By Rachel Leber
BELLEFONTAINE, Ohio – The new Mary Rutan Health Center expansion in Bellefontaine opened on Feb. 6, 2018, providing Logan County with its first urgent care facility and a physical therapy space.
The hospital first broke ground on the new building in January 2017. The three-level building offers multiple services that are needed in the area, including urgent care — equipped with laboratory, x-ray machines, and an on-site pharmacy. The new facility is open seven days a week.
“The opening of the new facility is the culmination of many long hours and hard work from our remarkable staff,” said Mandy Goble, president and chief executive officer at Mary Rutan Hospital in a recent statement. “This building truly represents our commitment to excellent health care for our residents and we hope the community will join us to celebrate the advancement in healthcare for our region.”
In addition to the new urgent care, the new health center now provides a home for the Mary Rutan Hospital Therapy & Sports Medicine Center. The new space will provide sports enhancement training and will take full advantage of the new space with a therapy pool, turf and court simulated training space and advanced equipment.
Comprehensive therapy services will include physical therapy, aquatic therapy, swallowing and voice therapy, occupational therapy and speech and language therapy, all of which will take place on the first and second floor of the new health center.
The architect on the project was Columbus-based Design Group and Bellefontaine-based Thomas and Marker Construction, serving as general contractor. The project had a budget of $22 million.
“We’ve spent the past two years planning for and constructing the new health center,” said Chad Ross, vice president of operations at Mary Rutan Hospital. “We know the community has had the opportunity to watch it take shape from the outside and now we are excited to finally have the opportunity to invite them to see this state-of-the-art facility on the inside.”
In addition, Mary Rutan Hospital plans to explore bringing other specialty providers to the health center, according to Ross. “By increasing the region’s access to more specialists, patients and their family members can enjoy less travel time and expense, as well as the convenience of high quality, specialized care, in a patient-centered environment.”