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Moore Medical Center Update

In an effort to keep updated on the rebuilding efforts of Norman Regional Health System in the City of Moore, updates will be provided here.

Update 06-06-2014

On May 20, 2014, Norman Regional Health System broke ground on their new medical facility in Moore, Oklahoma. The new $29 million dollar health complex will be constructed on the site where Moore Medical Center once stood, near the corners of Telephone Road and 4th Street, with a tentative opening of Fall 2016. The former hospital was destroyed by an EF-5 tornado on May 20, 2014. No deaths or major injuries were sustained by the approximately 400 people inside the building at the time of the tornado.

The groundbreaking was part of the Moore Community Remembrance and Moore Medical Center Groundbreaking ceremony held at the former MMC site on the one year anniversary of the tornado.

The Health System will return with a technologically state-of-the-art facility that will serve the current needs of the city’s approximately 60,000 residents, and will be primed and ready for the growth that will happen in the future. The new facility is being designed with safety in mind and will be built using modern-day safety features. It will also include a tornado-safe zone for both patients and staff to use during severe weather situations. Additional services planned for the new facility include: full service emergency services; comprehensive inpatient and outpatient diagnostic imaging; physical medicine services; laboratory services; physician offices; community education and meeting space; and a wellness/lifestyle center.

At the groundbreaking Richie Splitt, Chief Administrative Officer Moore Medical Center, also announced a major art tribute to honor the courage and caring that took place in the community on May 20, 2013, will be incorporated throughout the new facility. For more information on the Moore Medical Center Art for Healing call to artists please click here.

Update 12-02-2013

Moore Medical Center Emergency Services Now Open

Moore Medical Center Emergency Services, a freestanding emergency room, located at the former Moore Medical Center site is now open. The building is a modular or temporary one, but it looks and functions exactly as any other emergency department. It is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Services at the new building include:

  • A trauma area
  • Fast Track rooms for minor illnesses and injuries
  • Isolation room
  • Treatment rooms
  • Triage area
  • X-ray
  • CT
  • Ultrasound
  • Lab

In additional to emergency services, the building also has outpatient laboratory and imaging available. This offers community members a quick, convenient and close place to get lab work such as blood draws done or diagnostic testing such as an x-ray performed. Former Moore Medical Center employees including physicians, nurses, and technicians are staffing the now-open building.

"Our doctors, nurses and employees are excited to get back to the community of Moore," said Richie Splitt, Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer of Moore Medical Center and the HealthPlex. "Our team is ready to take care of your needs whether it is a broken bone, a fever or any emergency situation that arises."

The company that constructed the modular Emergency Department is Serenus Johnson Portables. Serenus Johnson Portables is a leader in the design and manufacture of rapidly deployable, hard-wall, multiple-use facilities and most recently erected a long-term temporary health care facility in Joplin, Missouri, following a similar devastating tornado.

This freestanding ER will serve the emergency needs of the area, until a permanent facility can be built. Norman Regional plans to break ground on a permanent structure in Spring of 2014 and open its new building to patients in Fall of 2016. Moore Medical Center, a 45-bed hospital located in Moore, Okla., was destroyed when an EF-5 tornado tore through the town on May 20, 2013. No one inside the hospital was injured that day. Norman Regional Health System is the owner and operator of Moore Medical Center.

Update 10-28-2013

Norman Regional Moves Forward with Plans for New, Permanent Healthcare Facility in Moore

 
Artistic rendering of the new Permanent Healthcare Facility in Moore.

On Monday, October 28, 2013 the Norman Regional Hospital Authority voted to approve a plan to rebuild a new, exceptionally modern healthcare facility in Moore and expand services at the HealthPlex hospital located in Norman. The plan also allows for growth and possible future expansion.

The building will be constructed on the site where Moore Medical Center once stood, at the corners of Telephone Road and 4th Street. The Health System is scheduled to break ground on the new $29 million dollar facility in Fall of 2014 with a tentative opening of Fall of 2016.

