Allergy Services

Provided by Dr. Thomas Kiefer

Expert and compassionate care for patients of all ages for the diagnosis and treatment of allergic disorders including:

  • Hay fever
  • Asthma 
  • Hives and swelling
  • Severe allergic reaction
  • Eczema and rashes
  • Sinus disease
  • Food and drug allergy 
  • Stinging insect allergy
  • Flu vaccine and egg allergy
  • Recurrent infections

Allergy testing

Allergy testing is done on the day of your visit and patients will receive their test results in about 15 minutes. The testing is done by the preferred kin scratch method. The discomfort is minimal and well tolerated by children. In cases where the skin cannot be tested, a blood test can be ordered.


In addition to avoidance and medication (symptom relief), immunotherapy (allergy shots) may be recommended. Immunotherapy is still the only treatment method that can actually reduce the severity of the allergy itself. The injections are given once or twice weekly to provide patients with the best combination of safety and efficacy.

Comprehensive asthma care

We provide comprehensive evaluation and treatment of asthma in all ages and welcome the most severe cases. Highly specialized therapies, including the administration of new biological, are done in our clinic. Dr. Kiefer has a special interest in treating asthma in infants and young children.

Dr. Kiefer is an experienced allergy physician serving Logan County and Central Ohio. He is also a dedicated teacher, instructing resident physicians from the Nationwide Children's Hospital and Grant Family Practice residency programs. He is Board Certified in Allergy, Immunology and Pediatrics.

Mary Rutan Hospital
205 E. Palmer Road
2nd Floor / Pulmonary & Sleep Center

Audiology and Hearing Aids

Our doctor of audiology treats hearing loss in people of all ages. Our goal is to help our patients maintain their independence, sustain their social relationships and assist with their success in school and employment.

  • Comprehensive hearing evaluations for adults and children
  • Infant hearing screenings
  • Hearing aid sales and repair
  • Hearing aid fittings
  • Dizziness
  • Custom-fit ear products
  • Mary Rutan Hospital Ambulatory Care Center
    1134 N. Main St.
    Bellefontaine, OH 43311

Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation

The Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation program at Mary Rutan Hospital gives heart and lung patients the chance to improve overall health in a safe and caring setting. If you have had a heart attack or heart surgery, or if you have a chronic lung condition, our staff will help you recover faster, get stronger and return to a full, productive life. We will help you lower your risk for future health problems through comprehensive exercise training and education.

Our experienced staff will motivate you to make positive changes in your lifestyle. We will:

  • Closely monitor your exercise sessions and tailor them to your abilities and needs
  • Give you practical advice on how to control your risk factors for heart and lung disease
  • Help increase your self-confidence, well-being and your quality of life

Program components include:

  • Medical supervision
  • Instruction and education on proper exercise
  • Risk factor modification
  • Dietary counseling
  • Mental health counseling
  • Smoking cessation
  • Social support
  • Billing and financial assistance

Enrolling in the Program

To get started, we will need a referral from your doctor. Please have your doctor call us at 937.599.7020 or 937.599.7040.

Most health insurance plans cover phase 2 cardiac rehabilitation or phase 2 pulmonary rehabilitation. We will help you determine coverage, but it is important to contact your specific health plan to confirm coverage.

  • Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation

Cardiovascular Services

The staff members of the Cardiovascular Services Department are dedicated to raising public awareness of cardiovascular disease. We are committed to excellence in the diagnosis, treatment and education of the patients we serve.

The Cardiovascular Services department is staffed from 7 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, and from 6 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. on weekends and holidays. Call 937.599.7016 to schedule appointments or ask questions regarding services.

Vascular Clinic

In conjunction with Mid-Ohio Cardiology and Vascular Consultants, Mary Rutan Hospital offers vascular evaluation and treatment management on Tuesdays. Appointments can be made by calling 800.851.7342.

Heart Failure Clinic

Our mission is to help those with heart failure have the best quality of life through personal care, education and treatment. We work with patients and their families to help them understand the disease of heart failure, assist with lifestyle changes, understand medications, and know what to do in case of emergencies or problems. Expert care in the Heart Failure Clinic is given by our heart failure nurses, dietitians, pharmacists and social workers. The clinic is open Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. To become enrolled or to get more information, please call us at 937.599.7020 or 937.599.7016.

  • Cardiovascular Services

Care Coordination

Care Coordination is our quality commitment to you. We intend to do everything possible to make sure you receive the right care in the right setting at the right time. This includes assessing your needs for when you are discharged from the hospital. Care Coordination works along with your physician, the healthcare team and your insurance company to make sure you receive the right care once you leave the hospital.

The Care Coordination Department at Mary Rutan Hospital assists patients and their family members with financial, social and emotional issues that relate to illness or hospitalization.

  • Care Coordination

Corporate Health

Visit us in our new home at the Mary Rutan Health Center.

Corporate Health Services is a full-service occupational medicine provider dedicated to improving the wellness of the individuals, corporations and communities that we serve by offering a range of services, including:

  • Diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of occupational injuries and illness
  • Drug and alcohol screenings by Drug and Alcohol Testing Industry Association (DATIA) trained staff
    • Medical Review Officer (MRO) services
    • DOT and DOT 5- and 10-panel urine collections
    • Rapid screens with laboratory confirmation
    • Random program management, including consortiums
  • Pre-employment and periodic physical examinations
  • Physician accessibility
  • Case management to aid employer and employee
  • Consultations
  • Education/wellness programs
  • Flu vaccination program
  • Audiology testing
  • Corporate Health Services
    1134 N. Main St.
    Bellefontaine, OH 43311

Coumadin Clinic

Millions of Americans are on coumadin therapy, a medication that prevents blood from clotting. Coumadin is a powerful and effective drug, but it also has potential side effects if the patient's response to the medication changes.

