Ohio’s Hospice is moving into the final stages of a multi-million dollar expansion of its Washington Twp. campus. A rendering shows the proposed 31,000 square foot building being constructed by Synergy & Mills Development. CONTRIBUTED

Ohio’s Hospice plans $8 million expansion of Washington Twp. location

The new building, with a contemporary design, also would offer an interesting visual contrast to the current barn-style building at 7575 Paragon Road that Ohio’s Hospice has used as its headquarters since 2017. The nonprofit bought the site for $3.3 million.

Washington Twp. Administrator Jesse Lightle said the Ohio’s Hospice plan avoids emulating the existing building.

“The intention is to provide an architectural design which does not duplicate the unique style of the existing building while complementing the design aesthetics of the site,” Lightle said.

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Affiliates of Ohio’s Hospice include Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton, Hospice of Central Ohio, Ohio’s Hospice of Miami County, Community Care Hospice, Ohio’s Hospice of Butler & Warren Counties and Ohio’s Community Mercy Hospice.

The Paragon building now serves as home to human resources, finance, communications, business development, education and training, the patient support call center and other functions.

When completed, the new building will have a connector/walkway between it and the current facility. It will house a staff education and care coordination center designed to primarily deal with telecommunications services, adding 50 jobs over the next 5 years, township officials said.

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Lightle said the planned expansion project is in the final stages of approval from an administrative standpoint. Synergy Building Systems will handle the development.

Jerad Barnett, president and CEO of Synergy and Mills Development, told this news organization on Thursday that the estimated completion date for the two-story expansion will be at the end of 2021.

“That is based on when we can get everything construction-wise started,” he said. “This is really going to be a a unique, contemporary architectural design project.”

Barnett noted that the planning process has been going well with the township and that has helped move the project along to the final stages in the zoning process.

Lightle said several other development projects are happening in the township, including the $8 million Southview Hospital expansion.

“Southview Hospital is undergoing expansion of their operating and emergency rooms, and maternity portions of the main hospital building consistent with their master plan,” she said. “A new Panera approved at the corner of Lyons and Drexel Park Lane is about to start construction-site work, and UDF is tentatively moving forward with development of the northeast corner of Whipp Road and Far Hills Avenue.”

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