A new medical facility to serve the area of western Paulding County will be built at Antwerp by Paulding County Hospital.
A new medical facility to serve the area of western Paulding County will be built at Antwerp by Paulding County Hospital.
From Staff Reports

ANTWERP – Paulding County Hospital announced Monday that construction will begin on a regional health center serving the surrounding area of western Paulding County.

The facility will be located near the U.S. 24 and Ohio 49 interchange in Antwerp and will serve Antwerp, Hicksville, Payne and Woodburn.

The center will include twice the space of the current Antwerp facility, with six examination rooms and a fitness center for area residents.

A groundbreaking ceremony will be scheduled. It is expected that the structure will be completed prior to the end of the year. No cost estimate is available yet as plans are still being finalized.

“The hospital decided to regionalize care to make access more convenient to area residents,” said hospital CEO Randy Ruge.

In addition to receiving medical care, residents will also be able to arrange to have certain tests performed at the facility without having to go to the hospital for testing.

Family practice physicians Dr. Nick Pfleghaar and Dr. Melanie Schramm, with their associates Kelley Peters, family nurse practitioner, and Janet Zeedyk, physician assistant, will relocate their practice to the new building.

The architects, Vintage Archonics, are completing the plans and specifications. Ruge said the entire front of the building will be a fitness center outfitted with treadmills, exercise bikes and other exercise equipment.

The two sides of the facility will each house three examination rooms. Two of the six exam rooms will be enlarged to double as special procedure rooms, treatment rooms, testing, and for osteopathic musculoskeletal manipulations.

Construction will take place on land donated to the county by the Community Improvement Corporation (CIC) of Antwerp, Payne and Paulding County, as well as additional land purchased by the hospital for the county.

“Taking advantage of the proximity to the new U.S. 24 made sense as it makes travel convenient for area residents,” Ruge said. “Our patients come from all areas of the county thus it was important to have a site that was readily accessible. The location is close to our current office, but will have greater visibility being on 49 and close the interchange.”

Hospital board president Mike Winans said, “We are very appreciative of the efforts of the CIC, county commissioners, Mayor Ray DeLong, and village administrator Sara Keeran in providing Paulding County Hospital with the opportunity to build this state-of-the-art facility in Antwerp.”