Norman City Council Unanimously Approves Norman Regional Expansion Plans

On Tuesday, Feb. 23, the Norman City Council voted unanimously to approve Norman Regional Health System’s plan to expand its HealthPlex hospital. This expansion is part of a larger plan called Inspire Health

At the City Council meeting hospital leaders unveiled renderings detailing the look of the new additions. Updates include a new patient bed tower and a circular concourse entrance to help with wayfinding and patient access.

“The expansion of the HealthPlex hospital campus is another exciting stage in our Inspire Health plan, which aims to modernize the way healthcare is delivered to our community,” said Richie Splitt, president and CEO of Norman Regional Health System. “This past year has shown us the need to deliver modern care and adapt quickly to the ever-changing healthcare environment. I believe Inspire Health will help those in the communities we serve better access the health and wellness services they need.”

Now crews will begin preparing the existing HealthPlex hospital for construction, which involves temporarily moving its emergency and ambulance entrances and creating temporary parking lots.

The hospital will remain open and continue to care for patients during the construction. The expansion is scheduled to be completed in 2023.

The Health System will host a groundbreaking ceremony for the expansion at 9 a.m. Thursday, July 15, 2021. The community is invited to attend this outdoor ceremony.

About Inspire Health

Inspire Health consists of the following main projects which are slated to begin in the next five years.

• HealthPlex expansion, including:

o Ambulatory Care Center

o Cancer Center

• A new southeast Emergency Department Plus, Norman Regional Nine to serve this fast-growing part of the Norman community

• The revitalization of the historic Norman Regional Hospital on Porter Avenue into the Porter Health Village which will include a freestanding Behavioral Health Center


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