$200 million, Phase 2 development plans announced for UH Ahuja Medical Center

Monday, March 25, 2019

New buildings will feature labor and delivery, NICU, sports rehab, women’s health and comprehensive breast health center, and other services; 1,000 new jobs to be added

BEACHWOOD, OHIO -- University Hospitals (UH) has announced development plans for its UH Ahuja Medical Center that will respond to needs of the community through the expansion of services. The health system, which provides services to 1.3 million patients each year, plans to break ground on a $200 million Phase 2 building project in Fall 2019.  

UH Ahuja Medical Center was originally envisioned as having a multi-stage evolution in providing services for the community. Phase 1, opened in 2011, produced the current 144-bed hospital, 22-bed emergency department, and 60,000-square-foot outpatient medical building visible from I-271 near Harvard Road. Phase 2 will add a second, five-floor hospital tower and a two-floor sports medicine complex at 64,000 sq. ft. to the southwest side of the existing buildings.

“As a result of significant increased patient demand for our services and our plan for the future health care needs of the community, we are extremely pleased to announce this further development of UH Ahuja Medical Center,” said Thomas F. Zenty III, CEO of UH.

UH Ahuja Medical Center Phase 2 will feature: 
  • New labor and delivery and other mother and baby services.
  • New neonatal intensive care unit (Level 2), increasing capacity to provide UH Rainbow NICU care and extending services to the east side.
  • New, expanded emergency room growing from 22 beds to 30 beds. 
  • Women's health and comprehensive breast health center, adding to services currently at the nearby UH Minoff Health Center at Chagrin Highlands. 
  • Expanded radiology to meet demands of emergency room, Harrington Heart and Vascular Institute and sports medicine. 
  • The largest sports medicine complex in Northeast Ohio, with a performance center, outpatient rehabilitation space, 18 exam rooms and two diagnostic radiology units, with convenient access to MRI capabilities and adjacent to operating rooms.
  • New ambulatory surgical center with eight new operating rooms and 32 universal pre- and post-op beds. 
  • Expanded ambulatory services.  UH Harrington Heart & Vascular Institute will add 10 new exam rooms. Currently Harrington clinic rooms are running near capacity.
  • Expanded observation unit (all private beds), serving a growing number of patients who can be treated and released the same day.
  • New short stay unit (less than 24 hours) dedicated to patients who need less than 24 hours of care in the ambulatory surgical center.

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