The Health Alliance of Greater Cincinnati, a six-hospital, not-for-profit health system, announced plans yesterday to build a $200 million hospital in suburban West Chester, Ohio. The 160-bed hospital is slated to open in summer 2008, with the capacity to expand to 300 beds. The proposed hospital will be a paperless and high-tech facility built on 29 acres of Health Alliance's University Pointe Campus in fast-growing Eastern Butler County, according to a company news release. Ohio has no state certificate-of-need law and Health Alliance does not need state permission to build the hospital.
The still unnamed hospital will join three existing not-for-profit community hospitals in Butler County, as well as a for-profit surgical hospital owned by local doctors and not-for-profit University Pointe Surgical Hospital owned by Health Alliance and UC Physicians, an affiliated independent physician practice. Health Alliance spokeswoman Gail Myers said the system will issue bonds to finance the project. Myers said the system has requested a zoning change to accommodate the hospital, which she said would not compete with its University Pointe Surgery Hospital, "but will share the campus and provide complementary services." -- by Mark Taylor