Grove City will get ER center by 2014|
Grove City will get ER center by 2014
By Marla Matzer Rose
One year after opening an emergency-care center in Canal Winchester with a partner, Mount Carmel Health System said it plans to build a similar center on its own in Grove City.
The center, which hasn't been named, will sit on 112 acres that formerly was the Grovebrook Golf Club.
Bounded by I-71 on the west, Hoover Road on the east and Buckeye Ranch to the south, the property is owned by Mid-America Racing Association. That investment group previously had an ownership stake in the Scioto Downs racetrack.
The goal is to open the free-standing emergency center by late 2012 or early 2013. Other medical facilities, yet to be determined, could follow at the location, Mount Carmel spokeswoman Janice Piscitelli said.
Mount Carmel is in contract to buy the property, she said.
"Grove City is one of the fastest-growing communities in central Ohio, and there is an increasing community need for quicker access to emergency care and more convenient access to other health-care services," Claus von Zychlin, president and CEO of Mount Carmel, said in a statement.
Stand-alone emergency rooms are a trend nationally. The Diley Ridge Medical Center in Canal Winchester was the first in central Ohio. Mount Carmel operates it jointly with Fairfield Medical Center.
A study published last year in The Journal of the American Medical Association found that emergency-room visits increased at twice the rate of the U.S. population growth between 1997 and 2007, with Medicaid patients accounting for much of the growth. More growth is expected with the phase-in of federal health-care changes.
The Grove City project is expected to cost about the same as Diley Ridge, which came in at about $35 million, including property, construction and medical equipment, said Hugh Jones, senior vice president of strategy and system development for Mount Carmel.
Although details are not complete, Jones said the new center probably would include a lab and outpatient services such as X-rays, ultrasound and MRI.
Mount Carmel operates an urgent-care center near I-71 and Rt. 665, less than a half-mile from the planned center's site. Jones said Mount Carmel is mulling the future of that existing care center.
Construction will begin when necessary approvals are obtained, Jones said. Mount Carmel said it is mailing letters to residents near the Grove City site, "inviting them to join a neighborhood advisory group to provide input into the project."
Local officials were eager to offer support of yesterday's announcement.
Grove City development director Charles Boso Jr. said working with Mount Carmel on the project "is near or at the top of the priority list in our growing community, and the economic impact will be tremendous."
Grove City Mayor Richard L. "Ike" Stage said the city "has benefited for years from Mount Carmel's presence in our community, and we are honored to support their expansion."