EDMOND — The signatures of hundreds of Edmond residents now cover eight brightly colored steel beams that will make up the logo on the Mercy Edmond I-35 being built south of Interstate 35 and 15th Street.
Each of the 6-foot beams will make up Mercy's new logo.
The purpose of asking for signatures on the 6-foot beams, which each weighs about 100 pounds, was part of the health systems' goal to create community partnerships, said David Tew, Mercy's chief operating officer.
Mercy officials wanted residents to play a part in the building's progress and be a part of a permanent piece of their future.
A dozen Edmond residents, known as the Mercy Edmond I-35 Advisory Group, helped plan the medical and wellness center that is expected to open in summer 2013.
For nearly two years, the civic and business leaders have met for two hours every month to discuss how the facility can best serve patients. The advisory group worked closely with Mercy leadership and construction planners to build a center that integrates health and wellness, addressing Edmond-specific needs.
Advisory members also helped with such areas as interior design, parking and technological communication tools such as electronic health records and registration kiosks.
The building will unite traditional health care providers including primary care, cardiology, orthopedics and OB-GYN with a fitness center that will be available to the public and used for physical therapy and overall health improvement treatments. The focus is on proactive, preventive care that encourages lifelong wellness, rather than just recovery from illness and injury.
“It's not a hospital,” Tew said. “Mercy Edmond I-35 represents the future of health care, and the colorful beams represent the foundation and the future of Mercy.”
Mercy is introducing a new symbol and starting to use the same name across its four-state ministry in Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kansas and Missouri.
“This is the first time all 3 million patients we serve across 31 hospitals and more than 200 outpatient facilities will know us by the same name,” said Di Smalley, regional president of Mercy, Oklahoma communities. “This symbol ties us to our partners in the region, while keeping us grounded in the mission that our founder established nearly 200 years ago.”