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Mount Carmel, Fairfield Medical Center move forward on planned Canal Winchester hospital

Mount Carmel and the Fairfield Medical Center Friday agreed to move forward with plans to build a new hospital in Canal Winchester.

The boards from both organizations voted to form a joint venture to study the feasibility of a 65-bed hospital near Route 33.

Mount Carmel president and CEO Joe Calvaruso who says the two hospitals have bought 55 acres of land for two million dollars. He says they decided to work together to better serve the needs of the community.

He also said the Pickerington, Canal Winchester, Lancaster area needs a new hospital to meet the requirements of a growing community. Mount Carmel has a 70% interest in the new hospital; Fairfield Medical Center has a 30% interest.

Mount Carmel earlier announced plans to expand Mount Carmel east and Saint Ann's hospitals. Ohio Health plans to build a 200-bed hospital in Dublin Click the Listen icon to hear Mike Thompson's interview with Mount Carmel CEO Joe Calvaruso.

Mike Thompson spends much of his time correcting people who mispronounce the name of his hometown – Worcester, Massachusetts. Mike studied broadcast journalism at Syracuse University when he was not running in circles – as a distance runner on the SU track team.