"The Coumadin Clinic is an innovative program designed to meet the special needs of patients on Coumadin. The clinic's monitoring maximizes the benefits of patients' therapy and minimizes their risk of complications," says Gregg Fulmer, MD, Coumadin Clinic medical director.

The primary responsibility of Mary Rutan Hospital's (MRH) Coumadin Clinic is to monitor patients who require blood-thinners and educate them about food and drug safety. "We treat patients who have a wide variety of conditions, such as atrial fibrillation, pulmonary embolism and deep vein thrombosis, as well as some who have had major joint replacements, and help them prevent clotting in their legs," says Melannie Hunsicker, pharmacist at MRH. Patients at the clinic are seen in the Outpatient Department at MRH and receive individualized patient education. "Our patients are much better informed and better able to actively participate in their care," says Hunsicker.

After making an appointment with the Coumadin Clinic, patients are promptly tested and their medication is adjusted as necessary. This process generally takes about 15 minutes.

  • Coumadin Clinic

Disease Management

Learning how to manage and live with a chronic disease can be difficult. Just as difficult: making the lifestyle changes necessary for improving your health and reducing your risk for complications. That’s why Mary Rutan Hospital created Disease Management. Our interdisciplinary health care team will offer you professional guidance and personal encouragement to help you meet your specific goals. We help people like you address a range of chronic conditions such as diabetes, heart disease and COPD. Read on to learn about the Disease Management services we offer.

Diabetes Management

Diabetes management at Mary Rutan Hospital offers comprehensive diabetes care, no matter whether you’ve been diagnosed with pre-diabetes, Type I or Type II diabetes, or gestational diabetes. Our team of specialists will help you work toward and maintain a healthy lifestyle. They include certified diabetes educators, registered nurses and registered dieticians. They’ll partner with your primary care physician to improve your diabetes management, outcomes and quality of life.

COPD Management

The COPD program helps you manage the symptoms of chronic lung disease. Our team works in partnership with you to optimize your quality of life. Our focused short-term outpatient program includes treatment plans, patient and caregiver education, medication management, exercise, smoking cessation and nutrition. And we allow you to develop a treatment plan in partnership with your pulmonologist. Our goal is to help you increase your function and quality of life by reducing your symptoms and preventing hospital admissions. We’ll help you learn to be in control and feel good about yourself and your future.

Coumadin Clinic

Anticoagulant medications, such as the commonly prescribed blood thinner Coumadin (warfarin), play an important role in treating and managing many health conditions. Anticoagulant therapy is safe and effective when appropriately managed by health care professionals like ours. Careful monitoring is essential for optimizing doses and minimizing adverse effects. The Mary Rutan Hospital Coumadin Clinic offers you convenient monitoring. All that’s needed is a small blood sample collected with an easy finger stick. Results are quick and enable customized dose adjustments. And you’ll receive education on key factors that affect anticoagulant medication and the importance of returning for ongoing monitoring.

Lipid Management

Multiple risk factors contribute to heart disease, the leading cause of death in the United States. Lipid disorders are one such risk factor, which you can manage through medication, diet and activity. Lipid Management at Mary Rutan Hospital helps you control cholesterol levels to improve your health and lower your risk of cardiac events associated with heart disease. We serve patients with lipid disorders in Logan and surrounding counties.We monitor cholesterol levels using a small amount of blood obtained by a simple finger stick. Our clinic optimizes drug therapy, manages side effects and counsels you on how to control lipids through diet and exercise.

Weight Management

Obesity is a major health risk. It can have serious and costly consequences. The CDC reports that more than three in five Americans are overweight. A third of them are considered obese. Obesity-related conditions include heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, stroke, Type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer. Like other chronic diseases, obesity requires responsible, comprehensive, ongoing care and treatment. The Mary Rutan Hospital Weight Management program offers you a new option for weight loss and treatment for long-term success. Our goal: to help our patients achieve permanent weight loss through lifelong changes in diet, behavior and physical activity. Our program offers customized meal plans tailored to your weight loss goals, as well as education, ongoing medical oversight and the support you need for success.

Nutrition Therapy

The nutrition therapy specialists of Mary Rutan Hospital help you improve nutrition habits and optimize your health. Our nutrition team is comprised of registereddieticians who are exceptionally qualified to develop customized medical nutrition therapy programs as part of a comprehensive treatment plan for a specific illness, injury or condition. Nutrition therapy can be used as a component of treatment for a specific condition or to prevent or delay possible complications of an existing condition such as diabetes, obesity, heart disease, renal failure or gastrointestinal disorder. Our nutrition professionals will work with you to assess current medical issues, develop a nutrition plan, incorporate the plan into a daily routine, and reevaluate and support you throughout care. A physician referral is required to participate in nutrition therapy services.

  • Mary Rutan Hospital Disease Management
    205 E. Palmer Rd.,
    Bellefontaine, OH 43311

Ear, Nose and Throat

Dr. Clifton Hood provides specialized care for adult and pediatric ear, nose and throat conditions. Offering diagnosis and surgical treatment of disorders of the ear, nose, throat and related structures of the head and neck in both children and adults. Areas of expertise include:

  • Adenoid problems
  • Balance problems
  • Bell's palsy
  • Cancer (mouth, throat, head, neck)
  • Deafness
  • Earache
  • Ear infections
  • Facial plastic surgery
  • Hearing loss
  • Nose bleeds
  • Sinus problems
  • Plugged ears
  • Skin cancer diagnosis and treatment
  • Swallowing problems
  • Swimmer's ear
  • Thyroid disorders
  • Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
  • Tonsillitis
  • Vertigo
  • Vocal disorders

A graduate from the College of Osteopathic Medicine & Surgery, Dr. Hood completed his residency in Otorhinolaryngology & Oro-Facial Plastic Surgery at Doctors Hospital in Columbus. Dr. Hood comes to Logan  County from Central Ohio Ear, Nose & Throat. Dr. Hood's previous practice had offices located in Dublin, Westerville and London, Ohio. He has served as the President of Medical staff of Doctors Hospital, Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology at Ohio University College of Medicine, Chairman of Ear, Nose & Throat Department of St. Ann's Hospital and a member of the Quality Care committee at the Central Ohio Surgical Institute. 

