Mercy on track to open south OKC hospital in 2020
Mercy celebrated a milestone this week in the construction of a new hospital. Crews lifted the final steel beam into the frame of Mercy Hospital Oklahoma City-South, near Sooner Road and Interstate 240.
The hospital will be the first new hospital Mercy has built in the city since 1974 and one of only a few new hospitals in the metro area in the past 50 years.
The $150 million project is on track to open in summer 2020.
The six-story 228,000-square-foot patient tower will include 36 beds for Mercy patients with space to add beds in the future; 16 beds to serve Oklahoma Heart Hospital patients; surgery and endoscopy suites; outpatient imaging; and laboratory, cancer and infusion services.
In addition, Mercy initially will offer inpatient and outpatient general, orthopedic and gynecological surgery, as well as pain management, urology and ear, nose and throat services.
“One of the most exciting aspects of this new facility is that we will have the ability to quite literally grow with the community. This hospital will have the space to be able to double our inpatient capacity in the future and expand services to meet the community’s needs,” said Jim Gebhart, president of Mercy Hospital Oklahoma City and regional strategy officer for Mercy.
Mercy Hospital Oklahoma City-South is being built on the campus of Oklahoma Heart Hospital South, which will undergo renovations for an expanded emergency room and heart catheterization lab. The heart hospital has been Mercy’s partner in providing cardiology services for nearly 20 years.
“We saw a need for additional health care services at our location in south Oklahoma City,” said Peggy Tipton, chief operating officer for Oklahoma Heart Hospital. “We knew this was a great opportunity to expand our partnership with Mercy and better serve our patients and community.”
An estimated 125 employees will work at the new hospital in addition to physicians. Mercy already has seven primary care and urgent care locations within 15 miles of the new hospital and has plans to expand locations in the future.