An Akron developer recently announced plans to build a 44,000-square-foot outpatient medical office and surgery center for Spectrum Orthopaedics Inc. in Jackson Township.
Signet Development Ltd. will own the facility, at the corner of Frank Avenue and Applegrove Street, and lease the building to the medical practice, according to Mark S. Corr, president and chief operating officer of Signet Enterprises. Affiliates Signet Equity Partners and Signet Capital are arranging funding for the project.
The plans are pending approval from Stark County Regional Planning Comission and issuance of zoning and building permits.
The estimated construction cost was not released and had not been filed with government agencies as of Friday.
The facility will include medical offices, an MRI suite and a physical therapy suite, as well as an outpatient surgery center.
When the project is complete in the fourth quarter of 2014, the orthopedic practice will consolidate its existing offices in Canton, North Canton, Massillon and Hills and Dales.
Spectrum Orthopaedics employs 12 surgeons and a staff of more than 100.
Thinking of finally kicking the smoking habit for the new year?
Akron General Medical Center is offering a free, six-week smoking cessation class from 5:30 to 7 p.m. each Tuesday from Jan. 14 through Feb. 18, with an additional class Feb. 6.
The class, taught by tobacco treatment specialists, uses the American Lung Association’s Freedom From Smoking program.
The classes will take place at the Akron General Medical Center’s Heart & Vascular Center, 1 Akron General Ave. (formerly 400 Wabash Ave.).
The free program also will be offered from 6:30 to 8 p.m. every Wednesday from Jan. 8 through Feb. 12, with an additional class Jan. 31, at Lodi Community Hospital, 225 Elyria St.
To register for the Akron class, call 330-344-2462. For the Lodi class, call 330-948-5532.
A Northeast Ohio hospital ranks among 97 nationwide recently recognized by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for having among the lowest rate of complications after joint replacement surgery.
Southwest General Health Center in Middleburg Heights had a lower-than-average risk of complications such as heart attack, pneumonia, sepsis, surgical site bleeding, pulmonary embolism, mechanical complication, joint infection or death following surgery, according to a CMS analysis that Kaiser Health News recently reported.
The analysis was based on Medicare data from July 2009 through June 2012, according to Kaiser Health News.
“This is a tremendous validation that the surgical care provided to our orthopedic patients at Southwest General is of the highest quality,” Thomas A. Selden Southwest General’s president and chief executive officer, said in a prepared statement. “Patients play a significant role in choosing their provider of care. This is an important tool to help assist them with choosing the orthopedic surgery program that will provide the optimal outcome for their procedure.”
To see results from individual hospitals on Medicare’s Hospital Compare website, go to www.medicare.gov/hospital compare/search.html.
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