Groundbreaking for new MetroHealth medical building

(Cleveland) - The MetroHealth System held a groundbreaking ceremony for the new hospital on its West 25th Street main campus today.

The 11-floor, 270 room hospital is the next major step of MetroHealth’s campus transformation and will open to patients in 2023.

All patient rooms will be private with floor-to-ceiling windows and space for family members.

A large main lobby with an open community area is designed for local performances and community gatherings.

The internal environment will reflect the outdoors and natural landscape of Cleveland, with earthy tones, indoor vegetation and an abundance of natural lighting.

The building is designed with the goal of achieving high levels of environmental and wellness standards, including LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver and WELL building certifications.

Additional transformation plans call for turning nearly half of the main campus into green space with connections to the Towpath trail and RTA bus lines.

“From the very beginning, we’ve said that the campus transformation is more than the rebuilding of a hospital. We’re rebuilding and reshaping the near West Side,” said Akram Boutros, MD, FACHE, president and CEO of MetroHealth. “Today, we celebrate with our neighborhood and community members. All of us working together will make the community and MetroHealth thrive.”

MetroHealth launched its campus transformation in 2015, with the demolition of the Northcoast Behavioral Health Care Facility and the construction of a two-story addition to the existing Critical Care Pavilion.

The addition opened in 2016. A new 1500-car parking garage opened for employees in 2018. In early 2019, demolition of the Southpoint garage was completed, opening the site for the new hospital.

The campus transformation is being financed by nearly $1 billion in revenue bonds that the hospital issued on its own credit in 2017. It is believed to be the largest self-funded public hospital project in the nation. No taxpayer funds are being used in the construction.

“We’ve assembled a passionate and dedicated team that has been working together for the past year and a half to bring the project to this point. The collaborative environment has resulted in a project that MetroHealth and the community will be proud of,” said Walter Jones, senior vice president of campus transformation.

To date, 26 local business were hired to work on the project, and ten are minority-or women-owned.

Over the course of its nine-year timeline (2016-2023), the campus transformation plan will support more than 5,000 jobs and result in nearly $900 million in total output of economic benefit for Cuyahoga County, according to a 2017 report from Cleveland State University’s Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs. The project could generate more than $95 million in additional local, state and federal tax revenue.

Turner Construction Company leads the construction management and HGA leads the design planning, architecture and engineering of the project. Hammes Company, the nation’s leading health care facilities development company, is the Owner’s Rep for the campus transformation.

In 2018, MetroHealth announced a five-year campaign to raise $100 million for core aspects of transformation. The campaign, “For All of Us,” supports the development of green space, endowed professorships and programs and services that benefit patients and the larger community.

More information and images of the hospital can be found at metrohealth.org/transformation.

For a virtual tour of the hospital, click here.

(Photos by Ken Robinson/WTAM & MetroHealth)

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