Project category: New construction (completed December 2004)

Chief administrator: Larry Anstine, Chief Executive Officer, (614) 293-9701

Firm: DesignGroup, (614) 255-0515

Design team: Elliott Bonnie, Project Designer (DesignGroup); Frank Nemeth, Senior Designer (Hammel, Green and Abrahamson, Inc. [HGA]); Brian Kinzelman, Principal (Kinzelman/Kline, Inc.); Jerry Petric, Project Manager (Korda/Nemeth Engineering, Inc.); Jackie Johnson, President (Corazon Consulting)

Photography: ©2005 Brad Feinknopf; DesignGroup

Total building area (sq. ft.): 227,000

Construction cost/sq. ft.: $225

Total construction cost (excluding land): $51,075,000

The Ohio State University Richard M. Ross Heart Hospital is a dedicated heart hospital located at The Ohio State University Medical Center. The hospital houses the full complement of cardiovascular services in one building focused entirely on heart care, featuring an ambulatory care center with physician day offices, noninvasive testing, seven invasive labs, six operating rooms, and 90 private universal patient rooms. The result is a whole new image, entry approach, and focus for the medical campus, utilizing the latest cardiac technology and a patient experience second to none.

The atrium, a signature showpiece of the hospital, welcomes patients and their families with its warm light and immediate access to elevators and waiting areas—essential to putting patients at ease in a hospital setting. The patient rooms are designed to be versatile and can adapt to variable acuity levels. The Medical Center is designed for overall flexibility to accommodate larger, more advanced technology in the future. Long-term plans have been addressed with the design of the facility to accommodate two additional patient floors and a logical, lateral expansion of the clinical cores to the north and west.

The true success of the project stemmed early from critical planning and communication among all of the team members involved. The team worked hand in hand to ensure the goals of the Medical Center were achieved and were instrumental in making the Medical Center's vision for a patient-focused, specialized heart hospital a reality.