Wayne HealthCare in Greenville, Ohio. PHOTO/PROVIDED

Wayne, Premier move forward with building deal

Dayton-based Premier Health is moving ahead with its plans to invest $13 million to help build a new three-story medical facility on the campus of Wayne Healthcare hospital in Greenville after receiving final approval Thursday from the Wayne Hospital Co., a community board that oversees the Greenville hospital.

The planned new building is part of Wayne’s master facility plan, and will house an obstetrical center, wellness center, 28-bed inpatient unit and a replacement for the Wayne Medical Building, according to officials on both sides.

“The joint venture will create a framework within which Wayne HealthCare can develop an affiliate relationship with Premier Health while still maintaining independent, local control,” according to a press release.

“This broader relationship with Premier Health allows us to provide the citizens of Greenville and Darke County with more health care services close to home,” said Wayne Deschambeau, president and CEO of Wayne HealthCare. “We have been pleased to work alongside Premier Health in the past, and look forward to taking that collaboration to the next level.”

The building project would be the cornerstone of a seven-year agreement, which is the latest in a series of joint ventures between Wayne and the Premier hospital network — including Premier’s affiliation with the Wayne Cancer Center, and a program in which Premier provides on-call physicians to diagnose and treat stroke patients using telecommunications technologies.

“We’re excited and humbled by Wayne HealthCare’s vote of confidence in this affiliation,” said Mary Boosalis, president and CEO of Premier Health. “We very much respect Wayne HealthCare’s tradition.”

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