Mercy Health Center, in partnership with Centerre Healthcare Corporation – a national leader in the development and operation of rehabilitation hospitals – will break ground today on a $14 million, 50,000-square-foot comprehensive Mercy Rehabilitation Hospital.
“Every inch of the new facility, inside and out, is being designed with the patient in mind,” said Jim Gebhart, president of Mercy Health Center. “Our goal is to provide a dynamic healing environment focused on complete patient recovery.”
The freestanding 50-bed Mercy Rehabilitation Hospital, at Memorial Road and MacArthur Boulevard in northwest Oklahoma City, will provide inpatient rehabilitation services for patients with strokes; brain or spinal-cord injuries; amputations; complex orthopedic injuries; and other conditions. The new facility and its enhanced features will allow Mercy to significantly expand its current service, both in capacity and capability.
“We will continue to provide exceptional patient care with an emphasis on improving individual functional ability and quality of life,” said Mercy rehab physician, A.J. Bisson, M.D.
Mercy Rehabilitation Hospital will also link to Mercy’s electronic health record (EHR). Recently named one of the nation’s “Most Wired” health care organizations, Mercy is among only 4 percent of hospitals nationwide with an EHR sophisticated enough to access and share medical records among multiple Mercy facilities in a four-state area.
This new technology was put to the test in May after a tornado hit Mercy’s hospital in Joplin, Mo. Paper records were lost in the storm, but Mercy’s electronic health record preserved sensitive information and ensured it was instantly available.
Besides having the latest technology, the hospital will be designed to promote recuperation outside the traditional hospital setting. The new facility will incorporate many unique features, including:
“We are delighted to announce our second partnership with such an outstanding, high quality organization as Mercy and expect this to be as successful as Mercy’s rehabilitation hospital in St Louis. This state-of-the-art rehabilitation facility will be dedicated to the mission of treating those who have suffered a devastating illness or injury, with the goal of returning each patient home at the highest level of independence possible,” said Patrick Foster, CEO of Centerre Healthcare.
The rehabilitation hospital is just one of many Mercy projects on the horizon. Over the next eight years, Mercy plans to make $772 million in capital improvements in Oklahoma. At a recent community roundtable hosted by Mercy in Oklahoma City, Sen. David Holt, District 30, said “What really struck me is that Mercy is investing $772 million in Oklahoma, while the city of Oklahoma City will spend $777 million on the MAPS 3 project. That’s an amazing commitment.”