Kettering Health Network recently completed a multi-million dollar purchase in the area, solidifying its presence in Springfield’s healthcare market.
The $2.5 million purchase, completed last month, was for the building that has housed the network’s Springfield Health Center at 2100 Emmanuel Way, according to the Clark County Auditor’s Office.
The property was previously owned by Springfield Professional Suites LTD.
Kettering Health began leasing space for the Springfield clinic, its first location in Clark County, after the building’s previous occupant Crystal Clear Imaging closed there in 2017.
“We have had patients asking us to add locations in Springfield for some time. We decided to expand as a result of that input,” said Rick Dodds, the president of Soin Medical Center and Greene Memorial Hospital in Greene County. Those hospitals are administered by Kettering Health.
The Springfield location previously offered mainly imaging and primary care services. However, in the months preceding Kettering Health’s decision to purchase the space, a number of specialists have been added.
“Our purchase allows us the flexibility to meet (patient) demands in the future,” Dodds said, stating that services added to the facility relate to women’s health, orthopedic care and heart and vascular care.
“As the community continues to engage with (Kettering Health), we will continue to respond with what services are needed,” he said, noting that the space is almost full.
Horton Hobbs, the vice president of economic development for the Chamber of Greater Springfield, said the healthcare field is extremely competitive throughout Ohio and beyond as providers look to increase their presence in local markets.
Hobbs said one of the effects this has on Clark County is that there has been “a continuation of options for health services” in the area. A recent medical expansion in the area includes Mercy Health’s decision to build an emergency department in Enon, which is slated to open next month.
However, the industry as a whole can be very volatile due to frequent mergers and acquisitions within the industry as well as increased regulations and public policy changes on the national level, Hobbs said.
Representatives of Kettering Health said there are currently no plans to add additional space to the Springfield facility. However, they plan to further expand their reach in the area in the near future.
Dodds said that includes expanding the number of independent physicians in the area that are affiliated with the health network.
“Our overall goal is to service patients in their own communities,” he said.