Mount Carmel West considering move to Grove City

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Coleman Rodeo Clown

Circleville, OH

#1 Sep 7, 2013
Mount Carmel Health System might move its inpatient hospital at the Mount Carmel West campus in Franklinton to Grove City, The Dispatch has learned.

Though Mount Carmel would maintain a presence at its existing campus, most of the 372-bed hospital’s more than 1,600 jobs are at stake. And a move likely would complicate the city’s efforts to redevelop a downtrodden Franklinton neighborhood that is in the nascent stages of recovery.

Mount Carmel spokesman Jason Koma emphasized that “no decisions have been made” about relocating the hospital to Grove City. But he confirmed that the possibility of an inpatient hospital in Grove City was part of recent “scenario-development” meetings with employees.

“Mount Carmel Health System is committed to our mission of improving the health and wellness in the communities that we serve,” Koma said.“That includes the Franklinton community,” where Koma said the hospital has had a presence for more than 125 years.

The new hospital, if built, would be on the grounds of the Mount Carmel Grove City Medical Center, which is in the final stages of construction on Hoover Road near the intersection of I-71 and Rt. 665. A free-standing emergency department and an adjacent medical office building are to open there next year, but it would be at least five years before a bigger hospital opens on the more than 100 acres that Mount Carmel owns.

Mount Carmel has not yet approached its parent, Livonia, Mich.-based CHE Trinity Health, about funding a new hospital, according to an employee who attended one of the meetings and spoke on condition of anonymity. The cost of such a hospital would run into the hundreds of millions of dollars, this person said. It would have at least 200 inpatient beds.

Hospital officials told employees that many of the patients who stay in the hospital in Franklinton come from Grove City, and “they want to relocate so it’s more convenient for the consumer,” the employee said.

The employee said that if the hospital moves, Mount Carmel plans to maintain many services at the existing Franklinton campus, though it would no longer have acute-care inpatient beds. Those services that would remain include an obstetrics clinic and physical rehabilitation, as well as a possible expansion of psychiatric, drug and alcohol services.

Also, the hospital’s emergency department would remain, but patients who need to be admitted after treatment would be transferred to another hospital, the employee said.Nationwide, many city hospitals have relocated to the suburbs, where many of their more profitable patients live.Through a spokesman, Columbus Mayor Michael B. Coleman said Mount Carmel officials have “been unclear of their intentions” and that he is aware they might relocate some jobs.

It’s unknown how much income-tax revenue the 1,613 hospital jobs — which amount to the equivalent of 1,237 full-time jobs — generate for the city. If the average annual hospital salary is $50,000, the loss of those jobs would cost the city about $1.5 million a year in income-tax revenue.

But more important, the hospital’s relocation would complicate a partnership with the city to revitalize west Franklinton.

Coleman announced a plan in his State of the City address this year to use Mount Carmel as an anchor to rebuild the neighborhood, much like the partnerships with Nationwide Children’s Hospital to revitalize the Near East Side and University Hospital East on the East Side.

Those projects required millions of dollars of investment from Nationwide and Ohio State University, along with at least $5 million in public money for the two. The area around Mount Carmel West, which extends west of Rt. 315 to I-70, is in dire need of help to turn around a 27 percent home-vacancy rate and a 28 percent unemployment rate. Nearly 50 percent of residents there live below the poverty line, according to the city’s data.

Williamson said Coleman is fighting to keep the jobs in the city.

“animis opibusque parati”

Since: Oct 12

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#2 Sep 7, 2013
The continuation of the "hospital's emergency department" and the "expansion of psychiatric, drug and alcohol services" in that location seems entirely appropriate. Grant and Mt. Carmel West can hold a weekly GSW count contest.
Coleman Rodeo Clown

Circleville, OH

#3 Sep 7, 2013
Run, Mount Carmel, run! Get out of the 2nd Detroit!
Coleman Rodeo Clown

Circleville, OH

#4 Sep 7, 2013
GSW without a payor source, nothing new in Franklin County. Grant will follow. OSU will stay, they need those patients to teach/practice on.
Enzyte Bob

United States

#5 Sep 7, 2013
Two hospitals Downtown (OSU East and Grant) and two within a couple of miles of Downtown (OSU and Riverside) are plenty. This makes lots of sense so you can be sure that all the community groups will start agitating to shake down Mt. Carmel.
Real Tea Party

Columbus, OH

#6 Sep 7, 2013
Coleman Rodeo Clown wrote:
Run, Mount Carmel, run! Get out of the 2nd Detroit!
What happened to Franklinton revitalization plan? I thought them council boys and Coleman sold their pitch to everyone? or not?
Real Tea Party

Columbus, OH

#7 Sep 7, 2013
Or maybe it is just a hoax.

“Zuzu's Petals”

Since: Sep 10

Bedford Falls

#8 Sep 8, 2013
Enzyte Bob wrote:
Two hospitals Downtown (OSU East and Grant) and two within a couple of miles of Downtown (OSU and Riverside) are plenty. This makes lots of sense so you can be sure that all the community groups will start agitating to shake down Mt. Carmel.
I don't think they will care. I heard this news sometime ago from one of the doctors at MCMC. They will leave and I think it is good.

“Zuzu's Petals”

Since: Sep 10

Bedford Falls

#9 Sep 8, 2013
Real Tea Party wrote:
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What happened to Franklinton revitalization plan? I thought them council boys and Coleman sold their pitch to everyone? or not?
Who listens to Coleman?
Real Tea Party

Columbus, OH

#10 Sep 8, 2013
Zoe Regen wrote:
<quoted text>
Who listens to Coleman?
The white liberals and blacks in Columbus! Obviously you don't expect someone from Olentangy or Dublin gives a crap

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