Medical office building construction may start soon

Shawn Hardy
Summit Health's Greencastle Medical Office Building will be located along Antrim Commons Drive off U.S. 11 south of Greencastle at Exit 3 of Interstate 81. SHAWN HARDY/ECHO PILOT

Ground could be broken for Summit Health's new $15 million Greencastle Medical Office Building by the end of the month then construction will take about a year.

The plan for the three-story medical facility is expected to come before Antrim Township supervisors for final approval at their meeting on May 22. Some of the remaining issues that need to be wrapped up were mentioned at the supervisors' meeting on Tuesday. They include bond and approvals from agencies like the Franklin County Conservation District, Antrim Township Municipal Authority and the Greencastle Area, Franklin County Water Authority.

The lot along Antrim Commons Drive is off U.S. 11 south of Greencastle at Exit 3 of Interstate 81 was purchased a number of years ago as the future site of an urgent care facility.

"However, we decided that we wanted to expanded our services in the Greencastle community," said John Massimilla, chief operating officer of Summit Health. "So, we purchased additional adjacent land, and expanded the size of the building and scope of our services."

The building will include about eight suites, some occupied full time and some several days a week or shared with different specialities.

The Summit primary care, walk-in and women's group will move from the John L. Grove Medical Center to the new location. In addition, Summit is evaluating whether to step the walk-in up to urgent care. Both help people who can't get to their primary care provider, but urgent care offers some more advanced services such as X-rays.

The building also will offer a lab, X-ray and physical therapy, while rotating services may include ear, nose and throat; podiatry; surgery; and urology. The will be space on the site for a mobile MRI unit.

"We felt looking to the future that we wanted a larger presence in Greencastle," Massimilla said. "It's also in the community's best interest to have a bigger Summit presence."