Catholic Health Partners is going to build a new facility in Bond Hill and the decision will bring about 1,000 new jobs to the neighborhood.
CHP will be combining employees currently working at four different locations in the new 350,000 square foot facility. It will be located at the former Showcase Cinemas site. It’s expected to be open in the second quarter 2016.
“We are excited about coming together on one campus because this ultimately will help us provide better care for our patients at Mercy Health and our other healthcare ministries throughout Ohio and Kentucky,” said Michael Connelly, CHP’s president and CEO in a press release. “With leaders and team members working collaboratively and effectively together, we will enhance our ability to provide more affordable, higher quality care to the communities we serve.”
CHP has been searching for such a site since last year to consolidate offices into one location. It said key considerations were: cost savings; a campus to drive collaboration; employee friendly considerations such as commute time and tax impact; and contributing to the health and economic vitality of the community.
The organization said the Bond Hill site is accessible from the Norwood Lateral and has ample parking. The initial plan calls for one or two new buildings to be built there.
“We conducted a comprehensive review and looked at many options before narrowing our search to two preferred locations,” said Calvin Wright, chief resource officer for Catholic Health Partners in the release. “We are very appreciative to representatives from the cities of Cincinnati and Norwood for being patient with us as we carefully evaluated each site over the past several months. They were very professional and responsive as we took on the very difficult task of selecting a site that would allow to more effectively carry out our mission.”
Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley held a press conference Friday to celebrate the announcement. He said it will be good for the Bond Hill neighborhood.
"Bringing high paying jobs, new development, new buildings and new construction," Cranley said. "I can tell you that the developer in this project that's working with Catholic Health Partners has agreed to hire all local contractors, architects and engineers."
City Council will have to approve an incentive package for the project, and Catholic Health Partners must also purchase about 25 acres of land from Corinthian Baptist Church, which owns the site.
Pastor K.Z. Smith said the church purchased the 30 acre site in 2010, and it will retain about 5 acres to build a new church and an activities building.
In Greater Cincinnati, CHP employees work out of the Home Office at 615 Elsinore Place in Cincinnati and Mercy Health-Blue Ash Regional Office at 4600 McAuley Place, along with our business partners from HealthSpan at 225 Pictoria Drive in Springdale and HealthSpan Partners Consulting in Kenwood.
Catholic Health Partners is the largest health system in Ohio employing more than 31,000 employees in Ohio and Kentucky. It operates more than 250 health facilities, including 23 hospitals, 8 senior living communities, 5 hospice programs and 8 home health agencies.