In September, The Ohio State University Board of Trustees approved architecture and construction plans for ProjectONE, a $1 billion expansion project that will include a 17-story tower to house a new 276-bed James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute spread over seven floors. The tower also will hold a new five- floor, 144-bed critical care hospital. The remaining five floors will contain outpatient and support services.
ProjectONE is one of the largest job-generating initiatives in Ohio’s history.
“The new configuration and technologically advanced facilities will ease collaborations among researchers, physicians and patients, reshaping hands-on care and making possible transformational discoveries, therapies and treatments,” says Ohio State President E. Gordon Gee.
A new hospital is needed because inpatient admissions at The James are expected to grow by 21 percent over the next 10 years. “The James’ expansion is critical to those seeking the latest advancements in diagnosis and treatment,” says James CEO Michael Caligiuri, MD, who also directs Ohio State’s Comprehensive Cancer Center.
“ProjectONE’s state-of-the-art facilities will give scientists, researchers and clinicians the environment they need to collaborate and solve critical and complex health-related issues,” Caligiuri says.