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GRMC pays it forward. Delivers banner of support to Moore, Okla.

Published: Thursday, July 25, 2013 10:53 a.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, July 26, 2013 12:45 p.m. CDT
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Greater Regional Medical Center Physician Chuck Hoyt, his wife Jennifer, and GRMC Pharmacist Tony Cass, and his wife Peggy, recently delivered this banner on behalf of GRMC to Norman Medical Health Systems Foundation in Moore, Okla. One of their hospitals — Moore Medical Center — was severely damaged during an EF5 tornado that stuck the city in May 2013. Accepting the banner are Norman Foundation Executive Director Anne Clouse, far left, and Richie Splitt, vice president and chief administrative officer of Moore Medical Center, far right.

Two months ago, Moore Medical Center in Moore, Okla., was severely damaged by an EF5 tornado.

Four hundred people were inside when the hospital was struck, but amazingly, no deaths or serious injuries were reported.

Sound somewhat familiar?

It was just more than one year ago Greater Regional Medical Center took a direct hit from a tornado. And, as GRMC worked hard and long hours to recover from damages, they received a gift of kindness from members of St. John’s Regional Medical Center in Joplin, Mo. It was a banner with signatures and messages of support.

“Our leadership at GRMC was so moved when Joplin brought us that banner that we wanted to pay it forward,” said LouAnn Snodgrass, executive director continuum care at GRMC. “We wanted to pay it forward because we have been the recipients of outstanding support and assistance in our own tornado recovery, and we’re blessed that we didn’t experience the magnitude of devastation that Joplin, East coast and Moore did.”

GRMC payed it forward by preparing a banner to be delivered to the Moore hospital. About 75 GRMC employees signed the banner and wrote messages of encouragement and hope on the banner. GRMC staff also prepared personal letters, cards and gathered anonymous donations.

Then, GRMC Physician Chuck Hoyt and GRMC Pharmacist Tony Cass — along with their wives Jennifer and Peggy — hand delivered the banner and other items to the hospital’s foundation earlier this month.

“We already had a motorcycle trip to Colorado planned,” Cass said. “So, Dr. Hoyt volunteered to deliver the banner, cards and letters. We met with the head of their foundation, and they were very pleased Greater Regional had taken time and effort to do this and were very appreciative of the well wishes and personal presentation.”

Kelly Wells, media relations coordinator for Moore Medical Center and Norman Regional Health Systems, said Wednesday hospital staff at Moore Medical Center is moving forward and has plans of constructing a temporary emergency department on campus soon.

Wells said longterm plans are to completely rebuild the Moore Medical Center with a timeline of two to three years.

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