Leaders at Norman Regional Hospital broke ground Thursday near the planned site of Norman Regional Nine, the free-standing emergency department plus.
Construction at the site near 24th Avenue and Highway 9 has already begun. Health leaders said the facility was placed on the southeast side of the city because of the rapid growth in the area. They hope the facility will give paramedics an extra resource in the area.
“Things happen and if a patient takes a turn for the worst, having emergency physicians close is better for our patients,” said Kyle Hurley, the system manager for Norman Regional’s Emergency and Paramedic Departments.
Along with serving as home base for the Emergency Department, the facility will provide a space for physician clinics, physical and occupational therapy and other medical services.
Hospital leaders said this will not just benefit the City of Norman.
“We also want to talk about people coming in from Little Axe, Shawnee and the City of Noble, just to our south,” said Hurley.
This is just the start of the projects coming to Norman Regional. The new Inspire Health Plan set goals to expand the Health Plex.
“It will include an ambulatory care center and a cancer center,” said Norman Regional President and CEO Richie Splitt. “It will also include a transformation of the Porter campus to a health village.”
The stand-alone emergency room is expected to be completed late next year.
Norman Regional hopes to complete at least three of their major goals by the end of 2023.