Temporary medical center seeing patients in Moore

MOORE, Okla. (AP) — A new temporary medical facility has opened in Moore to replace one hit by a tornado in May.

Moore Medical Center opened the temporary facility at noon Monday and immediately began seeing patients in a building that includes treatment rooms, a triage area, plus 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.

The city has been without a medical center since the May 20 tornado destroyed the town hospital. The Norman Regional Hospital Authority has approved construction of a new $28.8 million hospital in Moore; the temporary facility will serve the community for about two years until the permanent center is built.

The Norman Transcript reported Monday (http://bit.ly/1c8S6qQ ) that the temporary facility was built by the same manufacturer that built a temporary hospital in Joplin, Mo., following that city’s tornado.

“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.”

Many of the same doctors and staff that worked at the old Moore Medical Center work at the new one.

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Information from: The Norman Transcript, http://www.normantranscript.com

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