September 23, 2021

UC Health Breaks Ground on Dynamic Emergency Department Expansion in Cincinnati

In an exciting moment for the University of Cincinnati Health (UC Health) and the community it serves, the health system broke ground on a new 41,000 sf emergency department expansion earlier this week.

The effort is at the heart of UC Health’s $221 Million “Forward” project that will revitalize their flagship hospital on its Clifton campus, which spans 14 acres in Cincinnati’s  Uptown district.

Other key aspects of the “Forward” initiative include a new four-story building to increase operating room capacity, and inpatient capacity for observation and intensive care patients.  CannonDesign is proudly leading the design of the project with Blue Cottage of CannonDesign and Emerging Healthcare Design providing operations consulting. Other key partners for the project include Heavy (MEP), The Kleingers Group (Civil) and THP Limited (structural). Patient care will not be interrupted during the project.

“This investment is about more than simply new facilities. These projects will significantly improve the way we serve our patients, from how patients access our campus to how our clinicians deliver care every day” said UC Health Executive Vice President & Chief Medical Officer Evaline A. Allessandrini, MD. “This is an exciting time to be part of UC Health.”

The emergency center expansion and renovation will improve capacity and patient flow, including reconfigured access for patient arrivals. It will also include an observation unit, flexible intensive care unit, “surge capacity” for emergency or crisis situations and more. It comes at a key moment for UC Health after it took on more than 114,000 emergency and trauma visits during FY20.

“It’s truly an honor to help a nationally renowned Emergency Medicine program revitalize their facilities and service capabilities,” said Natalie Petzoldt, Principal in Charge for CannonDesign. “This is a remarkably future-focused project, bold in its vision, flexible in its design – it will drive value for those UC Health serves for generations.”

Beyond patient care, UC Health’s emergency medicine program is also revered nationally. In fact, the UC Department of Emergency Medicine is home to the first residency training program in the US, and the program celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2020. The department attracts top medical students to train in Cincinnati, and its faculty are national leaders in clinical teaching and research.

Numerous CannonDesign representatives were on hand for the groundbreaking earlier this week.