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Oklahoma Heart Hospital South Campus opens

The Journal Record (Oklahoma City, OK)
January 11, 2010 Monday

BYLINE: April Wilkerson
SECTION: NEWS
LENGTH: 374 words

When it's not broken, don't fix it, and when it's serving a need, replicate it.

Oklahoma Heart Hospital South Campus has officially opened its doors with a goal of providing the same type of care as its North Campus sibling and serving a wider range of Oklahomans.

Dr. John Harvey, chief operating officer and president of Oklahoma Heart Hospital, said the goal is to replicate the Oklahoma Heart Hospital North Campus to serve more patients with cardiovascular issues. That includes no more than one nurse to every four patients on the general floors and a one-to-one nurse-to-patient ratio in critical care.

"Patient service is the key," Harvey said. "You reduce medical errors if you don't ask people to do more than they're capable of doing. You also hire the best people because they understand it will be a superior experience for them. "

The Oklahoma Heart Hospital South Campus was built by a consortium of hospitals, including Mercy Health Center, Midwest Regional Medical Center and Norman Regional Health System. The South Campus opens as a 46-bed facility with the capability to expand to 62 beds. The emergency department serves all types of emergencies, and an emergency room physician is on duty at all times.

The cost to build the facility was $98 million, which includes $56 million for the brick and mortar and $20 million in equipment and other costs, said John Austin, chief operating officer of the facility. And because Oklahoma City is spread out over a large area, the south location will better serve patients from other parts of the county and state.

Austin said he expects to see more such collaborations in hospitals' futures as they struggle to stay alive in tough economic times.

"Community hospitals are a dying breed," he said. "I think we'll see more joint ventures. "
Lt. Gov. Jari Askins, who participated in the hospital's grand opening, said the facility represents more than good health care.

"The investment that has been made to build this facility will have a return that is more than improving health care in the region," she said. "This will be a magnet for future development, such as the food industry and other types of business. The whole I-240 corridor should be the next area of growth for Oklahoma City. "

Oklahoma Heart Hospital South Campus opens


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