The Edmond Sun
Ground was broken Thursday for the upcoming $22.3 million St. Anthony Healthplex North. The project will be at 13401 N. Western on the southwest corner of Memorial Road, just south of the Kilpatrick Turnpike in Oklahoma City.
St. Anthony has been proactive in developing the free-standing emergency room, said Joe Hodges, president of SSM Health Care Oklahoma. Emergency care will be enhanced as the hospital will offer Oklahoma’s first dedicated pediatric emergency room with four rooms, Hodges said.
“We’re looking forward to serving the community in that way,” said Dr. Chad Borin, medical director of Emergency Services at St. Anthony Hospital.
St. Anthony Hospital in downtown Oklahoma City currently operates two active healthplex sites. The east campus is at Interstate 40 and South Douglas Boulevard, and the South Campus at I-44 and Southwest 134th Street. Ground was broken in September for a third healthplex site in Mustang that is scheduled to open in December 2014.
The new St. Anthony Healthplex North also will include a laboratory, a diagnostic imaging suite, an MRI suite, physical therapy, a sleep center, primary care and specialty care physician offices to serve the north Oklahoma City community, Hodges said. The Breast Center borrows spa-like design features to enhance the patient experience.
Patient-focused details in each of the eight emergency exam rooms will offer the feeling of a luxury hotel rather than a clinical setting, with special child-friendly touches in the pediatric emergency rooms and separate waiting area.
The first floor will be used for ambulatory health care. The second floor will be used as a provider based clinic space. The third and fourth floors will be used as business occupancy and will be designated with common space and shell space for future tenants. The fifth floor will be used for storage and roof access.
The 97,000-square-foot healthplex is a partnership with Miller Neff Development and is set to be complete in January 2015. J.E. Dunn Construction will build the five-story hospital.
These healthplex sites operate under the license of St. Anthony Hospital, Borin said.
“What that means to the community is the same excellent service and care that you receive downtown, you will receive at the free standing emergency room,” Borin said.
Inpatient medical beds will not be available at the new site. EMSA and St. Anthony’s own ambulance service are available to transfer patients downtown to the full-service hospital, he said. These facilities will be staffed by board-certified emergency medicine physicians.
St. Anthony has a 115-year tradition of providing health care services in Oklahoma since the Sisters of St. Francis founded the first hospital in Oklahoma Territory, said Tammy Powell, president of St. Anthony Hospital.
The facility will include a comprehensive, state-of-the-art electronic health record integrated with St. Anthony partner hospitals throughout the state.
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