Columbus Children’s Hospital will be hosting public meetings to gather community input on future expansion plans for its downtown campus. The “Children’s 2012” public open houses will be held Tuesdays, August 7 and 21, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Columbus Public Health Department, 240 Parsons Ave., second floor auditorium. A brief formal program will begin at 7pm at each of the meetings. Free parking is available behind the building.
In 2005, Children’s announced plans for an expansion effort that would add more than one million square feet of new facilities to the downtown campus. These included a new main hospital building and clinical building, parking garage, new energy plant and a third research building. These campus improvements will increase available beds and services at Children’s as well as expanding research and the hospital’s education and teaching programs.
Children’s Hospital is in the process of modifying its facilities Master Plan as a result of three recent events.
• Growing demand for patient and emergency room use. Children’s anticipates serving one million patients by 2012. It currently serves approximately 700,000 patients. Patient growth has surged 71% in five years.
• New 70/71 interstate reconfiguration that will result in a new interchange being built at Parsons Avenue and the subsequent closing of the 18th street exit.
• Recent acquisition of property on the West side of Parsons which will allow Children’s to expand westward
During the community open houses, Children’s will share details about future plans and ask for feedback on its 2012 Campus Vision including its re-orientation of the hospital toward Parsons Avenue; the opportunity to make Parsons a gateway to the south side of Columbus; the addition of more green space; how to manage its residential properties in a way that is consistent with community goals; how to connect the west to the main campus; and how to improve safety, traffic flow and walkability of Livingston Avenue.
“We share with our neighbors a common commitment for a vibrant residential and commercial district in Southeast Columbus,” said Children’s CEO Steve Allen, MD. “We are hosting these meetings to join with our community in exploring opportunities to improve and enhance where we work and live.”
Persons interested in attending one of the public meetings may call 614-722-2695 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP.