The Dayton region’s largest academic multi-specialty group, Wright State Physicians (WSP), held a groundbreaking ceremony on June 21 for a new medical office building on the campus of Wright State University.
The new building will offer a full array of physician care under one roof, including new neurology and sports medicine practices, as well as the existing practices in orthopaedics, family medicine, geriatrics, and dermatology.
A new sports medicine practice will help area athletes enhance performance while preventing and treating injury, and a new neurology practice will provide muchneeded neurological care for area residents.
The new facility will also help further WSP’s mission to retain outstanding medical faculty and staff in support of the clinical, research, and community service activities of the medical school. The Boonshoft School of Medicine and the nonprofit Wright State Physicians are partners in providing training to medical students and delivering health care to the region.
“The facility will also provide a conveniently located clinical site for the education of our medical students,” said Howard Part, M.D., dean of the WSU Boonshoft School of Medicine, “along with a clinical setting for our faculty to conduct translational research, which can move basic research from the lab to the bedside.”
Along with the recently renovated Gandhi Medical Education Center in White Hall, this new building will provide students with an outstanding opportunity to learn alongside faculty physicians in a conveniently located clinical setting on campus.
Students will have additional opportunities to participate in clinical research with physicians in sports medicine, orthopaedics, family medicine, geriatrics, neurology, and dermatology without having to leave campus.
This facility will also serve as the outpatient practice site for the new neurology department, which will be a vital clinical component of the Wright State University & Premier Health Partners Neuroscience Institute.
The Neuroscience Institute’s clinical neurologists will enhance access to neurological care in an area of critical need for the citizens of the Dayton region.
In addition, this new facility will help nurture close collaboration between Wright State’s neuroscientists and clinicians to accelerate translational research and rapidly transform new discoveries in basic sciences into breakthroughs in patient care.
Construction of the new 66,000-squarefoot, three-story building, located on the northeast side of campus, has begun, with occupancy scheduled for fall 2012. The new $15-million building will anchor the northeast end of campus.
“Consolidating six medical practices under one roof will give patients an improved one-stop medical care experience while reducing overhead costs,” said Margaret Dunn, M.D., M.B.A., FACS, professor of surgery, executive associate dean at the Boonshoft School of Medicine, and president and CEO of Wright State Physicians. “The new facility will also benefit WSU faculty, staff, and students, giving them access to expert multi-specialty care conveniently located on campus.” VS
Photo: (L to R) David R. Hopkins, president, Wright State University; Margaret Dunn, M.D.; Howard Part, M.D., dean, Boonshoft School of Medicine; Marilyn Reid, Greene County commissioner; Dr. Corey Ellis, M.D., assistant professor, orthopaedic surgery; and Cynthia Olsen, M.D., family medicine acting chair, unveil an artist rendering of the new Wright State Physicians building