Mount Carmel Announces Major Expansion and Renovation Plans
It’s no secret that Mount Carmel Health Systems has been exploring new possibilities in Grove City for the past two years, but yesterday afternoon the big announcement was officially made. The hospital system will be building a $355 million expansion that includes a five-story medical office building and seven-story inpatient hospital building totaling a combined 620,000 square feet of space. The buildings would complement the existing emergency center and offices completed recently just north of State Route 665.
“The first phase of Mount Carmel Grove City opened just last year and has been embraced by the residents of Grove City and the surrounding communities to an even greater extent than expected,” said Sean McKibben, president and COO of Mount Carmel West. “This expansion will meet the growing need for healthcare in one of the fastest growing parts of our community.”
The expansion is expected to be complete in 2018, and inpatient operations will then transfer from Mount Carmel West in Franklinton to the new Grove City hospital. While many jobs will be shifted out of the Franklinton neighborhood, Mount Carmel has pledged $46 million to renovating the 130-year old location, transforming it into a heath and education campus for the organization. That means expanded room for the Mount Carmel College of Nursing program located there, as well as the retention of primary care and emergency services.
“I have had an opportunity to review the general plans that Mount Carmel has for the site,” said Jim Sweeney, Executive Director at The Franklinton Development Association. “Without knowing the particulars, I’m positive about the future investment and development opportunities this presents for the neighborhood and fully expect FDA to be a development partner with Mount Carmel as they move forward on this plan.”
A renovated Mount Carmel West would have a goal beyond just healthcare services. Claus von Zychlin, president and CEO of Mount Carmel Health System, says that it would also be designed to attract new commercial, residential and social development inline with the existing West Franklinton neighborhood plans.
The third piece of yesterday’s announcement is a $310 million modernization to Mount Carmel East, which would include the construction of a new five-story patient care building in addition to renovations of existing buildings. That project is expected to begin this spring and would be completed in phases through 2019.
Together, all three projects total a $711 million investment in the three medical campuses.
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All renderings via Mount Carmel.