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Ohio State seeking approval to advance ambulatory sites

The Ohio State University looks to advance three Wexner Medical Center ambulatory sites during upcoming Board of Trustees meetings.

Ohio State is seeking remaining design and construction approval for its planned regional ambulatory location at Hamilton Road and State Route 161 in northeast Columbus, a portion of design approval for a Dublin outpatient care site and funding for two enabling projects for the West Campus Ambulatory Facilities to be located on the Columbus campus.

The effort continues a strategy to expand the Wexner Medical Center’s ambulatory care network through new, state-of-the-art outpatient centers offering more locations to provide the level of care the health system is known for and to meet the increased demand for these services.

“These new outpatient care centers are part of our commitment to improving health and wellness in our communities,” said David P. McQuaid, chief executive officer of The Ohio State University Health System and chief operating officer of the Wexner Medical Center.

Ohio State is seeking board approval this week on the remaining $125.9 million in design and construction dollars associated with the $137.9 million Hamilton Road project. It is the first of three previously announced regional ambulatory sites to request full construction approval. Site work began in the fall of 2018 and the facility is expected to open by July 2021.

“The Hamilton Road facility will be approximately 244,000 square feet and include primary care, oncology, heart and vascular, orthopedic and neuroscience care along with four ambulatory surgery operating rooms and four endoscopy rooms,” McQuaid said.

The proposed Dublin location will also seek $12 million for professional services to advance through design development with construction slated to begin in the summer of 2020. Ohio State continues the process to acquire 34 acres of land from the City of Dublin near State Route 161, State Route 33 and Shier Rings Road.

Cost estimates will be determined through the design process and require approval by the Wexner Medical Center board and university board. The final timeline for construction is yet to be determined.

The West Campus Ambulatory Facilities previously received $23 million for design that will move the project through design development. This week, Ohio State will request $6.6 million to fund enabling work that includes parking and initial building equipment expenses.

“This is a very complex building that will deliver state-of-the-art care for our patients,” said Mark Conselyea, associate vice president of Facilities Operations and Development. “Initial funding will allow us to build parking to accommodate disruptions during construction.”

The building will provide outpatient operating rooms, urgent care with a 23-hour observation unit, an endoscopy unit, a pre-anesthesia center, diagnostic imaging and interventional radiology. The facility will be approximately 395,000 square feet and will include central Ohio’s first proton therapy treatment facility in partnership with Nationwide Children’s Hospital.