August 6, 2007

University Hospitals Case Medical Center Announces Campus Transformation

CLEVELAND, Aug. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- University Hospitals Case Medical Center (UHCMC) will celebrate the biggest "Campus Transformation" in its 141-year history with a joint groundbreaking of a new Cancer Hospital and Center for Emergency Medicine on Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2007 in the Lakeside Gardens.

Numerous state and local political officials and community leaders, including Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson and Ohio Governor Ted Strickland, will join UH leadership and employees for the daylong festivities. The groundbreaking celebration will feature the Shaw High School Marching Band, Brian and Joe from WMVX-FM, and a variety of entertainment acts throughout the afternoon. Pediatric cancer patient, Emily Lewis, will participate in the ceremonial groundbreaking. Remarks will begin at 12:15 p.m.

The Cancer Hospital and the Center for Emergency Medicine are two critical components of UH's Vision 2010 strategic plan, which also includes a new neonatal intensive care unit at Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital, the Ahuja Medical Center in Beachwood, ambulatory centers in Twinsburg and Aurora, and several expansions at outlying UH facilities.

"Transforming the future of health care begins with enhanced facilities, increased access to all patients and consistent compassionate care," said Thomas F. Zenty III, CEO of University Hospitals. "Through our ambitious Vision 2010 strategic plan, UH will impact the future of health care across Northeast Ohio and beyond."

"We are extremely excited to celebrate this joint groundbreaking event for these two important projects," said Fred C. Rothstein, MD, president, UHCMC. "This day represents our commitment to advancing healthcare here in Northeast and the incredible generosity of the community. We are proud and honored to look ahead at the impact these projects will have throughout the region and our UH system for decades to come."

When the new cancer hospital is completed in 2010, UHCMC's cancer services - now housed in seven locations on campus -- will be located in one facility.

"This region has never had a free-standing cancer hospital. Now we can provide the same level of service as the top 10 centers in the country, all of which are free standing," said Stanton Gerson, MD, director of the Ireland Cancer Center. "The University Hospitals Case Medical Center cancer hospital will provide patients in the region a high-level tertiary-care hospital devoted to proper diagnosis, treatment planning and treatment, including surgery, radiation therapy and oncology care."

The new Center for Emergency Medicine will alleviate the current space constraints of the UHCMC emergency department.

"Our current space was built in the late 1970s to serve an annual population of 40,000 patients," said Edward A. Michelson, MD, chief of emergency medicine at UH. "We actually see some 73,000 patients each year. The new Center will more than double our current space."

"The new Center is designed to maximize patient comfort, privacy and safety, while accommodating the more than 80,000 annual visits we anticipate in the new Center for Emergency Medicine," said Gregg A. DiGiulio, MD, chief of pediatric emergency medicine at UH Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital. "The adult and pediatric emergency departments will be adjacent with separate dedicated spaces, and each area will be staffed with specialists and equipment to meet the special needs of pediatric and adult patients."

   The Center for Emergency Medicine is expected to be completed in 2009.    About University Hospitals  

With 150 locations throughout Northeast Ohio, University Hospitals serves the needs of patients through an integrated network of hospitals, outpatient centers and primary care physicians. At the core of our Health System is University Hospitals Case Medical Center. The primary affiliate of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, University Hospitals Case Medical Center is home to some of the most prestigious clinical and research centers of excellence in the nation and the world, including cancer, pediatrics, women's health, orthopedics and spine, radiology and radiation oncology, neurosurgery and neuroscience, cardiology and cardiovascular surgery, organ transplantation and human genetics. Its main campus includes the internationally celebrated Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital, ranked best in the Midwest and first in the nation for the care of critically ill newborns; MacDonald Women's Hospital, Ohio's only hospital for women; and Ireland Cancer Center, which holds the nation's highest designation by the National Cancer Institute of Comprehensive Cancer Center. For more information, go to

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