Norman Regional Moore
On the afternoon of May 20, 2013, a devastating EF-5 tornado slammed into Moore, Oklahoma. Packing winds estimated at 210 mph, the tornado ripped through neighborhoods, schools and businesses, killing 24 people and injuring nearly 400 others. Moore Medical Center fell in the tornado’s path as it tore through the city’s west side, where it piled over a dozen cars against the hospital’s front entrance and one of the roof. Due to the preparation and courage of those inside the building, no patients, staff or visitors were seriously injured inside the hospital. The building, however, was a total loss and demolished in June 2013.
The new Norman Regional Moore, renamed due to governmental guidelines, opened on the site of the destroyed hospital in May 2016. The $32 million state-of-the-art healthcare facility includes full emergency services with 24-hour availability, as well as outpatient diagnostic imaging with MRI, CT and ultrasound available for both the emergency department and outpatients. It also offers physical medicine services, including physical, occupational and speech therapy. The new facility incorporates laboratory services and 80,000 square feet of physician offices, community education spaces, and conference space that serves as a safe area for patients and staff.
Norman Regional Moore is a uniquely modern building and, most importantly, a tribute to the resiliency of the people of Moore.
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