Columbus Monthly Suburban Section: Grove CityBy: Michelle Sullivan
“Throughout the past decade, the number of medical facilities in Grove City has increased, making it easier for residents to receive treatment close to home. Two new developments will make health care even more accessible and add to Grove City’s growing repertoire of benefits for current and future residents.
Both Mount Carmel and OhioHealth have purchased land in Grove City for the development of new medical facilities.
The Mount Carmel Grove City Medical Center will include a freestanding emergency department with 24-hour ambulance services and exam rooms, and it will offer diagnostic imaging services, including x-ray, MRI, ultrasounds and mammograms. It will be an extension of Mount Carmel West, which is currently the closest hospital to Grove City residents.
“We want to cut down on the driving distance to emergency care,” says Sean McKibben, president and COO of Mount Carmel West. “We feel that it is very important to bring these services closer.”
Construction began on the emergency-services building last September and is scheduled for completion this fall. The 37,000-square-foot facility will open early next year, followed closely by an adjacent medical office building in May.
This 55,000 square-foot office space will include primary care and specialty physicians, as well as outpatient services such as physical therapy and cardiac rehab. McKibben estimates both facilities will create 50 to 75 new jobs.
The need for new medical facilities was sparked by the city’s rapid grown.
“As the city has grown as rapidly as it has, it has outstripped its medical facilities,” McKibben says. “When we approached them, (city officials and residents) were extremely positive about bringing these types of health care services to their community.”
OhioHealth also acknowledges the growing community and has responded by purchasing a plot of land on which to build a new medical facility in addition to its established medical campus in Grove City. Services to be offered in the new development, which will be located just down Stringtown Road from OhioHealth’s Grove City Health Center, are not yet decided upon and will largely depend on the community’s input.
“As we look at what we want to do, we first remember that we have a pretty good thing happening already in our existing building,” says Sean Huffman, president of OhioHealth Neighborhood Care, OhioHealth’s network of outpatient facilities. “We’ll look at what we don’t have there and what the community and the city need.”
OhioHealth’s current 60,000-square-foot medical campus is its second-largest health center and provides urgent care, family practice and an array of imaging and rehabilitation services, including breast health, sports medicine and occupational therapy.
“We already have such a successful operation,” he says. “We don’t have to rush it.” This positions OhioHealth to take time to consider how to best serve the community.
Huffman says OhioHealth plans to continue meeting with city officials and community members through the current fiscal year to collect feedback on health care needs. He estimates it will be at least a full year before they’ll be prepared to announce plans for the development.
One thing is certain: OhioHealth is invested in Grove City. Of its 16,000 employees, 600 call the city home. The student-enrollment center for South-Western City Schools, where new students and staff receive physicals, is located on OhioHealth’s campus and the hospital provides sports medicine to local student athletes.
“We’re really proud of what we do in this community,” Huffman adds. “And we really feel like people there appreciate what we do. We’re thankful for that.”