Madison Health building project is updated


Madison Health officials met with local business owners Wednesday at the London Country Club to discuss the funding of the hospital’s upcoming building project. The event brought guests up to speed on the building plan and progress thus far in hopes of drumming up support for the completion of the project.

The projected cost is $25 million, which the hospital plans to get through contributions, including the local businesses.

“This is an important project for our community. When you think about what makes communities strong, usually you hear healthcare,” said Dana Engle, CEO of Madison Health. “We have seen some pretty amazing support from the community.” He also emphasized the significance of the undertaking, adding that it is the biggest construction project in the hospital’s 55-year history.

The theme of the presentations was pledging to “stay local,” both when it comes to healthcare and when it comes to shopping local businesses. Engle said the project is a chance to highlight both aspects.

Madison Health’s plan is to build a new, 25,000 square foot two-story addition to the existing hospital, which will include a new Emergency Department on its first floor. The build will expand the emergency area and offer patients coming in quicker access to care and more private exam rooms. Rather than having the original curtains, the new emergency area will have individual exam rooms.

The second floor will be a new Cancer Center. The hospital has partnered with The James Cancer Center, Ohio State University and Mount Carmel, which allows patients to stay local for their chemotherapy and other treatments.

The addition will also change the geography of the hospital campus, changing the entrance from the current Main Street area to a main entrance along Park Avenue. Part of the change is to give the hospital more working space, but also to combine the campus area with Cowling Park.

All those participating are looking to the community for support.

“There will be a number of opportunities for people to donate,” said Kelly Snyder, Executive Director of the Madison Health Foundation. The organization is a nonprofit that was created in 1974 and administered by a board of trustees in charge of overseeing financial contributions to the hospital.

“This started internally with hospital employees, our auxiliary and board members,” she said. “The hope is to inform people about it but also have them be out there talking about it.”

A portion of the funds will be coming from Building on Excellence, a campaign being done through the Foundation board who wants to take on some of the fundraising itself. Their goal is to raise $6 million for the project and so far, they have raised more than half of the amount.

Dr. Mitch Spahn, Madison Health Foundation board member, and his wife, Sheri, are co-campaign chairs.

“This is going to help our employees do the work they need to do,” Dr. Spahn said. “It’s events like this and advocates like you that can help achieve that goal.”

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Dana Engle, CEO of Madison Health, addresses a group of local business owners Wednesday at the London Country Club. Health officials and business partners met to discuss the hospital’s building project.
http://www.madison-press.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/37/2017/09/web1_Engle-Danacol.jpgDana Engle, CEO of Madison Health, addresses a group of local business owners Wednesday at the London Country Club. Health officials and business partners met to discuss the hospital’s building project. Michael Williamson | The Madison Press

By Michael Williamson

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