BRIDGEPORT - A new 10,000-square-foot outpatient surgery center is being constructed along Ohio 7 in Bridgeport.
The structure will house the Compassionate Care Center for Surgical Excellence. The building will be owned by the Chiron Partners, which includes Les DeFelice, chief executive officer of DeFelice Care in Wheeling. The center's tenants will include colorectal surgeon Dr. Steven Wiley; orthopedic surgeon Dr. Jack Michalski; plastic surgeon Dr. James Shope; and podiatric surgeon Dr. Jason Newton.
The center, which will be situated near the Bob Evans restaurant, is expected to employ between 15 and 20 people and be finished by summer 2013. There are also plans to construct another 12,000-square-foot building for office space. Lori Payne, chief financial officer for DeFelice Care and Chiron Partners member, said those interested in renting space can call her at 304-281-6746.
Photo by SHELLEY HANSON
CELEBRATING THE future Compassionate Care Center for Surgical Excellence are, from left, Dr. James Shope; Les DeFelice, chief executive officer of DeFelice Care and Chiron Partners member; Lori Payne, chief financial officer of DeFelice Care and Chiron Partners member; and Drs. Steven Wiley, Jason Newton and Jack Michalski.
''We really lucked out finding this here,'' DeFelice said of the land, prior to a ribbon-cutting ceremony held Wednesday at the site.
Wiley said the center is a long-time dream come true. It will provide outpatient surgery, which is surgery that does not require an overnight stay, in an efficient and effective manner, he said. Wiley and his fellow surgeons will continue to perform surgeries at local hospitals in addition to their future, new center.
''The hospitals provide good care. But some people do find them intimidating and congested,'' Wiley noted.
Payne noted about 65 percent of all surgeries conducted in the United States are outpatient surgeries. Funding for the project came from the Ohio Mid-Eastern Governments Association Revolving Loan Fund and PNC Bank. James Kacsmar, OMEGA loan committee member, said while the revolving loan program serves a 10-county region, Belmont County takes advantage of it more often than any other county. Colaianni Construction of Dillonvale is the project's contractor.