The Southern Ohio Health Services Network (SOHSN) celebrated the opening of its new administrative office space with an open house Jan. 11.
Located in a 20,000 square foot suite on DuPont Circle in Milford, the new offices took four months to complete; the open house was a way for the SOHSN staff to invite the public to get a first look at the much needed new space.
“We are here tonight to reintroduce ourselves to the community in our new office space,” said Dave Mauch, Senior Vice-President of Finance and Administration. “We want people to know that we are still here in the community and that we are still serving our clients. This new space will help us continue our mission of serving the health care needs and wellness of the underserved in the region.”
Celebrating its 30th year, SOHSN started in 1976 with only one doctor and one office. The continuing mission of the not-for-profit SOHSN is to address the issue of access to primary health care. The organization has grown in 30 years into 15 different offices with more than 60 providers throughout five counties in the southwestern Ohio region.
"This new administrative space, now our new corporate offices, was needed," Mauch said. "The last three years, we were really cramped in our other space; we had outgrown the old space. As our network grows, so does our mission and our need for more working space."
SOHSN, with an operating budget of $25 million, is Ohio's largest community health care center and one of the largest rural community health care centers in the country.
The services provided include family practice, internal medicine, pediatrics, adult medicine, OB-GYN, behavioral health counseling, pharmacy services, and dental services."
"We are a safety net provider and a major economic force in the region," said SOHSN Vice-President of Marketing and Development Lisa Parker. "We are thrilled with this new space because it will fit our needs and be more conducive to the work that we do."
According to SOHSN President and CEO Kimberly Patton, the new administrative space will help the network better serve its patients.
"This new space will increase our customer service to our patients as well as our internal providers out in the field," she said. "It is a wonderful addition in that it will increase our efficiency to fulfill our mission of serving the underserved medical needs of our community."