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July 24, 2012

Medical Center Authority discusses hospital expansion

STILLWATER, Okla. — Stillwater Medical Center Authority members discussed the future of a hospital expansion project during a board meeting Tuesday.

Consultant Joyce Durham presented a facility master plan and presented construction of the hospital in immediate, short-term and long-term phases.

She said the cost of the expansion over a period of 10 years is an estimated $35 million.

Board member Robert Lauvetz, a Stillwater urologist, expressed concern at the number of operating rooms that would be created in the project.

He proposed more rooms are built because the hospital will “grow into them.”

He also suggested that on-call rooms be built for doctors to rest if they cannot leave the hospital due to a sick patient or an emergency such as a snow storm.

The hospital has a long-range plan for an administrative annex, medical office building, durable medical equipment facility, employee daycare and a warm water therapy plus 24-hour fitness center.

Preliminary estimates state that will add between 67,000 and 77,000 square feet and require 350 additional parking spaces.

The board rejected a bid for the expansion project because only one company came forward with a bid.

The trustees voted to reopen bids to allow other companies the chance to bid.

During the meeting, the board also approved medical staff privileges for Sopurko Tienabeso, M.D. and Neil Fuehrer, M.D., and telemedicine privileges for John Ponzo, M.D., Robert Blanch, M.D., and Matthew Mendlick, M.D.

 

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