WHAT HAPPENED? Mercy Medical Center dedicated its new Mercy Health Center and Statcare of Jackson at 3760 Caritas Circle NW, near Wales Avenue and Fulton Drive NW Tuesday. It was blessed by the Rev. John Sheridan, the priest chaplain at the main facility. The event also featured an open house.
WHAT’S NEW? The facility opens today. Ground was broken in August 2010, and construction met the target opening date. The final cost came in at $16 million, below the estimated $17.5 million.
WHO DID IT? The facility is a developer-hospital-physician partnership involving Signet Healthcare, Mercy Medical Center and local physician practices. Mercy moved 50 employees from its smaller Health Center & Statcare on Fulton Road NW that was closed Oct. 28. Another 25 employees were added at the new facility, and about 25 more will be added Jan. 1. Mercy will use the older, smaller facility for other purposes.
WHAT’S STATCARE? Urgent care for minor injuries and illnesses.
WHAT ELSE IS THERE?
A laboratory that does testing for statcare physicians, including blood counts, strep throat, flu and mononucleosis and urinalysis, said Laboratory Manager Steve Boger. The lab does only what’s needed for the statcare facility and processes other specimens for shipment to the main hospital.
A sleep lab, a four-bed facility for testing and treatment of sleep disorders, including obstructive sleep apnea, a condition where the patient stops breathing multiple times at night, causing the oxygen level in the blood to drop and the heart to work harder, said Director Larry Ramer.
Imaging, including X-ray, MRI and CT scanning, along with mammography, ultrasound and bone density testing, said Barbara Frustaci, administrative director of Mercy’s off site and rehabilitation service lines.
MORE COMING? Later this month, cardiac diagnostics, including stress tests and echocardiograms, will be offered. After Jan. 1, primary care — a family practice with a physician’s office — will be added.
WHAT OTHER FACILITIES DOES MERCY HAVE?: Statcares at GlenOak High School in Plain Township, North Canton, Carrollton and New Philadelphia. A Lake Township facility offers physical therapy, an outpatient laboratory and radiology. In Louisville, mammography, outpatient laboratory, radiology, bone density and ultrasound services are available. An Alliance facility has open MRI.
IS MERCY ALONE? No. The 55,000-square-foot facility houses Tri-County Hematology & Oncology Associates for blood and cancer treatment. After Jan. 1, Urology One, a group of urologists, will move in.