Saint Francis Health System Hosts Topping Out Ceremony
for the New Trauma Emergency Center and Bed Tower

The new eight-story facility is the largest and most significant facility expansion to the Saint Francis Hospital in its 52 year history.

On Monday, December 3, 2012, Saint Francis Health System hosted a “Topping Out” ceremony for its new Trauma Emergency Center and Bed Tower. The new eight-story, 500,000 square foot facility is located on the west side of the hospital campus at 6161 South Yale Avenue, is scheduled for completion in the summer 2014.

 Key features of the $200 million dollar addition and renovation project include increased acute and critical care capacity with a new eight-story/150-bed patient care tower; a new 85-bed Trauma Emergency Center (TEC); a spacious new main lobby that will connect all wings of the hospital; a new chapel and convent; clinical education rooms; and administrative and physician office space. Architects, physicians, nurses, trauma specialists, administrators and many other professionals in the trauma/critical care field have teamed up to help shape the design and functionality of the overall project. Upon completion of the project, the Saint Francis Hospital campus alone will have more than 1,100 patient care beds.

“When completed, this structure will represent the largest facility expansion in Saint Francis Health System’s history,” says Jake Henry Jr., President and Chief Executive Officer of Saint Francis Health System. “When complete, it will punctuate Saint Francis' intentions of meeting not just the healthcare needs of northeastern Oklahoma today, but for long into the future.”

Saint Francis Hospital is currently designated as a Level II Trauma Center that currently treats over 91,000 patients annually. More than 50 percent of all Saint Francis Hospital inpatient admissions come through the TEC. Adjacent to the TEC is a Pediatric Emergency Center (PEC) which treats approximately 22,000 children each year. The plans for the new TEC and PEC have been designed to accommodate over 120,000 patient visits with an average of 300 visits per day.

"Construction of the new Trauma Emergency Tower and bed tower signals a new time in Saint Francis’ history,” says Mr. Henry, “it marks an important milestone in Saint Francis’ quest to prepare and thrive within the new order of healthcare delivery now emerging."

In keeping with the Catholic Health Association’s “Reverence for the Earth” initiative, the new Saint Francis Hospital Trauma Emergency Center and patient tower project is designed with energy conservation in mind following guidelines and standards established by the U.S. Green Building Council and the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification program.