University Hospitals, St. Vincent among four Ohio hospitals to get state money for projects, expanding services

4/17/2014

The Plain Dealer

By Angela Townsend, The Plain Dealer 

This article originally appeared at: http://blog.cleveland.com/health_impact/print.html?entry=/2014/04/university_hospitals_st_vincen.html 

 

The Proton Therapy Center at University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center and expanded geriatric psychiatry services at St. Vincent Charity Medical Center are among the projects and services that will receive a total of $2.4 billion in capital improvements approved last week by the Ohio legislature.

UH Seidman and St. Vincent each will receive $500,000.

First announced in 2011, the Proton Therapy Center will be the only one in Ohio when it opens in late 2015.

Situated in an 11,000-square-foot space - between UH Seidman and UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital - where part of the old emergency department once stood, the center will offer proton therapy to patients with hard-to-reach cancer tumors.

The treatment uses a powerful beam of protons that targets and matches treatment to the shape of a tumor, adjusting the range of the beam as needed.

Because radiation exposure to nearby healthy tissue is significantly decreased with proton therapy, the treatment is especially good for children and young adults.

The last time UH received capital funding was for the Seidman Cancer Center; the legislature targeted $10 million in the last two capital bills for the center, which cost $260 million and which opened in May 2011.

The Proton Therapy Center will cost $34.5 million and will be paid for with a mix of capital, bonds, internal funding from UH and private donations.

In its state capital request, UH highlighted 14 new full-time positions (including a radiation oncologist and senior physicist) that would be created; the employment of more than 350 people at the construction site; and the fact that the Proton Therapy Center would draw patients and families from Northeast Ohio and out of state.

“This $500,000 is a major catalyst,” Heidi Gartland, vice president of government relations at UH, said of the appropriation. “Every dollar that we can raise is another dollar to help us push forward.”

St. Vincent responds to demand for expanded psychiatric care

The $500,000 allocated to St. Vincent is for a planned expansion of its psychiatric services to include a separate unit dedicated to geriatric psychiatry, also known as geropsychiatry.

St. Vincent is one of only two hospitals in Ohio with a psychiatric emergency department. Three years ago, the hospital’s inpatient psychiatry unit typically had 10 patients at any given time. Today, that number is around 40, said St. Vincent CEO Dr. David Perse.

“We’re being stressed for capacity,” he said.

The result of a recently completed community health needs assessment showed a need for more psychiatric services for the elderly population – and an environment that is more conducive to treating those patients, he said.

“[Gerospychiatry] is unique care,” Perse said. “We don’t want individuals co-located with potentially violent or aggressive individuals.”

A space for the new unit has already been identified; the cost of bringing the space up to state requirements will cost around $1.5 million, said Perse, adding that he hopes the unit will be up and running by this fall.

Two other hospitals also received capital funding.

Summa Health System will receive $750,000 to renovate and upgrade simulation spaces at Summa Akron City Hospital and its Corporate Services Center in North Akron, and its Mobile Simulation Unit. Summa submitted the proposal with Northeast Ohio Medical University, its academic partner.

Dayton Children’s Hospital will receive $350,000 toward a planned $140 million expansion, which includes the construction of an eight-story Comprehensive Cancer Center Tower.


Media Contact

Rebecca L. Gallant

P: 216-696-8408

Media Resources view materials

Events see full calendar

Healthy Learners 25th anniversary celebration
In 2017, Healthy Learners is celebrating its 25th anniversary with a reception to be hosted in Columbia, South Carolina. This event is by invitation only. To learn more, please contact Joanne Jackson at Joanne.Jackson@healthylearners.com
8/30/2017 - 8/30/2017 »

The Big, Big, Really Big Toy Box Early Childhood Resource Center Fundraiser
The Early Childhood Resource Center is hosting an afternoon of family fun Sunday, September 24 at The Big, Big, REALLY BIG Toy Box fundraiser, which transforms the Canton Cultural Center for the Arts into a giant toy box. Children (ages 1-8) and their families can see their favorite characters come to life in the toy parade, and also participate in exciting family activities and interactive experiences.
9/24/2017 - 9/24/2017 »

CARITAS: A Celebration of St. Vincent Charity in Cleveland
Join St. Vincent Charity in the fight against addiction at its annual CARITAS fundraising event. This year's proceeds will be dedicated to the expansion of addiction treatment services at Rosary Hall.
10/13/2017 - 10/13/2017 »

Mercy Medical Center Harvest Ball
Mercy Service League's signature fundraising event, the Harvest Ball, is Saturday, October 21, at the Canton Memorial Civic Center with an evening of excitement, elegance and music—the area’s only gala featuring no auction, no wallet, and no program. Guests will be treated to an elaborate five-course gourmet dining experience, complimentary cocktails, full-service bar, delicious dessert confections and dancing.
10/21/2017 - 10/21/2017 »

Healthy Learners Champions for Children Golf Tournament
The 18th Annual Healthy Learners Champions for Children Golf Tournament in Memory of George Younginer is October 25, 2017, at the Fort Jackson Golf Club in Columbia, South Carolina. Join Healthy Learners for a perfect day of golf, food, entertainment, contests and prizes.
10/25/2017 - 10/25/2017 »

See Calendar of Events

Publications view publications

Blog Posts From

Sisters of Charity statement on the Ohio Senate possible veto override of Health Insuring Corporation Franchise Fee budget provision

The Sisters of Charity Health System strongly supports Governor Kasich’s veto of the Health Insuring Corporation Franchise Fee budget provision, which could be in jeopardy as the Ohio Senate returns to the Ohio Statehouse for a legislative session that starts today.[More]

tags: Sisters of Charity Health System, health care, Advocacy, Mercy Medical Center, St. Vincent Charity Medical Center

Catholic Community Connection to host annual symposium on servant leadership “Take Action, Inspire Growth, Build Community”

Catholic Community Connection is hosting its annual symposium on servant leadership October 6 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at John Carroll University, with a networking reception following the symposium. The symposium is designed to connect upcoming and seasoned professionals to cultivate servant leadership in personal and professional life.[More]

tags: Catholic Community ConnectionOutreach

Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina hosting poverty training to develop strategies for change

The Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina is hosting a leadership development opportunity, The Poverty Factor training, that is designed for all community members who want a deeper understanding of generational poverty and how it impacts the people they serve.[More]

tags: Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina, Foundations

St. Vincent Charity Medical Center to host addiction conference

In recognition of National Recovery Month and to help address the opioid crisis, St. Vincent Charity Medical Center is hosting its second annual addiction conference on Thursday, September 21. Addiction: Identification, Treatment and Community-Based Programs is a one-day conference featuring experts on addiction and those working on the front lines of the opiate epidemic.[More]

tags: St. Vincent Charity Medical Center, health care

Catholic Health World: Sisters of Charity foundation creates pipeline for philanthropic leadership

The Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina created the Philanthropy Leadership And Community Engagement (PLACE) Fellowship Program through a partnership with Columbia College in 2013. PLACE is a unique program designed to increase students’ awareness of the impact of philanthropy on community nonprofits. Catholic Health World recently published an article about the program.[More]

tags: Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina, Foundations