A freestanding emergency department opening Sept. 13 in Hilliard is the first of six new facilities in central Ohio designed to deliver health care in the manner patients want, said Dr. Mark Foran, OhioHealth's senior medical director for ambulatory care.

"(Patients) want to be able to access health care right in their community, without necessarily traveling to a hospital," Foran said. "It is more convenient for our patients by providing emergency care where they live and work and reduces the wait time for patients."

The 8,000-square-foot OhioHealth Emergency Care – Hilliard, 3880 Fishinger Blvd., was built on the site of a Saturn dealership that was demolished last year.

OhioHealth is investing $52 million in the construction of six freestanding emergency departments in central Ohio, and four of them have primary-care offices on a second floor, said Katie Logan, media-relations manager for OhioHealth.

OhioHealth Emergency Care – Hilliard does not have a second floor for primary-care offices because those services are available at the OhioHealth Hilliard Health Center on Britton Parkway about 2 miles west.

Logan said OhioHealth did not have a cost for the Hilliard facility alone, only the overall cost of $52 million.

The Hilliard facility will be the first of the new six to open, but it will be OhioHealth's fifth freestanding emergency department overall; one opened in Westerville in 2012, in Pickerington in 2015, in Lewis Center last year and in Ontario, near Mansfield, last month.

The other new five facilities will open in Reynoldsburg in December, Obetz and Powell in February and New Albany and Worthington later in 2018.

The Hilliard facility will employ 10 emergency physicians and a support staff of 27, with at least one emergency physician and a support staff of five on the premises at all times, Foran said.

It will have a CT scanner, a pharmacy and a laboratory to analyze bodily fluids and other tests, he said.

However, it will have no in-patient beds and no surgeries will be performed there, Foran said.

Patients will be treated and released or transported to a hospital as necessary, he said.

The emergency department will begin receiving patients at 7 a.m. Sept. 13 and will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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