Century old Norman hospital to move operations to Oklahoma City
A mental health hospital that has stood for more than a century in Norman will be moving operations to Oklahoma City.
The Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (ODMHSAS) announced plans Tuesday to relocate the state’s largest inpatient mental health treatment facility, Griffin Memorial Hospital, to Oklahoma State University's Oklahoma City campus near Interstate-44 and West Reno Ave.
The new hospital, projected to open in 2026, will be known as the Donahue Behavioral Health Campus, honoring Dr. Hayden Donahue, who served as Oklahoma’s first director of mental health in 1953.
The $147 million, 200,000-plus-square-foot facility will increase mental health treatment capacity by 100 beds and create 250 jobs.
The five-year economic impact of the new hospital to the OKC metro is estimated at $447.5 million, both in job creation, taxes, emergency room costs and homelessness, according to a news release.
Plans to move the Norman mental hospital have been in the works for some time. The Oklahoma Legislature provided $87 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) money to fund hospital construction. In addition, earlier this year, Oklahoma County Commissioners approved $1.5 million in ARPA funds for relocation, and the City of Oklahoma City and several metro philanthropic organizations have pledged their support. ODMHSAS will also contribute to the cost of the hospital through the sale of the property in Norman.
“This hospital is an investment, dedicated to the people of Oklahoma,” ODMHSAS Commissioner Carrie Slatton-Hodges said in a statement. “With the support from Gov. Kevin Stitt, the Oklahoma state Legislature and OSU, ODMHSAS will deliver quality, efficient and effective behavioral health treatment services. Our staff is dedicated to serving the people of Oklahoma for another 100 years.”
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