Cincinnati Children’s celebrates new Critical Care Building

Largest expansion in hospital’s history to serve the most medically complex patients

By Shannon Kettler                                                                              

Cincinnati Children’s                                                            

Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center is celebrating the completion of a new Critical Care Building, a $600 million investment on the hospital’s north side that involved three years of construction on the hospital’s main campus in Avondale.

The 632,500-square-foot facility expands and enhances services for children, including patients needing emergency care, newborn or pediatric intensive care, cardiac care, or bone marrow transplants.

Pictured from left: U.S. Senator Rob Portman, Board Chair Mark Jahnke, Michael Fisher, Kadijah Keys, and Mayor John Cranley.

“The Critical Care Building is a remarkable achievement in the 138-year-history of Cincinnati Children’s,” said Michael Fisher, president and CEO of the medical center. “We are grateful to serve children in our Avondale neighborhood and throughout Greater Cincinnati as well as children from all over the world. This new facility, which is the largest expansion ever undertaken at Cincinnati Children’s, is the result of a collaboration with our patients, families, staff, board, donors, and community. We are thankful to everyone who played a role.”

Pictured from left: Dr. Steve Davis, Lee Carter, Jim Anderson, Mark Jahnke, and Michael Fisher.

Kadijah Keys, a mother of the hospital’s patient Amir, who has been has been in NICU since birth 11 months ago, said, “As I toured this beautiful building recently. I thought I found features that will help our family feel more at home. Amir and I have never been on a walk outside together. He has have never heard a bird chirp. He has never smelled fresh air or wind on his face. The outdoor garden spaces allow us to give Amir that experience sooner than we thought possible.”

Michael Fisher speaks with Kadijah and Kevin Keys. Their son Amir, who is 11 months old, is in the NICU at Cincinnati Children’s.

Tony Moore, the Avondale Community Council President, also spoke at today’s event. “Our community is your community. For this community, we see this building as an opportunity for more communication, better trust, and more collaboration,” said Moore.

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