Edmond hospital delays opening due to storm damage

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EDMOND, Okla.-- Officials behind a multi-specialty hospital that was set to open are now scrambling to fix damage that was left behind by Mother Nature in May.

The Mercy Edmond I-35 Surgery & Fitness Center was scheduled to open Monday.

After assessing the damage caused by the May 19 tornado, officials are pushing back the grand opening until late summer of 2014.

The 206,000-square-foot building suffered a lot of damage to the structure, roof, windows, ceilings, floors and interior walls when a twister came through earlier this year.

The Mercy Edmond I-35 administration says they're disappointed about the delay but say they are working to protect their employees during this time.

In a statement, hospital officials said, "From the moment we realized the opening would be delayed, we all agreed we would stand by our commitments to employing Mercy Edmond I-35 co-workers throughout the recovery."

Many health care providers have been relocated to dozens of existing Mercy facilities in the Edmond area to serve patients.

We're told several people have already purchased memberships to the fitness center.

Officials say they will be contacting the members individually to discuss fitness opportunities elsewhere until the facility is able to open.

Those members may talk to hospital administrators by calling 1-855-445-5677 or visiting Mercy's website.

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