Stitt updates state’s hospital surge plan
OKLAHOMA CITY – Gov. Kevin Stitt, Interim Commissioner of Health Lance Frye and Norman Regional Health System President Richie Splitt announced on Aug. 6 modifications to the state’s COVID-19 hospital surge plan.
“Since the start of the pandemic, we have been fortunate to work closely with our hospitals around the state, as well as the Oklahoma Hospital Association, to develop a hospital surge capacity plan,” Frye said. “As we have gained more understanding around COVID-19, and as science advances, we have revisited our hospital surge plan with our medical partners to adapt accordingly.”
According to the statement, via collaborative efforts, the hospital systems, the Oklahoma Hospital Association and OSDH have developed a region-specific surge plan that includes implementing internal strategies within the major hospital systems to increase bed capacity.
“The expanded bed capacity will allow us to continue to deliver strong medical services in all geographic regions of Oklahoma,” Splitt said.
Hospitals in the Oklahoma City and Tulsa metro areas will continue to care for non-COVID-19 and COVID-19 patients up to 100% of staffed capacity. In Tulsa, Oklahoma State University Medical Center will open 125 hospital beds for COVID-19 patients, and six hospitals in Oklahoma City will open a total of 120 hospital beds for COVID-19 patients. Additionally, the state has secured the option to place COVID-19 patients in 95 additional beds at INTEGRIS Medical Center’s Portland Campus in Oklahoma City if needed.
“Our forward planning in the early stages of COVID-19 and our work with the medical community is saving taxpayers money, and more importantly, saving lives,” Stitt said. “When other states were standing up expensive temporary facilities in arenas and convention centers, Oklahoma invested in high-quality medical rooms to ensure the best possible care for our citizens.”