MVH building freestanding emergency center

Miami Valley Hospital announced plans Monday to build a $6 million emergency department which should open for patient care by March in the eastern part of Greene County.

The 24-hour facility, which will take up 30,200 square feet, will be housed in the Living Water Professional Building on Cottonville Road. Construction should start at the end of the month.

“Demand for emergency care in our region is increasing each year,” says James Pancoast, president and CEO of Premier Health Partners, which operates Miami Valley Hospital. “Innovative hospitals across the country are using freestanding emergency centers as a way to improve access and drive down wait times.”

The facility will be staffed by 75 people, including emergency medicine specialists from Miami Valley Emergency Physicians, who also staff Miami Valley Hospital and Miami Valley South.

The building now houses Dr. Kevin Sharrett’s primary care office. He is employed by Premier Health Partners. Specialty physicians from the hospital have office hours in the building, and the hospital also has rehabilitation services and other programs there.

“Dr. Sharrett has built a very broad practice there. When we looked at the patients that center draws, they’re drawing in patients from a 50-mile radius in Greene, Clinton and Fayette counties in a very low-access area,” said Bobbie Gerhart, president and CEO of Miami Valley Hospital. “That area has always been part of our business plan and part of our strategy.”

Specialty physicians who work in the building see their appointments fill up almost immediately, she said, “which made us recognize there really was a need for care in that area.”

Premier Health officials expect the new facility to get 10,000 visits a year within five years of its opening, Gerhart said.

Miami Valley Hospital South in Centerville initially opened as a stand-alone emergency department before expanding into a full-service hospital.

There are no plans to expand the Jamestown facility into a full hospital, Gerhart said.

The new facility will be the first freestanding, full-service emergency department in Greene County. It will provide hospital-level emergency care, but will not be a trauma center and no surgeries will be performed on-site, said Nancy Thickel, a spokeswoman for Miami Valley Hospital.

Kettering Health Network, Premier’s primary competitor, operates Greene Memorial Hospital with an emergency department in Xenia as well as Soin Medical Center with an emergency department in Beavercreek, on the western side of the county.

Construction will include a helipad so patients who need trauma care, including surgery, can be transported by CareFlight to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton. A mobile intensive care unit will also be on-site for patients needing ground transport.

Plans call for 10 patient exam rooms, imaging services, including X-ray, CT scan and ultrasound, and a medical laboratory.

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