Mount Carmel Health System opened its third standalone emergency department Tuesday in Reynoldsburg.
The $10.2 million project converted a former Walgreens at 2300 Baltimore-Reynoldsburg Road, about 20 minutes from Mount Carmel East hospital, which houses the Columbus system’s trauma center.
“We are committed to bringing Mount Carmel’s state-of-the-art facilities and expert care to more people across Central Ohio,” East President Unhee Kim said in a news release.
Mount Carmel has freestanding ERs in Franklinton, which replaced the former West hospital’s department, and Lewis Center, which also has an attached fitness and wellness center. The system also owns 70% of Diley Ridge Medical Center in Canal Winchester, a joint venture with Lancaster’s Fairfield Medical Center.
While always “looking for opportunities to provide greater access” throughout Central Ohio, Mount Carmel has no immediate plans for more ERs to announce, the system said in response to questions from Columbus Business First.
Mount Carmel’s Reynoldsburg primary care physician practice also moved to offices in the new 14,000-square-foot facility.
The department itself, which can accommodate ambulances and walk-ins, has 11 treatment rooms, including one with resuscitation equipment. There’s a room designed for behavioral health emergencies and fast-track rooms for patients with less urgent illnesses.
Andrews Architects designed the project and Elford Development was its lead contractor.
This is the 14th standalone ER in the region. Eight facilities opened from January 2017 to June 2018, with two more following in 2019, and they’ve been alleviating pressure for hospital emergency departments.
The site, an outlot to a shopping center just north of I-70’s Hill Road exit, sits between two OhioHealth Corp. ERs: 2 miles from the Reynoldsburg location and 2.5 miles from its Pickerington Medical Campus. The Columbus system plans to add a full hospital at Pickerington.