Medical building boom continues to reverberate in Butler, Warren counties: What happened in 2018

Health systems continued to add new facilities, services and technologies to strengthen and expand the region’s medical infrastructure in 2018, medical growth that shows no signs of slowing next year.

Health care growth this year included new medical centers or offices in Middletown, Monroe and Liberty Twp., plus new treatments and equipment throughout Butler and Warren counties.

That growth mirrors activity statewide and nationwide for construction of micro-hospitals with smaller, stylized services and lower bed counts, plus emergency department centers designed to ease overcrowding at larger hospitals, according to John Palmer, director of public affairs for the Ohio Hospital Association

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Health care systems are able to gauge what’s needed without going overboard and building too much, too quickly, Palmer said.

“A lot of it has to do with projections in the community,” he said. “A population growth is going to be a potential, if a new employer is coming in, a lot of these factors are on the table and they’re looking where they need to be in a position from an operations standpoint to provide those services.”

Kettering Health Network

Kettering Health Network Middletown, a $30 million medical facility, opened in August at 6147 State Route 122, just off Interstate 75.

The new facility features a full-service emergency department, outpatient lab and imaging services, including a full complement of magnetic resonance imaging, computed tomography, X-ray and ultrasound.

The facility also has a medical office building for primary care and specialty practices, an outpatients cardiac testing area.

There’s also a lab and a variety of specialties, including cardiovascular, surgery, orthopedic, vascular and general surgery. Several more uses, including OB/GYN, endocrinology and behavioral health, also had been announced as coming soon.

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Kettering Health Network launched construction in April on Hamilton Health Center at 1391 W. Main St., one that is expected to include physician offices and outpatient services.

Slated to open this spring, the health center will cost approximately $6 million and will offer outpatient services to meet the needs of the community, including physician practices and imaging and lab services.

In addition, Fort Hamilton Hospital is expanding its cancer services on the third floor of the physician office building at 1010 Cereal Ave. in Hamilton, located on the hospital campus. The third floor will be completely remodeled at a cost of more than $5 million.

Construction is expected to be completed in the spring.

Premier Health

Premier Health opened Liberty Township Medical Office Building at 6615 Cincinnati-Dayton Road. That $3.5 million location is a Premier Physician Network primary and specialty care center and has 14 exams rooms with central space for four primary care providers. There are also three multiple-purpose rooms to allow for family consults in a private setting.

The new facility also offers space for time-shares for specialty services, possibly in orthopedics, cardiology, endocrinology, rheumatology and women’s health.

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Premier Health in December opened Premier Health Monroe Medical Center Office Building, a $4.5 million project at 35 Overbrook Blvd. in Monroe.

The facility is a Premier Physician Network primary and specialty care center that has space for eight primary care providers. It offers specialty services in orthopedics, and possibly in cardiology, endocrinology, rheumatology or women’s health, depending on the community’s needs.

Premier Health opened an urgent care location at 7450 Mason Montgomery Road in Mason on July 23. The site is the seventh location to open across Southwest Ohio.

The urgent care location handles a variety of health care needs from minor illnesses such as sinus infections, earaches, allergies and pink eye to injuries such as fractured bones. Providers are able to conduct school and sports physicals, and administer vaccinations. Diagnostic testing for the flu, pregnancy and strep can be done on-site as well as X-rays.

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Christ Hospital Health Network

Christ Hospital Health Network on Jan. 8 opened its new $62 million medical center at 6939 Cox Road in Liberty Twp. The 120,000 square-foot Christ Hospital Medical Center-Liberty Twp. includes an emergency room and offers surgical services including operating rooms with extended recovery for patients, plus a state-of-the-art family birthing center, radiology and imaging, physical therapy, general surgery, dermatology, endocrinology, podiatry.

There are also physician services such as primary care, orthopedics, cardiology, urology and more.

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Mercy Health Partners

Mercy Health launched construction in August on a new $14 million medical office complex in one of Warren County’s fastest-growing communities and continues to search the area for another site in which to build.

The new 26,500-square-foot complex is slated to open by next summer at the District at Deerfield, a $140 million mixed-use development planned for the southwest corner of Mason Montgomery Road and Parkway Drive.

The medical office complex will house primary and specialty care practices, and have 36 exam rooms. The primary care practices will accommodate walk-in patients for urgent medical needs.

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This summer, Mercy Health announced it would start construction on a new medical practice and urgent care location in 2019 at the intersection of Ohio 4 and Kyles Station Road.

The new, 14,000-square-foot primary and specialty care practice and urgent care office will have 21 exam rooms. In addition to primary care providers, the location will also house cardiology, pulmonology and general surgery practices. Mercy Health will offer diagnostic services on site, including lab draws, X-ray, mammography and cardiac testing.

The location will open with about five full-time providers and can grow to accommodate 11 providers in total. Mercy Health could add further services in the future, depending on patients’ needs.

Mercy Health expects to open the facility next summer, according to spokeswoman Nanette Bentley.


TriHealth in September opened its fourth Priority Care location in the Oxford McCullough-Hyde Medical Building at 5151 Morning Sun Road. The location provides unscheduled, walk-in care for non-emergency illness and injuries.

The facility was an existing urgent care that was open on weekends, and TriHealth rebranded it as a Priority Care and changed the hours to seven days a week to better meet the needs of patients, officials said.

In addition to care for minor injuries and illnesses, services offered at all TriHealth Priority Care locations include X-rays and lab work related to the visit and workplace injury care.

Site work has started on a new ambulatory care center to be constructed just off Liberty Way in West Chester Twp.

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UC Health

In February, UC Health opened the UC Health Neurosurgery Clinic at West Chester Hospital, expanding access to specialized neurosurgery care for Butler County and the surrounding community.

Services include: Cerebrovascular Disease, Epilepsy, Functional Neurological Disorders, Brain Tumors, & Back, Neck and Spine Disorders.

The clinic is part of the UC Gardner Neuroscience Institute, which will open a new building on UC Health’s Clifton campus this spring.

Area medical facility openings in 2018

  • Kettering Health Network Middletown (Middletown): opened in August
  • Kettering Health Network's Hamilton Health Center (Hamilton): construction started in April. Opening this coming spring.
  • Fort Hamilton Hospital's expansion of cancer services (Hamilton): Construction expected to be completed in the spring.
  • Premier Health Liberty Township Medical Office Building (Liberty Twp): opened in November
  • Premier Health Monroe Medical Center Office Building (Monroe): opened in December
  • Premier Health Urgent Care (Mason): opened in July
  • Christ Hospital Medical Center-Liberty Twp. (Liberty Twp.): opened in January
  • Mercy Health Partners medical office complex (Deerfield Twp.): Construction started this summer. Opening next summer.
  • Mercy Health Partners' new medical practice and urgent care location (Liberty Twp.): Construction underway. Opening in summer.
  • UC Health Neurosurgery Clinic at West Chester Hospital (West Chester Twp.): opened in February
  • TriHealth's Priority Care location (Oxford): opened in September
  • TriHealth ambulatory care center (West Chester): site work started at the end of 2018. No announced opening date.

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