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The New Atrium Medical Center Begins Six-Month Countdown to Opening

Construction remains on schedule for December 9 opening

Friday, June 8, 2007 – Saturday, June 9, marks the six-month countdown to the official opening for Atrium Medial Center, the centerpiece of 190-acre Premier Health Campus – Middletown. With more than 450 workers on site, construction remains on schedule for the December 9 opening. A public grand opening event is planned for Sunday, November 11, from 1 to 5 p.m.

“The progress we’re making on this project continues to be amazing,” said Douglas W. McNeill, president and CEO of Middletown Regional Health System. “We’re moving ever closer to realizing our vision of a state-of-the-art medical center at the heart of a vibrant and innovative health and technology campus. Together with a number of community partners, Premier Health Campus – Middletown soon will realize this vision which will usher in a new era of health care sophistication and access for southwest Ohio residents.”

Since breaking ground on June 8, 2005, Premier Health Campus – Middletown has undergone a tremendous transformation. What started with bulldozers, dump trucks and other earth movers has turned into a full-scale campus with four buildings currently under construction. At the heart of the campus, the five-story, 250-bed Atrium Medical Center with all-private rooms is now 80 percent complete.

Also under construction are the professional building, cancer center and behavioral health pavilion, which are attached to Atrium Medical Center. Five other campus buildings are yet to come. Construction is expected to begin this month on two of these buildings – Dayton Children’s Specialty Care Center and the Ann and Arthur W. Bidwell Surgery Center (outpatient surgery). Later this year, construction will begin on a campus YMCA and a senior housing community. Groundbreaking for Greentree Health Science Academy will occur after the campus opens.

Atrium Medical Center

Construction in several areas of the building is nearing completion, including final paint and flooring. This includes much of the ground, first, second and third floors. Some equipment – including headwalls (built-in wall system at the head of patient beds containing connections for oxygen and power outlets for medical equipment) and booms for surgical suites – (maneuverable robot-like arms extending from the ceiling that hold patient monitoring equipment) is now in place.

Other equipment installed, or being installed, includes a pneumatic tube system, modular casework for the lab and pharmacy, mobile shelving and QuikPick (gravity-fed shelving system) in the pharmacy and walk-in coolers in the lab. Meanwhile, interior and exterior signage and wayfinding are being finalized and initial landscaping is being installed. Foremost, detailed planning is well underway for the monumental move of equipment, furniture, artwork and staff, culminating with the December 9 move of patients.

Professional Building

The major steel and concrete structures are in place for the five-story, 111,000 square-foot professional building. Exterior framing and brick work are underway, to be followed by window installation. Interior buildout will come later in the year.

Cancer Center

The exterior of the two-story, 43,000 square-foot cancer center is 85 percent complete. Interior work is progressing, with first-floor painting underway and drywall being installed on the second floor.

Behavioral Health Pavilion

Work is progressing on the one-story, 29,000 square-foot behavioral health pavilion. The steel structure is in place, the roof deck has been poured and work will begin soon on installing the roof and exterior framing.