Cincinnati Children’s Care Teams Move Critically Ill Patients into new Critical Care Building

Expansion makes medical center the second largest pediatric hospital in the country

Tuesday, November 09, 2021

This past weekend, care teams at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center managed the safe transport of approximately 142 critically ill patients from the hospital’s main building to the new Critical Care Building, also known as Location G.

The eight-story, 632,500-square-foot facility adds 249 private rooms, which are 50% bigger than the previous patient rooms. The inpatient move signals the completion of the largest privately funded project in the history of Cincinnati and the first step into a new era of healthcare for Cincinnati Children’s.

“I couldn't be prouder of this team and our organization,” said Steve Davis, MD, chief operating officer at Cincinnati Children’s. “Moving well over 140 of our most critically ill children is a testament to the quality of our talent. We just have incredible people across the organization who are dedicated to the mission and making things better for patients and their families.”

On Nov. 6 and 7, the transition started early with staff transporting patients from the following areas: the Newborn Intensive Care Unit, the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit, Acute Care Cardiology Unit, the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit, and Complex Airway. Transport routes were designed to emphasize safety while minimizing disruptions for patients and employees remaining in the older building.

Newborn Christopher Owens-Santiago has been cared for in the NICU at Cincinnati Children’s since his birth three weeks ago. Weighing five pounds, he’s expected to stay at the hospital for several more months. His mom, Kelly Owens, was excited to hear they have their own room versus staying in a NICU pod with other patients.

“I love it,” said Owens. “I'm so happy that he has his own room now. It's just going to be nice to have his own little space.”

Last weekend’s move coincides with the opening of the new Emergency Department and Urgent Care on Saturday, Nov. 6.

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