LIMA — Mercy Health-St. Rita’s Medical Center on Friday unveiled floorplans for its new medical education center, slated to begin construction this fall.
The $15 million Graduate Medical Education Center will be used to train residents for the hospital. But St. Rita’s plans to open the facility to current nurses and medical staff as well as first responders and others who could benefit from hands-on training at the center.
The 48,000-square-foot facility, to be constructed at the corner of Market and Collett streets, will feature simulation labs and classrooms, a 250-seat lecture hall, flexible library and work spaces, according to plans unveiled by St. Rita’s personnel on Friday.
Hospital representatives hope to open the GME Center by the fall of 2020, with groundbreaking expected sometime around September of this year.
Mercy Health-St. Rita’s first announced its plans for the GME program last year and has since received accreditation for its new family medicine residency program, which recently welcomed six new residents.
The hospital is in the process of applying for accreditation and establishing three other residency programs in internal medicine, emergency medicine and general surgery. All told, St. Rita’s will offer six residency programs including its current podiatry medicine and surgery and pharmacy residencies.
“Medicine is an evolving science and as physicians, we must continue to evolve with it,” said Dr. Kevin Casey, chief clinical officer for Mercy Health-St. Rita’s Medical Center, who is leading the GME program in Lima.
Bob Baxter, president and CEO for Mercy Health-Toledo, said the new residency programs and GME Center are important economic development drivers for Lima, as the hospital will be able to recruit and train more physicians and medical staff.
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