TROY — The steady rain didn’t dampen the spirits of the Kettering Health Network team as they unveiled the first look at the three-story, nearly 100,000-square-foot hospital on West Main Street in Troy.
On Thursday, Executive Vice President of Kettering Health Network and President of Kettering Medical Center Jarrod McNaughton led the crowd in song, singing “Showers of Blessings” before proceeding with official introductions, the welcome and a ground-breaking ceremony.
Kettering Health Network and local officials broke ground to mark the beginning of a new era where the former ITW/Hobart Brothers manufacturing facility once stood. The facility is expected to cost approximately $60 million and open in late 2018.
Construction is expected to start within 10 days and will take approximately 18 months to complete.
CEO of Kettering Health Network Fred Manchur said Kettering chose the city of Troy for its energy and vibrancy.
“Troy is a vibrant city. If you take a look at the industries that have come in to this community — it’s young, it’s energetic and there’s a growth pattern here,” he said. “We have not focused on the north (Miami Valley) like we should have over the years … we’ve finally now realized that this is a special community and we want to be part of it. Even though we have patients from Troy in our facilities, we thought it was time to bring care right here into their community.”
Troy Mayor Michael Beamish welcomed Kettering Health Network officials, which chose Troy as its first site north of Interstate 70.
“On behalf of all of us from the city of Troy and Miami County and the entire northern Miami Valley, we welcome Kettering Health Network and we thank you for choosing Troy,” Beamish said.
Manchur said the facility will be focused “heavy on the outpatient” perspective.
“If you look at our facility and you look at the competition, they are pretty much entrenched in the inpatient side — that doesn’t mean they aren’t doing outpatient — but we are focusing on where we are today and where we are going tomorrow and that is an outpatient venue,” he added.
Manchur said health care is always evolving and changing and the Troy hospital facility will reflect those changing health care trends such as the 65 percent of business within the KHN is outpatient-based.
The Troy Hospital will feature an emergency room, a surgery center, admission beds, imaging, lab services and medical offices.
Manchur said the Troy facility will be “something unique and special.”
“This facility, is not only going to have inpatient, but we’ll be focusing on the outpatient folks. We want to keep you out of the hospital. This is not a time in our history to focus heavy on inpatient beds. We do need some, we always need some, but at the end of the day, it’s going to be how to keep you healthy and how do we keep you out of the hospital. We want to get you in and out quickly,” he said. “This hospital will be changing. It will have to be one that is flexible, nimble. We’ve got to move quickly, we’ve got to move with the times. We’ve got to have the technology and the connectivity.”
Manchur said the facility — with medical offices — will offer a quality patient experience and said KHN will do its best to work with local physicians and bring its own health care experts to the Troy facility.
“You are going to reap a real unique benefit here,” he said. “We’ll bring in the specialists, we’ll bring in specialties that you may not even have. They may have to come in for periods of time through the week, we’ll have to see what the demand is.”
Manchur stressed the importance of faith to the network, adding that they encourage prayer from the board room to the operating room.
“We pray for the patients going into surgery every day. That’s important. That’s a value and we need to get back to some of our values in our country,” he said.
Kettering Health Network is a not-for-profit network of eight hospitals, 10 emergency departments, and 120 outpatient facilities serving southwest Ohio. The network’s hospitals are Kettering Grandview, Sycamore, Southview, Greene Memorial, Soin, Fort Hamilton, and Kettering Behavorial Medicine.