The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center plans to build an outpatient care center in Dublin, according to a Feb. 18 news release.

The plan requires approval from the university’s board of trustees, whose members are expected this week to weigh in on the project, according to the release.

If that approval moves forward, Ohio State would continue the process of acquiring 34 acres of Dublin-owned land near state Route 161, U.S. Route 33 and Shier Rings Road, according to the release.

Dublin City Council on March 11 is expected to give a first reading on the proposed land purchase and an economic-development agreement, according to the release.

Dan Like, executive director of ambulatory services at the Ohio State Wexner Medical Center, said financial details are being worked out and would be disclosed at the council meeting.

Although the OSU Wexner Medical Center has been serving Dublin for a long time, it has done so in a fragmented way via multiple locations, Like said. Having multiple locations is expensive and isn't a good practice for patient care, he said.

"We bounce people around to multiple facilities," he said. "... That's not what we should be about," he said.

The goal of the outpatient center, he said, is to offer a variety of services in one location.

The OSU Wexner Medical Center has four facilities in Dublin, Like said: an opthamology clinic on Post Road, an ENT clinic in the Metro Park Place area, a radiology imaging center at state Route 161 and Dublin-Granville Road and an internal medicine location at Stoneridge Lane.

Those facilities include about 60,000 square feet in total, he said. The opthalmology clinic and the internal-medicine building are both owned, and the other two facilities are leased. The goal, Like said, is to consolidate all four locations into the new outpatient facility although the two owned buildings would need to be sold first.

Within the first year of opening the Dublin outpatient facility, Like said, 200 full-time equivalent jobs are expected to be created. The outpatient centers that OSU Wexner Medical Center is designing are slated to have a base of 500 employees with a $50 million payroll, Like said, and the Dublin location likely could reach that within five to 10 years of the facility opening.

Two other outpatient centers also are on the horizon. One at state Route 161 and Hamilton Road in Columbus is slated to open in the summer of 2021, Like said.

Another is being planned at Home Road and Sawmill Parkway in Powell, Like said. That one just received city approval and doesn't have a defined construction schedule.

The Columbus facility is planned to serve as a prototype for the Powell and Dublin facilities, Like said, and that one, a 245,000-square-foot facility, is in the final stages of design development.

The outpatient center would include walk-in and urgent-care, primarycare and several specialty-care areas, along with laboratory testing, imaging and treatment services, according to the release.

The Wexner Medical Center board and the university’s board would need to approve cost estimates, according to the release, and a final construction timeline has not been determined.

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