By Joy Hampton
The Moore American
MOORE — Moore Medical Center’s temporary facility opened at noon Monday and served patients that afternoon, according to hospital officials.
The temporary, modular building will allow for trauma fast-track rooms for minor illnesses and injuries, an isolation room, treatment rooms, a triage area, X-ray, CT, ultrasound and lab services.
“This has been a good day and a difficult finish line to cross, but we got there,” said Richie Splitt, chief administrative officer of Moore Medical Center and the HealthPlex Hospital.
“We walked into uncharted territory in putting a freestanding emergency department on the site where a medical center once stood,” Splitt said. “Our success required the cooperation of so many people and organizations.”
The temporary facility was built by the same manufacturer that built the temporary hospital for Joplin, Mo., following that city’s tornado.
“The city of Moore was quick to step up and facilitate any of our permitting needs and questions,” Splitt said. “We had a lot of questions. The same was true of the State Department of Health.”
The facility looks unconventional from the outside, but the inside looks very much like a permanent medical facility.
“It is a bright facility with kind faces and eager helping hands to assist with emergency needs,” Splitt said. “Many of the same physicians and staff that served the residents of Moore before the May 20 tornado are back in the new facility to provide care.”
The temporary facility is expected to serve the community for about two years while a permanent medical center is built.
The Norman Regional Hospital Authority recently approved plans for a five-story, 100,000-square-foot, $28.8 million facility for the Moore Medical Center rebuild. The permanent medical center also will offer emergency and outpatient services, as well as lab and imaging such as ultrasound and X-ray.
The permanent facility will have up to 80,000 square feet of medical office space to accommodate displaced physicians, other physicians and specialists and additional outpatient and ancillary services.
Community education meeting space will accommodate 50 to 100 people for medical education, health screenings and meetings.
Meanwhile, Moore’s 11,000-square-foot temporary ED will serve the community’s most in-demand need.
Splitt said a freestanding physical medicine facility could be next, which would include occupational medicine and speech therapy. If approved, that temporary facility could open in March.