Norman Regional’s newest emergency room is expected to open later this year. Photos provided.

Dirt is moving and dust is flying in Norman as the Norman Regional Health System continues its work to better serve patients.
A new free-standing Emergency Department will open later this year. Consolidation of existing service lines to an enlarged HealthPlex Campus as well as the addition of a behavioral medical hospital are coming in the next few years.
And that means more opportunities for the health system to solidify its reputation as the health care provider of choice for Norman and surrounding communities.
Chief Nursing Officer Brittani McGill MSN, RN, CCRN is excited about what that means both for patients as well as as the system’s healers.
“Inspire Health has been a plan for many years,” McGill said. “Consolidating services will allow our patients and providers to be in one space, which will streamline and enhance our care. We are committed to the journey of excellence. We want to put in the work required to earn accreditation for our key service lines. Achieving accreditation through a national best practice body, truly demonstrates these are Centers of Excellence.”
In February, Norman Regional Health System was named one of America’s Best Hospitals for Emergency and Heart Care, as well as one of America’s Best Stroke Centers by the Women’s Choice Award, America’s trusted referral source for the best in healthcare.
The awards are in line with the health system’s Center of Excellence Mission. Norman Regional currently is home to multiple Centers of Excellence including Chest Pain Center, Stroke Center, Orthopedic Center for Total Joint Replacements and Hip Fractures as wel as the Metabolic and Bariatric Center.
McGill said nurses will continue to be a driving force behind excellent patient care.
“Nurses are essential to providing patient care,” McGill said. “During National Nurses’ Month, we want to recognize their selfless commitment to helping others, demonstrate our gratitude for their many contributions and recognize their vital role.”
The HealthPlex expansion is part of Norman Regional Health System’s Inspire Health plan. Inspire Health is a transformational plan designed to reimagine healthcare.
As part of Inspire Health, the Norman Regional HealthPlex is being expanded to consolidate all acute care services at the HealthPlex. The expansion will feature a new patient bed tower, a new roundabout entrance and a new parking garage. Phase two of the expansion will also include the creation of a Cancer Center and an Ambulatory Care Center.
“Packaging and streamlining services will result in a more patient-centric experience,” McGill said. “These two initiatives will also enhance our ability to expand services in more outpatient settings, enhance technology and advance the clinical offerings of today.”
October 24 later this year is tentatively scheduled to be the first patient day for Norman Regional Nine, the system’s new freestanding emergency department. Norman Regional is hiring for several positions at this new building and applicants are encouraged to check out for all open positions.
Norman Regional Health System is committed to the expanding healthcare needs of residents in east Norman. To meet those needs, the health system will be constructing a full-service Emergency Department, including laboratory, diagnostic imaging services, lab services, physical therapy and primary and specialty care clinics.
This free-standing emergency department plus (FSED+) facility will also be designed to allow for future growth in services.
Norman Regional Health System and Oceans Healthcare have entered into a joint venture partnership to expand access to behavioral health services in south central Oklahoma through the construction of a new, state-of-the-art behavioral health hospital.
The 48-bed hospital will be named Behavioral Health Porter Village and will more than double Norman Regional Health System’s current inpatient capacity for behavioral health patients and add new services, including an intensive outpatient program and a dedicated geriatric behavioral health unit.
The freestanding hospital, which will break ground later this year on the Norman Regional Hospital campus, Porter location, will replace the existing 20-bed behavioral health unit inside the current hospital.
The behavioral health center will be one of the first facilities constructed on the new Porter Health Village campus and will augment a broad range of health and wellness services planned for that location, including the addition of a senior wellness center.
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