Akron General Health System is continuing to boost its presence in the competitive community of Green with new services in a recently opened Green Medical Office Pavilion.
The three-story, 40,000-square-foot facility is connected to the Akron General Health & Wellness Center-Green, which opened in 2012. The center includes a satellite emergency department, the LifeStyles medically supervised fitness center and diagnostic services.
Summa Health System, Akron General’s cross-town rival, also operates a satellite ER nearby in Green.
Five practices moved into Akron General’s new medical office building in late fall, with several others expected to take occupancy this summer, said Steve Abdenour, senior vice president of system operations for Akron General Health System.
By bringing primary-care and specialist practices to the center, Akron General is trying to put as many services as possible under one roof, he said.
“It makes it much more convenient for the patients,” he said.
The practices in the building include Endocrine Associates, Green Primary Care, Akron General Center for Urologic Health, Akron General Center for Behavioral Medicine and Wellness and Akron General Orthopedics.
“We now have the occupancy of the building to 57 percent,” Abdenour said. “With these five offices, we have about 63 employees in here now.”
The second wave of tenants will include obstetrical/gynecological services, specialty wound care and an office where various Akron General specialists will take turns seeing patients once or twice a week.
When the space is fully occupied, likely by the end of the year, about 100 employees are expected to work there, Abdenour said. Together with the Health & Wellness Center, the employment total is expected to reach 230.
Akron General is leasing the $7 million medical office building from Carter Validus, a real estate investment firm based in Chicago, Abdenour said.
The health system is marking the opening of the new facility with a community open house from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 25.
The event will feature a meet-and-greet with physicians and staff, gifts, prizes and baby-sitting.
The facility is at 1946 Town Park Blvd.
For more information, go to www.akrongeneral.org/hwcenters.
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