Wright State clinic won’t return
- Published: September 9, 2011
The Wright State Physicians medical clinic formerly located in Yellow Springs will not be coming back to the village, according to leaders of the Boonshoft School of Medicine in recent interviews. School leaders had hoped that local interest in re-opening the clinic would lead to substantial fund-raising success, but that did not materialize.
“It’s unfortunate that we weren’t successful. It’s a site we used for years and years,” Boonshoft Dean Howard Part said in a recent interview. The clinic had been in town for several decades before it was torn down two years ago. At that time, clinic leaders had hoped to rebuild in Yellow Springs, where they served about 4,000 area patients.
The five physicians and one physician assistant from the clinic moved to temporary quarters at Greene Memorial Hospital, and all will be relocated to a new medical office building on the Wright State campus when the campus is completed sometime next year, according to Dr. Margaret Dunn of the nonprofit Wright State Physicians, which is constructing the building on land donated by the university. The new building will include five different medical specialties, including family medicine, aerospace medicine, sports medicine, neurology and dermatology. The co-locating of different medical specialties in one building will be more cost-effective than separate offices, Dean Part said.
While the medical clinic will not be coming back to Yellow Springs, the Miami Township Fire-Rescue department would like to provide a new community use for the land. The four-acre Xenia Avenue site of the former clinic, across Herman Street from Friends Care Community, is the department’s first choice for a new fire station and Township offices, according to Fire Chief Colin Altman.
The Miami Township trustees and fire department have submitted a proposal for Wright State to donate three acres of the former clinic site for the new station, Altman said. According to Wright State University Vice President for Planning Robert Sweeney this week, the proposal has been received and will be considered at an upcoming trustees meeting.
For a more detailed story, see the Sept. 8 News.