June 4, 2023

Memorial Health System breaks ground on freestanding ER in Athens | News, Sports, Jobs

A groundbreaking was held Thursday for a new Memorial Health System freestanding Emergency Department on Columbus Road in Athens. (Photo Provided)

ATHENS, Ohio — The Memorial Health System in Marietta is expanding its services in Athens.

A groundbreaking was held Thursday for a standalone Emergency Department on Columbus Road that is planned to open in July.

It will join Memorial’s Athens Department of Primary Care and Athens Department of Specialty Care, which includes cardiology, general surgery, orthopedic surgery, podiatry, lifestyle medicine and ear, nose and throat care.

“The Memorial Health System treats a sizable number of patients in the Athens and surrounding area,” said Scott Cantley, Memorial Health System president and CEO. “Our new freestanding emergency department will add to the quality, compassionate care of our other providers, close to home.”

The 20,000-square-foot facility will cost about $20 million and an additional 50 jobs, according to a press release from the health system.

The Emergency Department will be equipped with technology and resources including CT scanning, ultrasound, lab services and X-ray services. Patients will be able to receive treatment for emergency conditions including chest pain, stroke, trauma injuries, severe pain, broken bones, cuts, burns and more, the release said.

Should a condition require additional advanced treatment, surgery or inpatient care, patients would be stabilized and transported to the Marietta Memorial Hospital main campus, the release said.

Memorial Health System is experienced in providing top-rated care at freestanding ERs, the release said, noting the emergency facility in Belpre has been recognized in the top 10 percent in the nation for patient satisfaction.

In November, Memorial will add Departments of Orthopedics, Obstetrics & Gynecology and Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine.

“Memorial Health System has an excellent partnership with Ohio University and Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine and looks forward to deepening that relationship and offering services to the entire community,” the release said.

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