MIDWEST CITY — Work continues on the third phase of construction at Midwest Regional Medical Center. The $25 million expansion adds two floors to the medical center and is expected to be complete in July. The new seventh and eighth floors are nearly closed in, and will add 102 beds, bringing hospital capacity to 357 beds, said Page Vaughan, the hospital’s chief executive officer. The new floors will be used to treat medical and surgical patients. "As eastern Oklahoma County continues to grow, we plan to meet the health care needs of our community,” Vaughan said. By expanding our facility in terms of beds and medical staff, we are investing in the overall success of our community.” He said the hospital has increased emergency room visits and admissions in recent years, partly because of new physicians and expanding services. Vaughan said 19 physicians joined the medical staff in 2009, and a similar number is anticipated to join the hospital this year. The areas of specialty the medical center is currently focused on include family practice, internal medicine, cardiovascular surgery, cardiology, urology, orthopedics and ear, nose and throat. Officials expect the expansion will create about 250 jobs at the medical center for nursing staff and in departments such as laboratory, radiology, respiratory and nutrition.
HISTORYMidwest Regional, 2825 Parklawn Drive, opened in 1962 with 70 beds.