Atrium Medical Center officials will be attending tonight’s Middletown Planning Commission meeting to share their concerns about a proposed project by Kettering Health Network, according to an Atrium spokesperson.
Michael Uhl, president of Atrium Medical Center, expressed concerns about Kettering Health Network’s rezoning request to build a full hospital in Middletown, about one mile from Atrium.
“… we share the same concerns of many others in the community regarding the impact overbuilding may have on rising health care costs,” Uhl said in a statement.
When the planning commission approved variances for Kettering Health Network’s first plans in May, City Planner Ashley Combs said the Law Department had no objections to the project.
Combs said that the city worked closely with Kettering Health Network throughout the process.
“Staff believes this project will be a great addition to the East End,” Combs said in May.
Kettering Middletown’s plans as approved in May were expected to create 110 new jobs, including registered nurses, respiratory therapists, imaging and lab technicians and support staff.
Kettering Health Network wants to rezone its site in Middletown to allow for a full-service hospital, this news outlet has learned.
The rezoning would allow Kettering Health Network to provide overnight stays for patients and other hospital-based services, according to the request.
Middletown Planning Commission will consider the request at its meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Middletown City Building.
Kettering Health Network received approval May 10 from the Middletown Planning Commission to build a $30 million facility that included only an emergency department, outpatient clinic, and medical offices at the 3400 block of Union Road, south of Ohio 122 and just off the Interstate 75 interchange.
The Middletown facility will be the ninth hospital in the Kettering Health Network system, which also includes Fort Hamilton Hospital in Butler County, as well as an emergency center in Franklin, Kettering College and more than 120 outpatient facilities in southwest Ohio.
The new Kettering Health Network facility is planned less than one mile south of Atrium Medical Center, a hospital that is operated by Premier Health.