DAYTON, Ohio - A local hospital's expansion could mean more than 100 new jobs for the area.
Kindred Hospital, currently located on two floors of Elizabeth Place, bought the old Dayton Heart Hospital next door for 16 million dollars from Premier Health Partners.
Kindred plans to move its operations into the building, while adding more staff and services.
At the announcement of the move Thursday, Kindred's CEO Lynn Schoen tried to come up with words to describe finding a ready-made hospital that's not even an ambulance ride away from the current facility.
"it's a dream come true," Schoen says.
Kindred officials took 2 News on a tour of what will be its new hospital. They say they'll have to do a little surgery before moving in, but they hope to have the building open by April 2012.
They plan to hire local contractors for the renovation work.
Hospital officials will move the 67 beds they already have into the building and add 37 more.
Kindred specializes in taking care of patients who need a longer stay than most.
The average stay for someone in their facility is 25 to 30 days.
Schoen says right now many of those longer-care patients have to go to facilities in Columbus or Cincinnati.
"Our goal of our facility will be to manage those patients who we don't have the ability to meet those needs in our community," Schoen says.
Dayton Mayor Gary Leitzell was on hand for the announcement. He says Dayton needs more situations like this one.
"Anytime we can create jobs, anytime we can fill an empty building, anytime we can service the community, it's a great day," Leitzell says.
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