Ohio State's Wexner Medical Center proposes 840-bed hospital tower, eyes $2B expansion

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Columbus-based Ohio State University is planning to construct a new hospital tower and ambulatory center at its Wexner Medical Center, which is projected to cost more than $2 billion, according to The Columbus Dispatch.

The proposed new tower, which will consist of 840 beds in private rooms, will replace University Hospital, the existing flagship facility. The new hospital will have diagnostic, treatment and inpatient service areas, along with space for emergency services, imaging suites, operating rooms and critical care units — including 60 neonatal intensive care unit beds. If planning and board approval go according to plan, the hospital is expected to be completed in 2025.

Ohio State officials are calling the project the "largest single facilities project ever undertaken" at the university, according to the report.

The ambulatory care center will include outpatient operating rooms, an urgent care center with a 23-hour observation unit, diagnostic imaging and interventional radiology. Pending approval, the center is expected to be completed in three years. 

"It's just critically important as we look to the next 50, 60, 100 years in medicine, that we have the facilities to take care of the patients in the communities that we serve," David P. McQuaid, CEO of Wexner Medical Center, told The Columbus Dispatch.

Wexner Medical Center, coming off its best year to date, ended the latest fiscal year with $302 million in excess revenue. 

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