Kettering Health Network’s new hospital in Troy cost about $98 million to build after the network expanded its original plans.
The health network’s ninth hospital in the system, also its first hospital in Miami County, will start seeing its first patients on June 18.
The 600 W. Main St. hospital was original billed as a $60 million project when construction began two years ago. But after construction began, they added about 30,000 square feet to the original plans, which called for a 100,000-square-foot and three-story hospital.
Kettering Health CEO Fred Manchur said Thursday afternoon at a ribbon cutting for the new hospital that the campus is “not quite done.”
He said over the next three to six months there will be some additional parts opening, such as additional surgery suites and medical offices. As the hospital was being built, he said Kettering Health heard interest from some of their physicians that wanted to come work with the hospital.
“So that’s good for the community because every specialty that we can bring in means that we can do those surgeries right here and we’re going to do our best to do as much of that as possible,” Manchur said. “We promised we would bring a state of the art hospital to this community.”
The hospital has 28 inpatient beds, including four intensive care unit beds, as well as an emergency department, intensive care, lab and imaging, cardiac testing, surgery and a medical office building for physician practices.
The hospital employs about 200 employees, who are a mix of new hires and employees who worked at other Kettering Health locations. The president is Eric Lunde, who had been executive director of the Brain and Spine Service Line.
The hospital means a second major health network in Miami County, which for years has been served by Upper Valley Medical Center, operated by Kettering Health’s competitor, Dayton-based Premier Health.
Upper Valley Medical Center was built in 1998 on the former Dettmer Hospital campus site, consolidating the former Piqua Memorial and Stouder Memorial.
When the long running hospitals closed 20 years ago, there was some community opposition — even organized opposition from a group called “Save Our Hospitals ” — but the hospital system’s leaders said at the time that the move was necessary because of declining overnight stays and the need for efficiency.
Troy Mayor Michael Beamish said at the Thursday event that the hospital will bring new health care options and highly skilled jobs to the city and he thanked Kettering Health for its investment.
“The Kettering Health Network brings visibility, respect and resources to our city and to its residents,” he said. “It brings health, reputation, vitality and positive health care choices.”
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