- Genesis Coshocton Medical Center will open in early April 2023. Finishing work on the exterior will take place in August.
- The estimated $45 million project will include an emergency room, sleeping quarters, surgery center, laboratory, pharmacy and more.
- More than 200 positions will be open, including 82 already hired and 22 in progress. Other positions will become available closer to opening.
- A new clinic with primary doctors and some specialists will open Aug. 22 in the old Peebles building near Walmart.
COSHOCTON – As the new Genesis Coshocton Medical Center nears completion, it is beginning to hire more than 200 jobs.
Matthew Perry, president and CEO of Genesis HealthCare System, said the 60,000 square foot facility was still on track to open in early April 2023. The inauguration took place last July. The facility is located at 48439 Genesis Drive, near the intersection of US 36 and Airport Road, behind Coshocton Christian Tabernacle.
Estimated at $45 million, the one-story structure will include a 10-bed emergency department, a 10-bed overnight patient observation unit, an outpatient surgery center, an imaging department, a laboratory , pharmacy, cardiac diagnostics, respiratory therapy, medical office building for specialists. and physiotherapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy. It’s similar to Genesis Medical Center in Perry County.
Tisha Babcock, administrator of Genesis Coshocton, said most of the drywall was in place and sidewalks were being installed. A final layer of asphalt will be laid in the parking lot in August as well as the landscaping. She said the medical equipment will be delivered and installed before the end of the year.
“We’ve been very lucky with the supply issues that we haven’t had any major issues,” she said.
Genesis recently began hiring for the new medical center with jobs posted on the health system website under careers. Babcock said 82 positions have been advertised so far, with 30 being hired and 22 ongoing.
“We are excited to hire and train for the new Coshocton Medical Center,” she said. “There is a wealth of talent in Coshocton and surrounding counties. We look forward to seeing people join our team and provide high quality healthcare to their families and friends. »
There are a variety of full-time and part-time, clinical and non-clinical positions available. New recruits could spend a few months working at Genesis in Zanesville to prepare for the opening of the Coshocton hospital.
Positions currently open include, but are not limited to, nurses, paramedics and paramedics, housekeeping, food and nutrition workers, physiotherapists and speech therapists, registration of patients and customer relationship associates. More positions will be added closer to opening, with hiring coming in waves, Perry said.
“Recruitment for us at the hospital is subject to some of the same constraints that we have nationally. We know that certain positions are a little more difficult to recruit, so these are the positions that we are really focusing on in right now,” Babcock said. . “Also, it is important for us to continue the culture that we have here at the Zanesville campus on the Coshocton campus. We want to allow time to have proper orientation for these employees on the main campus so that we are ready for full operation in early April 2023.”
Additionally, a new primary clinic is scheduled to open Aug. 22 in the former 12,000 square foot Peebles Building, 23599 Airport Road. It will feature specialists such as orthopedics, podiatry and women’s health. Perry said they also recruited several new primary care physicians for this office. He will complement the family practice Genesis Coshocton which opened in January 2021 on Main Street.
“It’s something the Coshocton community really needs,” Perry said of more primary care physicians.
Perry and Babcock said the general public, officials, and entities such as the Coshocton Foundation, Montgomery Foundation, Coshocton Port Authority, and Coshocton County Chamber of Commerce have supported Genesis’ expansion to Coshocton.
“The feedback we’ve received has been positive. I think everyone is looking forward to the opening of our facility. I think access in the community will be critical to health care in the region,” Babcock said. .
Perry said Genesis’ goal is to expand its ability to care for patients and bring quality health care to where they live. The Coshocton projects are a big part of that, as Genesis already sees many county residents.
“We felt like we could put together a package of services in a very unique way. We described it as the small community medical center of the future by bringing many services closer together while having access to our specialists locally and through telemedicine,” Perry said. “We believe there is a tremendous opportunity for us to serve the Coshocton community on a much higher level than we have historically been able to do.”
Leonard Hayhurst is community content coordinator and generalist reporter for the Coshocton Tribune with nearly 15 years of local journalism experience and multiple awards from the Ohio Associated Press. He can be reached at 740-295-3417 or llhay[email protected]. Follow him on Twitter at @llhayhurst.