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Edmond reports economic impact of medical complexes

Development of three medical complexes has had an economic impact of more than $300 million. More than 1,000 medical employees will be working at the three locations once Mercy Health Edmond opens in the summer.
by Diana Baldwin Modified: January 29, 2013 at 10:09 pm •  Published: January 30, 2013

Edmond has seen an economic impact of more than $300 million from renovations at OU Medical Center Edmond and construction of the Integris Health Edmond and Mercy Health System medical complexes, participants in the annual Edmond economic preview learned Tuesday.

More than 1,000 people will be working at those locations once Mercy Health Edmond opens its 200,000-square-foot complex with doctor's offices and a wellness center this summer. Mercy will have on staff 200-plus employees, according to Janet Yowell, Economic Development Authority executive director.

Mercy Health Edmond is located on the west side of Interstate 35, just south of 15th Street. Integris has been open for about 1.5 years and has 295 employees at its 210,000-square-foot hospital across the interstate north of 15th Street.

“Integris is building a heart cath lab that will open this spring,” Yowell said. “They have additional land there that could grow more jobs and facilities at that location.”

OU Medical Edmond, with 448 employees, is at Second Street and Bryant Avenue.

“The majority of the activity has been and will be 8.5 miles along the I-35 corridor in the middle of Edmond,” Yowell told 274 city, school and business leaders. “This is where the activity has been going on and will be going on in the coming months.”

Sam's Club is in the process of getting a permit to build a 138,000-square-foot building and fuel station, just north of Walmart at 15th Street and I-35, at the Shoppes of Fox Lake.

“You should start to see activity in the next 30 days,” Yowell said.

Plans to develop three corners of the intersection of Covell Road and I-35 are getting under way to build a hotel, conference center, sports complex and technology training center.

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by Diana Baldwin
Sr. Reporter
Diana Baldwin has been an Oklahoma journalist since 1976 and came to The Oklahoman in 1991. She covered the Oklahoma City bombing and covered the downfall of Oklahoma City police forensic chemist Joyce Gilchrist misidentifying evidence. She wrote...
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