Mercy Health-St. Rita’s announced Friday the creation of a Graduate Medical Education Center, which will be constructed this year at the corner of Market and Collett streets. The center will house state-of-the-art simulation labs and training space as well as a 250-seat lecture hall, classrooms and more. (DHI Media/Nancy Spencer)
Mercy Health-St. Rita’s announced Friday the creation of a Graduate Medical Education Center, which will be constructed this year at the corner of Market and Collett streets. The center will house state-of-the-art simulation labs and training space as well as a 250-seat lecture hall, classrooms and more. (DHI Media/Nancy Spencer)
LIMA — Mercy Health – St. Rita’s Medical Center has announced the construction of an education center designed to train new physicians in the community.

“St. Rita’s has a rich history of bringing needed health care to our patients and medical advancements to our community,” President of Mercy Health – Toledo & Lima Bob Baxter said Friday. “We now look to the future and our commitment to further the care of the Lima region through the recruitment and education of our next generation of medical professionals. The new center will be designed to promote collaboration and team-based approach to medical training.”

The announcement comes one year after the creation of a Graduate Medical Education(GME) program designed to bring young, new doctors into the Lima community.

Dr. J.J. Sreenan, director of the Graduate Medical Education Program, said the center will provide physicians for Lima and surrounding areas for years to come.

“Studies show that 40 percent of physicians will stay in the area they train,” Sreenan said. “Many of the surrounding communities are very interested in what we are doing here. We have heard from Van Wert, St. Marys and Celina, just to name a few.

The $15 million 48,000-square-foot education center will be built on the corner of Market and Collett streets. The GME Center will house state-of-the-art simulation labs and training spaces, a 250-seat lecture hall, classrooms, team-based project work space, flexible library and study spaces as well as Graduate Medical Education leadership and team office space.

The hospital hopes to break ground for the new center in September with it open Fall 2020.

In addition to serving the needs of Mercy Health’s new physicians, the center is designed to support the on-going training needs of our current providers, nurses and medical staff. The lecture hall space will be used for large training events, national speakers and on-going training.

Once completed, the center will be available training space for community first responders, including fire, EMS, police and others, who would benefit from the simulation manikins and to larger education space as well.

“Medicine is an evolving science and as physicians, we must continue to evolve with it,” said Dr. Kevin Casey, Chief Clinical Officer for Mercy Health – St. Rita’s Medical Center, leading GME efforts in Lima. “By investing in this building, Mercy Health and our many generous donors are helping to ensure that patients in our community will receive the highest quality and most advanced care in generations to come.”