  • 937.592.9799

Emergency Department

More Room to Care

With 20 private treatment rooms, we now have five times as much room to care for you and your loved ones in surroundings that provide privacy, comfort and dignity. As always, you'll receive the best medical care available from our dedicated staff of skilled, experienced doctors and nurses. Our entire facility has the very latest medical technology and we've increased our staffing to decrease wait time and better serve patients. When you need emergency medical care, count on Mary Rutan Hospital.

Family Birth Center

Each year more than 400 babies make their entrance into the world at Mary Rutan Hospital. Our personalized care and friendly staff provide the attention you and your newborn deserve. Families who choose the Family Birth Center at Mary Rutan Hospital (MRH) also enjoy the peace of mind that comes with having a top-notch birthing center so close by.

Family-Centered Philosophy

Our experienced medical staff, including board-certified OB-GYNs, certified nurse midwives, pediatricians, anesthesiologists and highly skilled registered nurses, believe in total care for the mother, baby and family.

Individualized Care in Private Suites

Providing quality care and comfort are our top priorities. Warm, inviting, private rooms offer mom, baby and family all the comforts of home. Babies room-in with mom and dad so our nurses can educate the whole family on new baby and mom care. Rooms are equipped with private bathrooms, and cable television, and room-service style meals are available so that mom may order her food according to her own schedule.

Specialized Security

All entrances to the Birth Center are locked to provide an additional level of security for our new families. Visitors are invited in only with mom's permission, and security cameras monitor all hallways.

At MRH, our dedicated staff and state-of-the-art facilities include:

  • Highly skilled nurses, many with advanced certification in obstetrics.
  • Specially trained childbirth educators and lactation consultants provided by the Logan County Health Department.
  • Board-certified pediatricians on-call 24 hours a day to assist with any newborn needs.
  • A centrally located fetal monitoring system.
  • An operating room devoted to emergency care right in the Family Birth Center if a C-section is required.
  • Experienced anesthesiologists to provide whatever level of pain management you need.
  • The amenities new parents told us they wanted most, like room service with special menu options, increased security, overnight accommodations for a family member, convenient visiting hours and additional educational opportunities to prepare for your new arrival.

Classes Available

  • Childbirth classes
  • Siblings Are Special class
  • Breastfeeding classes
  • Breastfeeding support program
  • Family Birth Center

Feeding, Swallowing and Voice

Visit us at our new state-of-the-art facility, where we offer interdisciplinary assessment and management of pediatric and adult feeding, swallowing, and voice disorders with expertise and scope that is unmatched. We are the only center offering these comprehensive services in our 7 county region and who employs 2 of only 21 therapists in Ohio with special certifications in swallowing and swallowing disorders.

Feeding/Dysphagia Therapy

Difficulty swallowing can happen at any age. We offer expert care in the treatment of feeding and swallowing disorders. Feeding and swallowing problems (dysphagia) are extremely complex and surprisingly common in adults and children. The dysphasia treatment we provide is designed specifically for a patient’s anatomical, physiological, and even psychological needs as determined through the evaluation process.


Common causes of dysphagia in children are sensory processing disorders, structural abnormalities (i.e. cleft lip/palate), genetic syndromes, birth defects, GI disorders, prematurity, failure to thrive, picky eaters, and low muscle tone. The evaluation process includes a clinical evaluation paired with an extensive parental report. Pediatric patients are typically seen one to three times per week.


Some common causes of dysphagia in adults include head/neck cancer, TBI (traumatic brain injury), progressive diseases, post surgical complications, esophageal dysfunction, and aging. The evaluative process includes clinical swallowing evaluations, modified barium swallow studies, and fiberoptic endoscopic evaluation of the swallow (FEES). Adult patients are typically seen one to three times per week.

Voice Therapy

Voice disorders can happen for a variety of reasons and may greatly affect your quality of life. We can help you improve your voice. In collaboration with Dr. Clifton Hood, ENT, we offer specialty voice evaluation and treatment options. Our expert therapists perform rigid oral endoscopy and flexible nasal endoscopy for the purposes of videolaryngostroboscopy (VLS) assessment. VLS is an instrumental tool used to evaluate the pharyngeal and laryngeal structure and function, and aids in the diagnosis of a wide variety of voice disorders including: muscle tension dysphonia, vocal nodules, vocal fold polyps, cysts, granulomas, reinke’s edema, chronic laryngitis, chronic reflux, paradoxical vocal fold dysfunction, presbylaryngeus, puberphonia, spasmodic dysphonia, and unilateral and bilateral vocal fold paresis/paralysis. In addition, thorough acoustic and perceptual voice evaluations are able to be completed. These procedures allow for high quality assessment of the vocal mechanism. Our qualified therapists also provide therapeutic voice services as needed, giving patients excellent continuity and quality of care close to home.

  • Regional Center for Feeding, Swallowing, and Voice
    1134 N. Main Street
    Bellefontaine, OH 43311

Indian Lake Clinic

Mary Rutan Hospital recognizes the need for specialized health care close to home for residents of the Indian Lake area.

The new clinic is part of Mary Rutan Hospital’s regional clinic network and currently offers specialty care providers in the areas of Pediatrics, General Surgery, Obstetrics & Gynecology and a full-service Laboratory.

Join the many Indian Lake residents who have made the Mary Rutan Hospital a part of their everyday health care. To make an appointment at the Indian Lake Clinic, with one the below listed providers, call 937.292.5063.

