Genesis HealthCare System Breaks Ground in Somerset
Genesis Perry County Medical Center Includes Local 24/7 Emergency Care
ZANESVILLE, OH (Aug. 30, 2017) Genesis HealthCare System broke ground today to begin construction on the Genesis Perry County Medical Center (GPCMC) in Somerset, Ohio.
Genesis will construct a 7,500 square foot Emergency Department (ED) on its current Somerset campus located at 301 Dr. Mike Clouse Drive adjacent to the Somerset Reading Township Pool. In addition, the existing 10,250 square foot facility will be renovated and together they will create the GPCMC. The Somerset location was chosen because it is centrally located, just 12 minutes from 75 percent of Perry County’s residents.
“Genesis is committed to providing improved local access to health care services for the Perry County community,” said Matthew Perry, CEO of Genesis. “We are happy to partner with Perry County to address the health needs of the community, and to provide much needed emergency care services and a wide array of outpatient services locally, close to home.”
Perry explained just how important it is to be close to emergency care when it’s needed the most. “In cases of trauma, heart attack, stroke and other life-threatening conditions, the first hour after the onset of symptoms or injury is called ‘The Golden Hour,’” he said. “It’s recognized that the sooner trauma, stroke or heart attack patients reach definitive care – particularly if they arrived within 60 minutes of the onset of symptoms or injury – the better their chance of survival.”
The ED will be a full-service facility, with board-certified emergency physicians and specially trained registered nurses, emergency medical technicians and other critical support staff. The ED will be capable of accepting and treating any emergency patient: heart attack, stroke, complex medical conditions, serious injuries and much more.
The GPCMC will also include outpatient services including laboratory, X-ray, CT scanning, MRI, bone density, echocardiogram, ultrasound and pulmonary function testing. Rehabilitation services include occupational, speech and physical.
The Perry County Emergency Medical Services, made up almost exclusively of citizen volunteers/responders, are currently required to transport Perry County patients to facilities outside of the county resulting in critical delays in care. This also results in long periods of time when both the responders and the scarce emergency response resources are out of the county and effectively out of service for several hours. The new GPCMC fixes this long standing problem because EMS will have an ED inside the county.
Genesis is working with SmithGroup JJR architects and Robertson Construction on the new facility that will open June 2018.
Breaking ground for the Genesis Perry County Medical Center on Aug. 30, 2017, are (left to right): John Zimmerman, M.D., Genesis Emergency Medicine; Tom Johnson, Somerset mayor; Matthew Perry, CEO, Genesis HealthCare System; Randy Cochrane, board chair, Genesis HealthCare System; Jack Ditto, board member, Genesis HealthCare System; Angela DeRolph, Perry County health commissioner; and Mike Henderson, Perry County EMS.