The management of a primary health care system plans to open a new facility in Troy Township by March of next year.
Joe Liszak, chief executive officer of Community Health Services, said the purchase of property at 5734 Fremont Pike has been completed as have the required building and zoning permits for the 6,700-square-foot, two-story facility.
He estimated the construction and related costs are about $1.1 million.
Liszak said the facility will be staffed by physicians providing care in family practice, pediatrics, and possibly obstetrics/gynecology.
There will be nine exam rooms and one procedure room.
Liszak said there will also be a community room that will be available for non-profit groups to use.
Patients covered by Medicare, Medicaid, private insurance or are self-insured will be accepted, he said.
“We were recently awarded funding through the Department of Health and Human Services to open a health center site in Wood County,” Liszak said. “We looked around and we’re originally going to go to Bowling Green. When that didn’t work out we decided to look farther north and realized some of the communities like Millbury, Stony Ridge, Pemberville, and Luckey didn’t have many physicians in that rural area. This is centrally located to those areas. Anybody from any town can come and receive care.”
The HHS grant can be applied to operational costs, while construction expenses are being paid by CHS.
Farmer Savings Bank had a branch located at the site. Liszak said CHS had considered renovating that building but decided those costs would have been prohibitive.
The building has been razed.
“We wanted to have a presence in the community and give it a new building,” he said. “This is perfect for us, being in a high traffic area. We looked at another medical facility but it was out on a country road. We wanted the high visibility.”
Liszak is a graduate of Lake High School.
CHS has seven facilities in Henry, Seneca, Huron, and Sandusky counties and offers services in family practice, pediatrics, podiatry, internal medicine, obstetrics, gynecology, and dentistry.
About 20 physicians are on the organization’s staff.
Liszak credited John Schulte, whose family owned the bank parcel and adjacent parcels, for helping CHS complete the purchase and wade through the permit process.
The Wood County Planning Commission had to approve the merger of three parcels into one parcel for the facility.
Schulte, a member of the Troy Township Zoning Commission, called the medical facility a “good addition” to the Stony Ridge community.
Community Health Services began in 1970.