CINCINNATI, OH (Nov. 18, 2014) -- Mercy Health (formerly Catholic Health Partners) – a Catholic healthcare ministry serving Ohio and Kentucky –broke ground Tuesday on its new Cincinnati campus, to be located at 1701 Showcase Drive in Bond Hill.

The approximately 365,000-square-foot office space will include two connected buildings with a central common area. It will enable more than 1,000 employees currently working in Blue Ash, Springdale and Cincinnati to come together in one location to better support the Ministry’s markets, patients and HealthSpan members. An open-concept workspace will encourage collaboration and interaction, provide access to more natural light and enable flexibility as department needs change over time.

“Our new facility is an outward sign of Mercy Health’s evolution to one unified team, working together to improve the health of the communities we serve,” said Calvin T. Wright, chief resource officer, Mercy Health. “Our partnership with the City of Cincinnati, the Port Authority, the Bond Hill community and a host of local vendors and supporters has formed a firm foundation not only for this project, but for the growth and vitality of the community.”

The ceremonial event featured performers from Bond Hill’s St. Aloysius and Woodward Career and Technical High School, as well as choir members from Corinthian Baptist Church. Mercy Health President and CEO Michael Connelly joined Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley, Bond Hill Neighborhood Association President and Pastor Jerry Culbreth, Corinthian Baptist Church Senior Pastor KZ Smith, Mercy Health – Cincinnati President and CEO Yousuf Ahmad, Mercy Health Executive Vice President and Chief Transformation Officer Jane Durney Crowley and Sr. Kathy Green, Mercy Health senior vice president of Mission & Values Integration in the official groundbreaking.

“We’re happy to join with Mercy Health to build its Cincinnati campus in Bond Hill, in the city of Cincinnati,” said Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley. “Mercy Health is growing. Its hospitals, health centers and other points of care around the region make us healthier and more productive, and make Cincinnati a better place to live. We are happy Mercy Health is here, making lives better – mind, body and spirit.”

The new Mercy Health facility is expected to open in the second quarter of 2016.