News
June 17, 2016

Wexner Medical Center Involves Colleges of Dentistry and Optometry in New Outpatient Care Facility

The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center’s new Outpatient Care Upper Arlington facility will include dental and optometry clinics.

Recognizing the value of an integrated, interdisciplinary approach to delivering primary care, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center (OSUWMC) has engaged the Colleges of Dentistry and Optometry in a new initiative -- a community-based outpatient clinic in Upper Arlington. Located at the Kingsdale Center at 1800 Zollinger Road, the Ohio State's Outpatient Care Upper Arlington facility is a five-story, 100,000-square-foot comprehensive health center that will provide primary care; heart and vascular services; women’s health care and women’s health imaging; specialties such as dermatology, endocrinology, rheumatology and digestive health services; and a general surgery clinic and laboratory and x-ray services.

“Dr. Retchin and the medical center’s senior leaders clearly value what dentistry and optometry contribute in providing patients with the very best comprehensive primary care.”
— Dean Lloyd

For the Colleges of Dentistry and Optometry, this new facility will provide an opportunity for a select group of students and residents to gain first-hand knowledge about how their professions contribute to and are an integral part of the comprehensive assessment and care of patients. The colleges’ students will benefit from experiencing patient-based interactions among a variety of health care practitioners working collectively to provide the best patient care.

“We are breaking ground on a healthier future,” said Sheldon Retchin, M.D., Executive Vice President of Ohio State’s Health Sciences and CEO of the Wexner Medical Center. “This new outpatient care center in Upper Arlington’s Kingsdale Center will be home to convenient health services and collaborative space, all designed to improve the health and well-being of the community.”

Dan Like, the Wexner Medical Center’s Executive Director of Ambulatory Services and the project manager for the new facility echoed those remarks. “It is the most comprehensive health center we have to date,” he said.

The facility will provide care for self-paying patients and those who have private or public health insurance, including Medicaid benefits. Because of this, the dental clinic will also accept patients who are eligible for the State of Ohio’s adult Dental Medicaid program. According to the College of Dentistry’s dean, Patrick M. Lloyd, DDS, MS, the treatment of Medicaid-insured patients will help to bridge the gap in access to dental care. Lloyd said, “The dental clinic in the Kingsdale facility will provide much-needed care for underserved and at-risk patients who have complex needs. It will also allow select dental students and residents to provide oral health services in a setting that takes an interdisciplinary approach in providing comprehensive patient care.”

Although the medical components for the health center will open in the months of July and August 2016, the dental and optometry clinics will not be operational until early 2017. This will allow additional time for the Colleges of Dentistry and Optometry to finalize their plans and student/resident scheduling prior to  the opening of their clinics within the new facility.

“We are so pleased that the OSUWMC involved us early in the planning process,” Dean Lloyd said. “Dr. Retchin and the medical center’s other senior leaders clearly value what dentistry and optometry contribute in providing patients with the very best comprehensive primary care.”