- Eric Schwartzberg Staff Writer
Kettering Health Network continues to employ a strategy used by itself and others to get health care out into the neighborhoods it serves.
The health network, which operates Fort Hamilton Hospital, plans to build a medical facility on land it purchased at 1391 W. Main St. The nearly 1.5-acre property sold Aug. 15 for $950,000.
Although plans for the facility are still being finalized, it is expected to include physician offices and outpatient services.
The facility will be constructed on the former site of Skating on Main, which closed Aug. 12.
The move is part of an emerging trend for health networks to offer services to residents in their communities.
“Before we had people coming to these big hospitals — no more.” said Elizabeth Long, spokeswoman for Kettering Health Network. “The trend in health care now is let’s go out into the neighborhoods where people are at.”
That’s why, she said, health networks are opening places like the Hamilton Health Center, which is aimed at helping residents of downtown Hamilton via primary physicians and specialty health offerings.
“Some of the land purchases that we’ve made up toward the Dayton area, the same thing,” Long said. “We are going to put smaller facilities in neighborhoods so people have better access to care, so if you have to have a diagnostic, an imaging test … you don’t have to go to Fort Hamilton, you can go to another facility.”
Long said the Main Street project does not yet have an estimated cost, construction times or approximate amount of jobs it will create.
“This new medical facility represents our continued commitment to providing our community with greater access to health care,” said Fred Manchur, CEO of Kettering Health Network.
Kettering Health Network’s eight hospitals include Fort Hamilton Hospital, 10 emergency departments, and 120 outpatient facilities throughout southwest Ohio.
Kettering Health Network operates 14 other entities in Butler County, including outpatient services and physicians in Hamilton, Middletown, Oxford, Fairfield, Fairfield Twp. and Ross Twp.