Press Release: 11.06.2017

McCarthy Breaks Ground on $150 Million Expansion at Oklahoma Heart Hospital

Rendering of Oklahoma Heart Hospital

Building team will leverage advanced technology to construct six-story Mercy hospital tower on OHH’s south campus.

McCarthy has broken ground on a $150 million expansion of Oklahoma Heart Hospital’s south campus in Oklahoma City. The project includes the addition of a six-story, 228,338-square-foot Mercy hospital tower on the campus’ west side.

As construction manager, McCarthy will oversee construction of the new building, which encompasses 44 patient beds; eight cardiac care unit beds; a catheterization lab; two inpatient pharmacies; imaging, prep and surgery areas; a post-anesthesia care unit; a chapel; a lobby and registration area; and administration and shell space. The project also includes construction of surface parking, a helipad and a two-level, 180-space parking garage.

Both Oklahoma Heart Hospital and Mercy will share the facility, advancing a 15-year partnership between the two healthcare organizations.

“Since the Oklahoma Heart Hospital South opened in 2010, the demand for healthcare has grown substantially,” said Dr. John R. Harvey, president and chief executive officer of Oklahoma Heart Hospital.

“We will now be able to offer patients a wider range of services as our partnership with Mercy continues."

“We are always looking for ways to meet the growing healthcare needs of our community,” said David Whitaker, chief administrative officer of Mercy in Oklahoma. “As more people move south, we can better accommodate them by providing the same level of care they already know and trust."

The construction team is using advanced technology, including building information modeling (BIM), real-time estimating, and virtual plan rooms, to deliver the project with optimal quality and efficiency. McCarthy is also implementing Lean principles, including pull planning schedules. The project will be phased to ensure the safety of patients, visitors and staff.

“The McCarthy team is excited to partner with Oklahoma Heart Hospital and Mercy to expand their healthcare resources and capacity in the Oklahoma City region,” said McCarthy Senior Project Manager Joe Lewandowski.

McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. is serving as construction manager and general contractor, and WHR Architects/EYP Health is the project’s architect. Other project team members include Bernhard TME (MEP engineer) and Cardinal Engineering (civil engineer).

Construction is expected to be complete in 2020.

About Oklahoma Heart Hospital

The Oklahoma Heart Hospital (OHH) is a physician-owned hospital dedicated to providing excellence in quality and healthcare. Designed by cardiologists, OHH empowers cardiovascular specialists to bring world-class medical expertise and compassion to the care of every patient.  OHH is the first of its kind in Oklahoma, the first all-digital hospital in the United States and has repeatedly been ranked first in the nation for patient satisfaction scores. OHH has two primary locations in the OKC metro — the North and South hospital campuses — as well as a network of more than 70 cardiovascular specialists at more than 60 clinic and hospital locations across the state.  OHH remains at the cutting edge of advancements in heart health as one of the largest cardiovascular research sites in the nation. For more information about OHH, visit

About Mercy

Mercy, named one of the top five large U.S. health systems in 2017 by Truven, an IBM Watson Health company, serves millions annually. Mercy includes 44 acute care and specialty (heart, children’s, orthopedic and rehab) hospitals, more than 700 physician practices and outpatient facilities, 40,000 co-workers and more than 2,000 Mercy Clinic physicians in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. Mercy also has outreach ministries in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.

About McCarthy

McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. is the oldest privately held national construction company in the country – with more than 150 years spent collaborating with partners to solve complex building challenges on behalf of its clients. With an unrelenting focus on safety and a comprehensive quality program that span all phases of every project, McCarthy utilizes industry-leading design phase and construction techniques combined with value-add technology to maximize outcomes. Repeatedly honored as a Best Place to Work and Healthiest Employer, McCarthy is ranked the 15th largest domestic general contractor (Engineering News-Record, May 2017). With approximately 1,800 salaried employees and offices in St. Louis, Atlanta; Collinsville, Ill.; Portage, Ind.; Kansas City, Kan.; Omaha, Neb.; Phoenix; Las Vegas; Denver; Dallas, Houston; Albuquerque; and San Diego, Newport Beach, San Francisco, San Jose and Sacramento, Calif. McCarthy is 100 percent employee owned. More information about the company is available online at or by following the company company  FacebookTwitterLinkedInInstagram and Google+.

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