Groundbreaking marks start of Inspire Health plan, construction of freestanding ER

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NORMAN - More than 200 people celebrated the start of construction for a new freestanding emergency department plus facility in southeast Norman. Norman Regional Nine will be the newest facility for Norman Regional Health System.

“Today we are making history,” said Richie Splitt, Norman Regional Health System president and chief executive officer. “This new freestanding emergency department plus is the first project in Norman Regional’s Inspire Health plan. This plan will modernize the way we deliver healthcare to all people in our community. Today is the first turn of dirt, the first domino to fall for Inspire Health.”

The new emergency facility will offer quick treatment to those living in Norman, Noble, Lexington, Little Axe and several other communities. System manager for Norman Regional’s Emergency Departments and paramedic Kyle Hurley spoke about this new facility will benefit people living nearby.

“I can tell you firsthand the importance of a quick diagnosis and treatment,” Hurley said. “In an emergency seconds matter. Stroke, heart attack, bleeding - all require speedy treatment to improve a patient’s outcome.”

The health system celebrated the groundbreaking of a new facility this week and next week will celebrate another milestone – its 75th anniversary. Norman Regional Hospital Authority Board Chairman Doug Cubberley mentioned the health system’s history of healing in his comments.

“Ours is a story of growth. Over the past 75 years, Norman Regional has grown from just 29 employees to more than 4,000. From three physicians to more than 370,” Cubberley said. “Norman Regional and its board are completely dedicated to the health and wellness of the people of Norman and beyond.”

Present at the ceremony were the projects partners including consulting firm ankura, architecture leaders HGA and JHBR, real estate developer Bremner and construction partner JE Dunn.

Norman Regional Nine is just the beginning of a plan to enhance the quality of life in southeast Norman. The property’s large, 30-acre size also allows for room to grow. Development proposals for the site include other healthcare services, commercial businesses, and multi-family housing. To follow other Inspire Health projects, be sure to check out


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