Oklahoma Heart Hospital South Campus Breaks Ground on $11 Million Medical Office Tower

OKLAHOMA CITY—Earthmovers are breaking ground at Oklahoma Heart Hospital South on a new $11 million, three-story, 70,000 square-foot medical office building designed to put cardiovascular physicians within steps of their patients.  The new medical tower will be located on the Oklahoma Heart Hospital South Campus at Sooner Road and I-240.

“Putting our doctors close to our patients is vital to the evolution of the South Campus and a positive development in the care of our patients,” said Dr. John Harvey, CEO/President Oklahoma Heart Hospital. “The proximity of our specialists will enhance our response times in a cardiac emergency, surpassing our already superior door-to-door catherization time which currently is superior to both state and national averages.”

The medical tower will contain services such as cardiac MRI, an interventional pain management procedure suite, a cardiac rehabilitation and wellness center and physician offices.  Space is also being built for future operating rooms and catheterization labs as the hospital center grows.  The tower and the hospital will be connected by a 50 foot, air conditioned walkway.

“The new facility will open a new segment of care for the Oklahoma Heart Hospital South Campus with an anticipated 23,000 square feet of clinic space. Diagnostic testing and physician offices allows our patients to visit the campus for heart care when they don’t need hospitalization,” noted John Austin, Chief Operating Officer Oklahoma Heart Hospital South.

Phase one of construction includes completion of the site work and foundation.  The second phase involves putting up steel and brick to shape the exterior of the building, and the final phase involves medically outfitting the facility for patient care and comfort.  The new medical building is scheduled to open in late summer or early fall of 2012.

Nabholz Construction is general contractor and the facility designer is Rees Architecture, both are Oklahoma companies.

About Oklahoma Heart Hospital:
Oklahoma Heart Hospital opened in August 2002 as the first all-digital hospital in America totally dedicated to the care of hearts. Cardiologists from Oklahoma Cardiovascular Associates partnered with Mercy Health Center to make the hospital a reality. In 2006, demand for cardiovascular services in the region prompted a $35 million expansion at the hospital.
In 2010, Oklahoma Heart Hospital South Campus opened its doors as an all-digital hospital specializing in the care of hearts.  The South Campus partnered with Oklahoma Heart Hospital, Mercy Health Center, Norman Regional Health System and Midwest Regional System to bring cardiovascular services to south Oklahoma City and eastern Oklahoma County.

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