  • Emergency Services with 24 hour availability
  • Diagnostic Imaging with MRI, CT, Ultrasound. Available for both our emergency department patients and outpatients
  • Physical Medicine Services including physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy
  • Laboratory Services which will support the emergency department and outpatients as well as serving as a draw station to support physician offices
  • Physician Offices. The new facility will have up to 80,000 square feet of medical office space to accommodate both the displaced Moore Medical Center physicians and other physicians and specialists
  • Community Education and Meeting Space to accommodate 50 to 100 people. This space will provide medical education, health screenings and general meeting space to the community.
  • A Wellness/Lifestyle Center for the pursuit of healthy lifestyles, proper diet and exercise

Other possible amenities might include a gift shop and food service. There is also a remembrance/memorial element planned such as a wall or garden to honor and remember the heroism that took place in Moore on May 20, 2013. The new Moore Medical Center will also be constructed with safety in mind. It will be a reinforced structure and built using the most up-to-date safety features available. It will also have a tornado-safe zone for both patients and staff to use during severe weather situations.

"Norman Regional is proud and excited to return to Moore," said David Whitaker, President and Chief Executive Officer at Norman Regional Health System. "The community of Moore deserves a state-of-the-art facility and that is what we plan to build. While we are not rebuilding exactly what was destroyed, our plans allow for additional services and amenities to be added later so that the building can grow along with its community."

Richie Splitt, Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer at Moore Medical Center and the HealthPlex, said the hope is that the building will be the tallest and most recognizable in Moore.

There is room for future growth and the addition of services, for example a women's center or outpatient surgery. The area north of the new building is designated for possible expansion as the city grows and may possibly include another tower at some point, Splitt said.

"This will be an exceptionally modern facility," Splitt said. "Our team is ready to return to Moore and they will have one of the sleekest and newest buildings in which to serve our patients and families."

In order to meet community demand, the Health System will also expand services at its HealthPlex hospital, located on Tecumseh Road and Interstate 35 in Norman. This includes finishing a new general operating room, a gynecology surgery room, and a histology laboratory. One to two procedure rooms for endoscopic and small procedures will also be added. The fifth floor of the HealthPlex will be finished to accommodate medical/surgical patients, adding an additional 32 beds.

"We are able to easily adapt the HealthPlex because it too was built with growth in mind," said Greg Terrell, Chief Operating Officer of Norman Regional. "The fifth floor was completely shelled-in as a part of the original construction and can be quickly finished out and made operational. We also planned for additional operating rooms and now can easily add two additional, fully functional OR suites to accommodate the increased demand."

Norman Regional Health System is also currently constructing a temporary, free-standing Emergency Department with outpatient lab and imaging where Moore Medical Center once stood. It will be open for patients in early December. A temporary Physical Medicine building is also planned for the site. It will offer physical, occupational, and speech therapy and is scheduled to be installed in 2014.

Norman Regional had owned and operated the former Moore Medical Center for more than six years before it was destroyed during an EF-5 tornado on May 20, 2013.

"Our commitment to the Moore community is strong," Whitaker said. "We have been in Moore since 2007, and our health system was able to operate a hospital in Moore since that time. An unfortunate tragedy took that facility, but we will be back soon and stronger than ever."

Due to the preparation and courage of those inside the building, no patients, staff, or visitors were injured inside the hospital on May 20. The building was declared a total loss and demolished in June of 2013.

Immediately after the tornado, employees from Moore Medical Center were found positions elsewhere within the Health System. The physician offices and clinics were also quickly relocated to temporary spaces, most of which are in Norman and south Oklahoma City.

The Norman Regional Master Facility Planning Committee was charged with the creation of a new facility and plan for the Health System. It took input from several key stakeholders including Moore Medical Center physicians, employees, and volunteers. A Moore Advisory Committee was also formed from city leaders, business owners, and citizens. The Health System also conducted a community survey about healthcare in Moore.

To keep up-to-date with the latest news about the rebuilding process, please visit www.NormanRegional.com/Moore.

