Residents in and around New Albany will have a new option for emergency care a little closer to home.

The newest OhioHealth freestanding emergency department opened June 20 at 5868 Hamilton Road in Columbus.

The facility is part of the Hamilton Quarter development, just outside New Albany on the city’s western border. While it isn’t in New Albany, it is within the boundaries of the New Albany-Plain Local School District, according to an enrollment map.

OhioHealth Emergency Care – New Albany will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, according to a news release.

Construction for the facility began in August 2017, said OhioHealth spokeswoman Katie Logan. More than 40 employees are in the building, she said.

Dr. Mark Foran, senior medical director of ambulatory care with OhioHealth, said the new building is part of the health system’s goal to provide emergency care within a 10-minute drive for OhioHealth patients.

“We have been working to make emergency care more convenient,” he said.

Cherie Nelson, executive director of the New Albany Chamber of Commerce, said the chamber welcomes the OhioHealth facility.

“Having this type of comprehensive emergency care 24/7 will be a wonderful addition to health-care options available to people who live, work and visit New Albany, as well as the growing Hamilton Quarter area," Nelson said.

Freestanding emergency departments improve convenient emergency care, Foran said, because they create a shorter wait time than a traditional emergency department at a hospital.

Patients also have more time to speak with nurses and doctors because the facilities are smaller than traditional hospital emergency departments, and staff teams are designed to work in smaller groups, he said.

The facility has a CT scanner and X-ray and ultrasound units, as well as rooms for resuscitation, isolation and decontamination.

The building is part of the OhioHealth Stroke Network, which connects emergency teams with stroke specialists at the Comprehensive Stroke Center at OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital and the Primary Stroke Center at OhioHealth Grant Medical Center.

Offices for primary-care physicians are on the second floor.

The Hamilton Road emergency department is the fifth of six freestanding emergency departments in central Ohio. Departments are open in Hilliard, Obetz, Powell and Reynoldsburg; a sixth location is planned for Worthington.

Foran said a construction timeline for Worthington’s location on the property of the United Methodist Children’s Home, 1033 High St., hasn’t been determined.

Patients should come to an emergency department in the event of a life-threatening emergency or when they are seeking emergency care, he said.

For needs that do not require emergency care, urgent-care centers are the better choice, according to medical professionals.

In New Albany’s vicinity, OhioHealth’s urgent-care center at 5610 N. Hamilton Road remains open, Foran said.

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