A sneak peek

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Messenger photos by Dedra Cordle
Hundreds of people throughout the central Ohio region came out to Grove City on April 13 for a community preview of the city’s first full-service hospital. At the event, residents toured the Mount Carmel Grove City facility that features an expanded emergency department, a women’s health center and cancer care unit with a boutique, a maternity center, an intensive care unit and more than 200 private inpatient rooms. While the emergency and inpatient portion of Mount Carmel Grove City has been operating for several years, its seven-story, 500,000 square-foot expansion will be opening April 28. Shown are scenes captured at the event, which also featured activities for children and meet and greets with local fire and law enforcement agencies.
Ashley Zeller, a staff nurse at the hospital, shows Barb, Lilly and Luke Wolford some of the equipment that is used during emergency surgery. Barb Wolford said it was important that she and her family attend the event as her late mother looked forward to having a full-service hospital nearby.
John McCoy checks out the baby doll on display in the neonatal radiant warmer. The setup of the hospital allows the infant to stay with the mother in a private room unless there is an emergency.
Grove City Mayor Richard “Ike” Stage and Mount Carmel Grove City president Sean McKibben congratulate each other on the partnership between the two entities.
Cameron Wolford, 5, gets up close and personal with the hospital’s Survival Flight.
Kinleigh Burgess, 6, pets Woody as his fellow therapy dogs Kit and Mattis snooze in the sun. The trio were there as part of a community outreach program with the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office.
Friends Liam Ryan (left) and Jaden Cantrell battle after balloon artist Tammy Van Valkenburg made them swords.

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