The Moore American

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October 9, 2013

Temporary emergency medical faciltiy will serve Moore’s needs until new structure rises

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MOORE —

While the modular building being constructed by Johnson Portables is temporary, it is the beginning of the recovery and healing process for employees and the Moore community.

“It’s really nice,” Mantooth said. “We’ve been waiting for this for a few months. Now we can see some progress.”

NRHS CEO David Whitaker said helping physicians relocate and connecting people with their doctors was the first step after the tornado. For the time being, the HealthPlex and the NRHS Porter campus are serving people previously served at Moore Medical.

“The connections with their physicians was key,” Whitaker said. “It’s not the perfect situation. We think the consolidation part has been seamless.”

Most of the health system’s loss due to the tornado will be buffered by insurance coverage which will pay for building replacement, equipment and content replacement and business interruption.

“The majority of the employees have transitioned to other departments,” Whitaker said. “When this site opens up, most of that emergency department staff will transfer back to Moore.”

Splitt said the staff and physicians who served the Moore community in the past will continue to do so at the new, temporary site.

An emergency room physician, Mantooth is ready to be back in Moore.

“This was my hospital, these were my people,” Mantooth said.

Grego agreed.

“I think the first challenge will be letting everybody know we’re here,” Grego said. “We hope the community is as excited as we are.”

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