GREENVILLE - The Reid Medical Office Building’s construction is on schedule and is expected to be completed in March 2015, according to Larry Price, director of community relations at Reid Hospital in Richmond, Ind.
Price said groundbreaking was held March 28, and reported that the building itself is shelled and that the exterior walls are framed and installed.
“The parking lot was done this past week,” he said.
The medical building is located on 10 acres of land near the intersection of Meeker/Jackson and Katzenberger roads in Greenville, just north of Family Health. The 39,00o-plus-square-foot complex will be home to Bethel Cardiology, Reid Orthopedics and other specialty services offered to Darke countians by the Reid health system.
When asked why Darke County was chosen for the construction of a medical building, Price said it was because Reid had already been providing various services in different places in rented buildings in Greenville.
“It’s more efficient for us to have everyone in one place,” he said.
In a previous interview, CEO/President Craig Kinyon said, “This new location will provide expanded space and bring our physicians under one roof in a convenient location for our patients in the Greenville and the Darke County area. This is a natural progression for us and a physical sign of our commitment to Darke County.”
Greenville cardiologist Dr. Henry Chong will provide one of the featured services in the new facility and other specialists from the Reid Heart & Vascular Center, Reid Orthopedics physicians, and Reid ENT (ear, nose and throat) specialty practice. Other specialties, such as psych services, neurology and rheumatology, will also be housed on the new campus.
Other specialties are also being considered to be offered in the new complex, such as vascular and endocrinology.
Chong, who has been in the Greenville community for 18 years, said he joined Reid’s team two years ago because he found the mission-drive culture of the health system a great fit for his personal style of practice.
“My coworkers at Reid are all about providing expert care with a personal and compassionate touch that is so often lost in larger cities,” he said in an earlier interview. “And when my patients need care outside of our community, they find Richmond a much closer and more convenient location without the hassles of larger cities.”
Price said Reid officials are looking forward to working with their partners, Family Health and Wayne HealthCare, to providing more care to Darke countians. He said Reid had a picnic a couple of weeks ago on the Family Health property nearby, set up tents and grilled meat for their employees and invited Wayne HealthCare physicians to attend.
“Included in one of our goals is to use local folks for the construction,” Price said. “Over 90 percent are workers from the local or regional area.”
The rest of the ground will be landscaped and used for parking, and there is potential for another expansion if necessary. The building includes a shelled area of 6,500 square feet for future expansion needs.
“We have several other facilities and satellite offices in Eaton, Ohio, and Hagerstown, Indiana, but this is probably the largest project like this,” Price said. “We are real excited about it.”
The new facility could possibly add a few more employment positions.
“We are looking forward to being partners and operating a facility with better care,” he said.