Construction Kicks Off on Ohio State’s New Cancer Hospital
A new era of cancer care and research at The Ohio State University began June 18th when the University broke ground for ProjectONE, a $1 billion initiative that includes construction of a 17-story medical tower that will house a reimagined James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute and an equally innovative critical care hospital.
Completion of the new 276-bed cancer hospital and 144-bed critical care hospital is slated for 2014.
The design of the tower will place cancer researchers near clinicians to promote their interaction and to expedite discovery and its translation to patient care. It emphasizes the education of future healthcare professionals, particularly in “P4 Medicine”—health care that is predictive, preventive, personalized and participatory.
The largest construction initiative in Ohio State University history, ProjectONE will create 5,000 construction jobs over the next four years and at least 6,000 full-time positions at the University from 2008-15.
OSUCCC Director and James CEO Michael A. Caligiuri, MD, spoke at the June ceremony, noting that the groundbreaking was held nearly 20 years to the day that marked the opening of the present James Cancer Hospital in July 1990.
“We’re all here today because a generation of people before us was willing to invest in the future, to create the environment in which we now prosper,” Caligiuri said. “Now, it is our turn to build the future for the next generation."