LIMA — Lima Memorial Health System on Thursday unveiled plans for a $30 million expansion as demand for outpatient services grows.
Plans call for a redesigned front entrance and creation of a new outpatient diagnostic and imaging center, which will bring CT and EEG scans, laboratory services, X-ray, ultrasound, pulmonary function testing, wide-bore MRI and an interventional radiology suite together in one place.
The health system is also planning an expansion at its Wapakoneta family medicine clinic, which will be moving into a new 16,000-square-foot facility at the intersection of Lincoln Avenue and Redskin Trail, along with an overhaul of the hospital’s inpatient rehabilitation unit into an apartment-style setting on the hospital’s fourth floor.
And Lima Memorial recently unveiled its new 16,000-square-foot cardiovascular area, bringing Heart Institute of Northwest Ohio, Ohio Cardiothoracic & Vascular Surgeons and the cardiac treatment center to the main campus.
Lima Memorial President and CEO Michael Swick said the $30 million expansion answers growing demand for outpatient services.
“We need to build the facilities to be able to address that need,” Swick said.
The new outpatient clinic will occupy a 20,000-square-foot space near the hospital’s front entrance, more than half of which will be a new addition to Lima Memorial.
“What we wanted to do was create an environment in an area where people could come in and do the one stop instead of having to traverse through the hospital to find the lab, radiology, EEG,” Swick said. “(We wanted to) consolidate all of those in one area located right out here in front.”
Construction of the redesigned front entrance, outpatient center, Wapakoneta clinic and inpatient rehabilitation unit will take place in phases, with completion expected sometime in 2021.
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