Growth and Future Planning

As the primary hospital and healthcare provider in our area for more than 105 years, Columbus Regional Health’s growth and expansion of facilities and services allows our health system to position itself to be responsive to patient and community needs as they arise and in the future. After delays and setbacks due to the worldwide COVID19 pandemic and our comprehensive response, we are elated to resume this development, planning and design work. Facility growth through property acquisition and infrastructure development is just one way we are investing in our future and in the communities we serve. At the same time that we are visioning for a strong future for our organization, we continue to invest where possible in existing service and facility needs. 

Progress continues to move forward on our property and facility investments. Here is an update on those currently in transition:

NexusPark Community Development (former Fair Oaks Mall)

The City of Columbus and Columbus Regional Health have joined forces to build a dynamic community asset that will consist of a broad range of health, well-being, and recreation services and experiences. This transformational project consists of revitalizing the former mall property and renaming it NexusPark. The reimagined facility is currently going through comprehensive interior demolition and construction at varying phases, with future amenities comprising

  • Wellness and recreation-based community spaces
  • City Parks and Recreation administrative and program use
  • Indoor sports complex with the addition of a 150,000 square feet fieldhouse.
  • Dining and retail
  • Medical office and treatment/exam space
  • Patient support and therapies services

For CRH, NexusPark will be a modern and dynamic care, treatment and work environment, focused on wellness and preventive care synergized with health maintenance and improvement practices. The facility creates an environment that enhances care and experience. Furthermore, it positions the health system to adapt to the continued growing need for additional primary care and preventive care services in the communities we serve. CRH’s approach with NexusPark will advance primary and specialty care in a convenient, easy-to-access location for the communities we serve. Positioning of practices and departments with similar patient populations and support services will increase efficiency and collaboration to the benefit of staff, providers and patients. Columbus Regional Health engaged a Multi-Site Master Planning Committee to determine the services that will be provided at NexusPark.

At NexusPark, our architects and engineers have been closely coordinating overall efforts between the City of Columbus and CRH. The NexusPark Design Team has met several times to understand the overall site’s vision and address initial operational needs to best serve outpatients and the community.  This team continues to meet to confirm layouts, operations, and experience expectations. Learn more about the site progress and all the amenities planned for NexusPark at www.nexuspark.org

Phase I - 2023 Phase II - 2024 Phase III - 2025
PT/OT – Marr Road and Mill Race Neurology & Sleep Sciences Columbus Pediatrics
OB/GYN Associates (2022) Family and Internal Medicine Nutritional counseling
VIMCare Audiology Time share/Flex clinic
Middle Road – Sandcrest, Doctors Park, Rau Family Medicine Columbus Family Medicine Healthy Communities
WellConnect Lymphedema Teaching Kitchen
Outpatient Lab BCSC Clinic  
Flexible clinic rooms   

When completed, NexusPark will provide a safe and trusted space for both physical and mental well-being. It will appeal to families and continue to build on Columbus’ reputation as a family-friendly desirable place to live. For visitors from Indianapolis, Louisville, and Cincinnati, NexusPark will be a notable sports destination in the region that is fun to visit.

Background:  The City of Columbus asked CRH in 2018 to partner with them in the ownership of Fair Oaks Mall, which was diminishing as a traditional retail mall.  CRH owns 25 percent of the property and the City owns 75 percent, with Heritage Fund of Bartholomew County as a founding contributor. 

State Road 46 West (former Clarion Hotel property)

In early 2022, land-preparation work resumed following delays due to the global pandemic. Crews have been working over the past several weeks to redistribute the rubble and reuse materials, raise and flatten the land. Now that we know the entire site can be developed, CRH is moving forward with our facility and site plans to build a multi-specialty medical office building on a portion of the property, with the goal of having services in place in 2024.

Background:  The Clarion hotel went bankrupt and closed in 2018.  The property was then made available via a public auction.  This land was one of the first larger property investments CRH made in order to position our health system for necessary growth, expansion of services and access for the ever-growing west side of Bartholomew County.

The hotel was in such poor state that it was demolished. You may recall that following the initial purchase of the property, we donated the majority of the former hotels contents to area non-profit agencies as a way to give back to the community.

Columbus Regional Health has been diligent in how that property is cleaned up and positioned for future development.  This has added time but it is our priority to be good stewards of that land as we consider future uses of this site and how it can benefit economic growth. We have attempted to be environmentally-friendly as we work with this site and have been able to incorporate the reuse of rubble and construction waste from Interstate 65 projects as fill to help elevate the site out of the flood risk.  Likewise, in working with the Army Corps of Engineers, we are replacing the displaced trees and surrounding wetlands at a 4-to-1 ratio.

West-Side Farm Property

A Land Use Planning Committee was formed to direct this work in 2019 and as a result, we identified approximately 150 acres on the site to preserve for our use.  We will continue work with the broader community on uses for the remaining acreage.  This work will occur over the next several years.

Background: The farm property represents a much longer-term opportunity for not only our health system, but also the broader community and region. We anticipate the need to expand beyond our current main campus on 17th Street as we look into the future; however, we know that we do not need to entire parcel for those needs.  Careful consideration, analysis and strategy are required to determine the best use for the entire acreage as well as our future use.