TriHealth Announces Landmark $100 Million Multi-Year Investment in World-Class Cancer Care Capabilities

June 8, 2017

Bethesda North Comprehensive Cancer Care Center

TriHealth announced a landmark $100 million, multi-year investment to expand and enhance its nationally acclaimed cancer care capabilities throughout the greater Cincinnati region – starting with an immediate $62 million investment in a new Comprehensive Cancer Care Center on the Bethesda North Hospital Campus. This investment builds on the nearly $25 million spent in recent years to expand and modernize cancer care facilities and technology at Good Samaritan Hospital, as well as its Kenwood and Anderson ambulatory campuses.

The new, four-story, 80,000-square foot Comprehensive Cancer Care Center will serve as a regional center of excellence and “one stop” destination for the most advanced cancer care services available to heal the whole person – physically, mentally and spiritually.  It will bring traditional radiation, surgical and medical oncology treatment services together with the full range of new and innovative specialized outpatient cancer therapies, such as precision medicine, along with access to cutting-edge research, clinical trials and investigational treatment protocols.  As importantly, patients and their families will have access to a variety of holistic and supportive human services, including nutrition, genetic counseling, cancer survivorship programs, care navigation and a range of social services to help them on a personal level through their cancer journey. Patients will consistently experience the highest quality treatment and optimal clinical outcomes for all types of cancer, provided in a trusted, compassionate environment that fosters healing, hope and new beginnings – all without having to leave the area or travel to multiple facilities.

“Cancer touches virtually every family and TriHealth serves more cancer patients than any other health system in the region – including my mom nearly 20 years ago,” said Mark C. Clement, TriHealth President & CEO.  “The incidence of cancer diagnoses continues to grow, and the investments we are announcing today will ensure TriHealth has the capacity and capabilities to provide all those in need with access to the best care anywhere – not just in Cincinnati, but anywhere in the world.”

TriHealth Receives Largest Individual Gift Ever to Develop New Comprehensive Cancer Care Center

The funding for the construction of the Comprehensive Cancer Care Center is being bolstered by an historic gift to the Bethesda Foundation of $10 million from long-time Bethesda North Hospital supporters, Harold M. and Eugenia S. Thomas.  The gift is the single largest ever to the Bethesda Foundation or any of TriHealth’s six hospitals, and is believed to be the single largest individual gift to a community hospital in Cincinnati.  In recognition and appreciation of this significant contribution, the Center will be named the Harold M. and Eugenia S. Thomas Comprehensive Cancer Care Center.

“We are beyond grateful to Harold and Eugenia for this unprecedented gift, which is a tribute to the exceptional quality of our Bethesda North and TriHealth physicians, staff, facilities and services – and serves as a profound and public endorsement of TriHealth’s cancer care leadership in our region,” said Clement.

Over the last several years, the Thomas family has generously supported a number of Bethesda North initiatives, including the creation of the Mary Jo Cropper Family Center for Breast Care, which will be relocated to the new Comprehensive Cancer Care Center; renovations of the Bethesda North Hospital Special Care Nursery and the Labor & Delivery wing; construction of the Geriatric Emergency Department; and renovations at Hospice of Cincinnati.

“The medical staff and the care that my family has received at Bethesda North have made a true difference in our lives,” said Harold M. Thomas. “We believe this gift is another important step in continuing the tradition of quality patient care and outstanding facilities that we, and so many others, have long associated with Bethesda North Hospital.”

“The Thomas Family’s commitment to the community and to Bethesda North and Hospice of Cincinnati has made it possible for thousands of other patients and their families to benefit from outstanding care,” said Andy Swallow, President and CEO of Bethesda Foundation. “Their example is a guiding light to others who share their passion for making a true difference at Bethesda North and in our community."

Once zoning approvals are secured through the city of Montgomery, TriHealth will begin construction immediately on the Harold M. and Eugenia S. Thomas Comprehensive Cancer Care Center, with plans to open its doors by early 2019.  Approximately 125 employees will work in the new facility, with more than 40 new jobs expected to be added.

TriHealth will invest the balance of the planned $100 million – nearly $40 million – to enhance and expand cancer care treatment services, facilities and technology at the Western Ridge and Arrow Springs ambulatory campuses, and the Bethesda Butler Hospital.

Last Updated: June 9, 2017