By MORGAN MANNS
ProMedica Fostoria Community Hospital is making your health its mission in a new way with the renovation of a West Fourth Street building complex.
In an effort to make patient care more effective, efficient and expedient, the hospital is revamping the current ProMedica Medical Center to fit more services under one roof.
“We see our patients’ needs changing,” Julie Reinhart, FCH senior specialist, marketing manager, said. “We’re very excited about working together to reinvest in new facilities and equipment for local patients.”
The $1.6 million project, being completed by Alvada ACI Construction Co. Inc., will refurbish the garden level, or basement level, of the 8,000 square-foot building.
All orthopedic services, except for surgeries, will be provided in the building. The garden level will be largely dedicated to orthopedic services with a clinic specialized to orthopedic patients. Consultations, follow-ups and other non-emergency care will be provided through Northwest Ohio Orthopedic and Sports Medicine with doctors Brian Hecht and Michael Tremains.
“A lot of people from Fostoria, even though it’s close, will drive to Findlay for appointments,” Hecht said. “We want to let them know that the services are provided here and they can stay in town.”
Hecht and Tremains will continue to work at the hospital but will also spend time working in the clinic.
In addition, ProMedica Total Rehab Fostoria, currently located at 610 Plaza Drive, will move all of its equipment and services to the new location, 455 W. Fourth St., when construction is complete. Current services will continue to be provided, including occupational, physical and speech therapy, and pediatric and geriatric services.
Additional equipment is expected to be purchased for the renovated building, including an X-ray machine, which will be located in a room of its own with other apparatus used when dealing with X-rays.
“It’s sort of a one-stop shop,” Reinhart said. “All of the preparation for surgery and all of the post-op and rehabilitation can be done under one roof.”
The building will be more accessible as well, with the installation of an elevator that will move from the first floor to the garden level in addition to the numerous stairwells. Going in one direction from the elevator will lead to the therapy area, while going the other direction will lead to the orthopedic services.
Therapy bays will line the south wall of the garden level, offering more privacy to patients than currently provided. All exercise equipment from Total Rehab will be placed in a central lobby area next to the bays with an open reception desk.
Orthopedic services will be offered in clinic rooms along the east and north sides of the building. A waiting room and reception area will be directly across from the rooms next to the therapy lobby. Hallways weave through the garden level, allowing for easy access to the different orthopedic and therapy rooms as well as bathrooms.
“I lot of people don’t want to visit the doctor or don’t want to make multiple trips to various places so they just live with (their pain),” Reinhart said. “But if you don’t have your health, you really don’t have anything. By putting everything under one roof, we’re focusing on the needs of the patients and making it more convenient for them to get the care they need to live the best lives they can.”
The entire property, which is approximately five acres, was donated by Norton Manufacturing (now known as NSI Crankshaft) to the hospital foundation in 2009. It was transformed from a factory office to a medical office when it began housing Drs. Badik & Badik family practices in 2011, a project that cost nearly $400,000.
Reinhart said it is undetermined when the building was first built; however, the piping indicates the building might have been constructed in the late 1970s, according to construction workers.
“When they donated the building, we had a vision,” Reinhart said. “We have a lot of pride in the development out there. It’s nice to see that building come to new life, so to speak.”
This project serves as the second installment of a long-term plan for the building.
The third installment includes renovation to the remaining first floor rooms, which will eventually serve as offices for other ProMedica primary care physicians, according to Reinhart.
The parking lot area to the east of the building may be expanded to accommodate additional customer parking. The hospital doesn’t have any plans as of yet for the exterior areas of the campus, Reinhart said. The only entrance to the parking lot currently is from West Fourth Street, which intersects Findlay, South Countyline, South Union and South Wood streets. The building cannot be accessed from West Lytle Street, as Reinhart said many people assume.
Construction began March 5 and was expected to be completed within seven months, according to Reinhart.
Although no date has been set, hospital officials are crossing their fingers in hopes to have a grand opening in October; however, the public viewing will be dependent on the arrival of equipment.
“It’s less about the brick and mortar and more about patient comfort and alleviating emotional concerns,” Reinhart said. “We encourage the community to see and feel that difference and familiarize themselves with the location.
“As a health care provider in the community, we want to be able to develop the kinds of services our patients need. In completing this project, we’re pretty proud and excited to offer this kind of care.”
For more information about ProMedica Total Rehab Fostoria, call 419-436-8320. To learn more about orthopedic services, call ProMedica Fostoria Community Hospital Surgery Center at 419-436-6646. For more information about ProMedica Fostoria Community Hospital, visit www.promedica.org/fostoria.