Stillwater Medical Center has at least seven construction projects in various stages of completion and is upgrading or adding key pieces of equipment. The SMC Board of Trustees received an update on the status of the various projects during their monthly meeting on May 15.


Concrete and paving for the redesign of the hospital’s emergency department canopy and entrance was in the process of being poured and finished. The waiting room was nearing completion.

Progress continues on SMC’s expansion for the new Heart and Vascular Clinic, which involved a second floor build-out west of the main entrance. A corridor that was closed so utility lines could be run through the ceiling has re-opened. New air handling units to improve air flow have been installed. Sheetrock installation is complete on the first floor and was beginning on the second floor. The hospital’s MRI space is being renovated and a new MRI unit is expected to be delivered by the last week of July. The project is expected to be complete in September.

The hospital’s main campus at 1323 W. 6th Ave. is receiving infrastructure upgrades to its air and vacuum systems as well as its electrical panel and wiring. A new 400 ton chiller has replaced the old unit and a new 1,250 KW generator has been installed. The hospital’s old generator was 43 years old.

Construction is mostly complete on a new pod at the hospital’s south campus on 12th Avenue that will house SMC’s urology practice. Data wiring and terminal installation remained to be done. The move in date depends on a final inspection by the City of Stillwater, which will have to issue a Certificate of Occupancy.

The hospital’s pharmacy is being relocated across the hall from its current location, which required moving the Information Technology staff off-site to make room. New regulations for pharmacies are making a redesign of necessary. Architects and engineers are working on construction documents for the project.

Construction documents are being prepared for an expansion of the Surgery and Maternal/Child Health and Obstetrics units on the main campus. The Oklahoma State Department of Health will have to approve the plans.

Plans are also being developed for an expansion of the Stillwater Surgery Center West. Meetings have taken place between staff and architects and engineers to determine space allocation and equipment needs.

The hospital is also spending almost $480,000 for additional server and storage space for its computer system. The expansion is needed because Stillwater Medical took on nine new sites over the past 18 months. Additional applications and users required increased storage, which includes off-site back-up.

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