OhioHealth Announces $140 Million Investment in MedCentral

COLUMBUS, Ohio — OhioHealth Corp. announced that it will invest a total of $140 million over three years to improve the MedCentral Health System through capital improvements, medical equipment and physician recruiting. OhioHealth, which incorporated MedCentral Mansfield and MedCentral Shelby hospitals in March, will add an $80 million expansion at MedCentral Mansfield Hospital.

“We couldn’t be happier about welcoming MedCentral into the family,” said Dave Blom, president and CEO of OhioHealth, in a statement. “From day one, it has felt like the right fit, clinically and culturally, and I am excited about what we will do together to improve and expand health care services in Richland County and beyond to keep care local in their communities.”

The Mansfield Hospital expansion will include a 123,000-square-foot medical office building; a 34,000-square-foot surgery department with 10 new surgery suites; two new open-heart surgery suites; 26,000 square feet of renovated hospital space; an expanded heart and vascular services including cardiovascular imaging such as nuclear medicine, echo, stress tests and PET CT; an expanded orthopedics services including bone and joint, spine, rheumatology and sports medicine; a community health education center; and a parking garage.

Construction, which began in March, will be completed in fall 2015. The Design Group of Columbus is the architect on the project and Whiting Turner, headquartered in Baltimore, is serving as construction manager.

“This significant investment will help ensure that we are able to meet the current and future needs in the six-county area that we serve,” said Joseph Chamberlain, interim CEO of MedCentral Health System, in a statement. “It is never about the bricks and mortar, but about the people. You build so that those who heal others have the facilities necessary to continue in that mission. The good that is being started today by MedCentral and OhioHealth coming together will positively impact people’s lives for decades.”