Construction progresses on Cincy Children’s Liberty Twp. expansions

The pediatric hospital’s Liberty Campus is the site of a pair of construction projects to add a new, fourth-level inpatient floor and open a proton therapy center for cancer treatment.

The hospital’s second floor entrance and exit — the doors facing Interstate 75 — are now closed for approximately two weeks beginning March 14 while crews reconfigure the second floor concourse, according to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. According to construction updates posted by Cincinnati Children’s online, patients and families can access the second floor through a temporary entrance created on the same side of the building.

One of the first projects to be completed as part of the overall construction plan will be the expanded first floor cafeteria, which is planned to open next month, according to the updates provided on the hospital’s website. Larger serving and seating areas will open in April, and new menu items will be available in August when a full-service kitchen opens, according to the hospital.

Cincinnati Children’s announced in 2013 a total $160 million in expansion plans for its Liberty Campus in Butler County, a standalone hospital with emergency services that first opened in 2008. The facility can be seen from I-75, and is located off the Ohio 129 interchange.

The work underway to build a fourth floor onto the hospital will accommodate about 30 new inpatient beds. Once complete, there will be about 42 total inpatient beds for overnight stays. Work on the building expansion will also add a kitchen; cafeteria; clinic and therapy space; expanded pharmacy and gift shop; renovated lab and blood bank; a family resource center; and support space for Materials Management and Information Services, hospital officials have previously told Journal-News.

Plans are to open the expanded inpatient beds and services in August.

Crews are also building a more than 80,000-square-foot proton therapy and research center for cancer treatment at the Liberty Campus. Proton therapy is expected to open in 2017.

“Construction of the proton therapy center is moving along on schedule. Work is progressing both inside and outside the facility with approximately 100 workers per day on site,” said Terry Loftus, spokesman for Cincinnati Children’s.

Liberty Campus averages about 180,000 patient visits a year, according to hospital officials.

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