Expansions at Cincinnati Children’s Liberty Campus will create 200 new jobs in the coming year, said the hospital’s vice president of operations.
There are two construction projects happening at the same time at the Liberty Twp. facility, which can be seen from Interstate 75, and is located off the Ohio 129 interchange. The total investment is approximately $160 million.
Crews started work at the turn of 2013-2014 to build a more than 80,000-square-foot proton therapy and research center for cancer treatment at the Liberty Campus.
Concurrently, work is also underway to build a fourth floor onto the hospital to accommodate 30 new inpatient beds. The building expansion is expected to be completed first in August 2015, and bring the Liberty Twp. pediatric hospital to a total more than 40 inpatient beds, said Operations Vice President Char Mason.
The building expansion opening next year also adds a kitchen; cafeteria; clinic and therapy space; expanded pharmacy and gift shop; renovated laboratory and blood bank; a family resource center; and support space for Materials Management and Information Services.
The new services being added “will allow us to really treat more kids closer to their home,” Mason said.
Most available jobs are for clinical positions to manage the new patient beds for overnight stays, such as registered nurses, medical assistants, advance practice nurses and therapists, Mason said. The Liberty Campus will also be hiring for cafeteria workers, information technology specialists, nutritionists and pharmacists, among other support functions.
In fact, hiring has already started for advanced practice practitioners (advance practice nurses or physician assistants) because of the challenges in finding hires and the training required, Mason said.
“We want people who have a true interest in working with kids to improve child health, whether in a direct or supportive role,” she said.
Go online to learn more and apply at www.cincinnatichildrens.org/careers/default/.
More jobs will be added when the proton therapy center opens in 2017, Mason added.
Meanwhile, Cincinnati Children’s will open on Nov. 3 Urgent Care at the Liberty Campus, off Yankee Road, to treat children with urgent, but non-emergency medical issues.
Already Liberty Twp.’s single-largest employer, plans to add 200 more jobs to payroll will boost Cincinnati Children’s Liberty Campus employment from approximately 450 workers today to about 650 this time next year.
The hospital’s new jobs will join thousands to be added next fall when Liberty Center, the nearby mega retail, office and residential complex under construction now in Liberty Twp., is slated to open.
“Liberty Twp. is excited about the increased job opportunities that will be coming to our community when the Cincinnati Children’s expansions come online and when Liberty Center opens,” said Caroline McKinney, the township’s economic development director. “Not only will these projects offer our residents increased access to health care, more shopping, dining and entertainment options, but the employment opportunities are quite significant.”
Cincinnati Children’s Liberty Campus, a standalone hospital with emergency services that first opened in 2008, averages about 180,000 patient visits a year, according to the hospital.