Cincinnati Children’s Hospital to leave Oak campus and relocate employees

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Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center will vacate the Oak Building in Avondale by the end of June, bringing nearly 20 years of medical research to the site and moving 150 staff to nearby sites.

The Oak Building, the Oak Professional Building at 620 Oak St., a nearby utility building, and the already closed June Street Garage, collectively called Oak Campus, will be demolished, officials said.

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No timeline has been set for the demolition. Future use of the 6 acres – along Interstate 71 and adjacent to the Uptown Innovation Corridor developed by the University of Cincinnati and others at the intersection of Martin Luther King Drive and I-71 – has not yet been decided.

The Oak Building was formerly the site of Bethesda Oak Hospital, which opened in 1926 and closed in 2000. The location was later acquired by Cincinnati Children’s.

Hospital officials announced the move Tuesday morning, saying the aging Oak Building was no longer profitable to operate.

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“While the Oak Building has served its purpose for the past 20 years, we look forward to welcoming these employees to nearby locations operated by the medical center,” said Dr. Evaline Alessandrini, Chief Operating Officer of Cincinnati Children’s, in a statement. “Given the critical nature of our academic mission, we have worked closely with our research teams to minimize or eliminate disruptions to their work.”

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The Oak Building is the location of the Gamble Vaccine Research Center, which has been at the forefront of clinical evaluation and research of COVID-19 vaccines for adults and children. The center has 65 researchers and is currently home to clinical trials involving approximately 3,500 volunteer participants. His outpatient studies will be transferred to the Schubert Research Clinic on the first floor of the Burnet Campus Clinical Sciences Building. His night studies will be moved to the Academy building on Reading Road, officials said.

Cincinnati Children’s has these plans for its other Oak Building-based research centers:

  • The Specialty Clinical Studies Laboratory will move to Location R of the Burnet Campus. It provides laboratory tests to support clinical trials or investigations related to infectious diseases.
  • The Discover Together Biobank will move to Vernon Place. The BioBank houses research samples such as blood and related information. Researchers work with the samples to find treatments or cures for diseases.

  • The Simulation and Research Center will move to Vernon Place. It provides training opportunities for health professionals and medical students, carers and patients. On average, the center offers 13,000 learning experiences per year.

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