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Ohio State Is Building A Huge New Hospital And It’s Kind Of A Big Deal

It’s no secret that The Ohio State University likes to be the best at what they do. Naturally, that also applies to their medical school.

The university announced that they plan to take a big step forward, developing a new hospital and ambulatory center. The new facility will provide new and cutting-edge research, clinical training, and of course, world-class patient care.

“The Wexner Medical Center has unprecedented opportunity for transformative growth,” said Ohio State President Michael V. Drake in a press release.

“A number of our most important indicators are at historic highs and accelerating. At the same time, our strategic plan calls for bold thinking to define the future of academic health care. We envision a medical campus in which all building projects integrate and support each other — and where the very best people work together across areas of expertise to further elevate the quality of the medical center and the entire university.”

The new hospital tower will offer 840 beds, all of which would be private rooms, offering an experience that puts the patients and their needs first.

According to the press release, other details include:

  • 60 neonatal intensive care unit bassinets.
  • State-of-the-art diagnostic, treatment and inpatient service areas including an emergency department, imaging, operating rooms, critical care and medical/surgical beds.
  • Connector to The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute that also connects to Rhodes Hall, Doan Hall and the Brain and Spine Hospital.
  • Leading-edge digital technologies to advance care and teaching.
  • Additional green space as well as a new parking garage west of McCampbell Hall.
  • By upgrading pre-existing locations and adding in new, technologically competitive facilities, the University is making strides towards its goal of becoming a nationally recognized medical center.

    Although a specific location hasn’t been identified for the new hospital tower, it’s likely that it will occupy the space freed up by the recent Canon Drive relocation.

    “Together, these projects advance key strategic focus areas for the university, including teaching and learning, research and creative expression, and academic health care,” said Bruce A. McPheron, executive vice president and provost.

    “Ohio State continues to be committed to defining the flagship public research university in the 21st century.”

    The price tag for these expansions has yet to be determined, as the design process is just beginning. The hospital tower and ambulatory center are just some of the potential investments from Ohio State’s strategic plan. You can see the outline for potential campus upgrades in Framework 2.0.