  • 8220 State Route 366, Russells Point
    Indian Lake Clinic Hours:
    7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Internal Medicine

From age 18 to 98, many adults prefer a specialist in internal medicine to serve as their primary care physician. As the only medical group in the region to be awarded recognition by the National Committee for Quality Assurance Physician Practice Connections Program, Mary Rutan Hospital Internal Medicine is revolutionizing the way medicine is being delivered in our community.

The NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home is a model of 21st century primary care that combines access, teamwork and technology to deliver quality care and improve health. This recognition validates that Mary Rutan Hospital Internal Medicine has tools, systems and resources to provide our patients the right care at the right time.

The practice is made up of physicians and nurse practitioners who provide high quality preventative care to treat illness, provide routine health tests or consult about your health concerns. As part of the new certification, we now offer same day immediate need appointments, online scheduling and direct email communication with our providers. And YES we are accepting new patients.

  • 937.599.3115


The Mary Rutan Hospital Laboratory is a full-service, fully accredited laboratory consisting of the clinical laboratory and anatomic pathology with accreditation by the following agencies: CAP, AABB, DNV, and CLIA. The laboratory is led by a full-time medical director and is staffed with professional, caring people committed to providing top quality, cost-effective health care. We are staffed 24 hours a day to serve our inpatients and have extensive outpatient hours as well.

Direct Access Laboratory Testing

Mary Rutan Hospital is pleased to offer Direct Access Laboratory Testing. This service allows patients to take control of their health by allowing them to access and monitor their health status more frequently, conveniently and at an affordable price.

Affordable health care continues to be one of the most important needs of our community. With the implementation of the Direct Access Laboratory Testing, patients have access to very affordable and convenient lab tests. This new service is just one more way that Mary Rutan Hospital continues to focus its attention on the consumer experience.

Results are accompanied by reference ranges but are not intended to take the place of further medical advice. In the event one of the tests selected through Direct Access Laboratory Testing indicates a critical value—a reading (level) that could immediately impact a patient’s health status—they will be contacted via a phone call from Mary Rutan Hospital Laboratory Services. They will then be responsible for contacting their physician or medical provider for follow-up care.

At Mary Rutan Hospital, we are focused on empowering consumers with the tools they need to make informed healthcare choices. Our goal is to be the most cost-effective, convenient, and consumer-friendly laboratory service in our area.

Laboratory tests play a critical role in measuring and monitoring individual health and wellness. Lab test results identify or confirm the diagnosis of approximately 70% of all illnesses. Enabling consumers to directly purchase lab tests can establish a health baseline, increase the effectiveness of wellness programs, and makes the interactions with trusted health providers more efficient.

While Direct Access Laboratory Testing has been available for some time now, Mary Rutan Hospital is the first to offer these services in our area. In addition to the launch of Direct Access Laboratory Testing, Mary Rutan Hospital has recently reduced physician ordered laboratory pricing across the board.

Direct Access Laboratory Tests and Pricing

  • Basic metabolic panel (BMP) - $20
  • Blood type and Rh (ABO/Rh) - $20
  • Calcium - $10
  • Cholesterol - $10
  • Complete blood count (CBC) - $15
  • Electrolyte panel - $10
  • HDL cholesterol - $12
  • Hemoglobin A1c - $20
  • Glucose - $10
  • Lipid panel - $20
  • Pregnancy - $15
  • Prostate screen (PSA) - $35
  • Testosterone - $35
  • Thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) - $30
  • Vitamin D - $40
  • Men's health panel [Includes: lipid panel, prostate screen (PDS), testosterone, complete cell count (CBC), basic metabolic panel (BMP)] - $110
  • Women's healt panel [Includes: lipid panel, vitamin D, thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH), complete cell count (CBC), basic metabolic panel (BMP)] - $110

Download Direct Access Laboratory Testing form here.


Included within the laboratory is anatomic pathology, headed by Robert Davis, MD, PhD, with assistance from Gerald Penn, MD, PhD. Anatomic pathology offers surgical pathology, cytology, histology, autopsy services and an extensive menu of immunohistochemical staining. Dr. Davis and Dr. Penn also perform bone marrow testing and are available for consultations. For more information, call 937.599.7010.

  • Mary Rutan Hospital Laboratory
    205 E. Palmer Rd.
    Bellefontaine, OH 43311
    Outpatient hours: Monday - Friday 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Sunday 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
  • Mary Rutan Hospital Ambulatory Care Center - Laboratory Services
    2160 Ewing Crawfis Circle
    Bellefontaine, OH 43311
    Hours of operation: Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Aries Wellness Center
    8200 St. Rt. 366
    Russells Point, OH 43348
    Hours of Operation - Monday - Wednesday 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
    No appointment necessary, walk-ins welcome.
  • Mary Rutan Hospital Urbana Office - Laboratory Services
    1880 East US Hwy 36
    Urbana, OH 43078
    Hours of Operation - Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Mary Rutan Hospital Health Center - Laboratory Services
    1134 N. Main St.
    Bellefontaine, OH 43311
    Hours of Operation - Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.


Neurologist Xiaomei Gao-Hickman, M.D., recently joined the medical staff at Mary Rutan Hospital. As a general neurologist, Dr. Gao-Hickman will diagnose and treat conditions such as stroke, traumatic brain injury, neuromuscular disorders, epilepsy, dementia, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis and migraine headaches.  She also interprets electroencephalography (EEG) for diagnosis of epilepsy and performs electromyography (EMG) for the diagnosis of neuropathy, muscular disorders and cervical or lumbar pinched nerves.

