Five Major Hospital & University CEOs Discuss New Cleveland Innovation District

On The Sound of Ideas, we talk to five CEOs of the major hospitals and educational institutions in Cleveland about the new Cleveland Innovation District. [Pat Dooley/shutterstock]
On The Sound of Ideas, we talk to five CEOs of the major hospitals and educational institutions in Cleveland about the new Cleveland Innovation District. [Pat Dooley/shutterstock]
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The five major hospitals and educational institutions in Northeast Ohio have embarked on a major collaboration, aiming to bring jobs, talent, and research to our region. The partnership for what's been called the Cleveland Innovation District includes the Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals, MetroHealth, Case Western Reserve University, and Cleveland State University.

It's funded in part by the state of Ohio, which is contributing $155 million, and Jobs Ohio, which is giving $110 million more.

Additionally, the Cleveland Clinic is making a $300 million investment, part of which will fund a new Global Center for Pathogen Research & Human Health, to be built on its East Side campus, and which is where innovative bio-research is expected to take place. 

The other hospitals and university partners involved will also contribute potential millions to the initiative, which Governor Mike DeWine at the January announcement said could bring an economic impact of $3 billion  to Cleveland, and to Ohio as a whole. The other stated goal is to bring 20,000 more jobs to Ohio, within the next decade. 

This hour on The Sound of Ideas, we'll get the chance to hear from the heads of these five institutions about their roles in the District, and how they plan to work together on jobs, talent, research, and making healthcare better and more equitable

Guests: 

-Dr. Tom Mihaljevic, MD, President & CEO, Cleveland Clinic 
-Dr. Cliff Megerian, MD, CEO, University Hospitals
-Dr. Akram Boutros, MD, President & CEO, MetroHealth 
-Scott Cowen, Interim President, Case Western Reserve University
-Harlan Sands, President, Cleveland State University 

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