OU Medical Center and Edmond Medical Center To Combine
March 16, 2010
OKLAHOMA CITY/EDMOND – Beginning April 1, 2010, OU Medical Center, the state’s largest hospital, and Edmond Medical Center, the only full-service hospital located in Edmond, will combine and operate under the OU Medical Center license. Following the official merger date, Edmond Medical Center will have its name changed to OU Medical Center Edmond. As part of the collaboration, nearly $17 million has been committed for enhancements to OU Medical Center Edmond.
The announcement comes today after the OU Medical Center Governing Committee has agreed to modify the historic public/private Joint Operating Agreement to include Edmond Medical Center as part of OU Medical Center. The next several weeks will be spent finalizing the merger.
"OU Medical Center and Edmond Medical Center have always enjoyed a very strong relationship," said Cole Eslyn, President and Chief Executive Officer, OU Medical Center. "The joining of these two hospitals will bring to the citizens of Edmond all the benefits of large tertiary hospital with the feel of a community hospital. Health care in Edmond will become even stronger."
"This $17 million investment into our community shows the continued strength of the Edmond economy," said Patrice Douglas, Edmond Mayor. "I am especially thrilled with the commitment to re-introducing first rate maternal services for our growing families. Our citizens will benefit from today’s announcement for years to come."
After completion of the merger, both hospitals will operate as one employee group, one blended medical staff and one Board of Trustees.
"As an academic medical center, OU Medical Center has access to the latest medical equipment and medical research," said Curt Steinhart, MD, Chief Medical Officer, OU Medical Center. "Patients coming to OU Medical Center Edmond will enjoy greater access to more medical specialties than previously available, as well as advanced technologies."
Some of the enhancements to OU Medical Center Edmond include:
The Return of Obstetrics and Women Services to Edmond: Part of the capital will be used for the development and implementation of a Comprehensive Women’s Center to be located on the OU Medical Center Edmond campus, including the return of obstetric services to Edmond. There have been no obstetric services in Edmond since 2005 for the estimated 1725 pregnant Edmond residents each year. Also included in the Comprehensive Women’s Center will be access to OU Medical Center’s High-Risk obstetrics team and support for growth within:
Gynecologic services, including gynecologic oncology services
Diagnostic and therapeutic imaging, including a new MRI
Surgical and Procedural Services: Other enhancements to OU Medical Center Edmond include the updating and renovation of the existing surgical floors along with the purchase of new operating room equipment.
Emergency Department: Renovations and expansions to the OU Medical Center Edmond Emergency Department, which treats around 21,000 patients per year. This will include a new registration area and the addition of two fast track rooms and an additional treatment room. When construction is completed, the Emergency Department will increase from 10 to 13 rooms.
The Future: Long-term plans call for expansion of services outside of the Edmond Medical Center Edmond campus and the growth of services in other areas of Edmond through construction and physician recruiting in both surgical and non-surgical specialties.
The JOA was established in 1998 between OU Medical Center, the University Hospitals Trust and Authority and the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. OU Medical Center will be celebrating its 100th year of service in 2010 and is home to the state’s only level one trauma center and freestanding Children’s Hospital.
Edmond Medical Center was established in 1947 by physicians who did not think patients should be required to travel to Oklahoma City for quality health care. The first patient at the hospital was a woman in labor. Edmond Medical Center is the largest private employer in Edmond.
Posted by Oklahoma Health Center Foundation
I feel this will be a win-win for both organizations.