Dayton Children's Hospital today announced a $140 million expansion at its near-downtown campus that will include a new eight-story, 260,000-square-foot patient tower.

Dayton Children’s Hospital today announced a $140 million expansion at its near-downtown campus that will include a new eight-story, 260,000-square-foot patient tower.

Construction, which will be led by Danis Building Construction Co., is expected to begin early next year, according to hospital officials. The tower and a new central utilities plant will be completed sometime in 2017.

FKP Architects, a nationally recognized pediatric hospital architectural firm, will lead design and planning for the development, but the layout of the project has not yet been determined.

The hospital’s board of trustees only recently approved the long-range facility and campus renewal plan to address aging facilities approaching “the end of useful life for the delivery of clinical care,” according to a press release.

About 70 percent of the hospital’s facilities just off Valley Street at 1 Children’s Plaza have been around for more than 35 years.

“New spaces are needed to provide critical services well into the future,” said Dayton Children’s President and CEO Deborah Feldman. “This is a great milestone on our path to a vibrant, world-class pediatric care facility.”

The new facilities, which are the result of a nearly nine-month assessment and planning processes, will accommodate the latest research findings for delivery of comprehensive care to kids with cancer and to critically-ill newborns.

The hospital is counting on charitable contributions to help finance the project.

Dayton Children’s Hospital

Established 1920

CEO and President Deborah A. Feldman

155 beds, including 41 NICU and 16 PICU beds

Annual patient encounters: 290,000

Annual revenue: $212.3 million

Operating expenses: $183 million

Percentage of annual operating revenue from Medicaid: 53.1

Percentage of annual operating revenue from commercial insurance: 39

Counties served: 20 in Ohio and Indiana

Staffing: 1,517 FTEs, including 251 staff physicians and 49 medical residents

Recognized subspecialties: Accredited cancer care program, verified level II regional pediatric trauma and emergency program, Level III B NICU, pediatric intensive care unit, regional treatment center for cystic fibrosis, hemophilia and sickle cell, accredited pediatric sleep center, home to the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine’s Department of Pediatrics, shares the nation’s only civilian-military integrated pediatric training program with the United States Air Force.

Source: Dayton Children’s annual report

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