OhioHealth Family Medicine Grant opens downtown
OhioHealth Grant Medical Center is committed to the community and to medical education. That’s why the hospital has invested $2.8 million to renovate the first floor of the Blue Parking Garage at 290 E. Town Street into a comprehensive primary care hub.
The new, beautifully designed space, OhioHealth Family Medicine Grant, opened on October 30 and is an option for the full-spectrum of primary care services downtown. It is also the home of the Grant Family Medicine residency program. Services are provided by both family medicine residents and the board-certified family medicine faculty. The 23,000 square foot office provides:
- Primary care medical home with the option for same-day walk-in visits and extended hours for additional convenience (9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Friday)
- Wellness, prevention and illness care for all ages, newborns to seniors.
- Comprehensive obstetrics care, including prenatal visits, delivery at Grant and postpartum care by family medicine physicians, as well as the opportunity for group prenatal care using the Centering Pregnancy model.
- Pediatric wellness and illness care for newborns, children and adolescents.
- Focused primary care services for special populations, including geriatrics, substance-dependent mothers and patients recently discharged from the hospital.
- X-ray and lab services
- 40 examination rooms
- An appropriate, alternative primary care option for patients currently seeking emergency care for primary care needs, with the ability to establish as a regular patient and have an ongoing medical home
- Free parking in the Blue Garage or free valet parking at the Surgical and Heart Center across the street.
“OhioHealth Family Medicine Grant expands access to care to those who live and work downtown and provides a primary care medical home for patients to ensure they are receiving the right care, at the right place, at the right time, at an affordable cost,” said Michael Lawson, president, OhioHealth Grant Medical Center. “Some patients who visit the emergency department at Grant have conditions that can best be treated by a primary care physician. This new location provides them with convenient access to care for those non-life threatening conditions.”
Other benefits to patients who receive their primary care in an office-based practice like OhioHealth Family Medicine Grant, instead of the emergency department, include:
- Typically faster service than in the emergency department, because these primary care providers are dedicated to non-life threatening healthcare needs.
- The cost of visiting a primary care physician is significantly lower than the cost of a visit to the emergency department.
OhioHealth Family Medicine Grant supports the development of future generations of physicians who will see patients at this location, giving the residency program one true home.
“As we think about the future of healthcare, it’s important that we continue to support medical education,” said Joel Shaw, MD, director of medical education at Grant. “With the opening of this location, the Grant Family Medicine Residency will have a true home. With all of our 30+ family medicine residents in one location, we will ensure that we are providing them with the best possible residency experience that is truly collaborative.”
The Grant Family Practice Centers and Outpatient Care Center will transition to the new site over a three-year period from the three current locations:
- Grant Outpatient Care Enter – 393 E. Town Street
- Grant Family Practice Center – OhioHealth Grove City Health Center, 2030 Stringtown Road
- Grant Family Practice Center, OhioHealth Eastside Health Center, 4850 E. Main Street
As the residents will be transitioning away from at the Grove City Health Center and Eastside Health Center, OhioHealth Physician Group plans to add primary care physicians in or near both locations and is currently recruiting to do so. Additionally, family medicine residents from OhioHealth Doctors Hospital will remain at the Grove City Health Center.
“This new location also offers a great service to the downtown community, which has a shortage of primary care physicians,” said Dr. Shaw. “Our goal is always to keep patients at the center of everything we do, and I believe we’re doing that as we’ll be able to offer this convenient and high quality service for our patients for years to come.”
OhioHealth is a nationally recognized, not-for-profit, charitable, healthcare outreach of the United Methodist Church. Based in Columbus, Ohio, OhioHealth is currently recognized as one of the top five large health systems in America by Truven Health Analytics, an honor it has received six times. It is also recognized by FORTUNE Magazine as one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For” and has been for 11 years in a row, 2007-2017.
Serving its communities since 1891, it is a family of 29,000 associates, physicians and volunteers, and a network of 11 hospitals, 50+ ambulatory sites, hospice, home-health, medical equipment and other health services spanning a 40-county area.
OhioHealth hospitals include OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital, OhioHealth Grant Medical Center, OhioHealth Doctors Hospital, OhioHealth Grady Memorial Hospital, OhioHealth Dublin Methodist Hospital, OhioHealth Hardin Memorial Hospital, OhioHealth Marion General Hospital, OhioHealth O’Bleness Hospital, OhioHealth Mansfield Hospital, OhioHealth Shelby Hospital and OhioHealth Rehabilitation Hospital. For more information, please visit our website at www.ohiohealth.com.