WELLINGTON — Residents, village officials and Mercy Health staff celebrated the coming opening of the new Mercy Health Wellington Medical Center on Thursday.
The center on Patriot Drive opened its doors for a ribbon-cutting ceremony and tour of the building. After eight months of construction, it will be fully open Aug. 6 as a walk-in clinic and primary care facility.
The new building includes technology that Mercy Health Allen Hospital President Ed Ruth said will define it as a “practice of the future.”
“The Wellington medical center will deliver on a promise of a vision of enhanced station experience, driven largely by improved coordination of care and convenience,” he said.
The facility will have e-check kiosks where patients can check themselves which makes it more efficient and better quality care.
The facility also will have coordinator specialists for behavioral health and chronic diseases and occupational health coordinators who will allow employees to be treated quickly and get back to work.
In addition to the center’s many new features, its new location was praised for being more centrally located than its former site at the east end of Dickson Street.
Saadia Hussain, one of Wellington Medical Center’s primary care physicians, said those changes alone will make life easier for her patients and her fellow doctors.
“We needed this, this was good because now we’re in the middle of a main street,” she said. “Everybody can see us, everybody knows where we are and it’s just beautiful.”
Hussain said she has talked about this with Ruth for nearly eight years and was happy he kept his promise.