JENKS — The soon-to-be-open Center for Orthopaedic Reconstruction and Excellence, or CORE, will benefit two completely different, but close, geographic areas.
First, the $45 million, 51,000-square-foot facility will bring the first hospital to the Jenks area, and offer employment to 130 people.
And second, it provides hope that the Bristow Medical Center can move past its lengthy financial struggles and truly thrive, said Jan Winter Clark, CEO of Bristow Medical Center, the main medical company behind CORE.
“Our hope is that this will allow Bristow to have a new medical campus,” she said. “The Bristow facility was built in the 1950s.”
The new medical center is set to open July 21, though Bristow Medical Center officials offered tours Tuesday.
The CORE was designed with the help of the Orthopaedic Center, a group of orthopaedic doctors who practice within hospitals throughout the Tulsa area. Dr. Yogesh Mittal said the group wanted to be able to work within the best hospital possible.
“We want the patient to be comfortable and the staff to be able to do their work efficiently,” he said.
For example, the six operating rooms surround a central, sterilized supply area. That way, doctors can quickly get what they need without having to resterilize.
In addition to six dedicated recovery beds, CORE will have three other rooms that will be used for pre-op preparation in the morning, but then transfer to more recovery later in the afternoon to handle more people finishing surgery.
Patient rooms are larger than normal to handle visits by larger families, and many of them have discrete windows at the front that will allow nurses to keep an eye on two rooms without having to leave a station.
Though orthopaedics will be the main function, CORE also has two 24-hour emergency rooms that will allow patients to be stabilized and released or transferred to another facility for continued treatment.
It will also be a lifeline to the 30-bed Bristow Medical Center, which had struggled for years and came close to shutting its doors in recent years. Clark said the company strives to provide top-class care in rural areas, but they’ve been a challenge to operate — nearly 50 rural hospitals have closed across the country in the last five years.
“If Bristow Medical Center were to operate alone, it would be at a loss,” she said.
The company’s Cimarron Health Care Center in Cushing helps keep the Bristow facility from losing money, though the hope is that CORE will allow Bristow to expand, Clark said. The hospital is renovating its single operating room, but the company would like to construct a new facility.
Clark said the majority of CORE’s staff have already been hired, which includes nursing, technical workers, anesthesiologists, housekeeping and support, though they’re still looking to fill a few positions.
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