A downtown Oklahoma City hospital looking at moving to the suburbs

Sunday, July 20th 2003, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

(Oklahoma City-AP) -- Oklahoma City officials say moving Saint Anthony Hospital to the suburbs could be devastating.

Property owners in the city's MidTown district have relied on the hospital for more than a century.

Saint Anthony has kept the street corners well manicured and torn down dilapidated buildings. But hospital officials might be giving up on the area.

They're concerned about the appearance of two major corridors leading to the hospital -- Northwest Tenth Street and Walker Avenue.

Saint Anthony is considering spending $250-million on a campus in southwest Oklahoma City instead of spending $200-million to improve their downtown home.

Devery Youngblood of Downtown Oklahoma City is coordinating efforts to entice the hospital to remain where it is.