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Why the Need for University Hospitals Ahuja Medical Center?

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Alan M. Hirsh, MD, Chief Medical Officer for UH Ahuja Medical Center welcomes you to our new hospital.

  • Despite an aging population, many Northeast Ohio communities, particularly those in eastern suburbs, have lacked convenient access to specialized medical services, including inpatient and outpatient services, in an easily accessible, state-of-the-art facility designed around the needs of patients and families.
  • The realities of a growing aging population necessitate increased and enhanced medical and surgical care, as well as emergency services for children and adults.
  • To ensure a continuum of advanced care, services must be fully integrated and offered in a patient-centered, healing environment promoting comfort and confidence.
  • Physicians need an easily accessible, advanced medical facility providing the opportunity for inpatient and outpatient services for their patients.

UH Ahuja Medical Center Features

  • UH Ahuja Medical Center is situated on a 53-acre campus near the intersection of I-271 and Harvard Road at Chagrin Highlands in Beachwood. The site offers convenient access from Cleveland’s eastern and southeastern communities, as well as Lake and Summit counties.
  • UH Ahuja Medical Center is named in honor of UH Board Chairman Monte Ahuja, his wife Usha, and their family, recognizing their extraordinary philanthropic leadership in support of Vision 2010.
  • Phase one of the UH Ahuja Medical Center project includes a 144-bed, seven-story hospital and 60,000-square-foot medical office building for a combined 432,000 square feet. Its flexible design will allow two additional towers for a total of 600 beds.
  • The care available at UH Ahuja Medical Center creates a vital link to tertiary care services offered at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center. The hospital offers a concierge model of care.
  • UH Ahuja Medical Center provides a safe, supportive work environment with optimal ergonomic and operational efficiencies, including a “footstep-sensitive” design. The building’s shape, including its curved hallways, help decrease the distances nurses need to travel and patients need to be transported.
  • Since nurses spend more time with patients than any other caregiver, the structure and design of nursing stations and medical dispensation facilities are critical to the patient experience. Increased lines of sight to all rooms from nursing stations provide increased patient monitoring and less walk-time for nurses.
  • The large number of independent and UH-employed primary care physicians and specialists practicing in the surrounding area now have access to an innovative medical facility that meets their patients’ needs.

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