Plans approved for $1.8bn inpatient hospital tower in Ohio, US

WCN Editorial Team 27 Aug 2020 NORTH AMERICA BUILDINGS

The Ohio State University's Wexner Medical Center has received Board of Trustees approval to construct a $1.8bn hospital tower in Columbus, Ohio.

Upon completion, the 26-storey, 1.9 million ft2, Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center Inpatient Hospital is said to improve research, clinical training and patient care services.

The project forms part of the university’s long-term Framework 2.0 planning and the Ohio State Wexner Medical Center strategic plan.

Located east of Cannon Drive, the facility will improve connections with The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC—James), Rhodes Hall, Doan Hall, the Richard M. Ross Heart Hospital and the Brain and Spine Hospital.

Scheduled to open in early 2026, the new inpatient hospital tower will feature up to 820 beds, replacing and expanding on the 440 beds in Rhodes Hall and Doan Hall.

The OSUCCC-James will gain 148 beds - 84 new and 64 resulting from construction backfilling.

The project will feature 60 neonatal intensive care unit bassinets, diagnostic, treatment and inpatient service areas; emergency department; imaging; operating rooms; and critical care and medical/surgical beds.

The OSUCCC-James and Ross Heart Hospital will be revamped for the blood bank, support services and building connections.

The project will also include indoor café, conservatory garden and outdoor park areas and conference facilities that will serve as the intellectual centre of the Wexner Medical Center and seven health sciences colleges.

The Ohio State University executive vice president and chancellor for health affairs and Ohio State Wexner Medical Center CEO Dr Hal Paz said: “I am excited to move forward with the construction of an expanded state-of-the-art hospital facility that reflects the extraordinary care provided by our clinicians and staff. The pandemic has made clear that cutting-edge facilities are necessary to care for patients and families across our region.

“The new hospital will allow us to serve more patients and align hospital resources with an interprofessional education model and innovative research, allowing us to translate ground-breaking discoveries into patient care more quickly than ever before.

“Most importantly, this tower positions us to be a leader in the rapidly changing health care landscape by revolutionizing the way care is delivered.”

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The new inpatient hospital tower will feature up to 820 beds. (Credit: The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center)

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