OhioHealth to purchase more Stringtown land
OhioHealth has a contract to buy more land in anticipation of moving its health campus on Stringtown Road.
OhioHealth’s current health campus is on leased property at 2030 Stringtown Road. The lease will expire in 2015.
The new site includes 1293, 1345-51, and 1363 Stringtown Road. OhioHealth owns 15 acres and plans to buy another seven.
Bob Gilbert, senior operations officer for OhioHealth Neighborhood Care, said the core services at the 2030 Stringtown Road campus eventually will be moved to the new site.
“We would consolidate everything that we’ve got under one roof,” Gilbert said. Some physicians could remain at 2030 Stringtown Road.
Gilbert said OhioHealth plans to work with the community and physicians to determine Grove City’s needs.
“We don’t know exactly what we’re going to build there,” he said.
Gilbert estimated it might take two years to define services for the new site.
OhioHealth typically leases buildings in anticipation of the market changing. “Outpatient care is very similar to retail,” he said.
“We need to be nimble enough to be able to change when the market changes,” he said.
The new Stringtown Road property is still close to the Stringtown Road-Interstate 71 interchange and accounts for the city’s population growth, Gilbert said.
Mount Carmel also plans to build a new health facility in Grove City. 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. It plans to build a 24/7 emergency facility.
Gilbert said he isn’t concerned about possible saturation of healthcare services in Grove City, however.
“I think the need is there,” he said.