Moore Medical Center Renderings (PDF)

Site Plan (PDF)

Moore Medical Center Time Line (PDF)

Update 10-03-2013

Construction Begins on Moore Free-standing Emergency Department

Construction has begun on a freestanding Emergency Services Department at the Moore Medical Center site. There will be several modular-type buildings intertwined together that create this Emergency Department and outpatient service area. The building is scheduled to begin seeing patients in early December.

“Norman Regional is excited to begin the first phase of our return to Moore,” said Richie Splitt, vice president and chief administrative officer of the HealthPlex and Moore Medical Center. “Our team is eager to provide the high-quality care the Moore community has been accustomed to and that they deserve.”

Moore Medical Center, a 45-bed hospital located in Moore, Okla., was destroyed when an EF-5 tornado tore through the town on May 20, 2013. No one inside the hospital was injured that day. Norman Regional Health System, the owner and operator of Moore Medical Center, plans to rebuild a new healthcare facility in Moore.

For now, the temporary Emergency Department will be located at Telephone Road and 4th Street and have 10,880 interior square feet of usable space. The building is a modular one, but on the inside it will look and function exactly as any other emergency department. It will be called Moore Medical Center Emergency Services.

The company chosen to construct the modular Emergency Department is Serenus Johnson Portables. Serenus Johnson Portables is a global leader in the design and manufacture of rapidly deployable, hard-wall, multiple-use facilities and most recently erected a long-term temporary health care facility in Joplin, Missouri, following a similar devastating tornado.

“We are honored to be a part of the rebuilding of Moore, and in particular the Moore Medical Center,” said Brian Johnson, Serenus Johnson Portables president. “We know how important it is to this community to provide continuity of critically needed health care and services, and we take pride in our role in helping the Medical Center offer quality and compassionate health care to the region.”

Services in the free-standing Emergency Department will include:

  • A Trauma area
  • Fast Track rooms for minor illnesses and injuries
  • Isolation room
  • Treatment rooms
  • Triage area
  • X-ray
  • CT
  • Ultrasound
  • Lab

In additional to emergency services, the building will also have outpatient laboratory and imaging available.

It was also important for Norman Regional leadership to provide a storm shelter area for patients and staff and that will be incorporated into the plans, Splitt said. This freestanding ED will serve the emergency needs of the area, until a permanent structure can be built.

Update 09-23-2013, 5:04 P.M.

Free-standing Emergency Department To Open at Moore Medical Center Site

Moore residents can soon seek emergency care at a free-standing emergency department to be placed where Moore Medical Center once stood. The Health System plans to open a modular or temporary ED in November to patients in the Moore area. It will be located at 700 S. Telephone Road and have 10,880 interior square feet of usable space.

The building is a modular one, but on the inside it will look and function exactly as any other emergency department

Services will include:

  • A Trauma area
  • Seven Fast Track rooms for minor illnesses and injuries
  • Isolation room
  • Six treatment rooms
  • Triage area
  • X-ray
  • CT
  • Ultrasound
  • Lab

In additional to emergency services, the building will also have outpatient laboratory and imaging available. It was also important for Norman Regional leadership to provide a storm shelter area for patients and staff and that will be incorporated into the plans.

This freestanding ED will serve the emergency needs of the area, until a permanent structure can be built. Norman Regional looks forward to reopening in Moore.

Norman Regional is also looking for Moore citizens’ opinions about what healthcare services they use. Please take a short, eight question survey at www.NormanRegional.com/RebuildSurvey so that they can know the public’s healthcare needs.

In other news, Norman Regional has launched an educational campaign to keep patients informed of its progress. If your doctor had a practice at Moore Medical Center, you will find signs and handouts in their waiting rooms informing you of the latest updates. ‘Rebuilding’ signs and fliers are also located in the Emergency Departments at Norman Regional Hospital, 901 N. Porter and The HealthPlex, 3300 HealthPlex Parkway, and at Moore’s City Hall, 301 N. Broadway.

Update 09-19-2013, 3:18 P.M.

