St. Anthony Hospital Dedicates Pavilion on the Midtown Campus
St. Anthony Hospital celebrated the blessing and dedication of its newest facility on Friday, June 10. Bill Thompson, CEO, SSM Health, was on hand for the festivities along with many civic and business leaders. Thanks to all of the staff, physicians and volunteers who attended!
The Pavilion, located on the east side of the campus and accessible from our Walker Avenue entrance, houses a new emergency department, two 24 bed intensive care units, and a 24 bed progressive care unit. The 111,000 square foot, four-story facility project represents the crowning point of the hospital's $220 million campus expansion plan announced in 2004 after the hospital affirmed its decision to stay in Midtown. The new departments will open for patient care over the next several weeks.
"We are excited about the Pavilion completion, as it represents significant enhancements for the benefit of our patients," stated Tammy Powell, president, St. Anthony Hospital. "Our new emergency room, intensive care units and progressive care unit expand our capacity to accommodate the growth of patients seeking care through our state-wide rural affiliate network and four St. Anthony Healthplex campuses in Oklahoma City. The facility features many medical care advancements to improve upon the exceptional care we provide as well as improve the patient and visitor experience."
The Pavilion expands the St. Anthony Emergency Room to 34 exam rooms and increases the hospital inpatient beds by 72. St. Anthony Hospital's total inpatient licensed beds with the new expansion is 774 beds.
In 2003, St. Anthony Hospital announced it was contemplating a move because the Midtown area was in significant decline. Dilapidated buildings were common place in Midtown, and very little business investment was occurring outside of the hospital complex. In 2004, after collaborating with community and civic leaders, the hospital made the decision to stay in its 100+ year home. St. Anthony revealed an aggressive redevelopment plan for its campus. The City of Oklahoma City committed to provide assistance with streetscapes and traffic flow improvements.
Over the past 12 years, we have invested in upgrades of patient care and common areas, redesigned and expanded our east entrance, opened a new medical office building, rehabilitation unit and $30 million surgery center, and completed numerous campus beautification projects.
City improvements in the area included the construction of two roundabouts as well as numerous streetscape projects. The City also offered assistance with the removal of dilapidated buildings. As improvements in the area were made, Midtown became an attractive area for developers. Today, Midtown is vibrant as a walkable community with restaurants, entertainment, housing and retail growth.
Rees and Associates were the architects for the $53 million project, and Turner Construction Company was the general contractor.
The executive staff thanks everyone who has played a role in making this new facility a reality for our patients in order to expand our healing ministry of exceptional health care. Countless hours have gone into the project so far, and many more hours of work are ahead to move all of the units into their new homes. We appreciate your dedication!
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