“It’ll improve the access to the care itself,” Justin Krueger, chief operating officer for the hospital, told the Journal-News. “Everything we do here is about improving patient health … for the community. We need to make it as easy as possible to access our system, our services for these patients.
“With increased operating rooms and increased technology, we’ll be able to provide the best possible care for the patients in this community.”
The project, which is expected to be completed by late summer 2017, will tack on an additional 3,000 square feet but keep the vast majority of the hospital in its existing footprint.
“We’re using the space more efficiently than we have … by redesigning it,” Urban said.
The other reason for the project, he said, is growing patient volume at the hospital, which sees 15,000 admissions per year, 60,000 emergency rooms visits per year and 2,000 annual deliveries, making it one of the busiest hospital’s in Greater Cincinnati area, Urban said.
The renovation is part of an “ongoing continuum” of Mercy Health doing what’s needed to provide great service to the communities it serves, he said.
Also continuing to grow is hospital staffing — now at approximately 1,400 — making it one of Butler County’s top employers, Urban said.
“We’ve been able to recruit some new, very talented surgeons and specialists to … Fairfield that bring with them training and expertise that allows us to expand even the types of surgery that we do,” he said.