Dean McGee Eye Institute dedicates facility

October 12, 2011

A 78,000-square-foot research and clinical facility has been dedicated at the Dean McGee Eye Institute. It doubles the research laboratory space, expands clinical capacity by 40%, and consolidates all of the institute’s clinical care, vision research, teaching, and administrative functions into one location.

Oklahoma City-A 78,000-square-foot research and clinical facility has been dedicated at the Dean McGee Eye Institute. It doubles the research laboratory space, expands clinical capacity by 40%, and consolidates all of the institute’s clinical care, vision research, teaching, and administrative functions into one location.

The $46 million, five-story building adjoins the existing original facility built in 1975.

“The tremendous growth of the institute and our success in recruiting some of the nation's leading research and clinical talent over the [past] two decades created crowded conditions and forced us to expand into other facilities,” said Gregory Skuta, MD, president and chief executive officer of the Dean McGee Eye Institute and the Edward L. Gaylord Professor and chairman of the Oklahoma University College of Medicine's department of ophthalmology. “This remarkable new building will foster closer and more effective communication and collaboration as we continue to attract some of the finest minds in the country in vision care and research.”

The institute's clinical and surgical teams provide more than 150,000 patient visits and 7,000 surgical procedures each year. In addition, the institute houses the ophthalmology department for the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine.

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