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UC Health Unveils New Main Entrance at UC Medical Center

Sep. 19, 2022

CINCINNATI - $15 million project significantly improves access and services for patients, and visitors.


On Monday, UC Health unveiled the $15 million renovation of the main entrance and lobby at UC Medical Center. The long-awaited project significantly improves access to the hospital for patients and visitors.

The renovation was announced in 2019 as part of a $221 million investment by UC Health into its 14-acre Clifton Campus. Several other projects are underway now and scheduled for completion in 2023.

“This financial investment is not just about buildings–it’s about creating healing environments where patients come to receive care for anything from the most basic health needs to the most complex illnesses and injuries. It’s about creating a place where the best and brightest clinicians and staff can bring their expertise and specialty training to practice each day,” said Rick Hinds, UC Health interim president & CEO and executive vice president and chief financial officer.

The project includes a new main drive and valet circle, upgraded topography and outdoor seating, improved lighting and wayfinding, a new entrance foyer and canopy, an updated and reconfigured lobby with new furnishings, improved access from the Bellevue Garage, a new patient check-in area and the relocation of Pharmacy and Patient Relations offices to better serve patients and visitors. 

“Improving the front entrance and lobby of UC Medical Center has been an important project to tackle over the last year. It has been a priority for our hospital system because of the positive impact it will have on our patients, our community, our physicians, nurses and staff,” said Rob Wiehe, UC Medical Center chief administrative officer. 

Construction partners on the UC Medical Center front entrance renovation include: Danis Construction, GBBN, Heapy Engineering, Kleingers Group, THP, Kolar Design and Realm Collaborative. All UC Health construction projects include at least 40 percent inclusion of minority and women-owned sub-contractors.

“This project has been in the making for some time. Updating the UC Medical Center front entrance and lobby is an instrumental investment and show of support to our patients and families–and our employees. This beautifully renovated space illustrates the bright future for our organization, and it is exciting to see,” said Bob Feldbauer, vice president of facilities & administrative services for UC Health.

Other projects currently underway at UC Medical Center include a new tower that includes an expansion of the emergency department with two inpatient floors above, renovation of the existing emergency department and construction of a new four-story surgical tower. Patient care has not been interrupted during the projects, and they are scheduled for completion in 2023.

UC Health’s Clifton Campus spans 14 acres in the heart of Cincinnati’s Uptown district, and it includes 17 buildings that total 1.7 million gross square feet. All construction is occurring within UC Health’s existing footprint, as the health system innovates to provide world-class care in a healing environment.

The Clifton Campus Revitalization is part of a long-term Campus Master Facility Plan approved by the UC Health Board of Directors in August 2019. The plan is the result of several years of study, led by a committee of clinical and operational leadership from across the health system.

As a result of the construction, the street addresses for several buildings on UC Health’s Clifton Campus have changed from their former Goodman Street addresses as of Sept. 19. The new addresses are: 

  • UC Medical Center: 3188 Bellevue Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45219
  • Bellevue Garage (formerly Goodman Garage): 3144 Bellevue Ave., Cincinnati, Ohio 45219
  • UC Medical Center Emergency Department & Surgical Building: 3199 Highland Ave., Cincinnati, Ohio 45219