BRUNSWICK — Deborah Reed has been a patient at Southwest General’s Brunswick Medical Center since it opened 10 years ago. For her, the center was a godsend.
Previously, the Brunswick resident and her husband, Jack Reed, had to drive about 10 miles to Southwest General Health Center in Middleburg Heights for medical care.
“This is so close to home,” Deborah Reed said of the Brunswick center. “I actually prayed that they would build a medical center in Brunswick.”
On Saturday, the Reeds were among a steady stream of visitors helping the Brunswick Medical Center and 24-Hour Emergency Room, 4065 Center Road, celebrate its 10th anniversary. The event included building tours, meet-and-greets with physicians, health checks and raffles.
Children petted therapy dogs and police dogs and took part in arts-and-crafts activities. Southwest employees served hot dogs and chips. Families explored police SWAT vehicles and paramedic vehicles parked outside. Batman patrolled the building, making himself available for photos.
Caroline Fienga, Southwest General spokesperson, said the medical center organized the event because it’s proud of its 10 years of service.
“We have had an exceptional long-term relationship with the citizens and leadership of Brunswick,” Fienga said. “Southwest General has and will continue to provide high-quality services to improve the health and well-being of the community.”
Albert Matyas, vice president of ambulatory operations and business development at Southwest, said that before Brunswick Medical Center opened in 2008, Southwest ran a physicians’ office about a mile away on Center Road.
Over time, the Brunswick staff noticed a growing demand for additional medical professionals, along with services like imaging and physical therapy. But Brunswick residents like the Reeds had to make the trek to Southwest General in Middleburg Heights for those services.
“Brunswick over the years has been a leader in terms of people coming to our Middleburg Heights hospital for care,” Matyas said. “And part of our strategic plan is to locate facilities as close as possible to our patients.”
Originally, Brunswick Medical Center included an urgent-care section. But Brunswick residents needing emergency care still were driving to the Middleburg Heights hospital, so Matyas envisioned an emergency department attached to Brunswick Medical Center. The emergency room, the area’s first, opened in 2010.
“Through the ER, we are able to stabilize heart-attack, stroke and trauma patients,” Fienga said. “Additionally, we use the same protocols for care from University Hospitals Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital.”
Today, Brunswick Medical Center offers a wide range of services, including internal medicine, cardiology, dermatology, nephrology, pediatrics, rheumatology and obstetrics and gynecology.
Deborah Reed visited the center Saturday for lab work and didn’t know about the anniversary party until she arrived. She and her husband enjoyed a hot dog.
“I want to celebrate along with everyone else, I guess,” Reed said with a smile.