Hospital breaks ground on $25 million expansion

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On hand for the June 2 groundbreaking for Madison Health’s expansion and renovation project were: (from left) Dr. Michael Caligiuri, director of the Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center, CEO of The James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute, and president of the American Association for Cancer Research; Dr. Mitchel Spahn, co-chair of Madison Health’s Building on Excellence campaign; Dr. Richard Streck, executive vice president and chief clinical operations officer for Mount Carmel Health System; Tom Blincoe, chairman of the Madison Health board of trustees; Dana Engle, Madison Health CEO; State Rep. Bill Dean; Madison County Commissioner David Dhume; London Mayor Patrick Closser; State Senator Bob Hackett; and Buddy Byers and Diane Byers, donors.

(Posted June 10, 2017)

The sun shone brightly as Madison Health celebrated its expansion and renovation project with a groundbreaking ceremony June 2.

More than 300 employees, physicians, volunteers, community members and dignitaries attended the ceremony, which commemorated the start of the $25 million project. The new addition is expected to open in late 2018.

“I cannot begin to thank the community enough for their support of Madison Health,” said Tom Blincoe, chairman of the hospital’s board of trustees and executive director at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. “It is a beautiful day and a lot of hard work has gone into this project.”

The project includes a 26,000 square-foot, two-story addition, which will house a new emergency department, cancer center and offices for medical specialists.

The program was highlighted by guest speaker, Dr. Michael Caligiuri, who spoke about cancer care in the community. Caligiuri is director of The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center and CEO of The James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute. He recently was selected to serve as president of the American Association for Cancer Research, the largest scientific organization in the world focused on cancer research.

“We are making unbelievable progress through partnerships such as the one with Madison Health,” he said. “Madison Health offers extraordinary patient care in a close-knit community, a medical community that provides the necessary continuum of care.”

The second-floor cancer center will have floor-to-ceiling windows surrounding the infusion bays, where chemotherapy pa-tients sit to receive their treatments, looking over green space.

A letter of commendation presented by State Rep. Bill Dean and London Mayor Patrick Closser officially declared June 2, 2017, as Madison Health Day in the city. State Sen. Robert Hackett also honored Madison Health with a proclamation.

“Celebration of this special event is a fitting tribute to Madison Health,” it read. “This outstanding healthcare provider has earned the gratitude and appreciation of many for its compassion and commitment, and the breaking of ground for its new expansion is a justifiable source of pride and an outstanding reflection not only on the organization itself, but also on the astute management, on its hard-working employees, and on the entire London community.”

Dr. Mitchell Spahn, co-chair of the Building on Excellence Campaign, concluded the ceremony by stating his trust in the project.

“When making any organizational changes, it’s important to know what you’re doing, who you’re doing it for and why you’re doing it,” he said. “I can assure you that Madison Health has identified each of these components and is committed to its mission of providing exceptional healthcare to the community in a respectful, compassionate and healing environment.”

In addition to the new cancer center, the 13,000 square-foot emergency department will feature an abundance of natural light, with windows in every private patient room. It will also feature a larger room for trauma care and a separate decontamination unit.

The current emergency room will remain open during the duration of the construction project, and staff will continue to provide the highest level of care to each patient.

Madison Health has partnered with healthcare architect firm, Trinity: PDA, to plan and design the project. Dublin-based O’Brien Robinson Construction Services is the construction manager.

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