Jan 172013

UTMC Family Physicians hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony at its new office at the Shops at Fallen Timbers on January 14. Pictured are (from left) Maumee Mayor Richard Carr, UTMC chancellor of health affairs Dr. Jeffrey Gold, UTMC board chairman Bill Koester, Dr. Chayanika Pal and Maumee City administrator John Jezak.

BY NANCY GAGNET | MIRROR REPORTER — The University of Toledo Medical Center has opened a physicians’ office at the Shops at Fallen Timbers. The UTMC Family Physicians clinic officially opened Monday with a ceremonial ribbon cutting and tour of the new facility. “This is all about bringing healthcare to the community. This is about bringing healthcare to the patient – to their home, where they work, shop, entertain and dine,” said Dr. Jeffrey Gold, chancellor of health affairs at UTMC. Dr. Chayanika Pal will lead the family medicine clinic, where everyone from newborns to geriatric patients may receive medical services. “Our goal is to provide a healing touch to improve physical and mental health,” she said. Pal began treating patients January 14 in the brand new 4,000-square-foot facility, which houses six patient rooms and a spacious waiting area with a television and fireplace. The office is open from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. to serve patients better, she said. Maumee Mayor Richard Carr welcomed the practice to the area. “This is a family medical practice and it fits well with our family-oriented community and our business-oriented community,” he said. The new UTMC facility is similar to an office near the Westfield Franklin Park shopping area that opened last year, as well as offices in Perrysburg and Sylvania, Dr. Gold said. Making healthcare more patient-centered is a future trend in the industry, said Gold, who anticipates additional community offices opening. “It’s based on need. We are looking at future locations such as downtown Toledo,” he said. The hospital could also add specialty services such as women’s health services, urgent care services and weekend hours to those facilities, he said. At the end of the month, UTMC will also open the Dana Cancer Center, a new facility for cancer patients on the UTMC campus.