The face of health care is changing in Zanesville. On Friday, Genesis HealthCare System announced plans to launch a $125 million project.
A new medical center will be built on the grounds of Bethesda Hospital. President and CEO of Genesis Matthew Perry said a new patient care tower will be attached to the completely renovated Bethesda Hospital.
"We've got wonderful physicians, we have phenomenal staff, we've got a world class IT system and clinical technology," said Perry. "What we're lacking is a great facility to put it all in, and this project is going to help us bring all that together."
The expansion will include Centers of Excellence for heart and vascular, cancer, orthopedics, women's health, neuroscience and trauma/emergency. Perry said the project will boost the local economy and add at least 88 physicians to the hospital's staff.
"This is going to have an enormous economic impact on Zanesville," said Perry. "The project is $125 million, and we anticipate that it's somewhere between $250 and $320 million impact on just the construction project alone."
Genesis will finance the construction through a combination of bonds and a $15 million capital campaign. Perry said the idea has been in the works for over a decade, and he's excited to see it all come together.
"It feels great," said Perry. "The teamwork that we've created with our community, our board of trustees, and our entire hospital staff and physicians - we are on the verge of creating something really great here."
Perry said he hopes to break ground next fall. The new medical center is scheduled to open in early 2015.