ST. CLAIRSVILLE, Ohio (WTRF) – With a prayer and a ribbon cutting, the new facility behind Riesbeck’s in the Plaza West was open for patients.
“We ask you to bless this plaza and these clinics and all the staff that extend their healing ministry,” said Father Michael Gromczewski, Trinity’s chaplain.
“We have four physicians that will be practicing out of this location along with 50 support staff that include nurse practitioners, physician assistants, physical therapists, lab folks and some X-ray folks,” said Laurie Labishak, Trinity’s marketing manager.
Many of them worked there when it was part of East Ohio Regional Hospital.
It didn’t take long for patients to start pulling up, including Nick Bumbico of Lansing, who needed his prescription refilled, and was pleased to learn his doctor had stayed in the area.
“I’m happy she’s available,” Bumbico said. “I liked it better when she was in Ferry, but she had no choice I guess.”
Katie Detling, a nurse practitioner who has worked in the area for 15 years, said she’s glad to continue to serve her patients.
“We’ve got the lab up and running,” Detling said. “I know this is a nice convenient location for patients. They don’t have to fight traffic at the hospitals. A lot of our older patients like to come in during the day and get right in and out. And the parking is really nice here.”
It was a rush to get the complex re-opened.
“We had a month to get this thing up and going,” said Reed Bentzinger, Trinity administrative resident. “The sooner we could get it open, the sooner patients could be cared for, and that was the ultimate goal.”
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