Moore Medical Center Rebuilding Survey

Norman Regional would like to get the pulse of the Moore community on what they want and need in a healthcare facility. Please help us by answering this short, eight-question survey. It will only take a few moments. Please click the link to take the survey We appreciate your feedback.

Take the survey.

Update 08-27-2013, 3:24 P.M.

Board Approves Modular ED Plans

Last night the Norman Regional Hospital Authority (NRHA) voted to approve a plan to move forward with a modular Emergency Department at the Moore Medical Center location.

The Health System plans to open the modular ED in November to patients in the Moore area. It will be located on the southwest corner of the property and have 10,880 interior square feet of usable space.

Services and areas found at the modular ED will include:

  • A Trauma area
  • Seven Fast Track rooms
  • One Isolation room
  • Six treatment rooms
  • One Triage area
  • X-ray
  • CT
  • Ultrasound
  • Lab
  • A Storm Shelter

The modular ED will serve the emergency needs of the area, until a permanent structure can be built. The inside of the building will look much like the interior of any hospital or healthcare facility.

Some equipment was able to be saved from Moore Medical Center including stretchers, defibrillators, EKG/Dopplers, adult and pediatric crash carts, Pyxis medication station, exam lights, ambulance encoder, external temporary pacer, fluid warmers, and other miscellaneous items. Some computer and telecommunications equipment was also able to be retrieved.

However, the modular ED will require additional equipment purchases; some of these will be only leased and not retained for use in the permanent location. Others will be kept for use in the new, permanent structure.

Norman Regional looks forward to reopening in Moore.

Update 07-16-2013, 10:30 A.M.

Getting Back to Moore

The second week of July Health System leadership and the Board sent a Request for Proposal (RFP) to three companies for modular building structures that would temporarily house the Moore Medical Center Emergency Services. Once the vendor is selected it will take 60 – 90 days for the structure to become operational, allowing for construction, training of staff and the acquisition of the proper permits and licensing, etc.

The location and position of the building is being carefully studied in order to select the best access possible for our patients. In addition, the facility will provide ancillary services such as CT, x-ray and lab with other outpatient services yet to be determined. It will serve the Moore community needs while the permanent facility is constructed. The process will take at least two years.

Note of Interest:

NRHS leadership has required each company to include the installation of a tornado safe area in their proposals, an area where patients and staff can seek shelter in the event of severe weather.

Next Week’s Update - Moore Medical Center Goes Green One Final Time.

Update 06-13-2013, 10:30 P.M.

Moore Medical Center Building Demolition

Moore Medical Center was deemed a ‘total loss’ by structural engineers and insurance adjusters. Demolition of the building will begin on Tuesday, June 25. At the present time, plans are underway to determine what type of facility Norman Regional Health System will rebuild in Moore. A Remembrance Ceremony for Moore Medical Center employees, physicians and volunteers is planned on June 25, shortly before the demolition will begin.

Update 05-30-2013, 5 P.M.

Message from David Whitaker, President and CEO of Norman Regional Health System

Immediately following the tornado that destroyed Moore Medical Center, Norman Regional Health System implemented a three stage relief plan. The first stage, Immediate Need, began moments after the tornado hit and is ongoing. Our goal was to make sure all patients and staff in that building were accounted for and taken care of, both medically and personally. Many employees lost homes, vehicles or both on May 20, 2013. The Health System with the help of The Norman Regional Health Foundation and the employee CARE Committee began providing relief for these employees. Also part of the Immediate Need stage was securing the hospital, recovering what was salvageable inside and relocating the physicians that were housed at Moore Medical Center. These physicians will begin seeing patients tomorrow at their temporary locations. A list of those offices can be found HERE.

Stage two - Short Term Need - is currently underway. Health System leadership along with members of the Master Facility Planning group are working to determine the level of hospital services immediately needed in the Moore community. We are looking at how best to meet the urgent care and emergency needs there. This may involve a temporary mobile type setting staffed by NRHS employees, more specifically the staff from Moore Medical Center.

Long Term Replacement Plan, the third stage, will take longer to implement. The Norman Regional Authority Board, NRHS leadership and the Master Facility Planning Group will determine what type of replacement facility and services and level of those services will be located in Moore. This will be a three to six month planning process.

