Avita takes big step at new Bellville site


One-story building will house offices for three doctors, plus exam rooms, an x-ray station and nurses’ areas.

CLEAR FORK VALLEY — A piece of land just to the west of the village of Bellville is on its way to becoming a new health care facility.

Local officials and people from Avita Health System broke ground Monday at a site just off I-71 at State Route 97. It sits opposite the Wendy’s restaurant.

The one-story building will be 5,775 square feet, and house offices for three doctors, plus exam rooms, an x-ray station and nurses’ areas.

Jerome Morasko, president and CEO of Avita, said the health care building will be important to the 8,500 people who live in the area and will provide seven days a week care. He credited former mayor Darrell Banks for pushing for the building, and said he is looking forward to being a “great partner” with current mayor Teri Brenkus.

Doug Schilling, chairman of the board of Avita, said land was donated for the building. Avita plans to have the building open by the fall of 2018.

Kim Winkle, vice president of corporate relations and operations support for Avita, officiated at the ceremony.

Brenkus said she cares about the “health and well being” of people in the area, and mentioned her three children. She also credited Banks for “making it happen.”

Dan Seckel, of The Seckel Group, architects, said the building uses the concept of “daylight harvesting.” This means roof monitors will bring natural daylight into the building. It will have nine exam rooms.

Seckel said the site is good because there is space available to the right of the Avita land, which could eventually be used for some other type of construction. There is room for a good traffic flow, he said.

The contractors for the project include Studer Obringer, of New Washington, as general contractor. The mechanical contractor will be Ashland Comfort Control. Spring Electrical in Mansfield will handle electrical. Excavation will be done by Terra Valley.

Representatives from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) attended. Funding is through USDA.

Construction will begin immediately, Winkle said. The date had to be postponed because the site harbors protected birds and there was “respect for the Natural Resources migration zone.”

Avita Health System operates hospitals in Bucyrus, Galion and Ontario.

Avita Health System chairman of the board Doug Schilling and president and CEO Jerome Morasko wield shovels to turn the first bit of ground at the site for an Avita Health System building. Avita officials and local representatives participated in the ceremony. Louise Swartzwalder | Bellville Star
http://www.thebellvillestar.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/39/2017/10/web1_shovel.jpgAvita Health System chairman of the board Doug Schilling and president and CEO Jerome Morasko wield shovels to turn the first bit of ground at the site for an Avita Health System building. Avita officials and local representatives participated in the ceremony. Louise Swartzwalder | Bellville Star

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By LOUISE SWARTZWALDER

lswartzwalder@aimmediamidwest.com