Healthier Living in OKC

We've already told you about how Oklahoma City likes to invest in itself. When it comes to our health, we're no different. We know what healthy lifestyles raise quality of living and help create a vibrant city. As we move forward, creating amenities that promote healthy living is a top priority. The following are just some of the many amenities available for those looking to support an active and healthy lifestyle in Oklahoma City.

  • More than 140 miles of walking, running, bicycling and skating trails. The MAPS 3 capital improvements package which was passed in 2009 is spending $40 million to construct even more new miles of trails.
  • More than 15 miles of mountain biking and hiking trails around Bluff Creek and Lake Stanley Draper.
  • Three large lakes: Hefner, Draper and Overholser – representing more than 6,900 surfaces acres and providing outdoor recreational activities in and around each lake.
  • World-class canoeing and kayaking at the Oklahoma River, a seven-mile stretch of the North Canadian River that runs through the heart of Oklahoma City.
  • Mat Hoffman Action Sports Park, 26,000 square feet of terrain for skateboarding, in-line skating and BMX freestyle biking.
  • Paw Park, a two-acre off-the-leash park recognized as one of the top 10 dog parks in the U.S., features a swimming pond and enclosures for both small and large dogs.
  • Fresh, locally grown produce at several weekly farmer's markets at OSU-OKC, on Classen Curve, St. Anthony's in Midtown and in other surrounding areas
  • $60 million in improvements to the Oklahoma River approved as part of MAPS 3 in 2009, which now includes the addition of a world-class whitewater kayaking and rafting facility, RIVERSPORT Rapids.

Outstanding Medical Care

With one of the nation's leading heart transplant teams, one of the country's most complete medical research centers, and one of the medical profession's most respected eye institutes, area residents' access to health care is among the best. Oklahoma City is also home to one of only a handful of proton therapy centers in America, in addition to a comprehensive academic cancer research / treatment center. These facilities are on the cutting edge of battling cancer.

Oklahoma City residents can find quality health care at 35 hospitals, with most providing specialty services in areas such as: oncology and hematology; orthopedics; burn treatment; hearing and vision care; neonatal care; infertility; spinal disorder care; sports medicine; and after-hours urgent care.

The state's only Level 1 Trauma Center with MediFlight service is based in Oklahoma City, the perfect location for regional service. Medical leaders are also looking forward to the opening of a Comprehensive Cancer Center this summer and the Oklahoma City Diabetes Center, which will both bring even more cutting-edge technology, research, clinical care and alternative therapies to Oklahoma City.

And, the Oklahoma City area's thriving biosciences industry adds to the quality of health care, with organizations and businesses dedicated to the discovery, development and distribution of advanced technology to improve treatments and health.

OU Medical Center
OU Medical Center, including The Children's Hospital at OU Medical Center, is Oklahoma's largest and most comprehensive hospital. It is located in the heart of Oklahoma City, just minutes from the beautiful new Bricktown area and the State Capital. They provide a full range of hospital services for every patient, from the smallest neonate to the most critically ill senior. Their unique services include The Children's Hospital with Oklahoma's highest level Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), comprehensive cancer care including a Gamma Knife Center for treating brain tumors that can't be treated by conventional methods, a Bone Marrow Transplant Center and Oklahoma's newest and largest Radiation Therapy Center.

Other unique services include Oklahoma's only Level One Trauma Center and three new Medi Flight air ambulances, including one dedicated to babies. Additional special services include high-risk and alternative pregnancy care, in our new Women's & Newborn Pavilion, and a full range of heart care services including an internationally renowned electrophysiology laboratory for treating heart arrhythmias.

OU Medical Center is an academic medical center - a hospital that treats patients with the knowledge and skill on the forefront of new medical developments. Because OU Medicine physicians teach the physicians of tomorrow, they stay informed on the latest and most advanced procedures, treatments and medical knowledge. Their affiliated physicians are resources that other community doctors turn to when they need help with complicated diseases or injuries.

Many of their affiliated physicians are performing leading-edge research to discover or perfect new patient cures.Every day, they use the new treatments they have developed for your benefit. For more information visit the link above or call (405) 271-4700.

St. Anthony Hospital
Opened in 1898 by two sisters from the order of the Sisters of St. Francis, St. Anthony was Oklahoma City's first hospital.

St. Anthony has a long-standing and ongoing commitment to excellence and quality. As the recipient of two very prestigious awards, St. Anthony's excellence in quality shines.

In 1998 and again in 2004, St. Anthony was awarded with the Oklahoma Quality Award. In 2002, SSM Health Care, of which St. Anthony is part, was honored as the first health care system in the nation to receive the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige Award. For more information visit the link above or call (405) 272-7000.

Integris Health
INTEGRIS Health is the state's largest Oklahoma-owned health care corporation and one of the state's largest private employers (about 9,000 employees statewide), with hospitals, rehabilitation centers, physician clinics, mental health facilities, fitness centers, independent living centers and home health agencies throughout much of the state. Corporate headquarters are located on the campus of INTEGRIS Baptist Medical Center in Oklahoma City. It is a not-for-profit corporation governed by a 19-member board of directors made up of business, medical and community leaders from across the state. Integris offers top-notch care at these Oklahoma City facilities:

INTEGRIS Baptist Medical Center
Opened Easter Sunday, 1959 as a 200-bed hospital, INTEGRIS Baptist Medical Center has grown to a 508-bed facility offering comprehensive health-care programs and services.

INTEGRIS Southwest Medical Center has been a vital and growing part of the Oklahoma City community since its beginning in 1965. Formerly known as South Community Hospital, the facility has grown from a 73-bed community hospital to a comprehensive medical center offering a full range of medical, support and rehabilitation services with 369 beds.

INTEGRIS Jim Thorpe Rehabilitation at INTEGRIS Southwest Medical Center has 60 inpatient beds, while Jim Thorpe at INTEGRIS Baptist has 43 inpatient beds. Through team-based personal care, patients benefit from the expertise of physicians, therapists, nurses, psychologists, neuropsychologists, case managers, social workers and others specially trained in rehabilitation. For more information visit the link above or call (405) 951-2277.

ProCure Proton Therapy Center
The ProCure Proton Therapy Center in Oklahoma City provides patients with advanced radiation therapy in a supportive environment. The center is equipped with the most advanced proton therapy technology available. A team of experienced radiation oncologists and highly skilled medical professionals is dedicated to providing exceptional and personalized patient care. In addition, ProCure is focused on ensuring patients' seamless care beyond proton therapy. The center is integrated with the new, state-of-the-art INTEGRIS Cancer Institute of Oklahoma, which is adjacent to the center and can provide any additional medical services one might need while undergoing proton therapy. For more information visit the link above, or call (888)847-2640 (U.S. only) or (405)773-6767.

Mercy Hospital
Mercy Hospital is rooted in the mission of Jesus and the healing ministry of the church, being faithful to Catherine McAuley's service tradition. This tradition is marked by the values of justice, excellence, stewardship and respect for the dignity of each person.

Mercy Hospital implements and advocates for innovative health and social services to improve the health and quality of life of communities served, with particular concern for people who are economically poor.

Mercy is a full-service tertiary hospital and has 381 licensed beds, 2,788 co-workers and 878 physicians. Mercy provides the following services: BirthPlace, Breast Care, Cancer Resource Center, Day Surgery, Emergency Care, Gamma Knife, Home Care, Heart Care, Hospice, Multiple Sclerosis Center, NeuroScience Institute, Neonatal Intensive Care, Physical Medicine / Rehab Center, Robotic Surgery, Urgent Care and a Women's Center. For more information visit the link above or call (405) 752-3600.

AllianceHealth Deaconess
Deaconess' sole mission is providing outstanding healthcare with Christian compassion by highly trained professionals. Deaconess distinctively provides a comprehensive array of services and advanced technology without compromising personalized attention toward every patient.

For more than 100 years, Deaconess' team has worked to make Oklahomans healthier, happier, and hopeful. They continue that mission today with new, expanded hospital facilities, a strong network of family practice physicians throughout the region, and the best technology available in healthcare. They are committed to providing A Legacy of Caring, A Future of Hope to all Oklahomans, past, present, and future.

Deaconess has 313 licensed beds with 300 active physicians and 250 provisional physicians. They are also accredited by the Joint Commission and Commission on Accreditation of Rehab Facilities. Deaconess also offers the following clinics: Family Practice (13); Podiatry (1); Orthopedics (1); Internal Medicine (1); Gastroenterology (2); Otolaryngology (1); Women's Health (1); Cardiology (1). For more information visit the link above or call (405) 604-6000.

Lakeside Women's Hospital
Lakeside Women's Hospital is Oklahoma City's first full service women's health care facility featuring many options not offered before in the same setting. It's health care exclusively designed for women ... and a celebration of life.