WABASH, Ind. (WFFT)- Wednesday was opening day for the long anticipated Parkview Wabash Hospital.
"We've been planning for the new facility for about three and a half years, since we joined Parkview Health, and we've been planning for today for about a year," said Marilyn Custer-Mitchell, hospital president.
Custer-Mitchell said the hospital offers a variety of services in the 80,000 square foot facility, perhaps the most notable being the OB department.
"When you don't have OB services in a county, some of the key statistics for newborns start dropping and we didn't want to see that continue. We want to bring those back up and make sure that we're having healthy babies here in Wabash County," she said.
What makes the hospital so special is it was designed specifically for the needs of Wabash County.
"We have lab, radiology, and outpatient surgery, what most of our patients come in for. So, the building was built with those near the front of the building so they're very convenient for our patients," Custer-Mitchell said.
Kathy Schmalzried said having Parkview this close to home is huge for residents like her.
"Oh, I'm real excited about that. It's just a good group... I just think it's going to be great for the community," she said.
Looking ahead, hospital staff members are also excited for an orthopedic surgeon to join the team in August.
"Dr. Mitch Etkin. He'll be here full time, in Wabash, doing surgeries and seeing patients just in Wabash," Custer-Mitchell said.
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