University of Cincinnati Medical Center to Expand Psychiatric Services

Cincinnati, OH – February 4, 2011 – University of Cincinnati Medical Center today announced that it has signed a five-year lease agreement with Deaconess Hospital to lease three floors totaling nearly 70,000 square feet at its Straight Street location in University Heights. Over the next several months, University of Cincinnati Medical Center will relocate all of its inpatient and outpatient psychiatric services, including its psychiatric emergency services, to Deaconess Hospital.

“This is an exciting development for University of Cincinnati Medical Center and is a clear indicator that we are growing and reaffirming our position as Cincinnati’s preeminent provider and leader in solving the most medically complex cases,” said W. Brian Gibler, MD, President & CEO of University of Cincinnati Medical Center.

“The move to Deaconess is a very exciting step that will lead to greater prosperity and viability for University of Cincinnati Medical Center, and by extension, all of UC Health,” said Nancy Barone, Chief Operating Officer and Vice President of University of Cincinnati Medical Center.  “In response to a highly competitive and dynamic market with a rapidly changing payor environment, we are making strategic decisions around University of Cincinnati Medical Center to ensure it remains strong and that it can continue its nearly 200 year legacy of serving as the foundation of Cincinnati’s healthcare system.”

Moving the entire suite of psychiatric services to Deaconess will likely take 12 to 15 months, and the last service to move will be psychiatric emergency services. Before University moves its psychiatric services, it will first renovate two of the three floors that it is leasing (floors 5 and 7), a project that will take approximately 8 months to complete. Once completed, University will begin moving psychiatric services currently on the eighth floor of the main hospital.

University will officially take occupancy at Deaconess on February 14 and begin the construction project. On February 21, University will begin operating 24 existing psychiatric beds designated for older adults on the remaining floor at Deaconess (floor 6). Once University begins operating those 24 additional beds, it will have expanded its psychiatric services to older adults while increasing the total number of psychiatric beds to 72 from 48, a 50 percent increase.

The relocation of University of Cincinnati Medical Center’s psychiatric services to Deaconess will allow University to expand these critical, community services while providing them in a more contemporary setting that offers a better environment of care to its patients. Once the services are moved in their entirety, University will reconfigure its eighth floor to expand the total number of its medical surgical beds.

In the coming weeks and months, additional details of the transition will be shared with the community, providers of mental health services and public safety officials to ensure a seamless transition from the University of Cincinnati Medical Center campus to the Deaconess campus for patients requiring psychiatric services. Additionally, University of Cincinnati Medical Center will have a designated entrance off of Clifton Avenue with appropriate signage to assist visitors and patients. Several members of the clinical staff from Deaconess Hospital’s geriatric psychiatric program have been hired by University of Cincinnati Medical Center.

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