Transformation FAQ

What is the MetroHealth Transformation?

What’s included in the Campus Transformation project?

What will the new hospital look like?

How much will it cost? Who’s paying for it?

What’s wrong with the current hospital? Why now? Why not remodel instead?

What happens to the current hospital after the new one is built?

What’s the timeline for the project?

What about parking and public transportation?

How will the project affect the neighborhood?

What about construction traffic, noise and detours?

What are the economic benefits of this construction project?

How will the project affect MetroHealth’s Level I Trauma Center?

Health care is changing rapidly. Won’t a new hospital become obsolete quickly?

 

What is the MetroHealth Transformation?

The MetroHealth System has embarked on an ambitious Transformation that includes a long-overdue reconstruction of our aging main campus. This is referred to as our “Campus Transformation.”

But that is just one part of a wider MetroHealth Transformation that will extend to every person and every corner of Cuyahoga County. In addition to the main campus construction, the Transformation includes:

  • An accessible countywide system with dozens of locations, near work, home and school.
  • A deliberate and proactive effort to develop and revitalize our neighborhood and transform it into the first hospital-led EcoDistrict in the world.
  • A health care model that improves the health of our community and has patients paying less to stay healthy instead of paying more to get better.

 

What’s included in the Campus Transformation project?

We are completely reimagining our 52-acre main campus on West 25th Street. The project includes a new hospital, outpatient plaza, garages and other buildings. Once complete, our main campus will offer 350 single-occupancy patient rooms. It will feature 25 acres of green space with a connection to the Metro Parks Towpath Trail, gardens, and walking paths for patients, visitors, staff and the community to enjoy. Detailed plans for the new campus will be unveiled in June 2018.

 

What will the new hospital look like?

Our team and our partners are working on the final design of the hospital. Detailed renderings are expected to be unveiled in June of 2018.

 

How much will it cost? Who’s paying for it?

The project is being financed by $946 million in hospital-revenue bonds that were sold in May 2017. No taxpayer money is being used.
A $100 million fundraising campaign by the MetroHealth Foundation will support the campus’ expanded green space and community programs.


What’s wrong with the current hospital? Why now? Why not remodel instead?

We looked into remodeling the existing hospital after a comprehensive systemwide facilities assessment study in 2011. The cost would have been about $1 billion, roughly the same price to build a new, modern hospital. Fixing up an aging hospital would be a lot like restoring an old car: It could operate, but it wouldn’t have the modern functions, features and safety of a new model.

 

What happens to the current hospital after the new one is built?

After the new hospital is completed and begins serving our community, most of the old hospital will be demolished.

 

What’s the timeline for the project?

See a complete timeline.

 

What about parking and public transportation?

Ample parking, convenient walkways and nearby bus stops on the new RTA MetroHealth Line will be an integral part of the Campus Transformation plan. All visitor and staff parking will be covered and will feature indoor walkways to buildings.

 

How will the project affect the neighborhood?

The Campus Transformation is part of a deliberate and proactive plan to revitalize our West 25th Street neighborhood and turn it into the first hospital-led EcoDistrict in the world. We know we are an anchor for our neighborhood, and we embrace that responsibility. MetroHealth has created the CCH Development Corp., a nonprofit that is accelerating this revitalization.

 

What about construction traffic, noise and detours?

Large construction projects will always create inconveniences, including road closures, detours and noise. We will do what we can to minimize these inconveniences and keep our neighbors informed.

 

What are the economic benefits of this construction project?

A report from Cleveland State’s Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs indicated that the project has the potential to support an $873.3 million benefit to Cuyahoga County and support up to 5,618 new jobs.

 

How will the project affect MetroHealth’s Level I Trauma Center?

Our renowned Trauma Center will remain in our Critical Care Pavilion, which was expanded in 2016. A connector from the CCP to the new hospital will be constructed. In other words, our extraordinary trauma care will continue, uninterrupted.

 

Health care is changing rapidly. Won’t a new hospital become obsolete quickly?

We are designing the new hospital to be as flexible as possible. The space inside our new buildings will include such adaptability as movable walls and portable equipment. We are going to be able to evolve right along with improving technology and health care.