LIMA — The new heart and vascular institute at Lima Memorial Health Systems opened to patients on Monday.
The 16,000 square foot cardiac area has moved to the second floor of Professional Office Building III, 1003 Bellefontaine Ave., on the hospital’s main campus.
Lima Memorial invested $2.7 million to house all heart and vascular services in one place, bringing the Heart Institute of Northwest Ohio, Ohio Cardiothoracic & Vascular Surgeons and Lima Memorial’s Cardiac Treatment Center together under the same roof.
“This is a big day for us,” said Bob Armstrong, senior vice president of operations for Lima Memorial Health System. “…Cardiology is our largest service line and we are happy to now have our cardiologists back on campus. Every one of our heart services will be under the same roof.”
The new space features 23 exam rooms and a cardiac and pulmonary rehab center, with seven cardiologists, one surgeon and nine physician’s assistants on staff. The cardiac providers see an average of 150 to 200 patients per day.
The former Heart and Vascular Institute building at 951 Commerce Parkway is being converted into office space for Allen County Job and Family Services and Ohio Means Jobs-Allen County.
“We think it’s a win-win,” Armstrong said Monday.
ACJFS Executive Director Joe Patton said the old heart institute property was attractive due to its handicap accessibility and proximity to I-75. That visibility, Patton said, “helps us become a regional workforce center for Ohio Means Jobs. We do a lot of hiring events and recruiting; it’ll make us more accessible to our employers that we’re serving.”
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