Saint Francis Trauma Emergency Tower Construction

Saint Francis Trauma Emergency Tower Construction

Construction is moving along on the new Saint Francis Trauma Emergency Center and Patient Tower.

Published: February 25,2014


Saint Francis Hospital Trauma Emergency Center and Patient Tower
Planned Completion in 2014


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Construction is moving along on the new Saint Francis Trauma Emergency Center and Patient Tower. The eight-story, 500,000-square-foot patient tower and Trauma Emergency Center (TEC) is located on the west side of the campus at 61st and South Yale. The new facility is the largest expansion in the hospital’s history and includes:

  • acute and critical care capacity;
  • new eight-story, 150-bed patient care tower;
  • new chapel and convent;
  • clinical education rooms; and
  • administrative and physician office space.


Once completed, Saint Francis Hospital will offer considerably enhanced patient bed capacity. The new TEC and Pediatric Emergency Center (PEC) alone are designed to accommodate more than 120,000 patient visits annually.

“When complete, the new facility will punctuate Saint Francis’ efforts to meet not only the healthcare needs of northeastern Oklahoma today, but indeed those of future generations, no matter what future landscape may appear in healthcare.”

— Jake Henry Jr., President and Chief Executive Officer, Saint Francis Health System


Additional Pertinent Facts

  • New construction – 450,000 square feet
  • Renovated space – 50,000 square feet
  • Total – 500,000 square feet
  • 150 new beds in new tower
  • 85 new rooms in TEC
  • New chapel and convent – 23,230 square feet
  • Main lobby – 8,900 square feet
  • The TEC is a Level II Trauma Center with 45 treatment areas

Tower Floor Designations

  • B level – Lobby/chapel/retail space
  • 1st Floor – Trauma Emergency Center (TEC)/Pediatric Emergency Center (PEC)
  • 2nd Floor – Guest services/mechanical
  • 3rd-8th Floors – Intensive Care/Medical-Surgical/Oncology units, roof and helicopter pad

New Trauma Emergency Center

  • Designed to accommodate 120,000 patient visits annually (average of more than 300 per day)
  • New clinical stations:
    • Four (4) trauma /resuscitation rooms
    • 12 acute/critical care rooms
    • 39 adult general medicine stations
    • Four (4) triage stations
    • One (1) decontamination room
  • Ability to expand to 114 clinical stations during disaster events
  • Two (2) Computed Tomography (CT) suites
  • Two (2) radiology rooms and one (1) cardiac catheterization laboratory
  • Two (2) helipads on the roof of the patient tower
  • Dedicated oversized trauma elevators
  • Large covered ambulance bay to accommodate up to 14 ambulances at once
  • Convertible area for mass casualty response within ambulance bay

The new Trauma Emergency Center (TEC) contains a Pediatric Emergency Center (PEC)

  • Designed to accommodate more than 30,000 pediatric patients annually
  • Special dedicated entrance and waiting area for children and parents
  • 25 total pediatric treatment areas adjacent to main Trauma Emergency Center
  • 22 areas for general medicine
  • One (1) resuscitation room
  • Two (2) triage bays

Patient rooms within the new patient care tower

  • 150 new acuity adaptable private rooms
  • Two (2) floors of intensive care beds (60 total)
  • Three (3) floors of medical/surgical telemetry beds (90 total)
  • Rooms are designed for maximum visibility, expansive views, day lighting and adaptability

Support areas

  • New offices and outpatient clinic for the Saint Francis Trauma Institute
  • New conference and classroom space for medical education services
  • On-call physician sleep rooms
  • Offices for nursing and medical administration
  • Offices for physician hospitalists
  • New pharmacy
  • Recently constructed 700-space parking garage with underground connection tunnel to the hospital

Renovations to new main hospital lobby includes

  • 8,900 square feet of space for new main lobby
  • New space for a hospital gift shop and a retail food establishment
  • Retail location for All Saints Home Medical durable medical equipment
  • New hospital chapel located adjacent to the lobby

New chapel and convent:

  • 23,230 square feet of new space for both the chapel and convent
  • Expanded sacred space
  • Seating for 180 worshippers
  • Daily mass will be held in the chapel and offered via closed-circuit television within the hospital
  • New 14 room convent for the on-campus residence for the Religious Sisters of Mercy
  • Private chapel also planned within convent

Designed with Energy Conservation in Mind

The new Saint Francis Hospital Trauma Emergency Center and patient tower project is designed with energy conservation in mind, and follows guidelines and standards established by the U.S. Green Building Council and the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification program.