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City of Faith Wiki Info – Timeline

by on Dec.16, 2009, under Wiki Information

City of Faith Timeline:

January 1978: Oral Roberts breaks ground on his proposed health center, declaring it will be built debt-free and have 777 beds by 1988.

Nov. 2, 1981: 12,000 people gather at the Mabee Center for an official dedication of the 30-story hospital, which Oral Roberts says is debt-free.

A 60-story clinic adjacent to the hospital opened five months earlier.

Feb. 25, 1982: Oral Roberts announces at a rare news conference that contributions to his ministry have dwindled since the hospital’s opening. The ministry needs $8 million a month, and Oral Roberts University needs $2 million a month to stay afloat.

March 5, 1982: ORU and the hospital will close “unless we receive a miracle,” Roberts says in a four-page fund-raising letter. The letter says the devil declared “all-out war” against the ministry since City of Faith opened.

April 6, 1982: Roberts serves as chaplain of the day for the state Senate and announces his fundraising letter prompted $14 million in donations in one month.

July 7, 1982: About 12 percent of the hospital’s 800 employees will be laid off or reassigned due to low occupancy. The hospital is approved for 294 beds — far less than the 777 sought — but daily occupancy averaged less than 50 patients.

November 1982: At its one-year anniversary, the City of Faith is operating at what its chief executive officer calls “a considerable loss.” Sixty percent of admissions are from outside Oklahoma.

January 1983: Roberts mails a 12-page appeal to about 1 million of his “prayer partners,” asking each to send $240 to help his 20-story research center find a cure for cancer.He quotes God as saying, “Tell them this is not Oral Roberts asking, but their Lord.”

August 1983: City of Faith’s request to handle emergency cases is denied by a Tulsa board.

May 1984: Layoffs claim 334 employees of the ministry, including a quarter of the hospital’s 907 employees. In addition, ORU employees will be furloughed one day a week for two months.

July 1984: Still plagued by low occupancy, the hospital announces it will begin taking indigent patients. Roberts says the idea came in a visit by Jesus and an angel to Roberts’ hospital room after surgery for nasal polyps.

November 1984: A City of Faith spokesman says the hospital needs more beds.

January 1985: Roberts announces plans for a $14.4 million, 300,000-square-foot healing center next to the City of Faith complex.

August 1986: Several doctors refuse to sign a new contract calling for pay cuts of up to 10 percent.

1986: Hospital administrator Stephanie Cantees spearheads a plan to offer free airfare anywhere within the continental U.S. to patients requiring an in-patient stay. By year’s end, 347 patients have taken advantage, and the program is hailed for helping the hospital break even financially for the first time.

1987: Richard Roberts becomes chief executive officer at City of Faith after the hospital’s top management quits.

January 1987: Oral Roberts tells his television audience that he will not “be on this Earth much longer” unless he raises $4.5 million to save City of Faith. Donations exceed the requested amount. A Florida dog-racing track owner gives $1.3 million.

May 1989: Another “life-or-death” fundraising campaign nets the $11 million Oral Roberts said was needed to keep the medical complex open.

Sept. 13, 1989: The City of Faith will close, and the homes of Oral and Richard Roberts will be sold, to help make up a $25 million deficit, Oral Roberts announces.

Oct. 16, 1989: Hospital’s last patient leaves.

Cityplex Towers

Cityplex Towers

Today, the City of Faith Medical and Research Center name has changed to Cityplex Towers.

COF October 1978

COF October 1978

COF June 1979 Construction

COF June 1979 Construction

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