US-based healthcare services provider OhioHealth has announced plans to expand its OhioHealth Pickerington Medical Campus.

Its plans include conversion of its medical campus into a new hospital, adding inpatient beds and new services.

The expansion will be constructed on more than 30 acres of undeveloped land, and will be done from the northern side of the current Pickerington Medical Campus.

OhioHealth Grove City Methodist Hospital president, Westerville and Pickerington Medical Campuses and Freestanding Emergency Department Network accountable executive Kevin Lutz said: “From the moment we broke ground, we knew the Pickerington Medical Campus was only the beginning of our commitment to Pickerington and nearby communities.

“Since our opening in 2015, we have expanded to open a Short Stay Unit, purchased the adjacent medical office building, created strong partnerships with local schools, actively participate in the Chamber and sponsor local events.

“As we continue to learn more about the healthcare needs of the community, we recognize there are additional services we could provide and now is the time to strengthen and deepen our commitment.”

As part of the expansion plans, the organisation is planning to work with the city of Pickerington to ensure the needs of the community are achieved through this expansion.

Early programming as well as the design details such as services, bed count, square footage and construction costs are currently underway.

Construction work on the project is scheduled to commence this year and is expected to be opened in 2023.

Furthermore, all current OhioHealth services on the campus will remain in operation during the construction, including the Pickerington Emergency Care Center.