We continue to stress that Norman Regional Health System remains committed to serving the community of Moore. We will be back to care for the community that continues to trust us for its health care needs.

We Stand Together with Moore, now and into the future.

Patient Update:

  • At this time two patients who were at Moore Medical Center remain at the two Health System hospitals in Norman. These patients did not have storm-related injuries. They were among the patients who were at Moore Medical Center at the time of the tornado and were evacuated. No patients or staff suffered injuries from the storm.
  • More than 132 patients have been treated from storm-related injuries at either Norman Regional Hospital or the HealthPlex Hospital. Of the patients that were admitted to the hospitals due to storm-related injuries, five remain hospitalized at Norman Regional facilities.

Update 05-23-2013, 4:30 P.M.

Patient Update:

  • At this time three patients who were at Moore Medical Center remain at the two Health System hospitals in Norman. These patients did not have storm-related injuries. They were among the patients who were at Moore Medical Center at the time of the tornado and were evacuated. No patients or staff suffered injuries from the storm.
  • More than 132 patients have been treated from storm-related injuries at either Norman Regional Hospital or the HealthPlex Hospital. Of the patients that were admitted to the hospitals due to storm-related injuries, seven remain hospitalized at Norman Regional facilities.

Moore Medical Center Employee and Response Update:

So far today, Norman Regional Health System provided critical first response assistance to 38 employees/families that needed food, shelter or clothing. An additional 94 employees have been identified as needing assistance and NRHS is working with these staff members. A total of 463 NRHS employees reside in the zip code areas most severely impacted by the May 20 storms.

Norman Regional’s Auxiliary, Foundation and CARE Committee have also set up an Employee Relief Supply store for immediate relief items. The CARE Committee is an employee-run committee within NRHS that provides assistance to employees who have experienced catastrophic events.

If you or someone in the community would like to make a donation to assist the NRHS Care Committee and employees’ impact by the storms, please consider a monetary donation. Donations will be tax deductible through the Foundation and distributed by the Care Committee as quickly as possible according to their standard allocations.

Checks may be made payable to:
Norman Regional Health Foundation
PO Box 1665
Norman, OK 73070
Memo: Employee Care Committee Fund

Or they can give online at the link below: www.NRHFoundation.org

100 percent of donations go straight to employees.

Update 05-22-2013, 4:30 P.M.

Damage and patient report

  • At this time eight patients who were at Moore Medical Center are being treated at the two Health System hospitals in Norman. These patients did not have storm-related injuries. They were among the patients who were at Moore Medical Center at the time of the tornado and were evacuated. No patients or staff suffered injuries from the storm.
  • More than 132 patients have been treated from storm-related injuries at either Norman Regional Hospital or the HealthPlex Hospital. Of the patients that were admitted to the hospitals due to storm-related injuries, eight remain hospitalized at Norman Regional facilities.
  • There has been one confirmed death. This is included in the Medical Examiner’s official figures.
  • Our Patient Care Hotline is still activated for loved ones to call who may be still searching for a family member. That number is 405.307.1366. It is answered from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
  • Women who are patients of Drs. Cherry, Miller and Appiah and were scheduled to deliver their baby at Moore Medical Center should call 405.692.2224. For emergencies, these women should come to the HealthPlex Hospital located at 3500 HealthPlex Parkway in Norman. The offices of these doctors will be contacting patients directly with this information and to communicate any further instructions.
  • The generosity of Oklahomans was displayed again today as the Oklahoma Blood Institute blood drives at Norman Regional Hospital (NRH) and the HealthPlex (HPX) have exceeded collection levels! Ninety seven people signed up to donate blood!
  • Those interested in further updates and news may also like our page on Facebook.

We thank our health care partners around the state of Oklahoma for their offers of help. The Oklahoma standard is powerful. Norman Regional Health System will continue to work around the clock to help any and all affected by the storms and the immediate aftermath. Our thoughts and prayers go out to these people, their loved ones and the emergency workers doing incredible things to save lives.

