Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Richie Splitt, Vice President & Chief Administrative Officer, Norman Regional Moore & HealthPlex

Construction of the new Norman Regional Moore is progressing nicely. First floor columns have been poured and much of the under slab plumbing is in place. The extensive framing seen along the first floor is the support structure for the second floor slab. Once the deck is in place additional columns will be erected for the second, third and fourth floors. It is very exciting to know your exceptionally modern healthcare facility will be open in just over a year.

Until the grand opening in spring 2016, our temporary Moore Emergency Services facility is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, providing the same high-quality patient care you've come to know and expect from us. In addition to the fully functioning emergency room, outpatient laboratory and imaging services, the facility is also a gateway to the fully integrated and comprehensive healthcare system that is Norman Regional Health System.

This comprehensive system includes seven Centers of Excellence ensuring that certain programs meet national standards. One such center is the Norman Regional Diabetes Center which is certified by the American Diabetes Association (ADA). One in ten Oklahoma adults has been diagnosed with diabetes, and many others may have the disease and not even know it. Norman Regional's outpatient program was recognized by the ADA for its high-quality diabetes self-management education program, an essential component of effective diabetes treatment. Our dedicated staff is committed to supporting those living with diabetes and to educating the community about how to stop the disease.

In addition to offering services such as individual Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes education, diabetes and pregnancy assistance, medical nutritional counseling for pre-diabetes, gestational diabetes program, and flexible insulin management program, the Diabetes Center also offers free support groups to members of the community. The Diabetes Support Group meets the third Tuesday of each month from 5:30 p.m. to7 p.m. at the Norman Regional Hospital Education Center, 901 N. Porter Ave, Norman. This free group is open to anyone in the community who is at risk for diabetes as well as those with diabetes. Family members and friends are also welcome. Each meeting addresses a new topic. The April 21 Diabetes Support Group session is titled: "Cooking with Herbs; Anyone Can Do It!" Another support group offered is the Diabetes Pump Support. These sessions are specifically designed to address the concerns and issues faced by individuals currently on insulin pumps, those considering an insulin pump, or any family members or friends of an insulin pump user. This support group meets next on April 30 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Norman Regional Education Center. This meeting will feature information booths manned by representatives from leading pump companies who will be available for hands-on demonstrations and to answer questions. This is a great opportunity for current pump users and those who may be considering pump therapy to find out about the latest pump technology offered.

From emergency services to Centers of Excellence, Norman Regional is proud to continue providing a comprehensive healthcare system to the community of Moore. This is where the healing begins!