Hillcrest Hospital Opens Jane&Lee Seidman Tower

Expansion and Renovation Includes New Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, 72 Private Rooms and Increased Emergency Department and Operating Room Capacity


Hillcrest Hospital today opened the new Jane and Lee Seidman Tower, completing a $163 million expansion and renovation that will add to the unprecedented care community members on the East Side receive from the long-standing hospital.

For 42 years, Hillcrest has provided residents with all of their healthcare needs and this expansion and renovation positions the hospital as one of the most technologically advanced and patient-friendly hospitals in the region. The upgrade in technology will continue to position the hospital to attract and retain a highly qualified medical staff and offer patients the best care possible.

“Hillcrest Hospital has been a leader in healthcare for more than 40 years,” said Hillcrest Hospital President Jeffrey A. Leimgruber, FACHE. “This expansion and renovation is a testament of our commitment to our community and those we serve. This project enables our doctors, nurses and other caregivers to enhance both the patient experience and the level of care we provide.”

The six-story Jane and Lee Seidman Tower adds 72 beds, increasing the hospital’s total to 496. This expansion has created 75 new jobs with the potential for additional job creation in the future depending on volume and growth.

The top three floors of the Jane and Lee Seidman Tower are general medical and surgical units and feature all private rooms with large windows. The rooms have storage cabinets that can be accessed from the hallway, which reduces noise and helps provide a calm environment for patients as they heal. Corner rooms on these floors are designed for bariatric patients with wider doorways and specially designed beds.

The Seidman Tower’s second floor is home to the new Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Hillcrest Hospital, which has been elevated from Level II and provides the ability to care for extremely premature and low birth weight infants. It’s the only Level III NICU in the eastern suburbs and will serve babies born as early as 22 weeks.

The NICU has 24 private rooms for babies and new features include a family room and kitchen area with WiFi access and two suites to accommodate families overnight.

Nurse charting areas outside the private rooms allow nurses to monitor two babies at a time. The unit was designed to allow for plenty of light, and has visitor controls, sound-absorbing floors, and no overhead paging to provide a nurturing environment.

Another feature of Hillcrest’s renovation is an Emergency Department that has been expanded from 10,000 to 40,000 square feet and redesigned with private rooms. It has the only 24-hour pediatric Emergency Department at an east-side regional hospital.

The Emergency Department is equipped to accommodate 68,000 visits per year and houses specialized services such as a certified Chest Pain Center and a Stroke Center.

A unique feature of the Emergency Department is a new concept which involves keeping patients who are non-critical moving through the department. Those patients are sent to an intake room where they are assessed by a nurse and seen by a doctor. This process, known as a split-flow, separates critical and non-critical patients, allowing those who are less urgent to be seen more quickly and freeing up space for those who have a severe injury or illness.

“Hillcrest’s expansion is an important part of Cleveland Clinic’s strategy to serve the healthcare needs of Northeast Ohio,” said Cleveland Clinic CEO and President Delos M. “Toby” Cosgrove, MD. “This project enables Hillcrest to provide the best setting for patients to heal and equips our doctors and nurses with the latest technology to provide the highest quality care.”

Other new features at Hillcrest include:

  • Nine new operating rooms, bringing the total at Hillcrest to 22.
  • A new perioperative unit that combines the care provided before, during and after surgery into one area.
  • Easier access to parking and a design that helps patients navigate through the hospital.

Jane H. and Lee G. Seidman, lifelong residents of Cleveland, pledged $6 million to help fund the new patient tower. Six of the Seidmans’ nine grandchildren were born at Hillcrest Hospital. The family has now pledged $23 million to the Cleveland Clinic health system.

The Jane and Lee Seidman Tower is built for sustainability, and Hillcrest is pursuing a Silver Star LEED (Leadership in Environmental Energy and Design) designation from the U.S. Green Building Council. Westlake Reed Leskosky of Cleveland served as the architect for the project and The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company of Cleveland was the construction manager.

“This beautiful expansion and renovation of Hillcrest Hospital helps us offer the best patient experience possible in one of the most technologically advanced hospitals in our region,” said David Bronson, MD, FACP, President of Cleveland Clinic Regional Hospitals. “These enhancements will help us to better serve our patients with the most sophisticated and compassionate care that only a Cleveland Clinic regional hospital can provide.”

About Cleveland Clinic

Cleveland Clinic, located in Cleveland, Ohio, is a not-for-profit multispecialty academic medical center that integrates clinical and hospital care with research and education. Cleveland Clinic was founded in 1921 by four renowned physicians with a vision of providing outstanding patient care based upon the principles of cooperation, compassion and innovation. U.S. News & World Report consistently names Cleveland Clinic as one of the nation’s best hospitals in its annual “America’s Best Hospitals” survey. About 2,000 full-time salaried physicians and researchers and 7,600 nurses at Cleveland Clinic represent more than 100 medical specialties and subspecialties. In addition to its main campus, Cleveland Clinic operates nine regional hospitals in Northeast Ohio, Cleveland Clinic Florida, the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas and Cleveland Clinic Canada. In 2008, there were more than 4.2 million visits throughout the Cleveland Clinic health system and 165,000 hospital admissions. Patients came for treatment from every state and from more than 80 countries. Visit Cleveland Clinic at clevelandclinic.org.

About Hillcrest Hospital

An 11-time 100 Top Hospital winner, Hillcrest Hospital is a full-service 496-bed hospital that serves the medical needs of Mayfield Heights and the surrounding communities including Lake and Geauga counties. Hillcrest’s Centers of Excellence include cardiovascular, cancer, imaging, orthopedics, neurology, women and children’s services, pain management, digestive health, neonatal intensive care and pediatric emergency care.

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