The nature of health care delivery is changing. Instead of the patient going to the hospital, increasingly, the hospital is coming to the patient.

That’s the rationale behind recent moves by Atrium Medical Center, part of Premier Health, outside Middletown.

The hospital, which will mark its 100th anniversary in 2017, is constructing an $11.5 million emergency center in a former medical arts building at 7450 Mason Montgomery Road in Mason. It also recently opened a medical office building on the Edgewood City Schools campus in Trenton and acquired Middletown’s largest outpatient surgery center.

“Our service area covers Butler and Warren counties, encompassing some 400,000 residents,” says Carol Turner, Atrium president and CEO since 2011. “Our customers have told us they want easy access to their care. They want it fast and close to home.”

The rising cost of providing care in acute-care facilities is also pushing more services to outpatient facilities, she says. Atrium and Premier already have lab and imaging offices in Middletown, Springboro, Mason, Lebanon and Hamilton, and sports medicine and physical therapy offices in Franklin, Mason, Lebanon and Springboro.

Slated to open in March, the new Atrium Health Center Mason is a two-story 44,000-square-foot facility that includes a 12-bed emergency center and offers ancillary services such as lab testing, X-ray, CT scan, ultrasound and MRI as well as physician offices in family medicine, cardiology, orthopedics, obstetrics, gynecology and other services. It will also include a clinic medical spa offering services that require a physician such as tattoo removal and skin injections. The center is expected to employ about 40.

One of Atrium’s offices is located on the Mason High School campus, where Dr. Dale Block offers family and sports medicine services.

The partnership between schools and health care is also evident in the 15,355-square-foot building Atrium recently opened in Trenton on land owned by the Edgewood City Schools. The Atrium Health Center Trenton includes physician offices, laboratory, medical imaging, occupational medicine, physical therapy, cardiovascular services and other medical specialties.

Besides providing revenue for the school system and care for students and staff, the facility is also available as an educational resource for student career days and other activities, Turner says.

In September, Atrium acquired the Southwest Ohio Ambulatory Surgery Center at 295 N. Breiel Blvd., Middletown.

“We needed another access point,” says Turner of the acquisition. Southwest opened 20 years ago and its physicians are on Atrium’s staff. “It’s a win, win,” Turner says.

Opened in 2007, Atrium’s 200-acre campus overlooking Interstate 75 offers a full range of medical services and health care providers. The 320-bed hospital includes an emergency trauma center, a comprehensive cancer center and a full complement of heart services. The campus also includes Bidwell outpatient surgery center, the Atrium YMCA, Dayton Children’s Specialty Care Center, the Greentree Health Science Academy and five Otterbein Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Homes, each with 10 private suites.

Turner says Atrium and Premier aren’t done with their expansion plans. Although not ready to announce more moves, Turner says, “We have some real exciting plans for the southern part of our market.”