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New heart hospital opens to public

The new Oklahoma Heart Hospital South Campus in Oklahoma City opened its doors to the public Monday.

John Austin, chief operating officer for Oklahoma Heart Hospital South Campus, said all of the hospital’s services are open, and the first day of operation went well.

Built by a consortium of hospitals, including Oklahoma Heart Hospital North, Mercy Health Center, Midwest Regional Medical Center and Norman Regional Health System, Oklahoma Heart Hospital South Campus cost $98 million over a two-year period to build, said Austin.

“For the last couple of weeks, we’ve been working very hard to get everything up to speed,” Austin said.

He said because the hospital specializes only in cardiovascular disease treatment, it is very good at what it does.

Austin also said Oklahomans are not very healthy when it comes to cardiovascular care. This means the services the hospital provides will always be needed.

The new hospital provides superior services when compared to other hospitals. Because of a nurse-to-patient ratio of 1-4, the Oklahoma Heart Hospital South Campus has more frequent contact between those who are sick and those who are caring for them, Austin said.

“The ability to provide excellent service to the patients and the family is the distinguishing factor between our hospital and other hospitals,” he said.

“The staff have been very nice,” said Susha Sharma, a vistor and daughter of a patient at the hospital.

She said when compared to other hospitals she had visited, the new hospital fostered a more comfortable environment.

The new south campus is located at 5200 E. Interstate 240 Service Road.

Casey Wilson/The Daily

New heart hospital opens to public

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