The new INTEGRIS Community Hospital – OKC West, which brings a transformative concept of health care to Central Oklahoma, is officially open and accepting patients.
A grand opening ribbon-cutting event was held June 10 to introduce the community to the new hospital, 300 S. Rockwell Ave., in Oklahoma City. Speakers included Tim Pehrson, president and CEO of INTEGRIS, David Stillwell, president of the West Region for Emerus Holdings Inc., David Holt, mayor of Oklahoma City and Percy Kirk, chamber chair of the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce.
The 22,475-square-foot, two-story INTEGRIS Community Hospital – OKC West is part of a major initiative in which INTEGRIS has opened four new community hospitals – small-format facilities also known as micro-hospitals or neighborhood hospitals – in the Oklahoma City metropolitan area.
The INTEGRIS Community Hospital at Council Crossing, 9417 N. Council Road, the INTEGRIS Moore Community Hospital, 1401 SW 34th St., and the INTEGRIS Del City Community Hospital, 4801 SE 15th St., all opened earlier this year.
As part of its expansion initiative, INTEGRIS, the state’s largest nonprofit health care system, entered into a joint venture partnership with Emerus, the nation’s first and largest operator of community hospitals, to build and manage the facilities. The community hospital concept has emerged as a growing trend as health systems look to offer more cost-effective and streamlined care.
“Oklahomans have told us they want quicker, more convenient medical care, without compromising quality or safety,” Pehrson said. “These community hospitals allow us to do just that, bring high-quality care closer to home for many of the residents we serve.”
Emerus Chief Executive Officer Craig Goguen said the company is honored to partner with INTEGRIS, an award-winning, highly respected health system brand, as it expands its footprint throughout central Oklahoma. “We’re excited that all four of our beautiful new community hospitals are now open to patients in the Oklahoma City area, allowing a great health system like INTEGRIS to expand its reach into the community to provide a variety of patient services that are fast, convenient and economical.”
These new community hospitals will serve a variety of patient needs including emergency medical care, inpatient care and other comprehensive health services. While the ancillary services vary, each community hospital has a set of core services including the emergency department, pharmacy, lab and imaging.
The rest of the services depend on the needs of the community, but common examples include primary care, dietary services, women’s services and low-acuity outpatient surgeries. The community hospitals offer:
*Health system integration — allowing for care coordination, consultation and seamless transition across the care continuum
*Fully licensed as a hospital and subject to all hospital conditions of participation and regulatory requirements
*Emergency-trained physicians and outpatient ambulatory clinical services on site — ensuring patients receive the highest quality care, when they need it
*Inpatient bed capacity — allowing patients to stay closer to home when lower level admissions/recoveries are needed
*All patients accepted without regard to insurance or ability to pay, including Medicare, Medicaid and Tricare
*Community-based hospitals open 24 hours a day, seven days a week – offering ease of access to our patients