The Edmond Sun

Local News

August 19, 2013

OU Medical Center Edmond working on $1.5M renovation

EDMOND — Progress continues at OU Medical Center Edmond with $1.5 million of remodeling work on a general medical surgical unit.

Construction workers soon will refinish walls and replace the ceiling on the hospital’s fourth floor, said Leslie Buford, hospital spokesperson. OU Medical Center has invested in new furniture, bathroom fixtures, flooring and colors, Buford said.

This floor is dedicated to patients being treated for illnesses such as phenomena or any type of surgery that requires an overnight stay.

“Currently there’s 29 rooms, but we’re actually taking three rooms and splitting it into two rooms for bariatric patients,” Buford said.

Expectations are for the remodeling work to be completed by April 1, she said. The general medical surgical unit remains a working floor for patient care, so only five or six rooms can be blocked off for construction at a time.

Also, renovation is complete for the Autumn Life Center for geriatric behavioral health. Remodeling at a cost of $750,000 has resulted in a more cheerful appearance to the 94-bed center, complete with new flooring, plumbing fixtures and furniture, Buford said.

 OU Medical Center Edmond is the only tax-contributing hospital in the city. As the city’s largest private-sector employer, the hospital paid $1.184 million in 2012 sales taxes and $470,000 in property taxes. Its impact last year to Edmond’s economy was more than $30 million and the hospital paid nearly $20 million in staff salaries for 448 employees, according to the hospital.

Six clinics specializing in family medicine, general surgery, pulmonology, podiatric surgery, orthopedic surgery and women’s health are also under the hospital’s umbrella.

jcoburn@edmondsun.com | 341-2121

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