Before coming to Bellefontaine, Dr. Gao-Hickman served as Medical Director of the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit in Ohio, Medical Director of Stroke Centers in Florida and Medical Director of Neurological Services in Nebraska. She finished her first year Ph.D. program in Microbiology and Immunology from West Virginia University Medical Center and went on to complete her internship and residency in Neurology at The Ohio State University Medical Center and the University of Mississippi Medical Center.  She is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

Dr. Gao-Hickman is now seeing patients as well as offering same week appointments at the Mary Rutan Hospital Ambulatory Care Center located at 2160 Ewing Crawfis Circle.

  • Mary Rutan Hospital Neurology
    2160 Ewing Crawfis Circle
    Bellefontaine, OH 43311

Nutritional Counseling

Healthy eating is an important part of preventing and treating many chronic medical problems. A registered dietitian (RD) or a registered dietetic technician (DTR) will work with you to develop a healthy eating plan that is customized to your preferences and lifestyle.

Mary Rutan Hospital offers a variety of nutrition counseling options for both inpatients and outpatients. In the hospital, we will work with your medical team to improve and optimize your nutrition status during recovery from illness or surgery. We will also be available to answer your questions about any special diet needs you may have when you return home.

We provide a variety of outpatient nutrition counseling services for medical conditions, including diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, weight management, digestive disorders and food allergies. Some of these services may be covered by insurance, and all require a referral from your doctor. We also assist in educating patients about healthy diet in the Diabetes Self-Management Training Program.

Additionally, we enjoy serving the community of Bellefontaine and surrounding areas through speaking engagements. We are available to speak to audiences of all ages, and we are happy to tailor a program to a topic of interest for your group.

  • Nutritional Counseling
  • Community Speaking Engagements

Obstetrics and Gynecology

Mary Rutan Hospital OBGYN (formerly named Bellefontaine ObGyn) is known for expert obstetric care, but they also do much more than deliver babies. They offer compassionate gynecologic services that include high risk obstetrics, contraception and infertility treatment, 3-D ultrasound, endometriosis treatment, PMS and menopause management, laparoscopic surgery, hysterectomy alternatives and urinary incontinence treatment and general women's health care services.

Obstetric Care

Precious few experiences approach the joy of welcoming a new member of your family. Our skilled OB-GYN specialists are grateful for the privilege to help many families, like yours, on this exciting journey in life—from preconception, through prenatal, to postpartum care. We are honored to provide you the quality care, convenience and comfort of delivery close to home at Mary Rutan Hospital Family Birth Center.

Gynecology Care

As gynecologists we offer expert medical care with a generous dose of compassion. We're here to help women like you through each stage in life—from the uneasiness of your first gynecology visit through postmenopausal care. Like our growing family of patients, you will discover an atmosphere of caring at Mary Rutan Hospital OBGYN - where you and your health are our top priority.

  • 937.599.3538

Occupational Therapy

Visit us in our new state-of-the-art Mary Rutan Health Center.

Our occupational therapists provide progressive treatment with the goal of improving a patient's ability to lead an independent, productive and satisfying life. We are the area's leading provider of hand and upper-extremity rehabilitation services.

Our comprehensive occupational therapy services include the following programs:

  • Upper-extremity and hand rehabilitation
  • Splints
  • Neurological assessments
  • Activities of daily living/home safety assessment
  • Industrial rehabilitation
  • Job site assessments
  • Ergonomic recommendation
  • Functional capacity evaluation
  • Pediatric therapy

At Mary Rutan Hospital Therapy & Sports Medicine, we have access to state-of-the-art therapeutic modalities and equipment, including a BTE Simulator II, lift station, fluidotherapy and iontophoresis.

  • Mary Rutan Hospital Therapy & Sports Medicine
    1134 N. Main St.
    Bellefontaine, OH 43311

Orthopedics & Sports Medicine

Whether you are an athlete experiencing pain due to a sports injury or an individual who simply wants to improve your quality of life, the growing team at Mary Rutan Hospital Orthopedics and Sports Medicine is here to help you prevent injury, restore function and return to activity.

  • 937.599.1280 or 614.293.3541

Outpatient Services

Experienced RN staff. Open seven days a week.

Endoscopy Services Include

  • Colonoscopy
  • Upper Endoscopy (EGD’s)
  • Cystoscopy
  • Bronchoscopy

Infusion Therapy Services Include

  • Blood transfusion
  • IV fluid
  • Medication Infusions

Outpatient Clinics Include

  • Dermatology
  • Vascular
  • Pain Management
  • 937.593.1505 and choose option 4.


Offering superior primary care for infants, children and teenagers

To better serve our community, Mary Rutan Hospital Pediatrics (formerly Logan View Pediatrics) has remodeled and doubled the size of our clinic space, added additional providers, extended early morning and evening hours and introduced walk-in care throughout the day.

At Mary Rutan Hospital Pediatrics,we understand that every child is a unique individual, not just a little adult. Children have their own way of seeing and feeling. When the aren't well, they have their own way expressing that too. That's why we care for more than just the tummy ache or the booboo or the ouchie. We care for the whole child—physical, social and emotional—all right here, close to home.


  • Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays: 7:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Tuesdays: 7:15 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Fridays: 7:15 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Walk-in appointments available throughout the day
  • 937.593.5437

Physical Therapy

Mary Rutan Hospital Therapy & Sports Medicine (Outpatient)

Visit us in our new state-of-the-art Mary Rutan Health Center.

For patients recovering from a broken bone, industrial injury, sports injury, nerve damage, muscle strain or joint replacement, Mary Rutan Hospital Physical Rehabilitation Center provides state-of-the-art equipment and top-notch therapists. Our hands-on treatment approach, with a favorable therapist-to-patient ratio, helps our patients achieve their maximum function.

