In February, officials with Southern Ohio Medical Center (SOMC) gathered to ceremoniously break ground on what will be a new $10 million facility on the SOMC South Campus in Portsmouth. The building is expected to be open for business on September 1.
Once open, the building will house urgent and family Care, occupational medicine, an outpatient imaging center, pharmacy, outpatient lab services and a new data center to support the technological growth of the hospital.
“With the combination of the urgent care and family care service line, we hope to take the stress of the decision away from the patient. If you’re sick, you could show up here and be seen by your family doctor the same day. If you’re sick and this is not your family doctor, you can come here and be treated by urgent care,” said Justin Clark, director of plant operations at SOMC. “We’re trying to provide all of flexibility we can to improve access, with the same quality of service in one location.”
Ben Gill, SOMC vice president of safety and support services, said at the time of the ground breaking.
“Patients can expect the same urgent care services they are used to having on our south campus,” Gill said.
Gill said the project came about because SOMC’s desire to improve patient access primary and family care.
Once complete, the new facility will house a pharmacy available to everyone.
Clark said everyone that visits the facility will have a chance to get their prescription filled for them before they walk out the door. He said this is a service that is available at the SOMC facility in Wheelersburg.
“You’ll be able to pickup the medication before you leave and don’t have to make that extra stop,” Clark said.
Clark said the new facility will house an MRI and various other imaging services.
“Right now we only offer MRI at the main hospital and we offer a Mobil CT Scan and MRI in Waverly, West Union and Vanceburg (Kentucky). We’re trying to make access easier for those outpatients that don’t have to be at the hospital,” Clark said.
The building is 47,500 square feet that includes a first floor, second floor and a small third floor for mechanical equipment.
“Everything we’re doing here is to supplement existing volumes as well as provide a little room for growth,” Clark said.
He said the general contractor on the project is WAI Construction Group of Piketon and there have been a number of local sub-contractors on the project.
“We worked really hard with them (WAI Construction Group) to make sure we had a lot of local contractors on the job. J&H Erectors did the steel erection for us, West End Electric did the electrical for us and BB&E did the HVAC and Mechanical Construction did the plumbing,” Clark said.
There has been an open house on August 25.
For more information about the programs and activities at SOMC, visit somc.org.
Wayne Allen can be reached at 740-353-3101 ext. 1933 or @WayneallenPDT