PAULS VALLEY, Okla. (KFOR) – Officials in Pauls Valley are taking a much-needed first step toward new medical services at the beleaguered Pauls Valley Hospital building.
The hospital closed down in October. Since then, residents have been forced to seek medical treatment out-of-town.
Now, Southern Plains Medical Group is opening up an urgent care and diagnostics center in the old hospital’s emergency room.
The CEO says the center will be staffed to treat the vast majority of illnesses and will be open in January.
The nearest full-service hospitals to Pauls Valley are in Arbuckle and Purcell.
“As the CEO of the SPMG Health System, I consider the activity and restoration of healthcare in Pauls Valley and Garvin County one of the most meaningful and profound accomplishments I’ve been blessed to be a part of. Entering my thirty-sixth year of healthcare, this is a top tier moment. The effort and resources our team has and is putting forth to accomplish this remarkable task is nothing short of amazing, remarkable, and against great odds both politically and functionally. I am proud of the success and growth we’ve experienced in the past 5-years, yet the reopening of a closed healthcare facility of this magnitude, first as an Urgent Care and Diagnostic Center, then projecting in quarter # 2 of 2020, a full service hospital, well it’s unheard of in today’s healthcare industry with more and more facilities in Oklahoma and across the US shutting their doors. Our success is directly attributed to the strength of our team as they are pushed daily to think outside the box and solve problems that others use to stop them from accomplishing greatness. We believe lives are at stake and it’s our mission to meet each of their healthcare needs with accessible and affordable healthcare, that’s close to home. As each of our team members grow with each opportunity to serve, the stronger our company and resolve gets. We strive to be an “anticipatory” organization that understands the parameters of this new cycle of medicine and there’s no greater opportunity in Oklahoma than communities like Pauls Valley. It’s our call to duty and we consider it our privilege.” – CEO Len Lacefield, MBA, MHA