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Dayton Children’s plans $47.5 million expansion in Springboro

Dayton Children’s Hospital has plans for a $47.5 million expansion of its Springboro campus that include a 70,000-square-foot medical office building, 16-room emergency department and an outpatient surgery center with four operating rooms.

The expansion on the hospital’s 11-acre campus at 3333 West Tech Road is expected to be completed in phases over the next two years with the medical office building slated to open next summer and the emergency department about six months later. The surgery center will be completed last, hospital officials said.

Kelly Poplin, a Springboro mother who lives about five minutes away from the site of the expansion, said she was “extremely excited” about the surgery center, which she wished had been there six years ago when her son, Evan, was injured in a utility vehicle accident that required five surgeries at Dayton Children’s main campus at 1 Childrens Plaza.

“It felt like the longest drive up to Dayton Children’s,” Poplin said. “If the expansion had been here six years ago, it would have been a little bit closer. It would have eased that pain and anxiety just a little bit.”

The hospital already provides urgent care, rehab, sports medicine and imaging services at its Springboro campus, which still has room for even more development, officials said.

The newest developments are based on the growing need for services south of Dayton, an area that has one of the highest percentages of children younger than age 5 in the Dayton region and continues to grow every year, according to Dayton Children’s President and CEO Deb Feldman.

“We are listening to our patient families who consistently tell us they want more services closer to home,” Feldman said. “Expanding our Springboro campus will provide the world-class pediatric care for children that they deserve, right in their backyard. It is all part of our Destination 2020 plan to advance our role as the leader in children’s health.”

The expansion will strengthen the hospital’s position in a market where it competes directly with Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

Cincinnati Children’s has a pair of construction projects underway at its Liberty Campus in Butler County, visible from Interstate 75.

The total investment to add an inpatient floor and built a proton therapy center for cancer treatment is approximately $160 million. The hospital expansion will open in August, and proton therapy is expected to open in 2017.

“For Dayton Children’s to have a strong set of services in the southern part of their service area not only benefits the patients that live in that area, it also helps strengthen the entire Dayton Children’s network,” said Bryan Bucklew, CEO and president of the Greater Dayton Area Hospital Association.

Dayton Children’s also is in the process of building a new $140 million, 260,000-square-foot, eight-story patient tower on its main campus in Dayton, which is expected to be completed in the spring of 2017.

The projects reflect a wave of new hospital construction in the Dayton and Cincinnati areas, where health systems have more than $500 million building projects under construction in various stages in the region.

Other projects include:

• A $49 million outpatient cancer center at Kettering Medical Center. The 120,000-square-foot, five-story comprehensive care facility will be built across the street from the hospital’s main campus.

• A $28 million, 22-bed Emergency Department at Good Samaritan North Health Center. The project involves the construction of a four-story, 96,000-square-foot addition to the existing building at 9000 North Main St.

• An $8.2 million, 22,000-square-foot emergency department at the Indu & Raj Soin Medical Center in Beavercreek.

• A $4 million, 27,000-square-foot, single-story family medicine building at 2261 Philadelphia Drive on Good Samaritan Hospital’s main campus. It will be the new home of Five Rivers Health Center and Wright State University’s Boonshoft School of Medicine family practice residency program.

• A $4.4 million expansion at Grandview Medical Center that will include 48 rooms on the fourth and fifth floors of the 70,000-square-foot, five-story tower constructed in 2013.

• and, a $1.6 million, 7,900-square-foot Good Samaritan Health Center in Greenville.

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