By Linda Collins
For the Fairborn Daily Herald
MAD RIVER TOWNSHIP — Employees living in Mad River Township, the Village of Enon, Western Clark County and surrounding areas will soon have access to a local walk-in occupational health clinic with a variety of services under one roof.
Final preparations are underway for the official opening of Citran Occupational Health LLC, located in the new Dean Medical Center, 7774 Dayton-Springfield Road in the township. According to Citran Clinical Director Ellen Sue Wise, a nationally board-certified and state-licensed physician assistant, the clinic could open its doors as early as Tuesday, Sept. 6.
“We are aiming to be open for business after the Labor Day weekend,” Wise said. “This is the first occupational health clinic to open in Mad River Township, and we anticipate that the clinic will draw clients from Clark County and several neighboring counties.”
The full-service clinic, which consists of six, specially equipped exam rooms and one procedure room, will offer comprehensive medical care, including on-site X-rays, for those individuals with work-related injuries and illnesses. Wise said the clinic will handle occupational health exams, such as Department of Transportation (DOT) and school bus driver physicals, and will be a local provider of drug and alcohol-screening services designed to meet the highest standards in the areas of regulatory compliance and specimen handling.
The facility will also be a local resource for workers who need hearing, pulmonary functioning, and vision testing. In addition, the clinic will offer assistance to companies conducting random drug testing for employees and workplace evaluations for preventative medicine.
“The clinic will function like an urgent care or emergency room for acute injuries. Therefore, if an employee has a work related injury, he or she can just walk into the clinic. Workers who need drug screens can walk into the clinic as well,” said Wise. “Anyone needing a physical or other tests can just call the clinic to schedule an appointment.”
Along with Wise, the clinical staff will include Dr. Jacob Dean, MD, who is the medical director and president of the clinic, Clinical Nurse Consultant Mary Ann Stanfill, RN, and Billing Specialist and Registrar Kimberly Kelly-White.
“Mary Ann Stanfill has been in charge of several clinics over the past years and brings a wealth of knowledge to our clinic. Kim Kelly-White is very experience as well and will process all BWC (Bureau of Workers’ Compensation) billing which will benefit both the patients and the companies that employ them,” said Wise. “At this time, Dr. Dean and I will be the only providers, but other professionals will be added to the team as we continue to grow.”
The clinic will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Employees who want to schedule an appointment can contact the clinic at 937-340-6488.
The new occupational health clinic is just one of a number of specialized services that will be offered at the $3.5 million medical center which was funded by Wesbanco and developed by Synergy Building Systems. Currently, the 16,000-square-foot space centrally houses Western Medicine Family Physicians. Once construction is completed, the new medical center will provide physical therapy by Tuttle Rehab, lab services by LabCorp, functional medicine by Dr. Melody Hartzler, and X-ray services by Citran Imaging. Plans are also underway to open a weight loss center at the facility in the near future.
According to Dr. Dean, who is also the administrator of Western Medicine, the family practice, which was located at 7790 Dayton-Springfield Road since 2005 outgrew the 4,000-square-foot-space. Also, a market research conducted by Synergy Building Systems Developer Jerad Barnett showed a lack of similar medical practices in the Fairborn area which attributed to Western Medicine’s steady growth over the years and the need for the new building.
“I have been thinking about the project for around five years, but I really started to put it together one year ago,” Dean said. “I want to provide services that would otherwise only be available in Springfield or Beavercreek, and therefore, patients would not have to travel so far.”
The new office includes 5,600 square feet of space for the family practice, including 22 exam rooms and amble room for additional providers. Dean said that several specialists have been added to his part-time staff, including Dr. Ashraf Koraym, a Greene County cardiologist, Dr. Kevin Zartman of Springfield Orthopedic and Sports Institute LLC, and Dr. Challa Ajit of Springfield Gastroenterology. He noted that the family practice accepts all healthcare plans as well.
“We have been in the Enon/Fairborn area since 2003 and have grown with the community. I have seen so many doctors leave the area, and patients want a doctor that is rooted in the community,” said Dean.
An official date for an open house of the Dean Medical Center has not been confirmed. However, Dean said he is anticipating that all construction would be completed, and the medical center would be fully occupied with tenants sometime in October.
“We would like to welcome the community to come out and tour the facility. We are very excited to move forward with providing the surrounding communities with top quality health care,” Dean said.
Linda Collins is a freelance reporter for Greene County News.