OSU physician practice adding 20 docs at expanded Gahanna office
Business First of Columbus – by Carrie Ghose
The Ohio State University faculty physician practice that feeds patients to the universityâ€™s hospitals is expanding its Gahanna operation as part of an outpatient push into the suburbs.
OSU Physicians Inc. bought a former Big Bear supermarket building on Hamilton near Johnstown roads for $6 million and plans $5 million in renovations. The project will add about 70 jobs, including 20 physicians, when the practice moves from its current Gahanna office in September 2009.
â€œThis is just the tip of the iceberg for us as it relates to our suburban expansion,â€? said Richard Sobieray, chief financial officer of the nearly 550-physician group, an affiliate of the university.
Branching outOhio State is trying to improve access for patients, hoping to increase hospital admissions that are a key part of the financial strategy behind its planned $1.3 billion expansion of the OSU Medical Center, which oversees Ohio Stateâ€™s hospitals and runs its network of outpatient clinics. It employs about 150 faculty physicians.