CINCINNATI - Catholic Health Partners, the largest health system in Ohio, is moving 1,000 workers from four city locations into a new campus to be built in Bond Hill at the vacant former Showcase Cinemas site off the Norwood Lateral.
CHP, which operates Mercy Health in Greater Cincinnati, is the state's fourth largest employer with more than 31,000 in Ohio and Kentucky.
The city considers it a win-win because it keeps those workers (CHP also considered a site in Norwood) and it expects the new campus to help efforts to revitalize Bond Hill.
The city clinched the deal by offering capital investment incentives that must be approved by City Council.
The new location is expected to be completed by the second quarter of 2016. The 350,000-square workplace will consist of one or two buildings and have ample parking, CHP said.
A study found that CHP's 22 hospitals in Ohio and its dozens of physician groups, nursing homes and outpatient centers across the state had a total economic impact of $8.95 billion in 2011.
"We are excited about coming together on one campus because this ultimately will help us provide better care for our patients at Mercy Health and our other healthcare ministries throughout Ohio and Kentucky,” said Michael Connelly, CHP president and CEO.
CHP will move out of the headquarters at 615 Elsinore Place in Pendleton and Mercy Health-Blue Ash Regional Office at 4600 McAuley Place. Other CHP employees work in a partnership with HealthSpan at 225 Pictoria Drive in Springdale and HealthSpan Partners Consulting in Kenwood.
The site selection still requires a successful lease and property negotiations as well as internal approvals. Final approvals are expected to take several months, CHP said.