Our comprehensive physical therapy services include the following programs:

  • Post-surgical rehabilitation
  • Worker reconditioning and functional capability evaluations
  • Sports medicine
  • Aquatic rehabilitation
  • Pain management
  • Pediatric program
  • Vestibular rehabilitation

Mary Rutan Hospital Physical Therapy (Inpatient)

Patients admitted to Mary Rutan are often referred for physical therapy services by their physician for injuries, strokes, illnesses, post surgical care and disorders requiring skilled evaluation and discharge recommendations. Patients are seen in the Emergency Department, same day surgery, intensive care as well as on the medical and surgical floors of the hospital. Close cooperative effort with occupational and speech therapy as well as the staff from Care Coordination provides the best discharge plan for each and every patient in need of rehabilitation services. 

  • Mary Rutan Hospital Therapy & Sports Medicine
    1134 N. Main St.
    Bellefontaine, OH 43311

Radiology/Imaging Center

The Mary Rutan Hospital Radiology department offers complete diagnostic imaging services on-site and at the Mary Rutan Hospital Crawfis Imaging Center. Our board-certified radiologists are available on-site and have an outstanding reputation for their imaging interpretation skills.

We are committed to the convenience and comfort of our patients and offer the following services:

  • MRI
  • 3D digital mammography
  • Bone densitometry
  • CT scanning
  • Nuclear medicine
  • Ultrasound

Mary Rutan Hospital Crawfis Imaging Center now offers 3D mammography esams. A first for Logan County and the region, 3D mammography helps detect breast concer in its earliest stages and is superior to conventional digital mammograms.

Mary Rutan Hospital strives to be the leader in diagnostic imaging for our region, investing millions in its state-of-the-art equipment over the past several years. Our radiologists and diagnostic staff have an unwavering commitment to quality imaging and interpretation and take pride in providing accurate, detailed interpretations.

We offer the most advanced, state-of-the-art technology available in a convenient, easily accessible setting. Mary Rutan Hospital's registered technologists and dedicated office personnel provide physicians and patients with fast, professional and personalized service.

Services in Mary Rutan Hospital

CT Scanning

Computed Tomography or CT scanning is offered as a diagnostic tool in radiology to examine the head, neck, chest, abdomen, pelvis and bony structures of the body. It provides a detailed look inside the human body and is a vital diagnostic tool in medicine today. Contrast media is sometimes given orally, through an IV, or sometimes both, to help enhance the detail for the physicians reading these studies and to help provide a quality result for the patient.

Our qualified CT staff is available 24 hours a day to accommodate the needs of both patients and physicians. In most cases, the actual CT scan procedure takes less than 15 minutes to perform.

Nuclear Medicine

The new nuclear medicine camera serves a broad range of applications in general nuclear medicine for a more accurate and rapid diagnosis. The gamma camera is equipped with digital high definition detector technology for high image quality.


Mary Rutan Hospital offers general small parts, abdominal and OB-GYN ultrasound procedures. The Sequoia ultrasound system represents the most advanced technology in ultrasound imaging. Ultrasound uses high-frequency sound waves to produce images.

Each unique technology and innovation is designed to help the physician make more confident and accurate diagnoses, delivering excellent image quality and enhancing workflow, across a broad range of patient types and application.

Services at the Mary Rutan Hospital Crawfis Imaging Center

3D Digital Mammography

The latest in 3D mammography is now available at the Mary Rutan Hospital Crawfis Imaging Center. We offer a board certified radiologist with a fellowship in women's imaging, Darlene Weyer, DO; a board certified surgeon with a mastery of breast surgery certificate, Anthony Beisler, MD; and a certified breast cancer patient navigator. We are an American College of Radiology accredited facility.

A baseline mammogram is recommended for women between age 35 and 40, and routine mammograms every year after age 40. Early detection is the key to successful treatment of breast cancer.

Bone Density

Osteoporosis, the most common human bone disease, occurs when bone resorption exceeds bone formation, resulting in reduced bone strength, poor bone quality and an increased risk of bone fracture. The Mary Rutan Hospital Crawfis Imaging Center offers bone densitometry with high quality and high speed.

Breast Biopsies

The Mary Rutan Hospital Crawfis Imaging Center's radiologist performs numerous breast procedures with stereotactic and ultrasound systems. Breast biopsies, cyst aspirations and needle localizations are performed by our multidisciplinary team of surgeons, oncologists, radiologists, pathologists and support staff to aid in our patients' breast care.


A full range of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) procedures are offered, including multiplanar imaging of the head, neck, chest, abdomen, pelvis, spine and joints. Spin echo, fast spin echo, gradient echo, fast gradient echo, and echo planar sequences can be utilized with administration of contrast material as needed.

The Mary Rutan Hospital Crawfis Imaging Center features a high-field scanner that is open at both ends to reduce the anxiety some patients feel. The center has dedicated waiting, reception and changing areas for the comfort of patients, their waiting family members and visitors.

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    1880 East US Hwy 36, Urbana
    Office Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Respiratory Care

The Respiratory Care Department of Mary Rutan Hospital offers assistance in pulmonary healthcare in the prevention, diagnosis, and management of patients with respiratory diseases.

We are staffed with professionals knowledgeable in the evaluation and treatment of respiratory conditions involving all ages. Our staff works in a wide variety of areas throughout the hospital offering a complete line of inpatient and outpatient services, including oxygen therapy, aerosol and humidity therapy, bronchial hygiene, mechanical ventilation and airway management, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, arterial blood gases, and pulmonary functions tests. We also have respiratory therapists that provide services in EEG's and the pulmonary rehab program. The respiratory therapists also take part in studies involving pneumonia and smoking cessation.

Understanding Respiratory Diseases

Pneumonia is an infection or inflammation of the lungs. The air sacs and/or bronchial tubes within your lungs can become filled with mucous. It can be caused by a virus or bacteria.

Chronic bronchitis. The lining of the bronchial tubes or airways becomes swollen when irritated with such things as smoke or dust.

Asthma is an inflammation and swelling of the lining of the bronchial tubes that causes them to narrow and close down or go into spasm.

