NORMAN - The opening of Norman Regional Health System’s new HealthPlex specialty hospital has been set. September 28, 2009 was the target date to open the new state-of-the-art facility to patients, but due to construction delays, the opening date has been changed to October 26, 2009.
“Sliding the opening date allows us to properly test the systems and processes that will be in place at the HealthPlex,” said NRHS Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer Daryle Voss. “When the move is made, we want to make sure everything is safely in place for a seamless transition for patients and their families as well as Health System medical staff and employees.”
The new timeline for opening the HealthPlex to patients will be Monday, October 26th. Patients will be moved from Norman Regional Hospital’s Porter campus during the weekend of October 24th and 25th.
The HealthPlex will give community members convenient access to the most comprehensive care for Heart and Vascular, Orthopedic and Spine, and Women’s and Children’s services in the region. The 400,000 square foot HealthPlex hospital, located at Interstate 35 and Tecumseh Road, has been designed with healing in mind. The design of the HealthPlex hospital is part of a national trend towards evidence-based design, which is a design plan that improves outcomes for patients and improves the performance of hospital staff.
The HealthPlex hospital has larger, private patient rooms, which studies have shown can reduce infection better than semi-private rooms. Each room is equipped with individual light and temperature controls. Patients can order room service, and the new hospital features a coffee shop with gourmet selections. The entire hospital is also outfitted with WiFi internet access for guests and patients alike.