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For Immediate Release


Contact: Kean Spellman, (405) 779-2193
kspellman@gradymem.org



Grady Memorial Hospital holds Groundbreaking Ceremony for New Hospital Surgery and Imaging Center in Chickasha



CHICKASHA, Oklahoma - (October 5, 2016) - Grady Memorial Hospital will celebrate a major milestone on October 19, 2016 in the construction of the new Surgery and Imaging Center with a ceremonial groundbreaking at 3:00 pm. Construction workers, employees, physicians, community members, elected official and donors are welcome to gather at the main entrance to celebrate the initiation of construction on the new facility at this time. Voters approved a ¼ penny sales tax to build this replacement facility in February 2016.

The groundbreaking ceremony will begin at 3pm, and will take place in front of the existing facility, and is open to the public.

Designed by Rees Architects in Oklahoma City, the new innovative Surgery and Imaging Center and front entrance will feature state of the art operating rooms, an entirely new Radiology/Imaging and Women's Care Center, and a spacious lobby, gift shop, and registration area.

Construction of the $15.3 million new hospital building, led by the approval of the County wide sales tax in 2016, will bring new safety and clinical standards and support the overall growth of the hospital. One compete, the new Surgery and Imaging Center will add 30,000 square feet to the existing hospital, and will modernize and replace existing services. Construction is expected to be completed in the fall of 2017 and the new hospital facility will open its doors to patients in late 2017, assuming a twelve month construction and State approval period.

About Grady Memorial Hospital

"The Mission of Grady Memorial Hospital, Physicians and Staff, people you know and trust, is to provide our community with compassionate, high quality, health care services," said Board Chairman Denver Talley. We are grateful to our County for their support and we anticipate that many residents will come out to join us on this long anticipated state date on October 19th. At Grady Memorial Hospital the staff focuses in on quality, safety and patient satisfaction. The marvels of modern technology with features like our new state-of-the-art radiology department, along with well trained and highly compassionate staff, helps us fulfill our vision to offer today's most advanced diagnostic and treatment procedures in both the in-patient and out-patient setting. The physicians at Five Oaks are all excited in anticipating great things to improve the care for their patients. "We daily make a major commitment to provide families with access to the healthcare services they need and that is delivered with our "best practices" quality of care standards. We take great pride in the exceptional health care

services we bring to this community, and now we will have a top class facility in which to deliver that level of care," said Spellman. In early November we anticipate having much of our front entrance parking area to be used as our construction staging area, and so residents will see a temporary parking area on the east side of Mary Bailey Street begin used by our employees. This will reserve more patient and visitor parking during the nine to twelve month construction period. CMS Willowbrook, a Chickasha Construction and Project Management Company, was selected as the manager of this construction project.

About the Grady Memorial Surgical and Imaging Center Project

"At Grady, we enjoy a legacy of being the center for compassionate, closer to home care, with a flair for innovation and high quality care for all of Southwest Oklahoma. That legacy of caring is important to us, and we take very seriously our commitment to you to earn that legacy, every single day. Here at Grady we are known for our expert physicians and clinical leaders, combined with our warm and caring staff. These are the people you can trust to turn to in time of crisis or need, and here at Grady Memorial Hospital we foster our excellent care scores with a positive attitude of getting you back to your optimum level of health. We keep your best interests always in mind, since we are your neighbors and friends. We want nothing but the best for you," said Cathy Groseclose, R.N., and Vice President of Clinical Care Services.

"All of Grady County is invited to this groundbreaking at 3:00 pm sharp for a short but important milestone," said Spellman. "We have a long list of people we need to thank for helping to make this dream a reality for the people of Grady County," he added.