Mount Carmel Health System and Fairfield Medical Center will break ground Tuesday for a $35-million emergency care center near Diley Road and Eichorn Street.

Mount Carmel Health System and Fairfield Medical Center will break ground Tuesday for a $35-million emergency care center near Diley Road and Eichorn Street.

The Sept. 30 ceremony will start at 5:30 p.m. Mount Carmel spokeswoman Janice Piscitelli said work to clear the site will start Oct. 2. Construction of the emergency care center is expected to be completed by late fall 2009, she said.

Village officials said building a new hospital will benefit the Canal Winchester area with faster emergency response times and will drive growth through creation of a "top-notch" office park.

"We're just as excited as can be of having a hospital nearby," said Violet Township Fire Department Chief Kenn Taylor.

Talyor said many times, his department takes sick and injured patients to Mount Carmel East Hospital on East Broad Street in Columbus, but more often than not, the hospital is filled to capacity; that means Violet Township emergency response crews "go on diversion" to another hospital for emergency care, he said.

Having an extra care center will take at least 15 minutes off emergency runs, Taylor said.

"The community has asked for increased access for some time now," said Brett Justice, vice president of strategic development for Mount Carmel.

Canal Winchester Mayor Mike Ebert said the hospital will be "a great benefit to Canal Winchester and surrounding communities."

He said his family members have been diverted from Mount Carmel East in emergency runs and said he looks forward to the addition of the emergency care center.

Village development director Chris Strayer said the benefit to emergency response times will be one advantage, but another is economic growth.

"From a city operation standpoint, we'll see a lot of office generation," he said. "(The surrounding area) will continue to be a growing area driven by the hospital."

Strayer said he expects several medical office buildings to be built near Diley Road over the next 10 years, thus establishing Canal Winchester's first Class A office park.

"Class A is that high-end, top-notch, high-lease-generating kind of development," he added.

Strayer said in time, he expects the medical center to spur growth of other office buildings in the area and some retail to support the office developments.

Chief Taylor said he appreciates the cooperation between Mount Carmel and Fairfield Medical Center to put together this project. He said he and other Violet Township officials are "actively pursuing" some sort of partnership to support a "co-location" of the township's fire department at the future hospital.

"It's nice to see that territorial turf battles got put off to the side," Taylor said.

Coming together for the community simply is the "logical thing to do," said Mina Ubbing, president and CEO of Fairfield Medical Center.

"Rather than use precious resources to compete, it made sense to come together," she said.