Mercy Breaks Ground on New Breast Health, Cancer Treatment and Research Facility in Oklahoma City

August 29, 2014

OKLAHOMA CITY– On Aug. 27, Mercy leaders officially broke ground and blessed the land where construction will begin on the Coletta Building, which will house breast health services, cancer treatment services, and research for breast health and cancer.

The Coletta Building will open around spring 2016 on the grounds of Mercy Hospital in Oklahoma City and will feature the latest technology for cancer detection and treatment by one of the largest medical oncology groups in the area. 

“We are so excited to begin construction on this new building,” said Jim Gebhart, president of Mercy Hospital Oklahoma City. “The facility design and the services within it were born out of the feedback of hundreds of patients and their family members. The idea for the building is to have everything a patient or family member needs in one place, without having to travel to different buildings.”

The building is named after Sister Mary Coletta Massoth who took a leap of faith when opening the current Mercy Hospital in Oklahoma City 40 years ago. Mercy will also name a designated space inside the building after the Gaylord family in recognition of their generous lead donation to the project.

The facility features an 86,000-square-foot space that houses services related to breast health, cancer treatment, and research related to breast health and cancer. An additional 42,000 square feet of shelled space will be available on the third floor for future growth. The building will feature the following services:

  • Cancer research and treatment: radiation oncology, medical oncology, surgical oncology clinic, chemotherapy and infusion, PET/CT imaging services, lymphedema therapy, clinical research, cancer resource center and library, nutritional counseling, appearance boutique, patient navigation, care coordination, and a survivorship program.
  • Breast health: mammography, breast MRI, genetic testing, clinical research, bone density, stereotactic breast biopsy, breast ultrasound, high-risk surveillance program, risk-reduction counseling and research opportunities for improved early detection.
  • Other services and amenities: pharmacy, laboratory, prayer chapel, conference and education center, café, gift shop with specialized cancer care items, healing garden and valet parking.

Mercy is the fifth largest Catholic health care system in the U.S. and serves millions annually. Mercy includes 33 acute care hospitals, four heart hospitals, two children’s hospitals, three rehab hospitals and one orthopedic hospital, nearly 700 clinic and outpatient facilities, 40,000 co-workers and more than 2,000 Mercy Clinic physicians in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. Mercy also has outreach ministries in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. 

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