begins, it’ll take two years. A community education space will double as the facility’s safe room.

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