BEAVERCREEK — Soin Medical Center broke ground on an $8.2 million expansion to its emergency department on Thursday.
The expansion will add 22,000 square feet of space to the current department and will add 12 exam rooms, one nurses’ station and supply areas. This expansion will push the department’s capacity to 26 beds.
The groundbreaking ceremony occurred in what is now a parking lot outside the center, and over the course of the next nine months, that parking lot will be turned into the one-story expansion.
Soin, a part of the Kettering Health Network, opened in 2012, and at the time directors planned for an expansion to the emergency department in 2017. Over time, however, the need for an expansion sooner than that original date became apparent. Terry Burns, president of Soin Medical Center, said the center has been more successful than projected.
“We’ve outgrown the space,” he said. “Our current utilization is about 120 percent of the normal per-bed use in a hospital. This will let us continue to grow and absorb the volume that we’ve got now correctly.”
Burns expects the expansion to open in the first or second quarter of 2015 and estimated that it would create between 20 and 25 new jobs.
“If we care for the patients around us, we will be successful,” Burns said. “That appears to be a formula that still works. If you care for those in your area, you’ll be successful and that’s what we’re doing.”