MOORE, Okla. – Looking back to spring, the vicious May 20 tornado that hit Moore destroyed many buildings, including the Moore Medical Center.
Now, just months later, construction is well underway for a temporary emergency facility set to open in December.
Nearly 400 people from hospital staff, to patients and community members sought shelter at the hospital, luckily all surviving with minor injuries.
However, the building took quite the beating.
Now, residents and staff can look forward to a temporary medical facility, while a permanent hospital is being built in the exact same spot it was destroyed.
“Being on this site is difficult because of what happened here before but so much courage and caring was displayed; we want to capture that,” Richie Splitt said, Chief Administrative Officer of Moore Medical Center and the HealthPlex Hospital.
The building will be 11,000 square feet and will be storm-proof.
Hurricane straps and anchor bolts will secure the structure to the ground and safe rooms will be on site.
“It will have approximately 15 treatment rooms, it will have a whole compliment of diagnostic imaging services including CT, X-ray, Ultrasound,” Splitt said.
The construction company working on the project also built the temporary hospital in Joplin, Missouri, following a natural disaster there.
“We come on site and deal with it,” It’s one of those things where you can tell people as much as you want, but they really don’t understand until they get here,” said Jamison Majchrzak with Serenus Johnson Portables.
The facility should be open by December 2nd.
Many of the state relocated following the demolition of the Moore Medical Center will come back to the temporary emergency building to work and serve the community.