Signed beams will be part of Edmond medical center

Edmond residents signed colored beams to be used in the logo on the new Mercy Edmond I-35. The medical and wellness center is expected to open south of Interstate 35 and 15th Street in the summer of 2013.
BY DIANA BALDWIN dbaldwin@opubco.com Published: February 21, 2012
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— 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.

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