Cincinnati Children’s Expands Liberty Campus to Full-Service Hospital
More beds, more services to provide comprehensive pediatric care in convenient suburban setting
Friday, July 31, 2015
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center will cut the ribbon to celebrate the expansion of its Liberty campus in Liberty Township on July 31 at 10 a.m. Michael Fisher, president and CEO, and Fred Ryckman, M.D., senior vice president of medical operations, will lead the ceremonies. Local dignitaries, neighbors and business partners will also be in attendance to mark the occasion.
“With this expansion, Cincinnati Children’s will better serve our northern Cincinnati patients and families with specialized pediatric care that’s personal, convenient and best-in-class,” said Fisher.
The Liberty campus will support inpatient surgical programs with 42 inpatient beds (an increase from 12), and a full complement of support services, including a blood bank, full-service cafeteria, outpatient and inpatient pharmacies and family resource center. It also will house expanded medical and surgery specialty clinics, including new cancer services. A new gift shop has already opened at the campus.
“Our main campus in Avondale already serves many families from the northern communities like Hamilton, Middletown and West Chester,” Fisher explained. “By expanding our facilities at Liberty Township, we can offer the best of both worlds—the pediatric specialty expertise of a world-renowned academic medical center, scaled to a friendly and convenient suburban setting.”
Dr. Ryckman expects that the expansion will also improve access for local primary care providers and facilitate more integration between those providers and Cincinnati Children’s.
“Our expanded facilities will enable faster and easier consults and admissions for patients while also fostering relationships among local physicians, on-site hospitalists and the patients they serve,” said Dr. Ryckman.
Construction began on the $48 million expansion in the spring of 2014. The expanded facility will be ready for patients on Aug. 17.
The original Liberty campus facility opened in 2008, bringing pediatric urgent care and emergency services to the northern Cincinnati suburbs.
Progress on Proton Therapy Center at Liberty
Cincinnati Children’s is also building a new Proton Therapy Center at the Liberty site, which is scheduled to open in late 2016 or early 2017. The $118 million facility will provide state-of-the-art cancer treatment with fewer risks of long-term complications for patients. If construction continues on schedule, it will be the first proton therapy center based at a pediatric medical center in the United States.
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About Cincinnati Children’s
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center ranks third in the nation among all Honor Roll hospitals in U.S. News & World Report’s 2015 Best Children’s Hospitals. It is also ranked in the top 10 for all 10 pediatric specialties. Cincinnati Children’s, a non-profit organization, is one of the top three recipients of pediatric research grants from the National Institutes of Health, and a research and teaching affiliate of the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. The medical center is internationally recognized for improving child health and transforming delivery of care through fully integrated, globally recognized research, education and innovation. Additional information can be found at www.cincinnatichildrens.org. Connect on the Cincinnati Children’s blog, via Facebook and on Twitter.