Health network makes $12M in building purchases in Butler County

The Dayton-based hospital system operating Fort Hamilton Hospital will expand its cardiology and orthopedic service lines through the purchase of two buildings in Hamilton, as well as gain six family practice physicians and a large medical complex in Ross Twp.

In a $10.6 million sale that closed last week, Kettering Medical Center Inc. purchased the Ross Medical Center at 2449 Ross Millville Road in Ross Twp. That complex includes a Ross Urgent Care and other outpatient services for McCullough-Hyde Memorial Hospital; physician offices; and a pharmacy.

“We’re very pleased to be able to have that building join the network,” said Mark Smith, president of Fort Hamilton Hospital. “It will be for the benefit of Fort Hamilton. Our growth and expansion continues to warrant us finding new markets.”

There are also six physicians from within the building that will join the Kettering Health Network in December.

Those physicians, all practicing family medicine, are Drs. Jason Hoke and Suzanne Hardacre from Indian Creek Family Health Center Oxford; and Drs. Kelly Baker, Jon Baker, Julie Broering and Chad Fogt from Indian Creek Family Health Center Ross.

Smith said other physicians from Fort Hamilton Hospital will transition to working at the Ross Medical Center. He said family practice physicians are of “extreme importance” to Kettering Health.

Smith said other existing tenants at Ross Medical Center will continue operating there, including an urgent care and pharmacy.

The Ross Urgent Care is part of McCullough-Hyde Memorial Hospital’s outpatient services, said Bryan Hehemann, president and chief executive officer at McCullough-Hyde.

Hehemann said the Oxford hospital has a long-term lease, through 2022, for the space which protects the hospital during changes of ownership.

Hehemann said patients shouldn’t notice any changes where the hospital also operates outpatient services, including imaging, laboratory, physical therapy and specialty clinics.

Two additional building purchases by Kettering Health will allow Fort Hamilton to expand its cardiology and orthopedic service lines.

The hospital closed this week on the $1.1 million purchase of the former head offices of Community First Solutions at 520 Eaton Ave. Community First Solutions is relocating its headquarters to downtown Hamilton.

Smith said the property, situated across the street from the hospital, already houses the Fort Hamilton Hospital Sleep Center, and will allow the hospital to expand its existing cardiology space.

Within the next 12 months, Smith said another $900,000 will be spent on renovations to convert the space into medical offices once a needs assessment of the building is completed.

“It will be all physician offices; clinical space for seeing patients,” Smith said.

The hospital also purchased a physician’s office at 840 NW Washington Blvd. for $537,00, Smith said.

The hospital has only purchased the building, Smith said, not the existing practice of Dr. Phillip Carr, an obstetrician and gynecologist. An employee at Dr. Carr’s office said Tuesday that no move-out date or new office location have been identified.

The medical office on NW Washington Boulevard will be the new home of members of Kettering’s orthopedic group, Midwest Orthopedics, that currently work inside Fort Hamilton Hospital. He said the group of five orthopedic doctors have outgrown their hospital space.

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