Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

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January 15, 2013

KDMC Ohio to open in Portsmouth

Hospital, with operating and patient rooms, to open Feb. 4

PORTSMOUTH — King’s Daughters Health System is opening a new hospital in Portsmouth next month.

King’s Daughters Medical Center Ohio opens for patients Feb. 4. The new hospital features:

‰four operating suites

‰two cardiac catheterization labs, including a Hybrid operating room. The Hybrid OR is designed for heart and vascular procedures, where a cardiologist, vascular surgeon or cardiothoracic surgeon can work together on complex cases.

‰endoscopy and cystoscopy suites for gastroenterology and urology procedures

‰25 pre- and post-operative beds

‰a 10-bed inpatient unit, including an ICU suite

‰laboratory and pharmacy

‰imaging - with X-ray, CT scan and MRI

‰Pre-Admission Testing, cardiac testing and more

Also, the Urgent Care Center is expanding to be open seven days a week, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Beginning Sunday, the Urgent Care Center will never close, and be available to bridge the gap between care at a family doctor’s office and an Emergency Room.

KDMC Ohio was designed in conjunction with several established physicians in Portsmouth. The medical staff will start off with more than 50 physicians, with more added in the next several months. The physicians who helped develop the new hospital in conjunction with King’s Daughters Health System include:

‰Urologist Chris Schmidt, D.O.

‰Orthopedic Surgeon Gerry Trinidad, M.D.

‰Cardiologist Sri Velury, M.D.

‰Gastroenterologist Charles Wong, M.D.

The Health System worked with independent and integrated physicians (those working directly for the Health System) to make the new hospital a reality. Doctors Schmidt, Trinidad and Wong remain independent physicians. KDMC Ohio welcomes all physicians in Kentucky and Ohio interested in joining the new hospital’s medical staff.

Several other local physicians have also joined the KDMC Ohio Team. Family physician David Hanzel, M.D., recently became an integrated physician with King’s Daughters. Dr. Hanzel will remain at his office in New Boston, helping KDMC Ohio reach patients throughout the region.

In April 2012, long-time Portsmouth area internist George Esham, M.D., joined King’s Daughters. Urgent Care physician Christina Brockman, D.O., joined our team last fall, as well. An up-to-date list of physicians who will be practicing at the new hospital will be available online at kdmcohio.com, beginning Wednesday, Jan. 16.

KDMC Ohio is a new company, and is part of the King’s Daughters Health System family of companies. At its opening, it will have nearly 90 newly created jobs. There will be approximately employees on this campus.

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