Thursday, May 19, 2016
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center has hired Messer Construction of Cincinnati, ZGF Architects, LLC, with multiple offices across North America, and Concord Healthcare, with multiple offices across the U.S. and expertise in complex medical construction, to assist Cincinnati Children’s staff in developing options regarding the expansion of clinical care space at the medical center. Other firms engaged to help with this phase of the project include: Affiliated Engineers Inc., Fosdick & Hilmer, GBBN Architects, Jacobs Construction and TriVersity Construction.
“These expert partners will begin immediately to work together with our senior leadership to explore options for expansion of our clinical care facilities,” said Michael Fisher, president and CEO, Cincinnati Children’s. “A final proposal and recommendation will be presented for consideration to our Board of Trustees in the fall.”
Final recommendations about cost, specific location, scope and size of this project will come out of this team’s work.
Cincinnati Children’s continues to serve more critically-ill, medically-complex, local, and mental health patients. Between fiscal years 2009 and 2015, the number of inpatient days grew 23 percent. In addition, recent experience shows that 40 percent of the time, the medical center is operating above 85 percent of capacity.
In 2015, the Board of Trustees authorized hospital leadership to look into the best ways to meet its inpatient, critical care, emergency department and support space needs for the next 15-20 years. In December 2015, Requests for Proposals were issued to construction, design and engineering firms to develop in-depth solutions, plans and associated costs.
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, including a #1 ranking in pulmonology and #2 in cancer and in nephrology. 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.