By Barrett J. Brunsman – Cincinnati Business Courier
Interior renovations have begun at Jewish Hospital in Kenwood, part of an $80 million expansion project undertaken by the hospital’s parent company, Mercy Health.
About 32,000 square feet of the hospital’s existing interior will be renovated. Part of that will involve filling in the atrium of the hospital, which will become more floor space.
The project will also include adding a six-story patient tower that will face Galbraith Road and encompass 154,000 square feet. The number of patient beds (207) will stay the same, but the hospital hopes to make all patient rooms private.
A new main entrance is also planned for the hospital at 4777 E. Galbraith Road. Work has already been completed on a new south parking lot. The project is to be completed late in 2015.
“Mercy Health is following through on the promise we made to the Jewish Foundation to reinvest in the Jewish Hospital and add new programs, improve access and make visiting the hospital more convenient for our patients and visitors,” said Yousuf Ahmad, CEO of Mercy Health.
The Jewish Foundation of Cincinnati sold the hospital to Mercy Health in 2010 for $180 million with the understanding that money would be invested in the facility and its services.
Other upgrades or new construction are planned for the emergency department, intensive care unit, blood and marrow transplant center, orthopedic unit, cardiology, neuroscience and Medical Education Center (including its auditorium).
“Mercy Health has worked with the community and our own physicians and staff to understand what the Jewish Hospital needs to grow and better serve our patients and visitors,” said Steve Holman, who oversees the hospital in his role as president of Mercy Health’s Central Market.
Architecture Field Office and Champlin Architecture of Cincinnati teamed on the design. The builder is Danis Construction of Dayton.
The hospital is the 11th largest in the Tri-State, with total expenses of $207.6 million in the most recent fiscal year. It employed more than 1,370 people, not counting 718 doctors who can treat patients there. The hospital logged nearly 34,000 emergency department visits.
The Kenwood location dates to 1960, when the Otto C. Epp Memorial Hospital was established there. Jewish Hospital acquired the site in 1988 and changed the name. The original Avondale location of Jewish Hospital, which was established in 1850, closed in 1997.