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February 1st, 2013 - Kelley Chambers

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St. Anthony plans to expand its MidTown home, and build a healthplex in Mustang


 

St. Anthony Hospital is set to embark on two projects that will expand its MidTown Oklahoma City campus and create a new facility in Mustang. The cost of the combined projects is about $83 million.

Plans for MidTown are working through the Downtown Design Review Committee. Joe Hodges, regional president for SSM Healthcare, the owner of St. Anthony, says the expansion is the largest in the hospital’s history. In the last decade, after deciding to remain in MidTown rather than moving to the suburbs, he says the hospital has invested more than $200 million at that site.

“This is really a significant improvement, and furthers our commitment to Oklahoma City and MidTown,” he says.

The addition will comprise 125,000 square feet of new construction around N.W. 10th and Dewey. One building will include four patient-care floors, a lower level for parking and a level to accommodate mechanical equipment. A heliport will be on top of the building, which will connect at the northeast wing of the existing hospital. It will cost $53 million.

Hodges says the first phase will include the addition of surface parking to make room for the new structure bordered by N.W. Eighth and Ninth streets and Dewey and Walker avenues. The new building will house an emergency room, intensive-care units and step-down nursing units.

Historical-preservation advocates also may rest easy, Hodges says, because while an existing building housing Upward Transitions will be razed, the historic 1910 Kaiser’s building in the shadow of St. Anthony will remain. He says the design may allow for more outdoor seating for the current tenant, Kaiser’s American Bistro. Restaurant patrons will be welcome to use St. Anthony’s parking lot.

“This will create a nice outdoor environment for Kaiser’s,” he says.

The replacement parking lot, as well as utility service relocations, is set for completion in March. Pending approval from the DDRC, the hospital plans to break ground on the new addition in March, with a completion date of fall 2014. The architectural firm hired for the project is REES.

In 2003, the hospital announced a 10-year, $220 million expansion at its home in MidTown. Improvements since that time include a new education center, cardiac emergency department, renovation of the Behavioral Medicine Center, and other enhancements to serve the health care needs of the community.

In Mustang, a growing city of about 18,000, St. Anthony plans to partner with Miller Neff Development for construction of a $30 million, 90,000-square-foot medical campus at the intersection of State Highway 152 and Sara Road.

St. Anthony Healthplex Mustang will include a full-service emergency room, diagnostic imaging, procedural suites and a breast center. The second floor will house the St. Anthony Physicians Group primary-care and specialist physicians. The facility is similar to one St. Anthony opened in south Oklahoma City last year.

“We have enjoyed working in collaboration with the visionary city officials in Mustang to develop a medical campus model that will provide accessible health care with attention to high levels of customer service to the community,” Hodges says.

Attention to detail will enhance patient comfort with things such as a spacious emergency room, lighting intended to create a soothing atmosphere, ER exam rooms with a hotel feel to appear less medical and more like a home, and a spa-inspired design in the breast center.

Jason Givens with Miller Architects Inc. will provide architectural and engineering services for the project.

Mustang officials say it is a much-needed and welcome addition to the city. Construction is set to begin in May.

“We are excited about the opportunity to expand the health care services available in our community,” says Mustang Mayor Jay Adams. “A facility of this nature will have a significant impact on the quality of life and economy of our community.”


 
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