The Christ Hospital Health Network is continuing to expand its footprint in Northern Kentucky.

The Christ Hospital Health Network, which opened its first Northern Kentucky outpatient center in Fort Wright in 2012, will become the anchor tenant for a new multi-million-dollar mixed-use development planned by Brandicorp for the landmark Drawbridge Inn property at Interstate 71 and 75 and Buttermilk Pike in Fort Mitchell.

Details for the project are still being completed, but The Christ Hospital Health Network will occupy a 75,000-square-foot medical office building on the property. A construction start date hasn’t been announced.

“The former Drawbridge Inn site presents an exceptional opportunity for us to expand our presence in Northern Kentucky and provide more choice and access for consumers,” says Mike Keating, president and CEO of The Christ Hospital Health Network.

“Having The Christ Hospital Health Network serve as the anchor tenant for this site is a tremendous jump start to the project,” says Mike Brandy, Brandicorp president and CEO.

The Bellevue-based Brandicorp has nearly 30 years of real estate development experience in Greater Cincinnati.

Currently, The Christ Hospital Health Network says it is committed to its outpatient center at 1955 Dixie Highway, Fort Wright.

“Our reception in the community has been incredible. Patients and their families tell us how much they appreciate being able to access our network of care in Northern Kentucky and that we provide a differentiated experience to them,” says Vic DiPilla, chief business development officer at The Christ Hospital Health Network.

Services offered at the Fort Wright outpatient center include: primary care, cardiovascular care, diabetes and endocrinology, foot and ankle clinic, gynecology, orthopedics and sports medicine, urology, urogynecology and pelvic floor medicine, wound healing, pre-surgery testing, and imaging.

In an interview with Cincy Magazine, DiPilla outlined three factors fueling the growth of Northern Kentucky health care facilities.

“One is the growing population in Northern Kentucky, especially Boone County, which is the fastest growing county in Kentucky,” he says. Boone County’s population is expected to increase 14 percent by 2015 and another 14 percent between 2015 and 2020 to 153,933. “That means a need for services for a growing population,” he says.

Additionally, he says, “Consumers like the idea of having choice. That’s one way to access the highest quality care.

“And third, with health care reform the idea is to have an integrated system with outpatient facilities for your population to minimize readmission rates and unnecessary admissions. It’s all about how you keep people aligned with your system and maintain quality programs.”

The Christ Hospital Physicians also offer hematology and oncology, obstetrics and gynecology, and certified nurse midwives services in Crestview Hills and primary care in Fort Mitchell.