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Renovation aims to make Ada hospital more user-friendly

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A new look is coming to the entrance of Mercy Hospital in Ada. (KTEN) A new look is coming to the entrance of Mercy Hospital in Ada. (KTEN)
An artist's drawing of the updated entrance of Mercy Hospital in Ada. (Courtesy Mercy Hospital) An artist's drawing of the updated entrance of Mercy Hospital in Ada. (Courtesy Mercy Hospital)

ADA, Okla. -- Patients and employees at Mercy Hospital in Ada are about to have some more elbow room.

After five years of planning, the hospital is moving forward with a project that will expand and renovate the main entrance.

"The hospital was built in the mid-80s; care delivery is different now," said Mercy executive Danny Coats. "The way the way people access care is different, and so we want to improve the experience for our community."

Commonly-used services -- like lab work and X-rays -- will be moved to the front of the building. 

"Not only is it good for the patient when they come in and have one central location ... but also good for co-workers who can deliver that care all in one location as well," Coats said.

Both the Mercy Health and Valley View foundations have pledged $1.6 million for the project. The hospital's executive director Todd Essary said this wouldn't have been possible without support from the community.

"Those two gifts really got things off the ground and running, and knowing there was a big interest to make this front entrance happen, which is a great first experience," he said.

The renovation project is expected to be complete by next March.