Oklahoma City's St. Anthony Hospital prepares to build $53 million expansion

St. Anthony Hospital in Oklahoma City is preparing to build a new emergency room and intensive care unit as part of a six-story, $53 million addition set to be begin in 2013.
by Steve Lackmeyer Modified: December 13, 2012 at 10:00 pm •  Published: December 14, 2012

“I'm hoping this will result in more outdoor patio space for Kaiser's,” Hodges said. “There will be more landscaping, more plaza, and a fountain.”

Hodges said the hospital will welcome Kaiser's patrons to use St. Anthony's parking spaces. Additional parking also will be built on the block bordered by NW 9, NW 8, Dewey and Walker (with the exception of the Century Hotel, which stands in the middle of the block).

Hodges noted the hospital's investment has exceeded the planned $200 million master plan first announced when, in conjunction with assistance from the city and county, St. Anthony executives agreed to stay in what was then a mostly blighted MidTown neighborhood.

In the past few years, the area has rebounded with older buildings being converted into housing, restaurants, offices and shops.

Former flop houses are now upscale apartments, and the once darkened Plaza Court is now home to a branch of the YMCA, restaurants, a bakery, art gallery and optical shop.

“What a great success story for Oklahoma City, and think how quickly it has happened,” Hodges said. “We're very happy to be neighbors with all these great developers and business owners who have chosen to invest in MidTown.”

by Steve Lackmeyer
Business Reporter
Steve Lackmeyer is a reporter and columnist who started his career at The Oklahoman in 1990. Since then, he has won numerous awards for his coverage, which included the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, the city's Metropolitan...
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