BUCYRUS — Avita Health System is on the move again, with the latest expansion project in Bucyrus for the owner of Bucyrus, Galion and Ontario hospitals.
According to Kelby King, Director of Marketing and Community Relations at Avita Health System five properties west of the Bucyrus Community Hospital campus were purchased by Avita.
“We previously owned the Plants Way property. A portion of the property has been demolished for construction. A timeframe has not been established and we are still creating plans for the site,” said King of the property that is currently being excavated after houses were torn down at the corner of Hill Street and Pleasant Hill Drive. “Our intent is to build an Orthopedic Center with physical and occupational therapy and occupational health.”
King said this would allow the physical therapy location on Hopley Avenue to relocate and be more convenient for patients. Avita has rented that space for several years and the move to construct a building will save the company money and could add up to six jobs.
The proposed size of the building is 8,000 square feet, according to a presentation by Mari Swearingen, Avita’s vice president of business development, last summer.
King said zoning permits for the property were recently approved.
“I was told it takes 30 days to become effective,” King said.
Avita was formed in 2009 with Bucyrus Community Hospital and Galion Community Hospital forming Avita Health System in 2011. Ontario’s hospital officially opened about a month ago in the former Lazarus building of the Richland Mall.
Avita employed around 450 employees in 2009, growing to over 1,400 employees who currently provide patient care in Crawford, Richland and Marion counties. Avita is the largest employer in Crawford County.