LIMA — A $23 million expansion project at Lima Memorial Health System will include the construction of a new professional office building and a renovated front entrance, hospital officials announced Thursday.
Lima Memorial’s fourth office building will accommodate the ever-growing number of specialty and primary care physicians who have joined the hospital’s medical team in recent months. The 54,000-square-foot facility will be constructed on the site of the former Annex and School of Nursing, located near the hospital’s main entrance.
“We have been recruiting a number of specialists over the last few years, and we’ve really outgrown the space here,” said Mike Swick, president/CEO of Lima Memorial. “We anticipate an additional 12 to 15 new specialists in the next couple years. With that comes the opportunity for these specialists to perform procedures here at Lima Memorial that you may have had to leave the community for before.”
Additionally, walk-in care will be available during evening and weekend hours for children and adults. Space will also be designated for a full-service outpatient pharmacy and the future development of a chronic disease management center.
A walkway will connect the new building to the new lobby to allow patients, their families and visitors to navigate through inpatient and outpatient areas of the hospital. A new front entrance will be designed for enhanced patient and visitor access, complete with a large canopy and valet service. Highlights of the new front lobby include an expanded, modernized gift shop and a new café. An outdoor patio will also be constructed.
For Swick, the economic impact of the expansion project is significant. The project will create 50 permanent jobs at the hospital, as well as short-term construction work for more than 200 local contractors.
“I think this investment is a commitment to the community,” he said. “We’re one of those anchor employers that want to be here for the long haul. We have the ability to provide great, quality care here at Lima Memorial, and we’re excited about the project.”
He added that the expansion “will allow us to better meet the increasing demand for specialized services, provide convenient access to clinically advanced care and enhance the overall patient and family experience.”
“It’s a significant step forward for Lima Memorial and our community,” he said.
Groundbreaking for the expansion project is scheduled for spring 2017. The project is slated for completion in winter 2018.
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