“Of all of the health systems in Greater Cincinnati, and Cincinnati is blessed with having a number of really good health systems, TriHealth had really committed itself to developing a convenient network of major ambulatory centers throughout the Greater Cincinnati area,” Clement said Thursday prior to a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new facility, which officially opened Dec. 18 and started seeing patients Dec. 23.
“This is the 12th major ambulatory center that TriHealth has opened.”
TriHealth now serves one in three Cincinnatians, caring for about 600,000 members of the region’s community, according to Clement, a native Cincinnatian who has been president and CEO of the health care system since April 2015.
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Several TriHealth practices that were located in West Chester have relocated to the new facility, according to Randy Hammann, director of Ambulatory Support Services at TriHealth.
“This way patients can go to one place rather than going to three places,” Hammann said.
The new facility also provides additional space for growth, allowing TriHealth to tack on new services on both floors and up to four additional providers, he said. A portion of the building is not yet filled and the property on which it sits can still accommodate the addition of another 45,000-square-foot extension when the need arises, officials said.
TriHealth is seeing health care move out of the hospitals and into community-located centers like TriHealth Liberty, according to Rob Whitehouse, TriHealth’s vice president, corporate communications, marketing and public relations.
“There’s less and less being done in a hospital, where it’s really expensive to provide care, (and more being added) into centers like this where it’s less expensive to provide care,” Whitehouse said.
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The new facility is not TriHealth’s first endeavor in the area. In 2014, the Cincinnati-based health network opened Group Health West Chester, a medical office for the multi-specialty doctors group, on Ohio 747 in West Chester Twp. It also operates Hamilton’s Bethesda Butler Hospital, which it acquired in 2012 and expanded in 2016 and has operated McCullough-Hyde Memorial Hospital in Oxford since early 2015.
TriHealth Liberty sits near three other nearby medical complexes, including Christ Hospital Medical Center-Liberty Township, which opened in January 2018 less than a mile north of TriHealth Liberty, UC Health’s West Chester Hospital, which opened in 2009 a mile to the south, and Cincinnati Children’s Liberty Campus, which opened across I-75 in 2008.
West Chester Twp. Trustee Mark Welch said TriHealth, like other local area health care providers, is a “cornerstone for the community because they lift up our quality of life.”
“They really have brought something to West Chester that’s kind of unique in that we have all of these elevated services available to us,” Welch said. “It’s one of those things that has helped West Chester be, seven times, one of (Money Magazine’s) Best Places to Live in the United States.”