New Moore Medical Center Opens Its Doors

Saturday, May 7th 2016, 5:56 pm
By: News 9

Norman Regional Health System gave News 9 a walking tour of the brand new Moore Medical Center Saturday morning.  

The $32 million facility replaces the old Moore Medical Center that was destroyed by the May 20, 2013 EF5 tornado.

Twenty-four people died, and the twister caused more than $2 billion in damage.  

The new $32 million dollar facility will feature 20 fully-equipped emergency rooms, while the old facility only had 10.

It will also have diagnostic imaging, including MRI, CT, ultrasound and X-ray.

The new facility will also have a covered ambulance bay. The old one did not have one.

News 9 asked Norman Regional Interim President and CEO Richie Splitt what was the hardest thing about the project.  

“Getting it right," he said. "We wanted to make sure what we were doing would serve the needs of the community, and I believe when you walk through the facility, and see how we’ve laid it out, it’s designed for convenience.”

Cera Reeves was at the ceremony Saturday morning.  

Back on May 20, 2013, she was working the front registration desk when the black funnel hit.  

“We got in little closets, we were pretty much sitting on top of each other,” she said. “I feel like I’m very blessed. We shouldn’t have made it out of there, but we did.”  

Reeves’ car ended up on top of the building. It looked like a mangled match box car.  

She said her insurance company did her right, and she used that money to buy a Jeep. 

The new facility will begin accepting its first patients later this month.