OSU Medical Center

Tulsa, OK – $1.3M demolition of OSU Medical Center starts

TULSA, Okla. (AP) The $1.3 million demolition of the Oklahoma State University Medical Center's emergency department in Tulsa is set to begin.

Medical Center officials will hold a wall-breaking ceremony Tuesday afternoon as crews begin demolishing emergency department to pave the way for scheduled renovations.

Hospital CEO Jan Slater says the emergency room sustained significant flooding damage last August.

She says when the renovation is finished, the hospital will have a new emergency room and security office, a fast-track patient triage area, a "fully functional" reception area and a workroom for Emergency Medical Services Authority workers.

Later renovations are planned for the hospital's MRI department, its cardiology and respiratory therapy department and its human resources area.

Officials say the emergency room renovations should be finished by September.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.