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Developers Expect to Complete OSU Cancer Hospital Next Year

COLUMBUS (Lu Ann Stoia/Ken Hines) -- Completion of OSU's new James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute is approximately a year away, according to developers.

When completed, the facility will be the third largest hospital in the United States, with 21 stories and approximately 276 single rooms, meeting the needs of an ever-increasing number of people who are diagnosed with cancer. 

The $1.1 billion hospital is the largest expansion project in the state of Ohio. 

The finished hospital will be four times larger than the current James facility. Planning for the project began in September, 2002, and construction started in August, 2010.

Dr. David Schuller, Vice President of Medical Center Expansion and Outreach, said the new hospital will leverage the depth of the nations largest public university to create a new vision for the prevention, treatment, and cure of cancer. 

We are on time and on budget, Schuller said. We are transforming our medical center from a place where people come when they are ill, to a place where they prevent illness and have an emphasis on health and wellness.

The hospital's rooms will be designed with natural light to promote a comfortable atmosphere.  The facility will include an outdoor terrace, and even a mini-oval outside the hospital that will enable patients to enjoy the outdoors.

All patient rooms have at least one window, and some include a view of the OSU football stadium.   

The hallways are divided into small neighborhoods of rooms that provide a supporting and healing environment," Schuller said. "This design makes it easy for health care professionals to communicate. 

The hospital will also feature facilities on every floor that will enable researchers to closely monitor the progress of clinical trials.

We intend for this to be the last cancer hospital OSU will ever build.  We want to make cancer a controllable disease, and we are rounding third and heading home, Schuller said. 

Staff members said patients will come first at the new James, and everything possible will be done to help those fighting for their lives.
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