JACKSON TWP. — OMNI Orthopaedics is looking to triple its capacity in Stark County.
The orthopedic spine and rehabilitative care center will break ground April 27 on a 38,000-square-foot OMNI/OASIS Surgery Center on Whipple Avenue Northwest.
"It's going to be state-of-the-art," said practice administrator Ray Zinicola.
The new facility will have six operating rooms, two pain management procedure rooms and space to keep patients overnight. Currently, patients who need overnight care must be sent to a hospital, Zinicola said.
OMNI will be able to perform more joint replacements, take on additional spine cases and offer "the whole gamut of ambulatory orthopedics," he said.
The center also will double its employees.
OMNI has locations in Dover and on Belpar Street Northwest in Jackson Township. It sees about 85,000 patient visits each year.
"We've gotten to the point where we need to expand so we could take care of more patients," Zinicola said.
OMNI anticipates patients covered by Medicare soon will be able to have joint replacements in an ambulatory surgery center setting. Currently, the business only performs those procedures for patients with private insurance because it was not covered by Medicare plans, he said.
An aging population also means more patients are seeking care. While older generations would just suffer with pain or orthopedic problems, baby boomers "want to get it repaired or replaced. They won't put up with waiting to get better," he said.
OMNI began searching for a larger location several years ago.
In 2016, it eyed a property at Everhard Road and Fulton Drive Northwest.
OMNI also sought to secure water from North Canton for the new $10 million surgery center on Whipple just north of Portage Street Northwest. The city's water board backed the 30-year deal, which would not require OMNI to be annexed into the city.
The city council later debated the agreement, which Mayor David Held threatened to veto.
OMNI walked away from the proposal in April 2018 and instead dug a well to supply the property.