Honda has given $600,000 toward the new Mary Rutan Health Center under construction in Bellefontaine.
The $25 million facility, near the U.S. 33 and U.S. 68 intersection, will house an urgent care center, expanded rehabilitation services and new sports medicine facility. It’s slated to open in early 2018.
“We believe that the health center is important for the Logan County community, especially bringing the urgent care center to our community,” said Mandy Goble, president of Mary Rutan Hospital.
The money from Honda will go toward the construction of the facility, she said, although it’s specific use hasn’t been decided yet.
“The project is even closer to completion with today’s announcement,” she said.
The donation is part of Honda’s philanthropy program. The company has supported the hospital for more than 20 years, according to Hank Real, division manager of Honda’s HR and administration division. It also donated $600,000 each to Wilson Memorial Hospital in Sidney and Memorial Hospital of Union County in Marysville.
“Our mission at Honda is to be a company that the community wants to exist,” Real said. “We really think being here today, being able to support this project is entirely consistent with that mission.”
Honda is a major employer in the region, with about 1,400 workers from Clark and Champaign counties.
The Logan County community is vital to the work Honda does, Real said.
“So many of our associates live here and their families reside here,” he said. “So to be able to support the community in this way is really special for us.”
The new facility will employ about 100 medical professionals and support staff, including about 25 new hires. It will make seeing a doctor in Logan County more convenient, the Springfield News-Sun previously reported.
People want to be able to see a doctor immediately, Chad Ross, Mary Rutan Hospital vice president of operations previously told the Springfield News-Sun.
The urgent care facility will allow them to do that. The new facility will also include space for the hospital to continue to expand for the next ten to 15 years, he said, as well as space for retailers.
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