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MedCentral Mansfield and MedCentral Shelby Hospitals become members of OhioHealth

Groundbreaking set for major hospital addition to include medical office building, surgical suites and more

MANSFIELD and COLUMBUS, Ohio - OhioHealth announced today that as of March 1, 2014, MedCentral Health System and its two hospitals, MedCentral Mansfield and MedCentral Shelby, are now officially "members" of the OhioHealth family.

Both hospitals will add the OhioHealth name and be formally known as, "OhioHealth MedCentral Mansfield Hospital" and "OhioHealth MedCentral Shelby Hospital." This is consistent with all other OhioHealth hospitals, i.e., "OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital and "OhioHealth Grant Medical Center."

"This is a historic day for healthcare in Mansfield and the surrounding area," said David Eichinger, chairman of the MedCentral Board of Trustees. "By becoming a member of OhioHealth we are securing high-quality healthcare in our communities and laying the groundwork for continued growth of services here for the citizens of North Central Ohio. I am more confident every day that this new alliance will be good for care, for our employees and the community - and even for me as a patient!"

"We couldn't be happier about welcoming MedCentral into the family," said Dave Blom, president and CEO of OhioHealth. "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 healthcare services in Richland County and beyond to keep care local in their communities."

MedCentral Mansfield and Shelby were both "affiliate hospitals" of OhioHealth since 2010 with formal business and clinical relationships including supply chain support and purchasing services.

By becoming "members" of OhioHealth, MedCentral will now be a more integral part of one of the highest performing healthcare systems in the nation across a broad array of metrics important to patients, physicians, employers, payors and communities.

As part of its commitment to MedCentral, OhioHealth is investing substantial capital and resources to:

  • Build a major expansion of the Mansfield hospital to include:
  • 123,000 sq. ft. medical office building
  • 34,000 sq. ft. surgery department with 10 new surgery suites
  • 2 new open-heart surgery suites
  • 26,000 sq. ft. renovated hospital space
  • Expanded heart and vascular services including cardiovascular imaging such as nuclear medicine, echo, stress tests, PET CT
  • Expanded orthopedics services including bone and joint, spine, rheumatology and sports medicine
  • Community health education center
  • A parking garage

Construction will begin immediately with completion scheduled for the fall of 2015. The estimated cost of construction is $49 million. The Design Group has been hired as the building's architect; Whiting Turner the construction manager; Adena Corporation the general contractor;  and Korda, the engineering firm.

"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 L. Chamberlain, interim CEO of MedCentral Health System. "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."

About OhioHealth MedCentral Mansfield and OhioHealth MedCentral Shelby Hospitals
OhioHealth MedCentral health services include two hospitals, Mansfield (326 beds) and Shelby (25 beds); an outpatient radiation therapy center; wellness complex; surgery center; urgent care; home care, hospice, palliative care and more.

It is the largest medical provider between Cleveland and Columbus with more than 2,400 employees and more than 200 physicians serving approximately 325,000 people in Richland County and the five counties surrounding it.

OhioHealth MedCentral Mansfield Hospital has been ranked by HealthGrades as the only hospital in Ohio among the Top 5% in the nation for cardiac surgery for three years in a row 2012, 2013, and 2014; "America's 100 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Surgery" three years in a row, 2012, 2013 and 2014; recipient of HealthGrades Coronary Intervention Excellence Award three years in a row, 2011, 2012 and 2013; MedCentral Shelby Hospital achieved HealthGrades 2013 Outstanding Patient Experience Award, for the sixth year in a row, MedCentral is among the nation's Most Wired hospitals for its advanced use of information technology according to Hospitals & Health Networks magazine. It was also named to the 2013 HomeCare Elite, an honor earned six out of the last eight years.

About OhioHealth
OhioHealth is a nationally recognized, not-for-profit, charitable, healthcare organization with Methodist roots. Based in Columbus, Ohio, OhioHealth is currently recognized as one of the top five large health systems in America by Truven Health Analytics. It is also recognized by FORTUNE Magazine as one of the "100 Best Companies to Work For" and has been for eight years in a row, 2007-2014.

Serving its communities since 1891, it is a family of 28,000 associates, physicians and volunteers, and a network of 12 member  hospitals, 25+  health and surgery centers, a hospice, home-health, medical equipment and other health services spanning a 40-county area. OhioHealth member hospitals include OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital, OhioHealth Grant Medical Center, OhioHealth Doctors Hospital-Columbus, OhioHealth Grady Memorial Hospital, OhioHealth Dublin Methodist Hospital, OhioHealth Doctors Hospital-Nelsonville, OhioHealth Hardin Memorial Hospital, OhioHealth Marion General Hospital, OhioHealth O'Bleness Hospital, OhioHealth MedCentral Mansfield Hospital, OhioHealth MedCentral Shelby Hospital and the OhioHealth Rehabilitation Hospital. For more information, please visit our website at www.ohiohealth.com.