June 8, 2017
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.
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
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
“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.
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