Hailing it as a prelude to improved health for Upper Arlington and surrounding communities, Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center officials broke ground Tuesday, June 23, on a new comprehensive health care center.

Hailing it as a prelude to improved health for Upper Arlington and surrounding communities, Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center officials broke ground Tuesday, June 23, on a new comprehensive health care center.

Roughly 100 representatives of OSU Wexner, the city of Upper Arlington and construction officials turned out for the groundbreaking for a 100,000-square-foot ambulatory facility at Kingsdale Center.

The five-story facility, which is expected to open in August 2016, will employ 150 to 160 people and is expected to generate $465,000 in annual payroll taxes by its 60th month of operation.

It also will provide primary care, heart and vascular services, women's health care and women's health imaging, as well as specialties such as dermatology, endocrinology, rheumatology and digestive health services, as well as a general surgery clinic and laboratory and X-ray services.

"These services were selected based on looking at the needs of the community and surrounding communities, and really on keeping people well," said Dan Like, executive director of ambulatory services at OSU Wexner Medical Center and project manager for the new facility. "Really, our goal is to keep people out of the hospital."