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Wednesday, February 22, 2012 - The Christ Hospital Announces $265 Million Expansion for Mt. Auburn Campus

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The Christ Hospital Announces $265 Million Expansion for Mt. Auburn Campus

Plans Include New Orthopaedic and Spine Center, Parking Garage and Materials Management Building



 Aerial view of campus expansion


 Orthopaedic and Spine Center


 New visitor garage at Auburn Ave. and Mason St.


 New lobby

Cincinnati – In June 2012, The Christ Hospital will begin construction of a $265 million expansion and improvement of its main campus in Mt. Auburn. The centerpiece of this expansion plan includes the development of a unique facility dedicated solely to orthopaedic and spine care, designed to support physicians, patients and families in an efficient, healing and technologically advanced environment. The new 332,000 square foot facility, which will be located just south of the main hospital, will physically connect to the current hospital but will provide separate access for patients and visitors. The orthopaedic and spine center will include 60 private inpatient rooms; 10 operating rooms dedicated to orthopaedic and spine surgeries, with two shelled operating rooms for future growth; physical and occupational therapy services; imaging services, pain management; physician offices and administrative offices; and underground parking for approximately 150 vehicles. Completion of the facility is expected to occur in Spring 2015, and opening is expected to occur in Summer 2015.


The Christ Hospital will be the only local hospital, and one of only a few in the country, to offer a single purpose facility with a focus on comprehensive orthopaedic and spine services and research. The facility will bring new clinical programs to the community, including the area’s first and only Fragility Fracture and Osteoporosis Management Center. Other comprehensive sub-specialty services that will be offered in this single facility include: orthopaedics and sports medicine, neurosurgery, physical medicine and rehabilitation, rheumatology, interventional pain treatment, physical and occupational therapy (including aquatic therapy), imaging, electrodiagnostics, and prevention and wellness services. Additional clinical focus is anticipated to expand to include geriatric fracture care and extremity (foot, ankle, hand and/or wrist) care.    


“Our decision to construct the area’s only dedicated center for orthopaedic and spine care furthers The Christ Hospital’s mission to provide the finest patient experience and improve the health of the community,” says Susan Croushore, President and CEO, The Christ Hospital. “This unique specialty facility will enhance patients’ healing experience and create ease of access so that patients may move seamlessly through the continuum of care. It will be efficiently organized and designed with patient and family-centered care in mind, including all private rooms and unique spaces for families that contribute to the healing environment, maximizing the healing power of natural light. Connectors will be constructed from the new facility to all existing buildings on campus for added patient and visitor convenience.”


“The orthopaedic and spine center will provide an advanced level of excellence for this region and move the needle of care by improving access to highly specialized medical and surgical care, offering a patient and family experience that is among the best in the country, and leading industry benchmarks,” says Glen Mayfield, Chairman, Board of Directors, The Christ Hospital. “The expansion will also provide economic benefits to the Mt. Auburn community by bringing or re-locating jobs to the urban core and by improving streetscapes and aesthetics along Auburn Avenue.”  


“Our new orthopaedic and spine center will build upon The Christ Hospital’s superior reputation of unparalleled quality and the expertise and reputation of The Christ Hospital’s medical staff,” says Alfred Kahn, M.D., medical director of orthopaedic and spine services at The Christ Hospital. “This one-of-a-kind facility will also attract leading physicians to the region, helping to make new clinical programs available to the community, including innovative research focused on orthopaedic and spine care.”


In addition to the orthopaedic and spine facility, the campus expansion plans also include the construction of a new 900-space visitor parking garage that will be located on the corner of Auburn Avenue and Mason Street. Completion of this garage is expected to occur in late 2013. Space is reserved on the ground floor of the new garage for possible retail or community use. The current visitor garage will be removed beginning in June 2012, to make room for the new orthopaedic and spine center that will be constructed in its place. The third major component of the expansion plan calls for the Materials Management building, currently located on the south side of the campus, to be re-located to a newly constructed building on the northern portion of the campus, just north of the Christ College of Nursing and Health Sciences.


The Christ Hospital has engaged the architectural firm of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill (SOM) in this expansion project, as well as Messer Construction Co. as the construction manager.


Cincinnati-headquartered Messer Construction Co. was selected for their specialization in complex healthcare construction leadership and brings 80 years of experience to this project. Messer’s Health Care Division will provide considerable expertise and oversight to the project, where innovative construction processes such as 3-D technology (known as BIM) and Lean processes will be utilized to ensure a best-in-class project delivery.


SOM is one of the leading architecture, interior design, engineering, and urban-planning firms in the world, and has been involved with the design and planning of healthcare facilities for more than 50 years. With more than 1,500 awards for design excellence, including its recent recognition as AIA Chicago’s Firm of the Year, its diverse healthcare practice incorporates work for pre-eminent medical institutions including the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, the Department of Veterans Affairs, Long Island Jewish Medical Center and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.  

For more information about The Christ Hospital's campus expansion, please visit www.BuildingTo2015.com.

About The Christ Hospital: The Christ Hospital offers a wide range of medical, surgical and testing services at its main campus just north of Downtown Cincinnati and at numerous outpatient and physician practice locations throughout Greater Cincinnati. Its mission is to provide the finest patient experience and improve the health of our community. For the past 12 years, The Christ Hospital has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the nation’s top hospitals, and has been named Cincinnati’s Most Preferred Hospital for 16 consecutive years by National Research Corporation (NRC). The Christ Hospital has been granted Magnet® recognition from the American Nurses Credentialing Center for excellence in nursing care. For more information about the award-winning services of The Christ Hospital, visit www.TheChristHospital.com.


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