Construction continues on the new TriHealth Liberty Tuesday, May 21, 2019 on Liberty Way in West Chester Twp. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

New West Chester facility to join health care complex boom along I-75 corridor

Most of the exterior of TriHealth Liberty at 8020 Liberty Way will be constructed by late July, and the network is focusing on interior buildout for the remainder of the year ahead of a January 2020 opening, TriHealth officials told this news outlet Thursday.

Around 70 team members, including approximately 20 new hires, will work at the 50,000-square-foot, two-story facility just east of Cox Road and across Interstate 75 from mixed-use development Liberty Center.

Included in the employee count are adult primary care doctors, orthopedic specialists and specialists in urogynecology or midwifery. Other services based there will include physical therapy and X-ray.

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“We will have an urgent care facility that we call Priority Care,” said Michael Mattingly, a TriHealth spokesman. “This means the building will be open seven days a week in some form.”

The attached urgent care building, which will be accessible via a separate entrance, will be the fourth such facility under the TriHealth Priority Care brand.

TriHealth Liberty will sit 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.

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This 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 Bethesda Butler Hospital, which it acquired in 2012 and expanded in 2016 and has operated McCullough-Hyde Memorial Hospital in Oxford since early 2015.

Opening a new facility in the region made sense because of TriHealth’s existing patient base and an appealing location just off Liberty Way, according to Steve Mombach, senior vice president of ambulatory services at TriHealth

“TriHealth has certain specifics that we look at in property,” Mombach said. “We look for visibility, we look for easy access for our patients, physicians and team members and this seemed to have everything that met our criteria for land development.”

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A few of TriHealth’s smaller practices will re-locate to TriHealth Liberty to better serve patients, according to Randy Hammann, director of ambulatory support services at TriHealth.

“When you put multi-specialities into one building, it’s much more convenient for the patient,” Hammann said. “they can their labs drawn, they can get imaging if they need, they’ve got a place to go for after-hours care, physical therapy and all of that. Our patients have let us know that this is something that they like.”

The building was designed based on feedback from patients, who told TriHealth that they liked an open field of view and natural light, Hammann said.

The facility will include self-registration and check-in, a process that includes some assistance from staffers and one that has been well received at other TriHealth facilities, hes aid. It also will include work spaces for those who need to bring along a laptop and access to charging stations for mobile phones and other devices.

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