Kettering Health Network unveils Piqua Hospital

PIQUA — Kettering Health Network (KHN) unveiled its newest hospital facility in Piqua on Thursday, giving a tour of its new emergency department and Kettering Physician Network space at the Piqua Hospital.

“We are getting ready to open our newest facility in the Kettering Health Network,” said Eric Lunde, president of Kettering Health Network’s Troy and Piqua hospitals. While KHN has primary care physicians in its network located in Sidney and Wapakoneta, the Piqua Hospital is the network’s northernmost facility featuring a 24/7 emergency department and medical offices.

“It’s allowing us to create more access points to that high quality, compassionate care that Kettering Health Network is known to provide,” Lunde said.

KHN’s Piqua Hospital came in under budget at $29 million, Lunde said, and will be employing approximately 65 people, including registered nurses, physicians, imaging and lab technicians, support staff, and other medical technicians.

“We have a variety of services available for people should they need them. The 24/7 emergency department here has access to all the modern equipment that’s necessary to care for patients should they have that need,” Lunde said.

KHN broke ground on the facility in December 2018, and the network’s vision for those 8 acres located off of Looney Road near State Route 36 in Piqua has become a reality that will open at 7 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 11. The 48,000-square-foot medical complex has a full-service, 24/7 emergency department offering a full range of imaging and testing services. The emergency department includes 12 exam rooms, one trauma room, and two labs for testing in the emergency department.

The facility also has a helicopter landing pad for transporting patients in need of more critical care to other KHN facilities via MedFlight.

The facility also has access to telemedicine visits where doctors can connect with other specialists in the Kettering Physician Network to help diagnose and treat patients, Lunde said.

Upon entering the emergency department, there is artwork depicting the Biblical creation story.

“Kettering Health Network is a faith-based organization,” Lunde said. The network is connected to the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

In addition to depicting the creation story, other artwork at the Piqua Hospital featured local sites and landmarks.

“We incorporate the artwork and the artists who work in the community on the walls,” Lunde said.

Throughout the facility, there were pictures of Edison State Community College, downtown Piqua, and other memorable spots that community members will recognize, as well as a propeller from Hartzell Propeller featured in the patient scheduling area.

“It’s an intentional part of integrating into the community,” Lunde said.

On the second floor of the facility is the Kettering Physician Network area, which includes 14 exam rooms and one procedure room. The areas of care for the Kettering Physician Network area include primary care, heart and vascular, pain management, and general surgery.

Lunde said the space at the Piqua Hospital was designed with the idea of creating a calming and healing environment in mind, such as the high glass windows to let the natural light inside the seating areas.

“The reality is, when people come to a Kettering facility, they’re not coming because something is good, they’re usually coming because something’s wrong,” Lunde said. “They’re coming to us because they’re hurting and they’re looking to us for our expertise and our care — that high-quality, compassionate care that we’re known for — and so that is exhibited in the people that work here and the care that they provide those patients, but it is also exhibited in the environment we create for those patients to move into.”

Also in the physician care area, white noise machines are used to protect patient information and to prevent that information from being overheard by others in the area.

“In healthcare, we take privacy very seriously,” Lunde said.

Lunde said it is a unique situation for KHN to be opening the Piqua Hospital during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, but he added the facility is ready to treat every day health challenges people may face.

“We’re really excited to be in Piqua,” Lunde said. “We’re community members serving community members.”

A virtural ribbon cutting ceremony for the Piqua Hospital will be held online 10 a.m. Friday on YouTube.com. Visit youtu.be/opYwOGvaZmY or search for Kettering Health Network on YouTube.com.