On February 1, 2016, Mercer Health publically announced a large expansion project to the west side of the current Mercer County Community Hospital.  The three story addition will add 60,000+ square feet to the current 120,000 square feet focusing on enhanced outpatient services, inpatient services and surgical services.

Surgical services have seen nearly 25% growth in the past 3 years.  Currently, the surgery department is located in the original 1950 building.  The expansion will meet the needs of surgical volume growth by providing adequate space and improved functioning.

Private rooms in all inpatient spaces have been a long-time request from the community and is the gold standard in new hospital construction.  In addition to privacy, private rooms allow for better infection control and can reduce noise disturbances thereby improving patient sleep.

Outpatient services equate for nearly 75% of all services provided at the hospital, a major shift from the traditional care model.  Currently many of the outpatient services are decentralized, including injections and infusions, chemotherapy, pain management, central line and implanted port care.  The expansion will meet the needs of outpatient growth while allowing for increased accessibility for patients and visitors. 

The project timeline:

  • February 1, 2016 – Public announcement
  • Spring 2016 – Selection of Architect, Construction Manager, Engineer
  • Spring – Winter 2016 – Design Work
  • September 25, 2016 – Groundbreaking
  • November 2016 – Parking lot expansion and utility work
  • December 2016 – Mock-up Room Tours, Final Design Changes
  • January 2017 – Presentation of Final Design
  • April 10, 2017 – Begin Construction
  • August 9, 2017 - Last Steel Beam Placed
  • October 22, 2018 – Opening Day

Contractors, Subcontractors and Other Vendors:

Design Group, Columbus, Ohio

Weigand Construction, Ft. Wayne, Indiana
Construction Manager

Korda Engineering, Columbus, Ohio

Bruns Construction, St. Henry, Ohio
Site Demolition, Earthwork and Site Utilities

Buehler Asphalt Paving, St. Marys, Ohio
Asphalt Paving

Spring Creek Building Supplies, Minster, Ohio
Concrete Reinforcing Material (Furnish Only)

FWR Midwest, Ft. Wayne, Indiana
Concrete Reinforcing (Install Only) 

St. Henry Tile, St. Henry, Ohio
Concrete Material (Furnish Only)

Quality Welding and Fabrication, Lima, Ohio
Structural and Miscellaneous Steel 

Cotterman and Company, Minster, Ohio
Roofing/Flashing/Sheet Metal/Trims

Neptune Construction, Indianapolis, Indiana
Waterproofing/Damp-proofing/Weather Barrier 

Celina Glass, Celina, Ohio
Exterior and Interior Glass and Glazing/Metal Composite Materials (MCM) Panels 

VFP Fire Systems, Toledo, Ohio
Fire Protection

Smith-Boughan, Lima, Ohio
Mechanical, Plumbing and Controls

LA Electric, Ft. Wayne, Indiana

Division 7, Indianapolis, Indiana

Valley Interior Systems, Dayton, Ohio
Metal Studs, Interior Insulation, Gypsum Board

Otis Elevators, Dayton, Ohio

Hoge Lumber, New Knoxville, Ohio
Casework Material

Central Indiana Hardware, Ft. Wayne, Indiana
Doors, Frames and Hardware Material

Moeller Door Sales, St. Henry, Ohio
Overhead Doors

T&D Interiors, Lima, Ohio
Flooring and Tiling

Valley Interior Systems, Dayton, Ohio
Finishing and Painting