LEXINGTON -- The waiting room was full of celebrants this past Thursday as the newest OhioHealth facility opened its doors at 231 East Main Street in Lexington.
The $4.8 million, 10,000 square-foot facility will serve as the new location of the primary care practice currently at 375 West Main Street in Lexington. The practice will continue to offer primary care and will expand its offerings to include full outpatient laboratory and x-ray services.
“The current location has served the community for more than 50 years. In that time, Lexington’s population has grown," said Vinson Yates, president of OhioHealth’s Mansfield and Shelby Hospitals.
"In order to continue to improve the health of those we service in Lexington and the surrounding communities, we needed to build a facility and add services with the vision for the future."
Brandon Crouch, MD, Lisa Patterson, CNP, and Elizabeth Miller, CNP, will relocate their practice at the 231 East Main Street building; primary care physician Nathanial Overmire, DO, will join them.
“We’re here to serve you,” said Crouch prior to the official ribbon cutting. “We are not here to try to change your life. We’re here to help you live the life you want to live in the best possible way, and that starts by being able to provide care locally in the community where its readily accessible to all of you.
Lexington Mayor Eugene Parkinson stated the expanded practice is a necessary step towards treating a growing population of older residents.
“We all know the demographics of aging and what that means. There’s more and more need for it,” Parkinson said.
“We’re already seeing, at the old location, about 12,000 visits per year, so we really needed to expand our space,” added Geoff Gregory, vice president of OhioHealth Physician Group.
Nikki Lewis, foundation manager at the Richland Area Chamber of Commerce, praised OhioHealth for its continued involvement in the area.
“This facility is going to serve this area very well and it is much needed,” she said. “OhioHealth is our largest employer in the county and they take that responsibility seriously. They’ve made a strong commitment to this community and moving this community forward.”
The new facility will officially open on Dec. 9 and is currently accepting new patients.