Major Health Center Planned for Cleveland, Ohio, Area

200-bed hospital, surgery center, physician offices and more planned for suburban Cleveland

CLEVELAND - University Hospitals today unveiled another key component of its Vision 2010 strategy - the building of a state- of-the-art suburban Center for Health that includes a 200-bed hospital, an ambulatory surgery center, physician offices, and community outreach and education capabilities.

University Hospitals has entered into an agreement with Chagrin Highlands Ltd., a partnership of The Richard E. Jacobs Group, Inc. and STI Properties, Inc., to purchase a 53-acre site at the Chagrin Highlands corporate campus. The parcel is located along Interstate 271 at the Harvard Road exit.

"The region along I-271, I-480 and Route 422 has seen considerable growth over the past decade, and there is a definite need for conveniently located, state-of-the-art healthcare services for our existing patients and for everyone in the surrounding communities. Our new location is ideally suited to develop a world-class Center for Health," said Thomas F. Zenty III, President and Chief Executive Officer of University Hospitals.

"By incorporating the latest design concepts in patient-centered healthcare facilities and the newest technology, we will offer our patients a unique experience and the highest quality of care which they have come to expect and receive from University Hospitals," added Achilles A. Demetriou, MD, PhD, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of University Hospitals.

In January, University Hospitals announced the largest expansion in its history, focusing primarily on major projects on the University Hospitals of Cleveland campus - including a new cancer hospital and a contemporary Emergency Department, as well as renovation and expansion of Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital's neonatal intensive care unit. The suburban Center for Health adds a new dimension to University Hospitals' expansion.

This new Center for Health will complement outpatient services currently offered at the existing UHHS Chagrin Highlands Medical Center, which is across Interstate 271 from the proposed Center for Health. Additionally, University Hospitals of Cleveland - including Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital, the No. 1 children's hospital in the Midwest, and MacDonald Women's Hospital - will remain the tertiary and quaternary medical hub for University Hospitals.

"Our announcement in January emphasized those projects at University Hospitals of Cleveland that build on our reputation as a regional and national resource for tertiary and quaternary care. Our new Center for Health focuses on convenient primary and secondary care at a world-class hospital in our suburban communities," said Fred C. Rothstein, MD, President and CEO of University Hospitals of Cleveland. "Together, these projects demonstrate our strategy to provide our patients the right care at the right location to meet their individual needs."

In addition to a new 200-bed hospital for inpatient care, the Center will feature an array of outpatient services ranging from high-tech minimally invasive surgery and endoscopic procedures to leading-edge diagnostics and genetic counseling. Physician offices and facilities for community outreach and education programs will round out the plans.

"This is a major boost for the development of Chagrin Highlands," said Douglas L. Miller, the Jacobs Group's vice president of office operations and leasing. "A medical complex at this location has the potential to attract many new, highly desirable activities to our campus. Moreover, this strongly affirms both the vision and the long term potential that both we and many local civic leaders saw and believed in from the very beginning of Chagrin Highlands' existence."

The Center for Health also will enhance University Hospitals' eastside hospital presence, which includes Bedford Medical Center, Richmond Heights Hospital, Geauga Regional Hospital, Memorial Hospital of Geneva and Brown Memorial in Conneaut.

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