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OhioHealth to launch freestanding ED network

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OhioHealth, based in  Cleveland, will spend $60 million to start a network of freestanding emergency departments to open in 2018, reports The Columbus Dispatch.

The health system will build freestanding EDs in Hilliard, Obetz and Grove City. It will also build a $46.5 million 26-bed surgical inpatient hospital in Grove City.

Steve Markovitch, OhioHealth’s senior vice president of central Ohio operations, told The Dispatch that the project is not part of a “growth strategy,” but  is meant to redistribute healthcare services closer to patients in their own communities.

From 2005 to 2014, the number of hospitals with freestanding EDs in the U.S. more than doubled, to 300 from 146.

To read The Dispatch’s article, please hit this link.

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