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April 24, 2014

OU Medical Center expands with new ER

EDMOND — OU Medical Center Edmond is expanding its services. A new freestanding OU Medical Center Emergency Department will be built at the Veranda Shopping Center, Lisa Wilson, CEO of OU Medical Center Edmond, announced Thursday.

The emergency department will be located just outside the border of the City of Edmond at Northwest 150th Street and Western. Construction costs are estimated at $5.5 million.

“It’s unique in the fact that it’s just simply an emergency room for the folks that live in these neighborhoods around this area,” Wilson said.

This 10,000-square-foot emergency department will be a level 3 trauma facility with state-of-the art equipment that an emergency department should have, Wilson said. It will not have a hospital attached to it or be an urgent care center.

Eighty-five percent of OU Medical Center Edmond’s emergency room visits result in a discharge back home, Wilson said.

However, those patients in serious enough condition needing further care will be on a fast track to either OU Medical Center Edmond, Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center or OU Medical Center, located on the campus of OU Heath Sciences Center in Oklahoma City.

“We can take care of just about anything in this facility. This is a full-service ER,” said Casey McMahan, vice president of Operations, OU Medical Center Edmond.

“We’re looking at 11 total exam rooms — 10 regular exam rooms for trauma,” McMahan said.

Lab services and most diagnostic imaging needs will be taken care of at the facility, McMahan said.

“Right now we’re in the design phase. That whole phase is about eight to nine weeks. We started that in early April,” McMahan said.

Constructing the facility should take eight to nine months with an opening date anticipated for February.

Chuck Spicer, CEO of the OU Medical System, said six sites were considered for the facility in the Edmond area.

“While it’s going to be close to home with a neighborhood feel, we feel like it will be second to none with a lot of operations to back it up,” Spicer said.

More Edmond patients will be able to stay near their home for emergency health care, Spicer said.

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