A new facility for cancer-patient care is planned in Dublin on Perimeter Drive via a partnership between Columbus Oncology and Hematology and OhioHealth, according to a Jan. 28 press release from the organizations.

According to the release, the 30,000-square-foot building will be on Perimeter Drive, across from OhioHealth’s Perimeter Drive offices at 6805 Perimeter Drive. Columbus Oncology will own the building, and OhioHealth will lease 15,000 square feet.

The project is estimated to cost $9.4 million, and OhioHealth is contributing $5 million toward the cost for construction and equipment, according to the release.

The facility would offer those battling cancer a variety of services and resources, such as navigating care, genetic counseling, infusion, imaging, lab services, physician practices, research and clinical trials, surgical oncology physician practices and a survivorship program.

Construction is slated to begin early this year, and the building is projected to open early next year, according to the release. Andrews Architects is the architect for the project and Daimler Group is the general contractor.

Part of OhioHealth’s mission is delivering cancer care close to home when appropriate, said Dr. Praveen Dubey, who specializes in radiation oncology. OhioHealth targeted Dublin for a cancer-care facility, he said, because residents there have been primarily traveling to Columbus to receive care.

OhioHealth Dublin Methodist Hospital can provide a substantial amount of cancer care, but some operations require specialized teams that are at other OhioHealth locations, Dubey said.

Additionally, Dublin Methodist doesn’t have a chemotherapy presence. The new cancer-care facility will offer infusion treatments, such as chemotherapy and medical oncology, Dubey said.

Although the new facility won’t offer surgeries, surgeons will have offices there to make appointments before and after surgery, said Katie Logan, OhioHealth media-relations senior consultant.

Patients at the new facility will have the advantage of being able to see multiple caregivers at one time, Dubey said.

“They get all the information they need on a single visit,” he said.

Dubey said the new facility is expected to create about 41 full-time equivalent positions.

Like Dubey, Debbie Westkamp, Columbus Oncology & Hematology executive director, said the physicians group also had seen an increase in patient-care needs in Dublin .

Opening a patient-care center in Dublin also was ideal because of the proximity to Dublin Methodist, she said.

Columbus Oncology, founded in 1987, has worked collaboratively with OhioHealth since its inception, Westkamp said.

The physicians group often works with patients who go to Ohio Health Riverside Methodist Hospital, 3535 Olentangy River Road in Columbus, and and Dublin Methodist Hospital, 7500 Hospital Drive in Dublin, as well as the Bing Cancer Center, 500 Thomas Lane in Columbus, she said.

“We have always been very much engaged with OhioHealth,” she said.

Westkamp said Columbus Oncology decided to own the new facility so it could control the expansion of its practice. The physicians group has seen an increase in patient volume annually, and it is expanding its location at 810 Jasonway Ave. in Columbus.

The Dublin facility, Westkamp said, will be designed to create a seamless experience for patients whether they are obtaining services from OhioHealth or Columbus Oncology.

“We’re very excited about this special collaboration,” she said.

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