EDMOND — People gathered Wednesday to bless the new $90 million Mercy Edmond I-35, a wellness center and medical center.
The Rev. Ray Ackerman, of Edmond’s St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, led the blessing.
An open house also was held for the building south of 15th Street on the west side of Interstate 35. The complex opened last month, just over a year since a May 19, 2013, tornado struck the nearly completed building.
An outpatient surgical center will open in July.
The 219,000-square-foot building was just 30 days from opening when the tornado hit on a Sunday afternoon, causing $30 million in damage and delaying the opening almost a year.
Construction on the three-story building, which is a medical complex and not a hospital, started July 5, 2011.
The complex features Mercy Sports Performance, Mercy Fitness Center, outpatient surgery, diagnostic imaging, pharmacy, laboratory, Mercy Convenient Care and includes the services of about 40 providers specializing in behavioral health, cardiology, dermatology, family medicine, gastroenterology, obstetrics and gynecology, orthopedics and hand surgery, pain management, pediatrics, sports medicine and surgery.
First of kind in region
Mercy Sports Performance is the first of its kind in the region helping athletes test and improve their skills on an indoor artificial turf field using high-tech sensors that measure and record speed, athletic form and gait to offer a biomechanical performance assessment. Batting cages, power weight racks and other training tools are provided on site.