Emphysema is a disease of the air sacs (alveoli), the stretchy clusters of tissue at the ends of bronchial tubes. The air sacs lose their elastic quality and they can no longer relax and let air out. The main cause of emphysema is smoking.

COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) is a term used to describe several diseases that block the flow of air leaving the lungs and airways as you breathe out (exhale).

RSV (respiratory syncytial virus) is a virus that happens most often in the winter and early spring. In children over the age of 3 years, it causes mild cold-like symptoms. But in children younger than 3 years it can cause serious problems like pneumonia and bronchiolitis (infection of the small airways in the lungs).

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Sleep Disorders Center

The Sleep Disorders Center at Mary Rutan Hospital offers a comprehensive approach to diagnosing, treating and supporting those affected by sleep disorders.

There is nothing better than a good night's sleep. Yet, one in four Americans does not enjoy the benefits of good sleep because they suffer from sleep disorders. Common sleep disorders, such as sleep apnea, insomnia, parasomnias, nocturnal seizures and narcolepsy, affect a person's health and quality of life, including job performance and family relationships. Some disorders, like sleep apnea, can actually be life-threatening if left untreated.

Sleep disorders can create significant problems for both adults and children. The good news is that specialized attention to sleep disorders can dramatically improve the ability to live a normal life. With this mission in mind, Mary Rutan Hospital has established a Sleep Disorders Center, staffed by a team of professionals knowledgeable in the evaluation and treatment of sleep disorders. The healthcare team at the Mary Rutan Hospital Sleep Disorders Center will take time to review your medical history and evaluate your sleep problems. Once an accurate diagnosis is made, we will provide a treatment plan specifically designed for you.

An assessment can be helpful in determining the reason for your sleep disorder and leading to treatment that can improve your sleep.

Sleep Center Resources

The MRH Sleep Disorders Center is located on the second floor of the hospital. Our facilities include four private bedrooms for sleep studies, decorated in a comfortable fashion and supported by state-of-the art sleep equipment. All rooms include cable television, an adjustable comfort mattress and a private bathroom with a shower for your comfort and convenience.

Patients undergoing a sleep study will spend a full night in the Sleep Disorders Center, while brain waves, snoring, respiration, muscle tone, leg movements and heart rate are monitored during sleep. With this information, the physician can prescribe a treatment plan that suits the patient's individual needs.

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Speech Therapy

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Pediatric speech therapy consists of the evaluation and treatment of children with communication and swallowing disorders. Our pediatric patients are typically seen for weekly or bi-weekly one-on-one therapy sessions. In addition to therapy, an emphasis is placed on family education to aid the child’s progress in maintaining and generalizing newly learned skills outside the therapy setting.


Adult speech therapy consists of the evaluation and treatment of adults with communication and swallowing disorders resulting from stroke, traumatic brain injury, progressive diseases, etc. Our adult patients are typically seen two to three times weekly in one-on-one therapy sessions. Adults are provided with home programs to further develop and generalize skills outside of the therapy setting.

Whether the problems are congenital or occurred after an illness or injury, our certified specialists can develop an individualized treatment program that strives to enhance each patient's quality of life.

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Sports Medicine

Expert Athletic Trainers

Mary Rutan Hospital Sports Medicine provides certified athletic trainers to area high schools. Our trainers act as a liaison between student athletes, parents and coaches to assure the highest level of safety for the athlete. The primary goals of certified athletic trainers include injury prevention as well as safe and efficient return to previous competitive levels following an injury. They work in conjunction with other health care providers such as primary care physicians, emergency departments, orthopedic surgeons and physical therapists to coordinate continuity of care in an athlete’s treatment plan.

Certified Athletic Trainers are an integral part of Mary Rutan Hospital’s Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine departments providing evaluation, management and treatment of injury. Each athletic trainer provides game and practice coverage, athletic training room administration, and care of immediate medical needs when an athlete is injured. Trainers also provide guidance and assistance to coaches during preseason conditioning and throughout the season.

Sports and Physical Rehabilitation

The Mary Rutan Hospital Sports Medicine Program is designed  specifically to meet the needs of athletes. For sports injuries, physical therapy offers an opportunity to minimize lost playing time and optimize the return to performance. In addition, we offer personalized sport training through the STAR Program, this individualized sports enhancement program is designed to improve sports performance as well as decrease the risk of injury. Our physical therapists and certified athletic trainers have over 100 years of combined experience in enhancing sports performance and treating sports injuries.

At Mary Rutan Hospital Therapy & Sports Medicine, our goal is to return the athlete to their highest level of competition as soon as possible, with minimal chance for future injury. Our program offers seamless integration through:

  • Individualized evaluation of each athlete along with a  customized rehabilitation program
  • Customized treatment to help each athlete maximize his or her potential using advanced rehabilitation techniques
  • Injury prevention programs to minimize re-injury
  • Ongoing communication with the athlete, families, physician and coaches to help ensure appropriate intervention.

Our new state-of-the-art facility is located at 1134 N. Main Street in the new Mary Rutan Health Center. Our new facility provides the area's newest and most advanced training space. We offer aquatic therapy, turf and court simulated training space, and advanced equipment. Private rooms are available for detailed evaluations and treatment when more privacy is required. This comfortable, well-designed space allows the most effective treatment for athletes as they return to desired activities.

Athletic Enhancement Training

Run by our three athletic trainers, the STAR Program was established for athletes who are in the pursuit of excellence, with the goal to improve sports performance and decrease the risk of injury. Designed as a Sports Training program to promote Athletic Results (STAR), the sport-specific enhancement program focuses on improving power, speed, agility, strength and skill. This is accomplished by utilizing a variety of cutting edge training techniques which may include but are not limited to plyometrics, resistance speed training, various agility tools, strength training, core strength routines, Olympic and power lifts, medicine ball exercises, Vertimax routines and flexibility routines. Registration and payment information is available by calling 937.593.0822.

