As part of ongoing preparations for the COVID-19 pandemic, we have expanded our emergency room and triage areas at INTEGRIS Baptist Medical Center.
This 20 X 60 foot tent structure was constructed today just outside of the INTEGRIS Baptist ER. It is designed to be an overflow clinical area should we have an influx of patients in the near future. It will serve as a 30 bed extension of the ER.
In addition, this new semi-permanent structure was erected earlier this week just outside of the hospital’s emergency department. Thanks to an already existing covered circle-drive, we were able to construct a large secure area that is better equipped to withstand Oklahoma high winds and spring storms.
This new exterior space allows us the opportunity to keep the majority of those with the virus outside of our hospital, since most of those who have COVID-19 can be successfully treated at home.
Patients requiring hospitalization will be moved from the exterior space to the appropriate care setting. Special dividers are in place to separate our COVID-19 patients from our other patient populations.
The expanded triage unit is now open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. at INTEGRIS Baptist Medical Center, seven days a week. Plans are in place to duplicate this structure at INTEGRIS Southwest Medical Center as the need arises.