Officials from the Pizzuti Cos. and Memorial Hospital of Union County broke ground Nov. 15 for a 35,000-square-foot, multi-story medical office building at 120 Coleman's Crossing Blvd.

Officials from the Pizzuti Cos. and Memorial Hospital of Union County broke ground Nov. 15 for a 35,000-square-foot, multi-story medical office building at 120 Coleman's Crossing Blvd.

It is expected to be completed in the fall of 2014.

The building is just the latest in a line of expansion projects for Memorial Hospital.

The groundbreaking came a month after the hospital opened a new location in Plain City. In January this year, Memorial Hospital opened its Heart & Surgical Pavilion at its main location on London Avenue in Marysville.

Spence Fisher, the hospital's vice president of Physician Relations & Business Development, said the growth is a product of many factors and goals.

"(Those include) evaluating the need of our community and providing needed services; providing outstanding care to patients -- as evidenced in our patient satisfaction awards and our quality awards -- and enjoying the benefits of an outstanding team, both team members and medical staff that really care about the patient," Fisher said.

The new City Gate facility was designed by Andrews Architects of Dublin and will be built by Pizzuti Construction Services.

The hospital's urgent care center, physical therapy and the Marysville Orthopedic and Sports Medicine practice will be relocated to the new facility. A new outpatient imaging center will include open MRI and CT services. Expanded sports performance training also will be housed in the new building.

Hospital officials said all of these services needed more space and co-locating the related areas seemed like a logical step. The hospital's Elevate Sports Medicine brand also has increased its presence in Marysville, Fisher said.

"Elevate was developed about two years ago to better brand our rapidly developing sports medicine program," he said.

"We decided to become fully engaged in sports medicine, as we wanted adolescents, teens and young adults to experience the sophistication and quality of care that is available through our team."

Hospital officials expect the new facility to handle 50,000 patient visits per year when it is fully operational. It may employ 30 people but Fisher said that will depend on growth.

"The new facility will address the needs of several of our growing ambulatory services," he said. "Over the years, much of the care provided to patients has shifted to the outpatient setting.

"This new building will allow us to continue to bring expanded services outside of the walls of the hospital, improving access for our community."

Chip Hubbs, CEO of Memorial Hospital of Union County, said the goal is "to stand out in terms of the quality of care we provide to patients."