On schedule: CRH’s OB/GYN and Associates could be moved in by October

Mike Wolanin | The Republic Columbus Regional Health Facility Engineer Casey Gibson stands in the new space for OB/GYN Associates of Columbus in the Columbus Regional Health portion of NexusPark in Columbus, Ind., Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2023.

Columbus Regional Health’s first practice at NexusPark is still on track to move in later this fall.

“We are still on schedule to look at moving our OB/GYN practice in late October,” said Vice President of Strategic Facilities Planning and Operations David Lenart. “Right now, we are about 60 days on our countdown from having our first patient encounters over at NexusPark, so we’re getting pretty excited by that.”

OB/GYN Associates will be located on the far north side of CRH’s portion of NexusPark, which is the former Carson’s. Currently, workers are hanging doors in the spaces for this practice and doing final painting, Lenart said. The hospital expects furniture to be moved into the space in late September or early October.

The other practices that will be located at NexusPark are expected to move in from January to April of 2024, he said. A list of the CRH offices that will be moving into the space is available at crh.org.

Lenart added that while the hospital did see a “short issue” with air handling unit delivery, they have been working with vendors to mitigate problems and largely remain on schedule.

In general, he said that CRH is “progressing with a lot of our construction” at NexusPark. All walls are up, some ceilings are starting to go in, walls have been painted, and workers are starting to hang some doors.

“We are working on signage and wayfinding,” he added. “And at least for the OB/GYN and Associates, we look to have a lot of that set up. But over the course of the remainder of the year and into next year, the entire site will be working towards those wayfinding components. So signage is really the key thing, both exterior and interior.”

NexusPark is a joint effort between the city of Columbus and CRH to transform the former FairOaks Mall into a health, wellness and recreation center. In addition to CRH facilities, the campus is also expected to include parks department and community spaces, restaurant and retail areas, and a fieldhouse.

Outdoor community park and gathering spaces are planned, and Dunham’s is expected to remain on-site under its current lease.