More than 200 people attended the HealthPlex expansion groundbreaking ceremony on Thursday, July 15, 2021. This groundbreaking marked the start of construction for the largest Inspire Health project.
The lineup of speakers included Dr. Aaron Boyd, City of Norman Mayor Breea Clark, and Norman Regional Hospital Authority Board Chairman Doug Cubberley. There was also a special appearance by one of the HealthPlex’s very first patients. Luke Talley was just an infant in 2009 when he was transported by EMSSTAT from our Porter campus to the new HealthPlex. His father Sam Talley recounted the wonderful care the family received at both locations. Luke is now a healthy 12-year-old and thanked our team for their care and compassion.
Chaplain Susan Beam blessed the site of construction before we officially turned the dirt.
Another unique moment was a fly over of vintage World War II planes. The pilots and organizers included Dr. Thomas Whalen, Dr. Jeremy Moore, Dale Cuckler, Paul Mackey, Bob Pratter, and Joel Stinnett.
The expanded facility is set to open its doors to patients in late 2023 or early 2024.