Ohio hospital prepares for major expansion

CINCINNATI (AP) — A Cincinnati hospital is preparing to break ground as early as this summer on an expansion that is part of a $400 million building boom.

The Cincinnati Enquirer (http://cin.ci/TYmbWn ) reports that a multi-million dollar expansion of Jewish Hospital will remake its suburban Cincinnati campus with a new five-story patient tower and expanded services for intensive care, heart and cancer treatments.

Mercy Health acquired Jewish Hospital in 2010 and its expansion is part of Mercy's building boom to gain market share in competition with the region's other large health care systems. The other large regional competitors are TriHealth, UC Health and St. Elizabeth Healthcare.

The four systems have spent hundreds of millions of dollars on upgrades and expansions in recent years.

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Information from: The Cincinnati Enquirer, http://www.enquirer.com

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