Mercy Health and local officials are due to break ground for a 60-bed hospital near Kings Island amusement park on Friday, another sign that the novel coronavirus pandemic has not slowed medical construction in the Cincinnati area.
Here are five things you should know about the new facility:
What will it be called?
Mercy Health-Cincinnati revealed plans for the $ 200 million hospital in January. This week, hospital system spokeswoman Nanette Bentley said the name for the new facility will be revealed at the groundbreaking on Friday.
The hospital will be built on the southeast corner of Kings Island Drive and Kings Mills Road. It’s about a mile north of Kings Island amusement park. It is scheduled to open at the end of 2023. The project architect is GBBN, the construction company is Danis.
How big will it be?
The hospital will have 60 beds on 172,500 square meters, with a further 15 beds in the emergency room. It will have a catheter laboratory with interventional radiology, four rooms for surgery, two for endoscopy and two for cystoscopy. A statement from Mercy Health said the hospital will employ 175-200 people to start and grow to more than 275. The project includes an adjacent medical office building.
Why was the location chosen?
There is no hospital in the southeast corner of Warren County, just off Interstate 71. TriHealth’s Bethesda North Hospital is 10 miles south and Bethesda Arrow Hospital is 5 miles north. UC Health’s West Chester Hospital is eight miles west. Dave Fikse, Mercy Health-Cincinnati, noted this loophole in the hospital’s announcement in January.
“Our leadership team recognized an opportunity to meet unmet inpatient needs in Warren County while building a strong partnership with the City of Mason,” he said. “This investment is in line with our mission to make the health and wellbeing of the population accessible.”
Mason has about 33,000 residents. Warren County has approximately 235,000 residents.
What else is Mercy building?
Like other hospitals in the region, Mercy is in a building boom. Just earlier this year, Mercy in Warren County opened an emergency response office in Maineville and primary care practices in Kings Mills and Maineville.
In January, Mason City Council approved a beneficial interest and incentive package for the construction of Mercy Health Hospital, which included a forgiving loan of $ 600,000 and waiver of expedited approval fees. The hospital system and the city also agreed to work together to promote biomedical research.
Other projects in the region
Last month, the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center cut the ribbon $ 600 million patient tower in Corryville, which is slated to begin enrolling patients this month.
It was the largest construction project in the Cincinnati area since the Paul Brown Stadium in 2000.
UC Health also broke ground last month a $ 221 million renovation of the University of Cincinnati Medical Center’s emergency roomthat will double.
This story will be updated as the name of the hospital becomes known.