EDMOND — Ryson Wilson turns a year old on Thursday, the day after Integris Health Edmond celebrated its anniversary.
Ryson was the first baby born at Edmond's newest hospital, located on 44 acres on the northeast corner of 15th Street and Interstate 35.
The 24-pound boy has been walking since he was 9 months old and can say 14 words, his mother says.
Rayna Wilson, of Guthrie, said she had no idea her baby was the first when she arrived at the hospital that opened the day before he was born. She said she wasn't prepared for all the attention her son's birth has received.
Tom Howard, the first patient in the emergency room 2½ hours after it opened, had suffered a stroke. He was the only patient to spend the night the first day the 40-bed hospital was open for business.
“I had a lot of attention from the nurses,” Howard said. “The food was really good.”
Howard said he is now walking and driving again.
More than 10,000 patients visited the emergency room during its first year of operation. Avilla Williams, president of Integris Health Edmond, said fewer than 3 percent had to be transferred for higher care.
The goal is to have available the doctors, nurses and equipment at the 200,000-square-foot hospital needed to keep the patients in Edmond, she said.
Ryson is one of 300 babies born at the hospital in the first year.
Until fall 2011, the last baby born in an Edmond hospital setting was in 2005, before the Renaissance Women's Center closed.
More from first year
More than 13,000 radiology visits have taken place, including inpatients and outpatients. Williams said that is 30 percent higher than expected.
Physical therapists have recorded more than 5,000 patient visits.
PWR! Up, a new program for Parkinson's patients, is offered here. Samantha Klepper, Edmond's Jim Thorpe lead physical therapist, is one of the Oklahoma therapists affiliated with PWR! Up and does the training in Edmond.
Hospital officials have conducted more than 2,000 surgeries and colonoscopies and 13,000 outpatient respiratory treatments.
The hospital is serving not only the Edmond community, but patients in Logan County, Wellston, Stillwater, Arcadia and other areas.
“People like not having to go into the city,” Williams said. “They seem to like being in a smaller environment.”
There are 255 physicians on staff. The hospital has 200 employees who make an average of $27 an hour.
The hospital is adding a suite with a heart catheterization laboratory and advance radiology equipment. The suite is being designed in shell space included in the building at the time of construction with expansion in mind.
The hospital has a full-service emergency department, six intensive care units, 10 labor and delivery units and four surgical suites.
“It doesn't seem like a year,” Williams said. “It seems like just yesterday. It has been a successful year.”