HealthSource of Ohio, a not-for-profit primary care organization headquartered in Miami Twp., announced an expansion of its health care services in New Richmond. The company plans to build a new, 10,000-square-foot multi-million dollar facility to provide primary and acute care. The facility is scheduled to open in 2008 and will provide space for five doctors and support staff. The New Richmond Family Practice has served the community for 27 years, and demand has grown in recent years as new residents move to the area. HealthSource of Ohio recently kicked off a capital campaign for construction of the new facility.

Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and University Hospital plan to establish a joint cancer center that will integrate services for children and adults.

The strategic partnership will encourage increased research and attract leading physicians and scientists to Cincinnati.
“We are good at what we do — but we can do more for our current patients and the entire community by working together,” says Dr. Arnold Strauss, chair of pediatrics at UC and director of the Cincinnati Children’s Research Foundation.

The founding institutions have committed up to $60 million for the project during the next five years. Cincinnati Children’s will put $30 million toward the center, matching a combined $20 million from UC’s Academic Health Center and College of Medicine and $10 million from University Hospital. In addition, UC is committed to raising as much as $200 million for the joint cancer center.
The money will be used to build and upgrade facilities and new clinical programs, attract leading physicians and scientists and speed research to improve diagnosis and treatment of cancer patients.

According to the American Cancer Society, more than 4.5 million Ohioans are living with cancer, and the state is ranked among the top 25 percent for cancer deaths.

A formal name for the center has not yet been determined. It will be led by a board of seven individuals representing the founding organizations. A community board also will be named in the near future.

A new GSI Commerce Inc. distribution center is up and running in Richwood. The multi-million dollar 540,000-square-foot facility center can ship and receive more than 110,000 units per day and created more than 1,000 jobs. The center was designed and implemented by AHS Inc., a Cincinnati-based full-service provider of materials handling solutions.

Kentucky will see substantial returns if Vision 2015’s goal of 50,000 new jobs is realized, according to a new study commissioned by Northern Kentucky University. The study projects that the jobs could create $2.8 billion in new wages and $270 million in new tax revenue annually. Northern Kentucky Tri-ED and NKU have been working to develop strategies to create the jobs, including assessing the talent force necessary to create primary industry jobs and aligning academic and applied research programs to support them.

Shawnda Combs, former information coordinator for the Butler County Department of Economic Development, was promoted to the new position of Butler County economic development manager. Combs has an extensive background in economic development and information technology. Before joining the economic development department, she served as information coordinator for the Middletown Economic Development Corp. and coordinator of fundraising events for both Butler County MRDD and the Cincinnati Area Red Cross.

Hundreds of young professionals and business leaders gathered at the Duke Energy Center downtown for BoldFusion, Cincinnati USA’s 4th Annual Young Professional Summit. Carol Coletta, president and CEO of CEOs for Cities and host and producer of the nationally syndicated public radio show Smart City, was keynote speaker. The event officially launched Cincinnati USA’s Agenda 360, a comprehensive action plan to align the region and its leaders with a common set of strategies for the city’s evolution.

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