Cleveland Clinic, Case Western Break Ground On Expanded School Campus
A few hundred people gathered late yesterday at the corner of E. 93rd Street and Euclid Avenue to celebrate the groundbreaking of a long-awaited project: A new building to house both Case Western Reserve University's medical school and the Cleveland Clinic's Lerner College of Medicine.
The joint school was first announced in 2013 and called a bold move at the forefront of medical education.
Since then, the Health Education Campus being designed by the world-famous architect Lord Norman Foster of England has grown, tripling in size to 485,000 square feet. The price tag has ballooned from $80 million to $515 million.
Case President Barbara Snyder listed off many donors during the groundbreaking ceremony Thursday evening, saying "There are all of those who understood the importance of the project and stepped forward to support it."
In an interview with ideastream, Snyder said the private non-profit Case Western spends its revenues in school operations, so fundraising is still necessary for the capital project.
"It is obviously a much more expensive project, that was before we had Foster and Partners as the architect, and also before we had envisioned this, really it's a campus within a building and that is what has made it so exciting," Snyder says.
Clinic Chief Executive Dr. Toby Cosgrove said his hospital is helping extensively with fundraising. The nonprofit Clinic earned $466 million dollars in operating income last year. Cosgrove says that money is reinvested into the hospital’s maintenance and operations.
The expanded building will also hold Case's nursing and dental schools as well as a new physician’s assistant program. More than 2,300 students are expected take classes there when the building opens in 2019.
One more addition was made to the plans: A new dental clinic for student training and community use will be built in the nearby Hough neighborhood just north of the campus along Chester Avenue.
Story by Sarah Jane Tribble
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