FTMC expanding to the north

Aaron Krause • Nov 4, 2011 at 9:00 AM

Fisher-Titus Medical Center will expand services to the north end of Norwalk with the purchase of property on Milan Avenue (U.S. 250) next to Bob Evans Restaurant.

The land will provide the site for a multi-purpose medical office facility, said Patrick J. Martin, president of Fisher-Titus.

Construction will begin in the spring, Martin said.

"We've had several of our physician practices express interest in a location on the northern end of the city," Martin said. "In addition, there are some hospital services that could more conveniently serve our clients and patients with an off-site location. In fact, area residents themselves have expressed a desire for an additional Norwalk location for various hospital services."

A purchase agreement was signed with Pride One Norwalk on Friday, Oct. 28. The agreement involves purchasing two acres with frontage on Milan Avenue and includes an option to purchase an additional two acres stretching back to Theater Avenue.

"We've been working on this project for quite awhile," Martin said. "As in any economic development project, a lot of behind-the-scenes work happens before a 'deal is done'. Mayor Sue Lesch and Norwalk Economic Development Corp. Director Ellen Heinz have been actively involved in this project which stretched out over the past year as we investigated various options. We certainly appreciate their efforts and expertise."

"What an exciting project for Norwalk and the northern part of our city! And what an advantage for the residents in this area to have such close access to Fisher-Titus services," Lesch said. "Surely this development will be an asset for the entire community because Fisher-Titus maintains such a high standard of excellence in everything they do."

A team at Fisher-Titus has been formed to work on the project to determine the best combination of services for this area.

In addition to the facility, Fisher-Titus plans to use part of the land to establish a "community garden" under the direction of John Loose, director of dietary services at Fisher-Titus.

"Since the agreement calls for us to maintain all four of the acres, this would be a great area to provide a community garden with plots for city residents," Martin said. "Using the expertise of hospital personnel like master gardener John Loose and our dietitians, while collaborating with other community organizations, we can use this 'unexpected' resource to address some of the health concerns identified in the Huron County Health Assessment that was just released."

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