Effective November 2, the Tulsa Regional Medical Center has been renamed the Oklahoma State University Medical Center.
The name change is the result of a 50-year academic affiliation agreement between the hospital and Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences. OSU Medical Center, now the official primary teaching hospital for the medical school, continues to be owned by Ardent Health Services since Ardent’s purchase of Hillcrest HealthCare System in August 2004.
To oversee the $40 million investment that the Oklahoma legislature appropriated for hospital improvements and the academic affiliation agreement, legislators passed the OSU Medical Authority Act in the spring of 2006 to create the seven-member OSU Medical Authority and Trust.
Plans for the $40 million appropriation include an Intensive Care Unit expansion, a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit/Labor and Delivery expansion, a remodel and expansion of classrooms and sleep rooms for residents, a strengthening of OSU faculty recruitment and support, and expansion of programs and services to accommodate the needs of patients.
OSU Medical Center is the largest osteopathic teaching facility in the country, boasting 15 postgraduate programs that train 126 residents. The school and hospital have trained over 2,000 physicians, of which more than 700 are actively practicing in Oklahoma.
The OSU Medical Center was founded in 1944 as the Oklahoma Osteopathic Hospital and is staffed by a medical staff of 363. The hospital boasts 331 total licensed beds.