A medical provider for the uninsured and underinsured plans to expand primary and vision care services in Columbus, providing capacity for more than 1,000 additional patient visits per year.
The Columbus Planning Advisory Commission has approved MercyMed’s rezoning application to renovate and expand its clinic at the Columbus Baptist Association Headquarters, 3679 Steam Mill Road. The Columbus Council will hear the first reading of the request at its May 10 meeting and vote on the recommendation after a second reading at its May 24 meeting.
If the council approves the rezoning application, the renovation would expand the eight-year-old clinic from 2,760 to 3,220 square feet and five to seven exam rooms after the three to six months of construction, said Billy Holbrook, director of the development of MercyMed, at Ledger. -Investigator.
This would allow MercyMed to add two to three staff, including a physician assistant or nurse practitioner, to the clinic’s five-person staff, led by Dr. Sarah Barr. While the clinic is closed for the project, patients can be treated at MercyMed’s main office in Columbus, 3702 Second Avenue, 706-507-9209.
“An extremely generous donor” is paying the estimated $450,000 cost to expand the Steam Mill Road Clinic, Holbrook said.
“MercyMed views this project as an investment in our patients, staff and community,” he said in an email to LE. “We understand that there is a major need for access to healthcare for the underserved, and this expansion helps MercyMed better respond. With the renovations to this facility, we are excited to improve our patient experience at MercyMed at Mission Columbus.
The commission recommended approval of MercyMed’s application to rezone 3.3 acres on the general commercial single-family residence property. None of the 85 landowners within 300 feet of the parcel responded to notification of the rezoning application with statements of opposition or approval, according to the commission staff report.
MercyMed’s clinic on Second Avenue has been open for 10 years. Its 9,000 square feet include 13 exam rooms, four dental rooms, two counseling rooms, a wellness center and 38 staff.
In 2021, MercyMed treated more than 10,000 people, totaling 19,677 patient visits to the Second Avenue Clinic and 3,651 patient visits to the Steam Mill Road Clinic, Holbrook said. MercyMed expects the expansion of the Steam Mill Road clinic to handle 1,200 to 1,500 additional patient visits per year, he said.
MercyMed leases space from the Columbus Baptist Association for the Steam Mill Road Clinic. Holbrook expressed his gratitude for the partnership.
“There is a long history of serving neighbors in the name of Jesus at this address,” he said, “and we are thrilled to be able to operate a health center with the same purpose at this important location in our city. “.