Construction has started for a new $4.5 million neurology care center in Goshen.
Bob Schrock, chief executive officer of DJ Construction participated in the groundbreaking ceremony on April 12 with Tom Salver from Bona Vista Architecture.
The project is being built on property behind Goshen Health’s urgent-care facility along Elkhart Rd. When completed, it will have a staff of 45 to 50.
“Our goal with this center is to provide quick access,” neurologist Jody Neer said. “When your doctor tells you you need to go to a neurologist, you don’t want to wait, right?”
Goshen Health president and CEO Randy Christophel said there will be a significant increase in staff at the new center that will give patients quicker access to care, The Goshen News reported.
“Jody Neer is a fabulous neurologist, but he is one guy,” Christophel said. “When we open this up in the fall, we will have three neurologists and other providers, like nurse practitioners and other support staff. And then as we grow, we will add other neurologists, sub-specialists over time.
“Right now, people drive hours to go get sub-speciality neurology care, whether it be for Parkinson’s, epilepsy or multiple sclerosis. We are going to have all those provider skills here. But the difference with the facility is we bring all those diagnostic and treatment capabilities here also. It is designed to be a one-stop diagnostic, treatment evaluation location for these types of patients.”
It took two years of study and planning and decision-making before the ground was broken Wednesday, according to Neer and Christophel.
“We tied it into the community-needs studies that we do for our region and it links perfectly with out mission of improving the health of our communities,” Christophel said.