Cincinnati Children's to build Northern Kentucky primary care site in Union, Boone County

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This rendering of Union Promenade, a mixed-use development in Union, Boone County, was provided to The Enquirer in 2021. Cincinnati Children's announced it will have a primary pediatric care building at the Northern Kentucky site with additional services for children. The hospital system expects to begin to see kids in 2024.
This rendering of Union Promenade, a mixed-use development in Union, Boone County, was provided to The Enquirer in 2021. Cincinnati Children's announced it will have a primary pediatric care building at the Northern Kentucky site with additional services for children. The hospital system expects to begin to see kids in 2024.

Northern Kentucky parents will have new access for their children to Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center primary pediatric care in about two years at the Union Promenade development in Boone County.

Cincinnati Children's announced plans Monday morning for a multimillion-dollar building in Boone County's Union that also will include integrated behavioral health counselors and a lab to speed test results. The medical center will also use the new location to improve access to specialty care, which will involve building space designed to accommodate different types of clinics.

“We’re making this investment so that the children of Northern Kentucky can receive world-class healthcare even closer to their homes,” said Dr. Steve Davis, Cincinnati Children’s president and CEO, in a news release. “While the focus will be on primary care, we will also offer a variety of subspecialty care options.”

The new medical building, planned at about 25,000 square feet with space available for expansion, will be on about six acres at Union Promenade, a mixed-use development under construction on U.S. 42. The city's officials have said the location will be a "city focal point." 

Cincinnati Children's expects to invest more than $10 million, including the purchase of the acreage from developers of Union Promenade. The developer is 9541 US 42 LLC,  which is a joint venture between two Cincinnati-based developers, the Meierjohan Building Group and Thomas J. Ackermann Co.

Construction of the Cincinnati Children's site is expected to get underway in 2023, hospital officials said, and the practice, Cincinnati Children’s Union Primary Care, will start to start seeing patients in 2024.

Union Promenade is a nearly 62-acre site that's expected to include a walkable commercial district of office space, retail shops and restaurants, along with single-family and multifamily homes.

“Cincinnati Children’s will be an important part of Union Promenade, enabling families with children to receive the highest-quality medical care right in our own community,” Mayor Larry Solomon said in a statement.

T.J. Ackermann, president and CEO of Thomas J. Ackermann Co. Inc. and co-developer of Union Promenade with Ralph Meierjohan of Meierjohan Building Group, noted that Cincinnati Children’s is ranked as the No.1 pediatric hospital in the Midwest (including Kentucky) and among the top three in the nation by U.S. News & World Report magazine.

“We believe that having this Cincinnati Children’s medical building as the anchor of Union Promenade will greatly enhance the quality of life for residents of the city of Union and the rest of Boone County, as well as all of Northern Kentucky,” Ackermann said.

This article originally appeared on Cincinnati Enquirer: Cincinnati Children's to build primary care site in Northern Kentucky