Big things are happening to health care in Butler and Warren counties this year.

One of the biggest occurs this summer with the arrival of the 90-ton cyclotron, the heart of the new proton therapy center at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center Liberty Campus on Yankee Road. 

The Proton Therapy Center, one of only two owned by a pediatric medical center, will deliver the most advanced and precise radiation treatment of cancers in children when it comes online in the winter of 2016-17, Children’s says.

The $120 million-plus investment in the Proton Therapy Center represents the lion’s share of a more than $160 million investment by Children’s in the Liberty campus, which also includes the opening in August of a new fourth floor with 30 added inpatient beds, for a total of 42. Children’s says the expanded Liberty campus also will have a full-service cafeteria, inpatient and outpatient pharmacies, a blood bank, and larger rooms in addition to the urgent care services added last year.

It’s just the largest of a number of health care projects either under way or nearing completion in the region.

In August, Atrium Medical Center, part of the Premier Health network, is expected to open its new Wound Care Center and Hyperbaric Services at its Middletown campus in partnership with Healogics Inc. Earlier this year, Atrium Medical Center opened an $11.5 million, 12-bed emergency care center in Mason that also offers other services such as lab testing, MRI and CT scans, and physician offices. 

Slated to open Aug. 11 is Butler Tech’s $11 million Bioscience Center at Interstate 75 and Cincinnati-Dayton Road, offering education for health-care careers to adults and students and space for health-care companies and providers on the campus.

By early September Beckett Springs Hospital in West Chester expects to complete a $4 million expansion increasing its beds from 48 to 72 for addiction and mental health services. The expansion, announced last year, comes little more than a year after the privately owned facility opened its doors in July 2013.

The Kettering Health Network, which completed a more than $5 million expansion of the emergency room at its Fort Hamilton Hospital in Hamilton last year, earlier this year opened a $10 million, 12-bed emergency center at Ohio 73 and I- 75 in Franklin.

In April, UC Health’s West Chester Hospital delivered its new $10 million maternity wing offering expanded care and amenities. The 26,500-square-foot unit on the hospital’s third floor includes eight labor and delivery recovery suites, two triage rooms, two operating rooms and four postpartum rooms.

Early next year TriHealth will take the wraps off an expansion of its Bethesda Butler campus on Hamilton Mason Road in Hamilton. The 51,000-square-foot expansion includes a two-story inpatient building, increasing the number of beds form 10 to 48 including six intensive care beds and an operating room expansion. That’s in addition to last year’s opening of a new medical office building in West Chester and acquisition of 60 percent of Oxford’s McCullough-Hyde Memorial Hospital to expand its brand in Butler County.

And still ahead are The Christ Hospital’s plans for expansion in Butler County. The Mount Auburn-based hospital has confirmed its plans to expand, probably with a new facility in Liberty Township, but hasn’t announced more details.