FMC Announces Plans to Build a Health and Wellness Center in Lancaster

At the annual Fairfield Medical Center State of the Center on April 13 at the Liberty Center, President and CEO John R. “Jack” Janoso, Jr. announced the expansion of its outpatient campus by breaking ground on a Health & Wellness Center next to River View Surgery Center on North Columbus Street in Lancaster. The intent is that the complex, which will be adjacent to the surgery center, will offer emergency, health and wellness, diagnostic, rehabilitative, laboratory and women’s services, as well as a retail pharmacy and childcare. The project is expected to break ground by the end of 2016 or early 2017. “Fairfield Medical Center is positioning itself to better serve the health and well-being of our community for the ‘next 100 years,’” Janoso said. “This commitment begins by recognizing that FMC must focus on healthier lifestyles, but also address the need for more accessible, convenient and comprehensive services to our community.”

Janoso added that when FMC first began exploring this endeavor, the hospital met with officials from the Robert K. Fox Family Y to discuss opportunities to collaborate that would be mutually beneficial. “The community has a need for all-day childcare for infants and toddlers and FMC, along with The Robert K. Fox Family Y, are working to provide that at this location,” Janoso said.

In addition to a Health & Wellness Center, Janoso spoke of plans to build a community access facility that will allow the hospital to bring specialized services and diagnostics closer to those in need. The first of these facilities will soon occur in Amanda. “Our plan is to build off the design elements and themes of the new Surgical Tower in order to create cohesive branding throughout all of our facilities,” Janoso said. “We believe this project will be a great benefit to the community.”

Other announcements and updates from the State of the Center include:
FMC’s recent purchase of the First Medical Urgent Care, which is located across from Target in Lancaster. Under FMC’s ownership, this facility will remain an Urgent Care Center, but will offer extended hours to help meet the after-hours/emergent care needs of community members. A ribbon cutting is set for July. “We are excited that this new facility will give us the opportunity to support the business community and build on the occupational health services that we provide to local businesses and their employees,” Janoso said.

This summer, FMC will move its cancer services – chemotherapy, infusion services and oncology offices – under one roof to the ground level of the Pavilion. This area will be named the Fairfield Medical Cancer Care & Infusion Center. The Fairfield Medical Cancer Resource Center will continue to remain in this space, as well.

While FMC has made a lot of improvements and upgrades externally to the organization, it has also been doing a lot of work internally, as well, to move toward a more patient-centric culture. “We recognize our outward-facing changes can’t be successful unless we first transform ourselves from within,” Janoso said. “We’ve found that it’s not what you do, but how you make someone feel and we want our community to know and to feel that we genuinely “care” for and about them.”

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