Update 05-21-2013, 10:30 P.M.

NORMAN - Norman Regional’s Corporate Communications Department is working hard to assist members of the media with their questions and interview requests. This web page is up-to-date as of the current time stamp. Please note that calls and emails received after 10:30 p.m. CST on May 21 will be returned starting at 10 a.m. CST May 22. Please leave a message and your call will be returned. Please allow us this time to regroup and gather information.

Update 05-21-2013, 7:00 P.M.

NORMAN - May 21, 2013 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Kelly Wells, Media Relations Coordinator 405.307.2143 or kwells@nrh-ok.com 901 North Porter Avenue, Norman OK 73071 Norman Regional Health System Damage Report Moore Medical Center Update from Norman Regional Health System regarding the damage at Moore Medical Center from the May 20, 2013 tornado.

  • At this time at least nine patients that were at Moore Medical Center are being treated at the two Health System hospitals in Norman. No patients or staff suffered injuries from the storm.
  • More than 132 patients have been treated from storm related injuries at either Norman Regional Hospital or the HealthPlex Hospital. Approximately 75 to 80 people were treated at Norman Regional Hospital. Another 40 to 45 sought treatment at the HealthPlex Hospital.
  • Twenty seven people have been admitted to the two hospitals for injuries they suffered during the storm.
  • There has been one confirmed death. This is included in the Medical Examiners office figures.
  • Our Patient Care Hotline is still activated for loved ones to call who may be still searching for a family member. That number is 405.307.2143.
  • Women who are patients of Drs. Cherry, Miller and Appiah and were scheduled to deliver their baby at Moore Medical Center should call 405.692.2224. For emergencies, these women should come to the HealthPlex Hospital located at 3500 HealthPlex Parkway in Norman. The offices of these doctors will be contacting patients directly with this information and to communicate any further instructions.
  • The other physicians located at Moore Medical Center are working on a plan to continue their care at a new location. We hope to have a number available soon to current patients can call for prescription needs as well as further medical care instructions.
  • The regularly scheduled Oklahoma Blood Institute that was scheduled for Wednesday at Norman Regional Hospital will be held from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. OBI wants Oklahomans to know the supply to handle the tornado victims is sufficient at this time but they are still encouraging people to give.

We thank our health care partners around the state of Oklahoma for their offers of help. The Oklahoma standard is powerful. Norman Regional Health System will continue to work around the clock to help any and all affected by the storms and the immediate aftermath. Our thoughts and prayers go out to these people, their loved ones and the emergency workers doing incredible things to save lives.

Norman Regional is a health system comprised of Norman Regional Hospital, a 337 bed acute care hospital in Norman, OK, Moore Medical Center, a 45 bed community hospital in Moore, OK, and, the HealthPlex, a 135 bed hospital in Norman, OK. Norman Regional Health System employs more than 2,800 people and has served Norman and the surrounding communities since 1946.

EDITOR NOTE: As you can imagine, we are fielding calls fast and furious. We appreciate your patience and all the concern.

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Update 05-21-2013, 4:30 P.M.

NORMAN - Norman Regional Health System is reporting that two patients who suffered injuries from the May 20 tornado have been discharged from our hospitals. This brings the current total to 18 hospitalized patients. Norman Regional can also confirm one death. The Medical Examiner’s Office has been notified and this death should be included in the Medical Examiner’s statistics.

Update 05-21-2013, 4:00 P.M.

NORMAN - Request to Share Information: Moore Medical Center Staff Debriefing We are asking your help in sharing the following information with Moore Medical Center staff, volunteers and physicians. We are encouraging all Moore Medical Center staff, physicians and volunteers to attend one of two debriefings. NRHS Chaplain Susan Beam will lead the session. Please contact all Moore Medical Center team members to attend so that we may regroup, and start the healing process.

Times are: 8:30 a.m. Wed. May 22 in the Norman Regional Hospital Education Center Auditorium, 901 N. Porter in Norman. 1 p.m. Wed. May 22 in the Norman Regional Hospital Education Center Auditorium, 901 N. Porter in Norman.

