MetroHealth Unveils New Hospital Design at Annual Stakeholders Meeting
At its annual Stakeholders Meeting today, The MetroHealth System unveiled the design of its new hospital planned for the West 25th Street main campus. The design includes a new 11-story hospital joined to the existing Critical Care Pavilion (CCP) and an abundance of green space for the community.
The new hospital will have private patient rooms, designed to enhance the patient and family experience. The rooms will have floor-to-ceiling windows with ample space for family to stay overnight, and mirror the esthetics of the rooms in the CCP and MetroHealth’s new hospitals in Cleveland Heights and Parma, which opened in January 2018. All rooms have Intensive Care Unit capabilities, with flexibility for surge capacity, allowing MetroHealth to double its occupancy if necessary. In total, MetroHealth will have 450 patient rooms throughout the entire health system.
The CCP will eventually become home to MetroHealth’s Department of Labor and Delivery and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), with a new dedicated entryway for these patients and families. The CCP’s existing ICU rooms will move into the new hospital. The new Pediatric Unit will have indoor and outdoor activity space, with a planned rooftop terrace for patients and families.
The hospital will have a front door entrance facing West, accessible from Scranton Road. A two-story front lobby will include a dining area, gift shop and open space to allow for community performances from groups including local choirs and ballet companies. An “on stage/off stage” concept will be used for traffic flow, with staff and patients and family members using separate elevators.
In addition to the physical transformation of its main campus, MetroHealth is committed to improving the health of its community and is leading a revitalization of the West 25th Street corridor. Plans include the world’s first hospital-led EcoDistrict, partnerships with public, private, nonprofit and civic entities, a housing incentive program to help employees live closer to work and enhancements to public transportation and infrastructure (the RTA MetroHealth Line).
The project is being financed by $946 million in hospital-revenue bonds sold in May 2017 by MetroHealth on its own credit. No taxpayer money will be used for the project. A $100 million fundraising campaign will support community programs and development of expanded campus green space.
MetroHealth is committed to diversity in its hiring practices and plans to have more than 30 percent of the workforce led by local and minority-owned businesses. According to a report from Cleveland State University’s Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs, MetroHealth’s Transformation plan may support up to 5,618 new and existing jobs that could result in $873.3 million in total output of economic benefit for Cuyahoga County. The study says the city of Cleveland would see most of the impact, with more than 3,200 jobs supported and a total economic benefit of more than $513 million.
MetroHealth plans to break ground on the hospital at the end of 2018.
The MetroHealth System, Cuyahoga County’s public health system, is honoring its commitment to create a healthier community by building a new hospital on its main campus in Cleveland. The building, and the 25 acres of green space around it, are catalyzing the revitalization of MetroHealth’s West Side neighborhood.
MetroHealth will break ground on the new hospital in late 2018, using nearly $1 billion it borrowed on its own credit after dramatically improving its finances. In the past five years, MetroHealth’s operating revenue has increased by 44.5 percent and its number of employees by 21 percent. Today, its staff of 7,700 provides care at MetroHealth’s four hospitals, four emergency departments and more than 20 health centers and 40 additional sites throughout Cuyahoga County. In the past year, MetroHealth has served 300,000 patients at more than 1.4 million visits in its hospitals and health centers, 75 percent of whom are uninsured or covered by Medicare or Medicaid.
The health system is home to Cuyahoga County’s most experienced Level I Adult Trauma Center, verified since 1992, and the only adult and pediatric burn center in the state of Ohio.
As an academic medical center, MetroHealth is committed to teaching and research. Each active staff physician holds a faculty appointment at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and its main campus hospital houses a Cleveland Metropolitan School District high school of science and health.
For more information, visit metrohealth.org.