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OSU Purchases Former Veterans Outpatient Facility

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State University Medical Center will purchase the former Veteran’s Administration medical building on Columbus’ Near East side for use as an outpatient facility. The purchase was approved today (6/18) by The Ohio State University Board of Trustees.

The facility, to be named Ohio State CarePoint East, is two blocks from Ohio State University East Hospital at the Leonard Avenue exit of I-670. The building will provide expansion opportunities for the Medical Center’s orthopedic surgery program and alternate sites for several other medical services including cardiology and pulmonary medicine.

The 136,000 square-foot building on Taylor Avenue is being purchased by the Medical Center for $11.5 million from a private real estate firm. Medical services will begin occupying the building in July 2011.

Elizabeth Seely, executive director of University Hospital East, said the facility will provide another level of service to the community and offers a convenient location for patients around the state.

“We have been studying the acquisition of this building as our patient volume continued to grow throughout the Medical Center system,” said Seely. “CarePoint East will allow us to grow many key programs, including orthopedics, and it’s a great location – adjacent to a major highway corridor and in a neighborhood that we have called home since 1999 when we opened OSU Hospital East.”

The CarePoint building was used as an outpatient medical facility by the Department of Veterans Affairs until it was vacated in 2008 and moved to another location in Columbus.

Other programs expected to expand into the new facility are the spine center, imaging, physical therapy, family medicine, endocrinology, infectious diseases, internal medicine, nephrology, rheumatology and dentistry.

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