CCH child care

Columbus Community Hospital's future child care facility is on schedule for a fall 2017 opening.

COLUMBUS — The winter chill hasn’t slowed progress on Columbus Community Hospital’s child care facility, which is expected to open this fall.

Hospital Vice President Scott Messersmith said construction of the 14,000-square-foot center located on the hospital campus has remained on track since a groundbreaking late last summer. The framing is done, walls have gone up, the roof is nearly complete and concrete is poured outside the facility.

“B-D Construction is doing a fine job staying on schedule,” he said of the local contractor handling the work.

Messersmith said he recently interviewed applicants for the facility's director position and hopes to have someone hired within 30 days.

Of the 20-plus applicants, the hospital interviewed a handful. All applicants were from the Columbus area and had experience with early childhood development, according to Messersmith.

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The director will decide how many slots from the 105 available will be reserved for hospital employees and how many will be open to the public.

“The center itself is being built mainly for hospital employees,” said Messersmith. “The majority will be filled by hospital employees’ kids.”

CCH will also begin the hiring process for the approximately 20 child care workers needed for the facility. Messersmith expects that process to begin within the next two months.

The total estimated cost for the project is $3 million.

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