Concussion Clinic

The Center for Disease Control statistics suggest that over 200 sports related concussions occur in Logan County every year. Of these sports related concussions, more than half go undiagnosed. This may be due to the fact that most sports related concussions occur without loss of consciousness. Appropriate diagnosis, management, and education are critical to helping young athletes with a concussion recover quickly and completely. The long term effects of repeated sports-related concussions have recently received significant attention in the media due to emerging neuroscience in this area as well as recent reporting on the plight of college and professional athletes who have experienced multiple concussions. The goal of the Logan County Concussion Clinic is to work closely with local physicians in assisting their young patients who have been diagnosed with concussion, to return safely back to school as well as to sport. Appropriate concussion management is critical to avoiding re-injury or prolonged recovery. Our assessment and treatment protocol utilizes the latest research regarding treatment and recovery of individuals with concussion who participate in competitive sports.

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Surgical Services

Today, time spent in a hospital has decreased due to improved anesthesia, new surgical techniques, and a greater understanding of your body's ability to quickly heal. Many of the surgeries performed at Mary Rutan Hospital can be performed on an outpatient, or "same-day" basis. This is good news for you. We know you want safe, convenient and economical surgical care. You also want the advantage of the hospital's specialty staff and its sophisticated equipment if a simple procedure becomes unexpectedly complex. The Surgery Department at Mary Rutan Hospital features five operating suites, private recovery areas for the patients and a comfortable lounge for family members. This area of the hospital has been designed for patient comfort and provides a clinically superior environment for area physicians. For more information, call 937.651.6726.

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Urgent Care

Mary Rutan Hospital Urgent Care offers our community's first full-service urgent care. Equipped with laboratory, x-ray and pharmacy; the new state-of-the-art facility is located in the Mary Rutan Health Center at 1134 N. Main Street in Bellefontaine.

Open 7 days a week, 9 a.m. - 8 p.m., the new urgent care provides patients of all ages an affordable alternative to the emergency room for urgent, non-life-threatening illness and injuries.

Services related to ailments and injuries such as:

  • stitches
  • cold & cough
  • sore throat
  • bronchitis
  • respiratory infections
  • eye infections
  • ear pain
  • flu-like symptoms
  • upset stomach
  • fevers
  • vomiting & diarrhea
  • minor lacerations
  • minor cuts
  • 1st & 2nd degree burns
  • sinus infection
  • skin rashes
  • small bone fractures
  • sprains & strains
  • asthma
  • minor back pain
  • migraine headache
  • insect bites
  • allergies
  • urinary burning

We're conveniently located at U.S. Highways 68 N. and 33. Appointments are not necessary and most all types of insurance are accepted.

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Dr. Roger Amigo of Mary Rutan Hospital Urology offers a full complement of urology services to our community including laser treatment of kidney stones and prostate enlargement, urinary incontinence evaluation and treatment, prostate cancer screening and treatment, erectile dysfunction (ED) treatment, office vasectomy, treatment of urinary problems in both women and men and urologic nutrition therapy

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Weight Management Clinic

The burdens of being overweight or obese are tremendous. Compared to normal weight individuals, those who are overweight tend to have more physical and emotional problems, face financial inequality, and feel socially isolated.

Like other diseases, the treatment for overweight or obese individuals needs to be safe, effective, and on-going — a true lifestyle change! The Mary Rutan Hospital Weight Management Clinic focuses specifically on these goals. Our clinical team provides the tools needed to replace old habits with new, healthier ones.

Programs at a Glance

Medical Program
A very low-calorie diet (Medical Program) is not just any diet that is low in calories. It is a special type of diet that replaces your meals with prepared formulas, often in the form of shakes, puddings, soups or bars. A Medical Program is used for a short time to promote relatively quick weight loss. The diet requires close care from our medical provider and is combined with education, support, and individual counseling.

Lifestyle Program
A low-calorie diet (Lifestyle Program) is an individualized plan that is less structured than a Medical Program, but has the same goals. Daily calories are higher than a Medical Program and weight loss is a little slower, but our education, support, and counseling remain the same. The Lifestyle Program program does not require medical appointments throughout the course of treatment.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are the Medical Program and Lifestyle Program programs safe?
Medical Programs and Lifestyle Programs are established, safe and effective treatment for obesity and have been around for decades.

What are the benefits of a Medical Program or Lifestyle Program?
A Medical Program may allow you to lose about 3 to 5 pounds per week over the course of treatment. Such weight loss can improve medical conditions linked to obesity, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. The rapid weight loss is very motivating. Participants in a Medical Program program can lose about 15 to 25% of their initial weight during the first 3 to 6 months. An Lifestyle Program may allow you to lose 1 to 3 pounds per week over the course of treatment, and show similar improvements to medical conditions linked to obesity.

Do results last?
Our programs emphasize behavior change, exercise, and lifestyle choices to sustain your healthy weight. Results will not last unless participants are willing to learn new habits through our individual counseling or group education classes. We also encourage participants to stay in our maintenance program for continued support. The really hard work begins once you reach goal weight.

What are the costs?
Both programs in the Weight Management Clinic will be billed to insurance. Insurance varies depending on each individual plan. It is the participants' job to check insurance coverage before beginning the program. The Weight Clinic will provide a form during the information session that will give you steps of what to ask your insurance provider to confirm coverage. Costs of each program can be broken down during the information session.

How do I join the program?
The first step to joining our program is to attend an information session. Information sessions are held the first Thursday of every month in the North/South Conference room at 5pm. Sessions are open to the public at no cost and last 30-45minutes. These sessions will discuss the different programs we offer, what all they entail, insurance coverage, and out-of-pocket expenses. If you are unable to attend the group information session, individual appointments can be set up for an additional fee. To set up an individual information session, contact the Weight Clinic at 937.599.7044 or

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