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MetroHealth is laying the foundation for a healthier future by building a new community health center in Middleburg Heights, which will provide more services to southern Cuyahoga County residents closer to their homes.

The approximately 57,000-square-foot health center will occupy a 10 acre campus on Pearl Road at I-71. The center is slated to open in the first half of 2013. It will be the first of four new health centers, changing the way MetroHealth delivers high-quality care.

The MetroHealth Middleburg Heights Health Center will offer MetroExpressCare, imaging, primary care, and specialties including cardiology, neurology, orthopaedics, obstetrics and gynecology, and dermatology. Patients will also have access to physical and occupational therapy for rehabilitation.

By bringing healthcare services to the community in an outpatient setting, MetroHealth is continuing to meet its mission of providing access to high-quality, affordable healthcare for all residents of Cuyahoga County. The Middleburg Heights location is the first step in MetroHealth’s plan to expand its community-based system of care and to deliver care in a more cost-effective setting.

“More healthcare is being delivered in outpatient centers today and MetroHealth wants to be on the forefront of that cost-saving movement,” said Mark Moran, CEO and President of MetroHealth. “The expansion of our ambulatory network aims to provide greater access to MetroHealth’s comprehensive set of services close to home.”

The new location will replace MetroHealth’s busy health center in nearby Strongsville, where increased patient demand has required expansion of services.

The $23 million project will be funded with Build America Bonds that MetroHealth issued in 2010. The MetroHealth Middleburg Heights Health Center is expected to break even in its second year and the local economy will gain 60 jobs, such as nurses and technologists.

“MetroHealth’s physicians have been highly involved in the planning of our Middleburg Heights Health Center since the beginning,” said William Lewis, MD, Chairman of the Market Development Campaign and leader of the network expansion initiative. “They have helped design a building with our patients’ best interest in mind, providing accessible and high-quality services to all in one convenient location.”

Article Courtesy of WOIO 19 Action News

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