PERRYSBURG—Mercy hospital officials announced plans to build Perrysburg’s first emergency medical center during a press conference June 26.
The facility is to be a free-standing emergency and diagnostics center located on Eckel Junction Road near I-475, just west of Route 25.
Chris Goliver, left, and Perrysburg Mayor Nelson Evans reveal the rendering for an emergency medical center Mercy officials plan to open in Perrysburg in 2013. Dr. Goliver is to be the medical director for the center. (Chronicle photo by Andrea Slivka)
“This is a big day for Mercy — one that represents our conviction and our mission, and that is to respond to communities and provide health care to the underserved and poor,” said Andrea Price, president and chief executive officer of Mercy.
The facility is to open in 2013 with groundbreaking this October, pending approval by the Perrysburg Planning Commission and Perrysburg City Council.
The proposed 15,000-square-foot facility is to include 10 exam rooms, lab services, MRI scans, CT scans, 3D mammography, digital radiology, ultrasound and Dexascan. It is to also have specialized treatment areas for trauma, cardiac resuscitation, orthopedic injury, women’s care and pediatric care.
Chris Goliver, medical director of Mercy LifeStar and Life Flight, is to be the facility’s medical director.
“As a paramedic and a physician, I have seen firsthand what the difference seconds can make,” he said. “Being able to have that immediate treatment can make a profound impact in the quality of care received and the ultimate outcome for your patient.”
Mercy officials expect the facility to have 6,000 patient visits each year, said Sarah Bednarski, director of public relations for Mercy.
The facility is to be staffed 24-hours a day and seven days a week with one doctor on site, ER-trained nurses, a radiology technician and a lab technician, Dr. Goliver said. If demand increases, additional staff would be added.
There are no plans at this time to build a hospital connected to the facility, according to Ms. Bednarski. However, additional health services may be added to the facility based on needs of the community in the future.
The Perrysburg facility is to include access for ambulances and a helicopter pad. Patients who need hospital admittance would choose the hospital to which they are transported, said Cathy Nelson, service line administrator for Mercy outpatient services.
A low number of emergency room patients typically need to be admitted to a hospital, she noted.
Ms. Price said Perrysburg’s population growth is the reason for building the new facility. The city’s population grew 20 percent from 2000 to 2012, according to a release from Mercy.
Perrysburg Mayor Nelson Evans said he is excited about the project.
“This is going to add some extra time-saving minutes,” he said, noting there are about 100 paramedic runs in Perrysburg each month.