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The Daimler Group will be working with OhioHealth on their planned $33 million expansion on the Grant Medical Campus.  Carrie Ghose of Columbus Business First published this report:

The $33.5 million in expansion and renovation projects underway or slated for OhioHealth Grant Medical Center show that a hospital can thrive in an urban core, hospital COO Kevin Lutz says.

OhioHealth Corp. officials confirmed budgets Tuesday for three separate capital projects at the hospital, one of the two main multi-specialty referral centers in the 10-hospital Columbus system: $19.8 million for orthopedics, $8 million for cardiology and heart surgery, and $5.7 million for a trauma center expansion, including a larger rooftop helipad.

“We’re really excited about this opportunity to reinvest in Grant Medical Center and downtown,” hospital President Michael Lawson said. “There is a community health need in the downtown market.”

The thriving hospital is contributing mightily to OhioHealth's financial strength: Grant's revenue increased 10 percent over 2014 to $651 million in the year ended June 30, according to the system audit. Its operating income of $58 million represented 25 percent of the system's income on 21 percent of its $3.3 billion in revenue.

I broke the news Monday about the expansion to the 6-year-old Bone and Joint Center across East Town Street from the main hospital, adding imaging and consolidating specialty physician offices from around the campus to create a single destination for orthopedic and rheumatology patients. The site plan application approved Tuesday by the Downtown Commission listed only Columbus developer Daimler Group Inc.'s $11 million portion; OhioHealth is investing an additional $8.8 million.

A clinic for patients of recently recruited heart surgeons is to open within 30 days in the outpatient Wilkins Professional Building attached to the hospital. The $8 million cardiac project also converts more patient rooms specialized for cardiac patients who don't need intensive care but aren't ready for a regular bed. It also creates a specialty operating suite equipped with imaging equipment for noninvasive procedures such as going through veins to insert a replacement aortic valve without removing the faulty one.

OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital is the system's flagship for cardiac care, as Grant is for orthopedics, but downtown residents need specialty care too, Lawson said. The cardiologists and surgeons from each hospital collaborate.

“They function now as a group,” Lutz said.

The trauma project will add a third trauma bay and renovate the other two in the state's busiest Level 1 trauma center for the most severely injured patients.

“We’ve had double digit growth several years now (in trauma),” Lawson said.

The hospital's existing helipad is too small for some newer models of helicopters, Lutz said. A second helipad to be built on the roof of the 2009 surgical addition not only would handle the larger models but have room for one helicopter to be parked to the side to wait on a patient while another takes off or lands. The original helipad would remain as a backup.

OhioHealth has not calculated how many jobs would be added as a result of the three projects.

The physician offices relocating to the orthopedic expansion will free space around the campus as hospital leaders work on a facilities master plan, Lutz said. More service lines may expand.

Carrie Ghose covers health care, startups and technology for Columbus Business First.


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