Tornado damage to Mercy Edmond I-35 – the multispecialty facility, surgery center and fitness center at 15th Street and Interstate 35 under construction in Edmond – was much more extensive than officials originally estimated.
The 206,000 square foot building was on track to open July 8, 2013, but after thoroughly assessing damage caused when a tornado directly struck it May 19, 2013, officials are looking at opening late summer 2014.
Damages to Mercy Edmond I-35 include structural, roof, heating and air handling equipment, windows, entrances and exterior facades, as well as interior walls, ceilings and floors.
“We’re disappointed about this delay in opening,” said Nick Niver, Mercy Edmond I-35 administrator. “But, we need to remember how lucky we are that no one was on site when the tornado struck. Despite the delay, we feel really fortunate about that.”
Because the opening was so quickly approaching, many providers and staff had made plans to shift practices or begin working at Mercy Edmond I-35. Those providers have been relocated and will lean on the dozens of existing Mercy facilities in the Edmond area to serve patients. Individual plans will be communicated once they’re final.
“We’re doing everything we can to make this recovery go as smoothly as possible for our future patients, members and co-workers,” said Niver. “From the moment we realized the opening would be delayed, we all agreed we would stand by our commitments to employing Mercy Edmond I-35 co-workers throughout the recovery.”
Several people have purchased memberships to the Mercy Fitness Center, too. Those members will be contacted to discuss options for fitness opportunities during the delay. A membership office is open onsite at 2017 W. I-35 Frontage Road in Edmond. More information is available by calling 1-855-445-5677 or visiting www.mercyfitness.net.
Mercy is the sixth largest Catholic health care system in the U.S. and serves more than 3 million people annually. Mercy includes 32 hospitals, 300 outpatient facilities, 39,000 co-workers and 1,900 integrated physicians in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. Mercy also has outreach ministries in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.