Hospital Partners Break Ground On South Campus


Hospital Partners Break Ground on

$75 Million Heart Hospital in South Oklahoma City


Oklahoma Heart Hospital, Mercy Health Center, Norman Regional Health System and Midwest Regional Medical Center Partner to Build

Oklahoma Heart Hospital South Campus


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November 19, 2007                                      Jane Braden 405.818.1905


OKLAHOMA CITY – Four metro Oklahoma City hospitals have created a new partnership to build Oklahoma Heart Hospital South Campus, a $75-million, 163,000 square-foot, all-digital, state-of-the-art facility totally dedicated to hearts.  Oklahoma Heart Hospital, Mercy Health Center, Midwest Regional Medical Center and Norman Regional Health System have joined in a consortium to build the hospital at I-240 and Sooner Road.


“Five years ago when Oklahoma Heart Hospital was built in north Oklahoma City near Mercy, we never envisioned that we would need a second hospital so quickly. Oklahoma still ranks among the worst in the nation in heart disease and the demand for cardiovascular services has far outpaced our expectations,” noted Dr. John Harvey, Chief Executive Officer for Oklahoma Heart Hospital.  “Southeast Oklahoma County is the ideal location to bring together cardiovascular specialists from Midwest City and Norman to serve this portion of Oklahoma City with the same commitment to patient care as our north campus - the commitment to bring specialized cardiovascular care to the broader population in southern and eastern Oklahoma.”


"Mercy's vision for heart care in Oklahoma led us to pioneer with leading cardiovascular physicians in opening the first Oklahoma Heart Hospital on our campus in 2002," said Diana Smalley, president and CEO of Mercy Health System of Oklahoma. "Oklahoma Heart Hospital South is very important in the realization of that vision."


The successful model of the Oklahoma Heart Hospital on the north side of Oklahoma City prompted physicians from four hospitals to come together to create a very similar hospital in the underserved south part of Oklahoma City.  Oklahoma Heart Hospital South Campus will be a 46 bed facility with expansion capability to 62 beds. Three cath labs will be built with additional space planned for a fourth electro physiology lab.  There will be two operating rooms with expansion capability for a third OR as needed in the future.  The new hospital will have 10 ER beds and 15 day patient beds. 


"This is a unique partnership in that it brings the best of Oklahoma Heart Hospital, Mercy Health Center, Normal Regional Health System and Midwest Regional Medical Center into the Oklahoma Heart Hospital south campus,” said Doug Arnold, CEO, Midwest Regional Medical Center.  “This will give us a decided advantage in the fight against heart disease as we pool our resources and physician expertise.  Each of us will continue our commitment to providing outstanding emergency cardiac care through our respective emergency departments and cath lab heart teams.  We've made tremendous improvements in treating cardiac patients during the last decade in Oklahoma including the Oklahoma Heart Hospital and such expertise as minimally invasive robotic heart surgery performed at Midwest Regional Medical Center.  It only makes good sense to combine forces for the next decade of battling heart disease."


Emergency surgeries will continue to be available at Midwest Regional Medical Center in partnership with this consortium.


"Unfortunately, Oklahoma continues to rank at the bottom in heart disease and the problem isn't going to go away any time soon. The need for excellent cardiovascular care will continue to be a focus for Norman Regional Health System. This partnership between Norman Regional Health System, Mercy Health Center, Midwest City Regional Medical Center, and Oklahoma Heart Hospital is a win-win for all. We have the opportunity to partner with some of the best hospitals in the state to provide top-notch health care to the Oklahomans we serve," stated David Whitaker, CEO and President of Norman Regional Health System.  


The Oklahoma Heart Hospital leads the nation in patient satisfaction as noted by the prestigious Press Ganey Summit Award, given to hospitals that maintain the 95th percentile of patient satisfaction for three consecutive years.  The hospitals actual patient satisfaction rate is above the 99th percentile level. In 2006, Oklahoma Heart Hospital achieved a 100% rating from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for delivering quality treatment to the highest number of cardiovascular patients.


Groundbreaking for Oklahoma Heart Hospital South Campus will be held November 19, 2007 at 1:30 p.m. at the Southwest corner of I-240 and Sooner Road.  The hospital is scheduled to open in the Fall of 2010.

Hospital Partners Break Ground On South Campus

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