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Ridgeview Behavioral to double in size, add 150 jobs PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, January 28, 2014 9:10 PM

BY ED GEBERT

Times Bulletin Editor

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VAN WERT — The site of the former Van Wert County Home is now becoming one of the top employers in the county.

Ridgeview Behavioral Hospital held a groundbreaking ceremony on Tuesday for its 16,500- square-foot addition, which will essentially double the size of the hospital, double the number of patients and double the number of workers at the facility.

According to Hospital Administrator Pat Tracy, after the addition is completed this summer, the facility will be able to hold 75-80 patients and add another 150 jobs. Already 155 people are employed by Ridgeview Behavioral.

“This expansion will provide growth and opportunity, not only to those we serve, but actually the entire community itself,” Tracy stated. “We’ll be able to provide a greater amount of care for a population that is vastly underserved. It will be creating jobs in an area that recently has been facing an uncertain economic time. What I’ve seen from the people here is that they are hard-working, ready to pitch in and they will do whatever it takes to make this a success.”

The hospital addition will stretch behind the current facility. The hospital itself is on Lincoln Highway East near the intersection with Ringwald Rd. The address is 17872 Lincoln Hwy.

Tracy gave sincere thanks to both Business Outreach Coordinator Sarah Smith and to the Van Wert County Commissioners for helping to make this expansion happen.

“We would like to recognize the Van Wert County Commissioners; an excellent bunch of people. If you were to ask me, thinking of starting a business here small or large, I would tell you to talk to the commissioners and the trustees of Middle Point. They have helped guide us through this whole process,” Tracy told the attendees at the groundbreaking.

For his part, Commissioner Todd Wolfrum was pleased to be a part of this economic growth. The hospital itself started with the purchase of the facility for Ridgeview in 2012.

“This is 300 jobs for the community, basically out of nowhere,” Wolfrum exclaimed. “Three hundred jobs is huge for our community. These are good jobs for young people, which has been a little bit vacant in our community for a while. Keeping young people here is what we need to be doing.”

Ridgeview Behavioral Hospital provides help for mental health as well as substance abuse disorders.

Tracy noted, “It will remain our vision to continue to grow and create opportunity while continuing to provide the highest degree of care for our patients. It will remain our values to promote integrity, professionalism, leadership and quality care that far exceeds all expectations.”

The new expansion carries a $2.5 million price tag. It was designed by Design Collaborative Architects + Engineers and will be built by Tomas & Marker Construction of Columbus and Bellefontaine.

 

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