Ashland Road facility includes urgent care, physician suites
MADISON TOWNSHIP – Sunlight poured through myriad windows into exam rooms as medical staff settled into the new University Hospitals Samaritan Richland Health Center during its soft opening Monday morning.
The $17 million ambulatory health center brings new urgent care, physician suites and imaging services to the former location of a Big Lots store at 1033 Ashland Rd. in Madison Township.
“The goal was to provide healthcare for a community that didn’t have convenient access to it,” said Bryan Finger, director of clinical services for UH Samaritan.
The facility’s opening Monday was several years in the making. The idea for the new facility was born in 2015, shortly after Samaritan Regional Health System joined the University Hospitals network. By July of 2018, the health system announced it was demolishing the existing building and building a 33,000-square-foot, two-story medical building. The old building was demolished that fall. Ground was broken for the new building last spring.
“We have been very busy,” Finger said of the last year of construction.
Services offered in the facility were tailored to meet the needs of residents of Lucas, Madison Township and other areas near the eastern edge of Richland County.
The building is home to an X-ray machine, a mammography machine, an ultrasound unit and other pieces of equipment that will be used by the UH Samaritan specialists and primary-care physicians who will have offices in the health center.
The offices of Dr. John Peck, MD, a urologist, will open be open every Thursday in the new building.
More doctors will be introduced to the facility throughout the year. In addition to primary-care services, the health center will likely see the addition of cardiology, nephrology and pulmonology offerings, as well as expanded women’s services, including a suite for obstetrics and gynecology.
“There’s room to grow,” Finger said. “We’ll just see what the community needs, and add those services.”
Patients can also visit for any sort of emergency, said Patrick Vidrine, a physicians’ assistant in the facility’s urgent care. He’s spent several years working in the emergency department of UH Samaritan, which he pointed out is only 11 miles away if a patient needs to be transported.
“We are able to handle a lot of things, and we will treat as many people as we can,” Vidrine said. “They can start here for anything.”
Fractures, sprains, illnesses and other common malaise can be treated at the Ashland Road facility. Having them treated in an urgent care, rather than an emergency department, is expected to help some patients save money, as the outpatient clinics are often billed at a lower rate.
Prevention and community development is another aspect offered in the new clinic. The facility includes a meeting room where the public can learn more about nutrition, gardening, understanding labels and more. And patients undergoing physical rehabilitation will also have access to an entire treatment room.
“I’d like this place to be a pillar in the community,” Vidrine said.
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