Mercy opens emergency medical center in PerrysburgWritten by Holly Tuey | | email@example.com
There’s a new option in town for those seeking medical services. Mercy has opened a freestanding emergency medical center in Perrysburg, the first of its kind in the region.
Mercy Medical Center – Perrysburg (MMCP) was built with the goal of bringing quality testing and patient care to northern Wood County. It’s not a full hospital, but the 17,600-square-foot facility is a full-service ER that can treat patients for a full spectrum of medical problems.
“Our design and focus of the building is to place the patient first,” said Medical Director Dr. Chris Goliver.
The building was designed with patient comfort in mind, Goliver said. Painted in warm colors, the lobby features a fireplace and artwork on the walls. Some of the art was created by Perrysburg students to emphasize the connection between the facility and the community.
This dedication to patients continues to the 12 rooms. Each room has a decorating scheme, including two specifically designed for children. Goliver said patients are admitted to the room that the staff thinks might best suit them.
Where the facility is really unique is its MRI Caring Suite and Mammography Sensory Suite, Goliver said. MMCP is the only facility in Ohio with these suites, and the first in the country with this kind of mammography suite.
“A lot of women are scared of [getting] mammograms,” said Kathy Valtin, marketing manager for Mercy. “It’s all about relieving stress so that’s not a barrier for having the test.”
In the mammography suite, the lighting can be adjusted, patients can wear aromatherapy bracelets and play custom, relaxing sounds, all in an attempt to distract them from the testing.
For similar reasons, the MRI Caring Suite is set up with LED screens that can transform the room into an environment that the patient may find relaxing.
“I’ve never seen this technology before,” Goliver said.
But patients at MMCP don’t have to drain their bank accounts for these high-tech perks. Valtin said Mercy absorbs the added costs of the suites for the benefit of the patients.
Goliver said because they are not attached to an entire hospital, they are able to “deliver these services at a substantially lower investment cost.”
Another perk of not being attached to a hospital is that turnaround times for diagnostic test results and labwork are usually faster than at a larger facility, Valtin said.
There are eight physicians at MMCP, all board-certified in emergency medicine. The nursing staff has the same qualifications as those at any other emergency room. Goliver said there are about 300 similar free-standing emergency facilities across the country.
If a patient needs to be admitted to a hospital after coming to MMCP, the staff will work with the patient to make that happen. As part of the Mercy system, MMCP has access to all Mercy’s primary care physicians and specialists for patient referrals.
Goliver and others at Mercy are proud of the new facility, which cost $13.6 million to build.
“Everybody that works here is thrilled to be here,” Goliver said.
Patients and family members are also pleased with the center.
“From the time we walked in yesterday, it was wonderful,” said Rev. Sherry Schermbeck, whose husband was in the MRI Caring Suite. “The people are so friendly, everyone is so nice. It has been a joy.”