Community Health Services plans to open its new Wood County facility on U.S. Route 20 in Stony Ridge in April. Construction is currently underway for the two-story building.
The 6,700 square-foot facility is located at 5734 Fremont Pike. Joe Liszak, chief executive officer of Community Health Services, estimates the construction and related costs are about $1.1 million.
Liszak, a graduate of Lake High School, 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.
“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.
CHS is also purchasing the former carry-out next door, which will be razed and become green space.
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. Community Health Services began in 1970.