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Columbus Business First: OhioHealth Pausing After Opening Four Freestanding Eds in Six Months

The opening of multiple OhioHealth freestanding emergency departments (FSEDs) over the last year has given central Ohio community members easy access to emergency care. In 2017 and 2018, OhioHealth opened central Ohio FSEDs in Hilliard, Reynoldsburg, Obetz, Powell and New Albany. Another FSED location opened in Ontario, near Mansfield, in August of last year. OhioHealth also opened an FSED in Lewis Center in partnership with Nationwide Children’s Hospital, offering separate care for children and adults under one roof.

“We looked for places where people had a more than 10-minute drive to an OhioHealth emergency location," Mark Foran, MD, senior medical director of ambulatory care for OhioHealth, told Columbus Business First reporter Carrie Ghose. “These facilities are being really well received and highly valued in the communities where they go."

OhioHealth opened its first FSED in 2012 at the OhioHealth Westerville Medical Campus, followed by an FSED at the OhioHealth Pickerington Medical Campus in 2015. Now, along with hospital-based EDs, OhioHealth Emergency Care is easily accessible to where many in central Ohio live and work.

In October, OhioHealth will open a new emergency department with the opening of OhioHealth Grove City Methodist Hospital. OhioHealth also has plans to build another FSED located in Worthington, but a date for construction has not been finalized.  

The opening of FSEDs completes the spectrum of care in many communities, with OhioHealth now offering easily accessible options for primary care, urgent care and emergency care. A concern with the FSEDs is that patients treat them as urgent cares and end up with ED-sized bills, but that has not been the case as of now, Foran said. If you are in need of health care, but are not sure where to go, please click here to learn more about the appropriate place to go for care.

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