BELPRE - Officials with Memorial Health System and the City of Belpre gathered at the Belpre Medical Campus on Farson Street Thursday morning for the groundbreaking of a third building.
"We have been pleased with the reception we have had with the medical campus in Belpre," said Marietta Memorial Hospital President and CEO Scott Cantley. "Belpre has been a great partner for us and we have planned an exciting expansion of hospital services."
Cantley said the construction and expansion of the facilities in Belpre have been the work of many people who have supported the growth of the hospital.
Photos by Jolene Craig
Memorial Health System and Belpre city officials pose during the groundbreaking ceremony of the upcoming free-standing emergency department at the Belpre Medical Campus off Farson Street Thursday morning. From left are Pat Minnite Sr. with the PM Company, MMH President and CEO Scott Cantley, MMH board of trustees chair Tom Tucker, MMH emergency medical director Dan Breece and Belpre Mayor Mike Lorentz.
"It has been a partnership between the city, the hospital board and the PM Company over the past three years," he said.
The third phase of the expansion of the medical campus on Farson Street just off U.S. 50 will include a free-standing, 24-hour emergency department and endoscopy services.
"We will have the full capacity and capability to treat all patients presenting at the emergency room," said Dr. Dan Breece, medical director of the MMH emergency department.
This includes 20 patient exam rooms, imaging services including CAT scan, X-ray and ultrasound as well as a full medical laboratory with the ability to draw and interpret results immediately. There will be an ambulance based at the facility around the clock to transfer more critical patients.
The latest facility is expected to have 50 or more employees and be staffed with the same physicians and nurses as the Marietta Memorial and Selby General hospitals' emergency departments.
Cantley said the emergency rooms at both the Marietta campus and Selby General Hospital have seen a 10 percent growth each year for the last several years and the hospital aims to aid their other facilities.
"Expanding our high level of emergency care beyond the main hospital is part of our overall strategic approach," Cantley said. "We're continually finding ways to improve our patients' access to the trusted experts and valued services they seek at the Memorial Health System."
This facility will join the first phase that includes primary care and specialty physician offices, diagnostic services, the Strecker Cancer Center and Physicians Care Express and the second phase, which is expected to open this July.
Mayor Mike Lorentz said he has lived in the city his entire life and cannot remember something of such a large magnitude taking place in Belpre.
"It has been a blessing to this entire city," Lorentz said. "Marietta Memorial Hospital is now the largest employer in the city."