Update 05-21-2013, 11:51 A.M.

NORMAN - Update from Norman Regional Health System regarding the damage at Moore Medical Center from the May 20, 2013 tornado.

  • At this time at least nine patients that were at Moore Medical Center are being treated at the two Health System hospitals in Norman. No patients or staff suffered injuries from the storm.

  • More than 100 patients have been treated from storm related injuries at either Norman Regional Hospital or the HealthPlex Hospital. Approximately 75 to 80 people were treated at Norman Regional Hospital. Another 40 to 45 sought treatment at the HealthPlex Hospital.

  • Twenty people have been admitted to the two hospitals for injuries they suffered during the storm, 11 males and 9 females. They range in age from 15 to 81. All patients are either in fair or good conditions at this time.

  • Our Patient Care Hotline is still activated for loved ones to call who may be still searching for a family member. That number is 405.307.1366.

  • Women who are patients of Drs. Cherry, Miller and Appiah and were scheduled to deliver their baby at Moore Medical Center should call 405.692.2224. For emergencies, these women should come to the HealthPlex Hospital located at 3500 HealthPlex Parkway in Norman. The offices of these doctors will be contacting patients directly with this information and to communicate any further instructions. Also patients can use the Patient Portal to ask questions for Drs. Cherry, Miller, and Appiah. They are monitoring it. Here is a link to the Patient Portal, then please select your physician.

  • The other physicians located at Moore Medical Center are working on a plan to continue their care at a new location. We hope to have a number available soon to current patients can call for prescription needs as well as further medical care instructions.

  • The regularly scheduled Oklahoma Blood Institute that was scheduled for today at Moore Medical Center has been moved to the HealthPlex Hospital. It will run from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on the 7th floor. There will be another drive at Norman Regional Hospital located at 901 N. Porter Avenue in Norman tomorrow from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. OBI wants Oklahomans to know the supply to handle the tornado victims is sufficient at this time but they are still encouraging people to give.

We thank our health care partners around the state of Oklahoma for their offers of help. The Oklahoma standard is powerful. Norman Regional Health System will continue to work around the clock to help any and all affected by the storms and the immediate aftermath. Our thoughts and prayers go out to these people, their loved ones and the emergency workers doing incredible things to save lives.

Norman Regional is a health system comprised of Norman Regional Hospital, a 337 bed acute care hospital in Norman, OK, Moore Medical Center, a 45 bed community hospital in Moore, OK, and, the HealthPlex, a 135 bed hospital in Norman, OK. Norman Regional Health System employs more than 2,800 people and has served Norman and the surrounding communities since 1946.

EDITOR NOTE: I will be updating this information throughout the day as things develop. Please refer to our website NormanRegional.com for these updates. We have several staff members who were at Moore Medical Center when the storm hit and are available for interviews. They can be reached through our Corporate Communications office at 405.307.2143 or 405.307.2146. We are also touching base with patients who may be interested in speaking with members of the media. As soon as I have information on their availability, I will update you.

As you can imagine, we are fielding calls fast and furious. We appreciate your patience and all the concern.

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Update 05-20-2013

NORMAN - Norman Regional Health System’s Moore Medical Center sustained significant damage during today’s storm. At this time we are transporting at least 30 patients that were there at the time to either Norman Regional Hospital at 901 N. Porter or the HealthPlex 

Hospital at 3500 HealthPlex Parkway, both in Norman.

The HealthPlex has been inundated with patients. So far we have treated 25 patients at that facility including a 9-year-old girl. Kaileigh Hawkins was at an elementary school that was damaged during the storm. She is doing ok, but her parents are not with her. We are asking for help contacting her parents. Anyone who may be able to contact them should call 405.307.2713. 

Norman Regional Hospital is also treating as many as 35 “walking wounded.”   

At this time staff and patients at Moore Medical Center have been accounted for. 

Those looking for loved ones may call our patient care hotline at 405.307.1366. You will be instructed what to do if your loved one is being treated at any of our facilities.

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