While the temporary emergency department and outpatient facility serving Moore continues to perform above expectations, clients will soon be able to enter the new $32 million, four-story Norman Regional Moore facility for tests, treatment and more. The temporary facility was built on site after the May 20, 2013 tornado destroyed Moore Medical Center.

Norman Regional Health System Chief Financial Officer Ken Hopkins reported to the health system board on Monday that Norman Regional Moore’s outpatient registrations for March were 2,754 — 6.8 percent above budget predications for the month. Year-to-date hospital outpatient registrations were 23,989 — 4.9 percent above budget.

The support of the community has been appreciated, said Richie Splitt, interim President and CEO of Norman Regional Health System.

The new permanent facility will celebrate its opening with a free, community event from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 7 and will welcome its first patients later in the month. The public will be able to tour the facility during the celebration.

No patients, staff, or visitors were injured inside the hospital on May 20 despite that the building was a total loss. Those patients who were kep safe by staff during the tornado included a woman in advanced stages of labor.

Shayla Taylor was ready to give birth to her second child just as the impending destruction of Monday’s EF-5 tornado bore down on the Moore Medical Center. Her nurses determined her labor was too far along to move her to refuge with the rest of those in the hospital and as the walls fell away, protected her as best they could.

Shayla was transported to the HealthPlex Hospital in Norman, where she gave birth to an 8-pound, 3-ounce, 21-inch long boy. The HealthPlex, located just south of the Moore city limits off of Interstate 35 has continued to serve births from both communities and the wider region.

Recently, another miracle baby was born at the HealthPlex.

“We had a very small patient born to our hospital at the HealthPlex,” Splitt said of a baby weighing less than one pound. “That baby is continuing to survive today.”

Joy Hampton

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