On June 18, we will break ground on what will be the most visible phase of the largest development project in Ohio State University history. It’s called ProjectONE, and when completed in 2013, it will open the door for more patients to access The Ohio State University Medical Center’s renowned services. At the center of the project are a new state-of-the-art cancer hospital, a new facility devoted to critical care, and conveniently integrated spaces for research and teaching. A concourse will span the Medical Center main campus, linking many of our patient care buildings, clinics, laboratories, classrooms, parks and courtyards, administrative offices and garages. In addition, the project is dramatically upgrading and expanding teaching, research and patient care areas in adjoining buildings.
Our commitment to health and well-being carries over to our construction methods and our interior designs for ProjectONE as well. We are doing all we can to safeguard our environment through the latest advances in environmentally responsible construction. We will seek Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification for the new buildings, and our construction will focus on the use of sustainable and eco-friendly materials, technologies and building practices. The new hospital areas will include private patient rooms with a dedicated area for family members to stay overnight, natural light, easy access to the outdoors and numerous other calming features that improve comfort and promote healing. Advanced technology in each room will allow more in-room care and reduce the need for patient transport, thus improving efficiency, reducing stress, costs and exposure to infection.
The impact on our community and local economy is also huge. In addition to increasing the ability of our Medical Center to attract more world-class physicians, nurses, staff, researchers, and the best and brightest students and residents, as well as provide more healthcare services to more people, ProjectONE is also creating 5,000 construction jobs over the next four years and will provide an additional 10,000 permanent jobs upon completion, 6,000 in the Medical Center. The economic impact is expected to exceed $1.7 billion each year in payroll, purchasing, research funding and other investments.
Please visit the ProjectONE Web site at projectone.osu.edu if you would like to stay current on the progress of this exciting and visionary project.
Steven G. Gabbe, MD
Senior Vice President for Health Sciences, The Ohio State University
Chief Executive Officer, The Ohio State University Medical Center