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For Immediate Release


Contact: Kelsey, 405-779-2193
ksmith@gradymem.org





Grady Memorial Hospital Seeks Expansion



Chickasha, Okla. (December 16, 2015) - A detailed plan to build a new surgical and radiology center at Grady Memorial Hospital is being unveiled this week, hospital officials have announced. Funding could come from a proposed quarter-cent sales tax, which is scheduled for a vote on Feb. 9 in the county.

Grady Memorial Hospital CEO, Warren K. Spellman said, "Future plans for renovations are underway. We have an initial drawing of what the new surgical and radiology areas will look like. These changes will have a positive impact on Grady County. In the interim, plans are also underway to remodel existing space to bring back endoscopy and minor procedures. For this smaller project, we will be able to provide these services as soon as plans are finalized with the State and construction is completed, hopefully by mid-January."

The addition of the new surgical and radiology suites will allow for emergency surgeries to be restored to Chickasha as well as the delivery of babies. A federal agency closed the hospital's operating rooms in August, due to humidity control issues. Reopening these areas has been judged impossible without new construction.

Surgery, radiology and baby deliveries- which number thousands every year - are crucial for the health and well-being of Grady County residents and to the future continued success of Grady Memorial Hospital.

"Some community members have approached me wondering if we have seen any offers to sell the hospital. The answer is there have been no offers made to buy the hospital. We have met with numerous hospital systems, and although they have been sympathetic and willing to offer various services, there have been no purchase offers made to date. We are in discussions with Integris to add their expertise to improve management and patient care services." Spellman explained.

The architect's renderings show a new hospital entry just south of the existing entry, where the new surgery and radiology facility will join Five Oaks Clinic and GMH on the first floor.