The Moore American

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February 26, 2014

Med center strong

MOORE — Moore Medical’s temporary emergency department has been serving the public for nearly three months now and the community is responding, hospital officials reported.

“We opened the emergency room on Dec. 2 and about 36 days after opening, we cared for our one-thousandth patient — that was in spite of two ice and/or snow storms, Christmas and New Year’s holidays,” said Moore Medical CEO Richie Splitt.

Splitt heads up the HealthPlex in Norman as well as the Moore facility. Both are part of the Norman Regional Health System.

“In 81 days, we’ve surpassed 3,000 patients that we’ve seen, and that’s just in the emergency room,” Splitt said. “That doesn’t include the outpatient imaging — CT, X-ray and ultra sound.”

The temporary emergency facility is modeled after the one used in Joplin, Mo. after a tornado wiped out that city’s hospital. Both were constructed by Johnson Portables, a Michigan company that designed the special modular units.

From the outside, the series of buildings may look different than the average hospital, but once inside, people will feel they are in a typical hospital setting, Splitt said.

The temporary ED has all of the technology needed to serve emergency patients and outpaitients needing imaging services.

“The community has responded very favorably,” Splitt said.

Before it was destroyed by the May 20 tornado, Moore Medical Center saw about 100 patients a day. The temporary facility sees about half that number but the numbers are trending upward as word gets out that the facility is open.

“The patients who used the (Moore Medical) facility before recognize and appreciate that it’s the same staff that it was before,” Splitt said. “It’s a little like coming home.”

Inside, the temporary medical facility looks and functions exactly like a permanent hospital.

“We provide the same emergency care that was provided at Moore Medical Center before the tornado,” Splitt said. “We’re looking for that day when we might see 80 patients in a day. We’re looking for that benchmark. We’re building trust in the community with high quality care.”

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