Healthcare: Construction of new Edmond hospital continues

BY DIANA BALDWIN for NEWSOK

EDMOND — Avilla Williams smiles as she looks up at the $94 million hospital and office building under construction in Edmond.

“I come out here two or three times a week,” said Williams, president of Integris Health Edmond. “I am amazed. It is like an ant colony. You go away and come back, and you’re amazed how much has been done.”

The three-story hospital and 45,000-square-foot medical office building are expected to open in September or October, Williams said.

Each day, between 200 and 300 people work on the medical complex on 44 acres near 15th Street and Interstate 35.

Everything is on schedule and on budget, Williams said.

The 156,000-square-foot hospital will have a full-service emergency department with 16 rooms, six intensive-care rooms, 24 medical and surgical rooms, 10 labor and delivery units and four surgical suites. Additional space is being included in the building to allow for growth.

An enclosed walkway will connect the medical offices to the hospital on the second floor, where the labor and delivery unit will be located.

“The doctors will be able to walk over where the moms are in labor,” Williams said.

Visitors and patients will enter a glass-enclosed lobby with an easy-access admitting area and a coffee bar.

“We want it to feel like a community hospital,” Williams said.

“Everything has a big window. The view is beautiful.”

Designers wanted people to be able to see the wooded, hilly terrain surrounding the grounds.

“If you have got to be sick, you might as well have something nice to look at,” Williams said.

An earth-tone color scheme is being used throughout the hospital.

“We want to bring the outside in,” Williams said. “It will be upscale decorating throughout. We want people to feel relaxed — nothing too stark.”

Staff and physicians from other Integris hospitals were used to help design the new hospital.

“We got the design from those who actually work in the health care environment,” she said. “I like that.”

The hospital is expected to employ more than 300 physicians, nurses, doctors, lab technicians and maintenance engineers.

The executive team has been hired. Williams said the middle management team will be hired in March or April.

“It is all exciting,” Williams said.

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