Grove City is preparing for the arrival of a 24-7 emergency room facility to be run by Mount Carmel Health System.

Grove City is preparing for the arrival of a 24-7 emergency room facility to be run by Mount Carmel Health System.

Mount Carmel is in contract with Mid-America Racing Association Inc. to purchase 112 acres to develop its healthcare services at the site of the former Grovebrook Golf Club off state Route 665.

City development director Chuck Boso said city council would have to approve the development plan and the rezoning. The site currently is zoned recreational. Given the property's size, it would probably be zoned as a planned unit development.

Mount Carmel already operates an outpatient center in Grove City at 3000 Meadow Pond Court, housing a primary care physician practice and offering urgent care, women's health services, imaging services, rehabilitation services and clinical laboratory services.

The new facility also could improve emergency medical service, which is provided to Grove City by Jackson Township.

The urgent care facility at 3000 Meadow Pond Court and OhioHealth's facility at 2030 Stringtown Road each have ambulance service, said Jacob Merion, EMS coordinator for Jackson Township Fire Department.

"Even though many of our runs will still require transport to other facilities, the ones that can go to Mount Caramel's new ER will ease the time it takes our medics to get back in service and back in our community to take another emergency run," Merion said.

The runs they transport to the new Grove City emergency room will save about 30 to 45 minutes of turnaround time for every run that the EMS transports, compared to a Columbus emergency room, he said.

Four EMS medic vehicles are available to take emergency runs.

"With our runs constantly increasing in numbers, we will welcome Mount Carmel's ER with open arms," he said.

While he doesn't yet know how large the facility will be, Jones said the facility will feature full service, 24-7 emergency room care 365 days per year. The facility will have full diagnostic imaging capability, such as MRI and CT scans, X-rays, ultrasounds, mammography and bone density scanning. These imaging services will support the emergency department as well as outpatient care.

Outpatient laboratory services are planned, as well as new medical office space for physicians. Private-practice physicians or those employed by Mount Carmel could use the offices.

Hugh Jones, senior vice president of strategy and system development at Mount Carmel, said the goal is for the facility to be operational by winter 2012-13.

Jones said he expects new jobs will be created, but couldn't specify a number. The new facility will be staffed by a both existing employees and new hires.

Grove City stands out as an area where needs are outgrowing available services, Jones said.

"The Grove City area is one of the fastest-growing suburbs in central Ohio," he said.

The location has good visibility and accessibility, and it is conducive to a healing environment, Jones said.

The land also allows the facility to grow with the community.

City council president Ted Berry said he's "cautiously optimistic" about Mount Carmel's development plan, and said he hopes that it's a "win-win for the community."

The development plan and rezoning will probably come before council around mid-November.

"I'm just happy that Mount Carmel wants to make an investment in Grove City," Berry said.

City administrator Phil Honsey, development director Chuck Boso and council members Greg Grinch, Melissa Albright and Maria Klemack-McGraw visited the Diley Ridge Medical Center in Canal Winchester July 19, which is run in partnership with Fairfield Medical Center and opened in March 2010.

The future Grove City facility will be anchored by a freestanding emergency care center similar to Diley Ridge.

Klemack-McGraw said Diley Ridge is a beautiful facility that offers outpatient diagnostics and health care for older patients, features that the Grove City facility will have as well. The new emergency facility in Grove City will create jobs and provide ample green space for the city to enjoy, Klemack-McGraw said. "I really think that it will affect our economy," she said.