OhioHealth is scheduled to open its Grove City hospital for patient care at 7 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3.

The $46.5 million, 26-bed Grove City Methodist Hospital is built on a 22-acre site east of I-71 at 1375 Stringtown Road.

The three-story, 79,850-square-foot hospital is adjacent to the outpatient surgery center OhioHealth opened in April in partnership with 31 area physicians.

OhioHealth also operates the Grove City Health Center, 2030 Stringtown Road.

"We've been established in the Grove City area for more than 30 years," said Dr. Kevin Lutz, chief operating officer at Grove City Methodist Hospital. "The hospital and surgical center represent our commitment to a long-term partnership with the community to offer medical services for residents."

Construction on the new hospital was completed Aug. 1 and hospital staff has spent the past two months installing equipment and completing training.

The hospital will offer a full-service 16-bay emergency department, pharmacy and lab and has four operating rooms on the second floor.

The 26 beds on the third floor will be used primarily for patients needing short hospital stays following surgery, Lutz said.

"Ninety percent of our staff at Methodist Hospital comes from other OhioHealth locations and most have 10 years or more of service, so it's a very experienced staff," he said.

In addition to the hospital and surgery center, OhioHealth also is planning an expansion of its primary care services in Grove City, Lutz said.

"We'll be adding 10 primary-care physicians to the Grove City market," he said. "We're planning a primary-care office on the west side of town, at a location to be determined, and will also be adding physicians at our other facilities."

The new hospital includes a number of features designed to offer more comfort and convenience for patients and their families, Lutz said.

Patients will be able to use an iPad to select from a menu of choices for meals and to designate the time their meals are delivered to them, he said.

"Our pre- and post-surgical areas are combined into one unit, so the patient will come to the same room as they are prepped for surgery and return there after the operation," Lutz said. "It allows us to have a higher level of efficiency and comfort for our patients."

The area also has been designed to offer more privacy for patients and their families, he said. Nurses will be able to monitor patients using inset windows installed at each room.

On the third floor, each patient's room includes a sleeper sofa family members can use when they stay overnight. Nursing stations have been "decentralized" and opened up to make them more accessible for family members, Lutz said.

Ahead of the hospital's official opening, OhioHealth will host what it is calling a "community festival" from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29.

"Traditionally, a lot of hospitals, including OhioHealth, will hold an open house event when they open a new facility. Given our long history in Grove City and knowing that Grove City is a tight-knit, family-oriented community, we wanted to do something special that offered more than just a chance to tour the building," said Lewis Sanderow, OhioHealth's senior marketing director.

An opening ceremony will include remarks by Mayor Richard "Ike" Stage and OhioHealth officials and physicians and a ceremonial ribbon cutting.

Visitors will be able to use paint markers to help color in a mural created by central Ohio artist Andy J. Pizza.

The illustration will feature words and images representing both OhioHealth and Grove City and will be put on permanent display in the hospital's lobby, Sanderow said.

Performances by the Brookpark Middle School Choir, Cierra Lee, Becca Roffe and comedy juggler Matt Jergens plus dance and exercise classes also will be featured on the main stage.

The event will include food trucks, a children's area with games and activities, a design-a-tote activity, touch-a-truck and the Columbus Blue Jackets mobile unit.

OhioHealth's new hospital will be joined early next year by Mount Carmel's 210-bed hospital that will open on North Meadows Drive. The $355 million project will include an expanded emergency department and five-story medical office building.

The new hospitals are an important addition to the Grove City community, Stage said.

"The expansion of medical facilities is central to our effort to be a full-service community for our residents," he said. "Access to quality medical care in town is a big part of that."

The hospital will add about 285 jobs, Lutz said. OhioHealth currently has about 150 employees in the community.

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