Meigs ER to open this fall

Sarah Hawley

March 13, 2014

ROCKSPRINGS — Driving along U.S. 33/Ohio 7 in Meigs County, i’s easy to see the progress taking place near Meigs High School on what will become a 24-hour stand-alone emergency room.

The groundbreaking ceremony for the facility was conducted last August and construction began almost immediately.

The facility will be operated by Holzer Health System and is being constructed through a collaborative effort with the Meigs County Community Improvement Corporation.

On Thursday, Gretchen Nutter, executive director of urgent, emergency and trauma services at Holzer Health System, gave an update on the construction of the facility.

The project is currently four weeks behind schedule due to the extreme winter weather this year.

While construction is slightly behind schedule, the facility is still projected to open in early October.

“We are currently completing the exterior sheathing and insulation, and continuing the roofing install. Masonry work will be started as soon as the weather permits,” Nutter said. “We began pouring the floor today.”

Hiring for the new facility will also begin soon.

“We will soon be hiring an ED unit manager and expect to begin the process for all other staff hiring within the next few months,” Nutter said.

The facility will be part of the Meigs County Health Care Campus located off Pomeroy Pike.

The campus also includes Hopewell Health Centers (formerly Family Healthcare) and the recently completed Meigs County Emergency Operations Center. The emergency room and the operations center will be side by side with a helipad located between them. Hopewell Health Center is on the opposite side of the road.

The opening of the facility is expected to create about 30 new full-time positions.

The facility will feature a 24-hour staffed emergency department equipped with state-of-the-art technology.

The building, designed by Don Dispenza of Panich and Noel, will include eight treatment rooms, one double trauma room, two triage rooms, lab, pharmacy, and general radiation and CT suite, along with areas for the public and staff.

Kinsale Corp. of Chester, Ohio, is the contractor for the project.

The $6 million ER facility is financed by Ohio Valley Bank, with the commissioners having previously approved a bond resolution for the project.