Category Archives: OhioHealth Grant

ODOT Columbus Grant Avenue Bridge Project Update


Part of the current construction project to improve the Interstate 70/71 downtown ‘split’ includes tearing down the current Grant Avenue Bridge- which is more than 50 years old– and replacing it with a new one.

To prepare for demolition, the bridge will close Tuesday, January 9 at 8 AM. That means  overnight lane closures and restrictions for drivers. Advance notification of traffic impacts will be provided.

Please visit to get the most up to date traffic information.

The new Grant Avenue bridge is expected to open later this fall, weather permitting.

The new bridge (rendering below) features wider sidewalks, a bike lane, improved lighting and aesthetics.

Along with a new bridge at Grant Avenue, the current project improves Mound Street between 4th and High Streets by adding granite curbs, brick crosswalks, decorative signals, lighting and landscaping. The project also converts Fulton Street to one-way eastbound from 4th to Washington.

During construction, Grant Avenue traffic will be detoured.

Southbound Grant Ave. Detour: Mound St. WB to 3rd SB to Livingston head east.

Northbound Grant Ave Detour: Livingston EB to Parsons NB to Main St. head west.

The $31 million project which started this past spring is expected to be complete by late fall 2018.

Congratulations to the OhioHealth EMS 100th paramedic class!

Did you know that central Ohio’s only hospital or health system-based EMS school is at OhioHealth Grant Medical Center? The school, located in the 393 E. Town St. building, was founded in 1983 and has been supported by Grant, and now by OhioHealth, since day one. It’s run by OhioHealth Emergency Medical Services and offers both emergency medical technician (EMT) and paramedic classes.

On November 8, 17 students from the school’s 100th class graduated. The students spent 18,035 hours on classroom and clinical hours. The medic school has a 100 percent pass rate on the National Registry exam, which is well above both the state and national average.

As a health system-based program, there are many advantages for the students that come along with the real-life, hands-on setting a hospital provides. “We’re proud of our graduates and what they’re able to achieve,” said Barb Dean, BSN, RN, OhioHealth EMS program manager. “Many of them have gone on to become high ranking officers or fire chiefs in the central Ohio community. OhioHealth continues to make important contributions to the education of those who keep our communities safe, and that’s something we’re proud of.”

OhioHealth Grant Medical Center Trauma Program Update

OhioHealth Grant Medical Center Trauma Program Update
Expansion complete and transitions planned in support of OhioHealth system trauma program

In living our mission to improve the health of those we serve, OhioHealth has a long-standing commitment to trauma care in the communities we serve across the region. Trauma and acute care is such an important part of what we do — serving patients at the most critical, vulnerable, time in their lives.

OhioHealth Grant Medical Center is the busiest Level I Trauma Center in the state, which means we’re playing an even greater role in ensuring life-saving treatment is available when it is needed most. Over the past 10 years, the program has seen 86 percent growth and continues to grow. To support this growth, OhioHealth has invested $5.7 million in the trauma program at Grant — expanding services and capabilities and building on our expertise.

We are proud of this work, but most importantly, we are proud of how this work will allow us to better support the patients and communities we serve. With the completion of the helipad on Tuesday, August 15, the trauma program at Grant now has:

+       Increased the number of trauma bays from two to three — constructing a new bay and improving the two current bays.

+       Constructed a new helipad, capable of dual landings and accommodating larger helicopters.

+       Replaced radiology equipment and added a new X-ray room in the Emergency Department.

+       Renovated our EMS break room, providing a larger, improved space for EMS.

As we continue to advance our vision for a system-wide trauma program, Shay O’Mara, MD, MBA, FACS, has been serving as both system chief, trauma and acute care surgery for OhioHealth and medical director of trauma services at Grant. To support this transition, Matthew Moorman, MD, FACS, FCCP, will become the new medical director of trauma services at Grant, effective March 1, 2018.

However, Dr. Moorman will begin supporting many of his duties and responsibilities as medical director of trauma services now, allowing for a smooth transition as he and Dr. O’Mara work together to support the trauma team, as well as the 2018 Trauma Re-verification Process at Grant.

Dr. Moorman is currently the associate director of trauma services and a trauma surgeon at Grant with more than 10 years of experience. He will be responsible for ensuring the clinical coverage and quality care for trauma, surgical critical care and acute care surgery patient activities and will ensure compliance with the American College of Surgeons Guidelines for Level I Re-verification.

Dr. Moorman has been with OhioHealth since 2016. He came to Columbus from the Cleveland Clinic, where he was the trauma medical director at Hillcrest Hospital and the director of the division of acute care surgery. He has also served in the United States Air Force and the Ohio Air National Guard. Dr. Moorman has been on countless committees proving his leadership and community involvement.

We are excited that these new milestones will help us continue to serve our patients for years to come, allowing us to accommodate more critical patients when seconds and minutes count.

Thank you for your continued partnership and support of the trauma program at Grant.


Michael Lawson
President, OhioHealth Grant Medical Center