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MetroHealth opens Medina Health Center

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MEDINA — A new primary care facility has opened in the city.

The 5,000-square-foot MetroHealth Medina Health Center at 111 W. Reagan Parkway opened to patients Monday.

“The city of Medina welcomes MetroHealth to our community,” Medina Mayor Dennis Hanwell said Friday. “We look forward to collaborating and partnering with the MetroHealth team to explore and fill service voids within our community. We are thankful and appreciative of MetroHealth choosing Medina for their expansion into Medina County.”

Hanwell had been talking to MetroHealth officials about bringing a maternity ward to the city. After the Cleveland Clinic Medina Hospital closed its birthing unit, there are no hospitals in the county where women can give birth. Hanwell wants MetroHealth to fill what he feels is a void.

The opening of the health center doesn’t immediately fill this need, but it could potentially lead to a birthing unit in the future. It is the first MetroHealth facility in Medina since a law changed to allow the Cuyahoga County health care provider to expand outside the county.

In September, House Bill 111 was passed, which allowed MetroHealth to expand its primary care services to Medina, Geauga, Lake, Lorain, Portage, Stark, Summit and Wayne counties.

The health center is MetroHealth’s second location in Medina County, but the first since the new law passed. The Brunswick Health Center, 1299 Industrial Parkway North, Suite 250, opened in 2015 and offers primary care, dermatology and treatment for melanoma and other skin cancers.

Previously, MetroHealth had to get approval from county governments to open facilities outside of Cuyahoga County.

Michael Stern, executive vice president and chief operating officer of MetroHealth, said the bill allows MetroHealth to operate like other health systems in Northeast Ohio.

It will allow MetroHealth to compete more easily with larger systems such as Cleveland Clinic and University Hospitals, both of which have locations in Medina.

“Without House Bill 111, we would’ve needed an agreement between Cuyahoga County and Medina County officials,” Stern said in a statement. “It simplified the entire process and puts patients and their health care needs first.”

MetroHealth will not use any portion of its Cuyahoga County Health and Human Services levy to support the operation of the Medina facility. Those levy funds can be used only for Cuyahoga County residents.

MetroHealth provider Anthony Petruzzi will see patients ages 16 and older at the health center, which offers walk-in and scheduled appointments. Walk-in appointments are available 8 to 11:30 a.m. Monday through Friday. Scheduled appointments are in the afternoon. To schedule an appointment, call (330) 725-6226. For information, visit www.metrohealth.org/medina-reagan.

Among the services offered at the Medina facility are routine physicals, sick visits, lab services and treating common illnesses. It’s expected to employ six people.

“We’re focused on keeping people healthy, and having a close relationship with your primary care provider is crucial to staying well,” Stern said. “We know our patients prefer to get care closer to where they live, and so this new health center makes it easier for those living in or near Medina County to access the care they need.”

About 1,500 MetroHealth and Cuyahoga County employees — in addition to many MetroHealth Skyway members, an affordable health care plan for employers, offered by MetroHealth — live in Medina County.

Contact reporter Bob Finnan at rfinnan@medina-gazette.com.
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