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UC Health plans to expand its primary care services with the opening of a medical office at Fountain Square.
CINCINNATI -- Primary care is the long-term relationship between a person and their clinician. Starting in early 2014, residents of downtown Cincinnati will be able to establish those relationships a little closer to home.
UC Health announced Wednesday it plans to expand its primary care services with the opening of a medical office at Fountain Square.
“Cincinnati has a vibrant and growing downtown. By adding this central location, UC Health is able to offer easier access to primary care to those who live and work in Cincinnati’s downtown core,” said Dr. Myles Pensak, CEO of UC Health University of Cincinnati Physicians.
Located in the US Bank Tower at 425 Walnut St. , UC Health Primary Care–Downtown will open in Jan. 2014 and be staffed by Dr. Bernie Lenchitz .
Neither UC Health nor UC Physicians has previously had offices downtown, according to Peter Iacobell, the vice president of strategic planning and development for both institutions.
Dr. Marshall McHenry, affiliated with the Christ Hospital Health Network, is a primary physician with an office at 312 Walnut St. He has worked downtown for several years, according to his secretary.
A spokesperson for Mercy Health said the health care provider has three medical offices in downtown -- two on Fourth Street and one on Logan Street.
Primary care is critically important to every family and every individual. It’s where diagnosis and treatment starts.
“Diagnosis and treatment for the entire family begins with primary care, and demand from primary care physicians has never been higher,” Pensak said. “UC Health is committed to serving our region’s growing need for primary care providers and we are positioning those providers where it makes the most sense for our community."
UC Health, the University of Cincinnati’s affiliated health system, now has more than 75 primary care providers at 15 locations throughout Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky.
The organization has additional plans to open medical office buildings in Columbia Township and Florence, Ky. in summer 2014. Both sites will include primary care practices, according to UC Health.
Lenchitz received his medical degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and completed his residency at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center. He is board-certified in internal medicine.
The Fountain Square facility is accepting new patients and setting up appointments. To schedule an appointment, call 513-475-8000.
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