The Press Newspaper
Community Health Services is ready to unveil its newest facility to the public.
The Fremont-based health care system will hold an open house June 1 from 1-4 p.m. at its location at 5734 Fremont Pike in Stony Ridge.
Joe Liszak, chief executive officer of Community Health Services, said the Stony Ridge facility will be the ninth office CHS is operating in Henry, Seneca, Huron, Sandusky, and Wood counties.
Cheri Diller, M.D., a family practice physician, has been hired for the new facility, which will also be staffed by an office employee and a nurse, Liszak said. A nurse practitioner and physician’s assistant will also be hired by this fall.
“We plan to eventually have three doctors for the site,” he said.
A separately owned full-service laboratory will also have office space at the site, which has nine exam rooms and one procedure room. A community room is also available for use by non-profit groups.
The 6,800-square-foot, two-story building cost about $1.1 million to construct.
CHS was awarded a grant by the Department of Health and Human Services to open a health center in Wood County. Operational costs are covered by the grant but CHS financed the construction expenses.
Liszak said the Stony Ridge location in Troy Township will meet a public need.
“Except for the City of Perrysburg, there are not a lot of physician offices in the Stony Ridge area,” he said. “This will open access for anybody who needs primary care.”
Patients covered by Medicare, Medicaid, private insurance or are self-insured will be accepted, Liszak said. A sliding fee scale can be established for patients, including those who are employed but uninsured, he added.
Those visiting the facility during the open house can fill out patient registration forms.
Although it isn’t part of ProMedica, a non-profit health care organization that serves Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan, Liszak said CHS has a “very good working relationship with ProMedica.”
A Farmer Savings Bank had a branch office located at the site. Liszak said CHS had considered renovating that building but decided it would have been too costly.
“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.”
CHS was formed in 1970.