GREENVILLE - Reid Hospital has purchased property in Greenville that will become a new home for Bethel Cardiology and allow the expansion of specialized medical services to the community.
“Our current facilities in Greenville are not large enough for us to adequately provide all the services that could compliment what’s already provided by Wayne HealthCare and Family Health Services of Darke County,” said Reid President/CEO Craig Kinyon. “We are excited to be able to plan a facility with them that will allow expanded services and partnerships to meet the health care needs of the Darke County community.”
The property, approximately 11 acres, is on Katzenberger Road near Family Health.
Kinyon said Reid Hospital has worked closely with Greenville’s hospital officials in the process and planning to construct a facility in Greenville. “We have a great relationship with Wayne HealthCare and they have been instrumental in our planning for the future needs of the community and how Reid can help. We are here to work as a partner, bringing services that support the great care for which the area medical community has a long history of providing.”
Reid Hospital also expects to broaden its services in other specialized medical areas, including orthopedics, neurology, endocrinology, psychiatry, plastic surgery and others.
“The new building will be a place where specialists can coalesce in one location,” said Kinyon. “It will allow for full-time and part-time specialists that aren’t in the community right now.”
At the moment, Kinyon wasn’t able to provide a solid estimate of incoming healthcare workers in the Greenville building, but he expects it to facilitate continual growth based on short and long-term projections.
“Reid Hospital has provided continuing medical education to the medical staff at Wayne HealthCare for a number of years,” said Wayne Deschambeau, Wayne HealthCare President/CEO. “We have had discussions with Reid’s medical staff for the past several years, concerning needs in the medical specialties of neurology and vascular surgery not being adequately supported in Greenville. Both Wayne HealthCare and Family Health look forward to the development of psychiatric services. Darke County has been without full-time psychiatric services for the past four or five years.”
Henry Chong, M.D., who joined Reid Physician Associates more than a year ago, has played a vital role in connecting Reid services with local physicians and Wayne HealthCare. “At a time when uncertainty of constant change is upon us, I feel privileged to participate in an effort for two hospitals and communities to come together in a cooperative effort to achieve mutual growth,” he said.
Through Dr. Chong and his 13 partners in Reid Cardiology Associates, Reid has provided cardiovascular services in Greenville. Reid also has provided orthopedic care through Greenville Orthopedic and Sports Medicine, psychiatric services and rheumatology care through Dr. Candice Flaugher.
The Reid Hospital move is designed to introduce new health services that community residents have traditionally had to drive out of town to acquire.
“Future plans are still being developed and discussed,” Kinyon said. “We know that we are currently expanding cardiology services to the community and building upon Dr. Chong’s practice.”
The expansion is not designed to duplicate existing medical services, Kinyon said, but to complement the area services. “We’re really trying to fill the void of services into the community that Wayne HealthCare and Family Health would like to see there,” Kinyon said. “And we’ve enjoyed a great working relationship with the providers in that community.”
Many Reid Hospital specialists will begin on a part-time basis, but as demand develops could shift to a full-time basis.
Jean Young, executive director at Family Health physician group in Greenville, said a new facility will benefit the community. “We are looking forward to working with Reid in using their specialty groups. This will be a benefit to Darke County residents and it will be a benefit to our patients.”
Kinyon hopes to open the new facility with a year’s time frame, although he admits this is a very early estimate.