The first phase of Mount Carmel Health's Grove City campus is set to soon open to the public.

The first phase of Mount Carmel Health's Grove City campus is set to soon open to the public.

Mount Carmel Grove City will begin welcoming patients on Tuesday, Jan. 21, at its new 24-hour emergency care facility at 5300 North Meadows Drive, near the new state Route 665-Interstate 71 interchange.

Dignitaries and invited guests got a sneak peek Thursday, Jan. 9, when Mount Carmel hosted a grand opening celebration, blessing ceremony and tours of the new facility.

"We're ready," said Sean McKibben, president and COO of Mount Carmel West. "We're very excited about this opportunity."

Grove City, Jackson Township, state and other officials and guests attended the opening. The Rev. Frederick F. Campbell, bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Columbus, conducted the blessing.

"It's taken us a while to get here, but hopefully the time was well worth it," said Claus von Zychlin, president and CEO of Mount Carmel Health System. "It's going to be a wonderful thing for the community and certainly for Mount Carmel."

The 37,000 square foot emergency care facility has 15 exam rooms and fast-track bays along with a full lab that offers magnetic-resonance imaging (MRI), CT and ultrasound scanning and X-rays. It will have a full-time staff of between 65 to 75.

Chelle Hamilton, director of the Mount Carmel Grove City Medical Center, said the facility can care for patients of all ages, but it is also designed to accommodate those who might have difficulty getting around.

"These rooms are all geriatric friendly," she said. "They're designed for the comfort of our patients."

Other features include a women's health center, two community conference rooms for educational events and group meetings and a cafe.

In addition to offering such services such as digital mammography and bone density testing, the women's center has a tea room with a fireplace where patients can wait for results and be comfortable, Hamilton said.

"We always do something a little more upscale for our women's section," she said.

Hamilton said Mount Carmel already has been receiving bookings for the community conference rooms, which she described as state-of-the-art and also set up for video conferencing.

Still under construction is the adjacent 54,000 square foot medical office building, which is projected to completed sometime this spring. That building will house the offices of primary care and specialist physicians as well as outpatient services such as physical therapy and cardiac rehabilitation.

The hospital group has a total of 110 acres at the Route 605-Interstate 71 site and plenty of room for expansion.

Von Zychlin said the Mount Carmel Grove City campus would continue to grow and expand as it provides service to the community.

But McKibben said at this time, there are no definite plans or timeline for future projects.

"We don't have any firm decisions," McKibben said.