New collaborative medical campus will also include nursing, dental students

John Brogan, Staff Reporter

Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Clinic’s planned institution for medical students is now set to also include nursing and dental students. The addition is to the planned 11-acre Health Education Campus, which will bring together students from the CWRU School of Medicine and the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine.

The goal of integrating all of the programs onto one campus is to inspire creativity and increase students’ knowledge of other medical fields. The integrative design will help students gain a better understanding of the health care process, as well as the unique roles their colleagues play in patient care.

“Collaboration among the professions is the key to improving health care in the 21st century,” School of Dental Medicine Dean Kenneth B. Chance said in a press release.

The nursing and dental schools currently occupy buildings on CWRU’s main campus, but will be moving to the Health Education Campus, which will be located on East 93rd St. between Euclid and Chester Ave., upon completion. The medical school’s new physician’s assistant program will also be located on the new campus.

The medical, dental and nursing programs’ research initiatives will continue to take place on main campus.

CWRU and the Cleveland Clinic together submitted the proposal of a 485,000 square-foot quadrangle building to the Cleveland City Planning Commission. The proposal increases the size of the original project by roughly 300,000 square feet.

The addition of the nursing and dental schools will mean the addition of a four-story building which will include a large atrium, which can be used for lectures and banquets. With energy efficiency and conservation in mind, the plans for the building include a minimum expectation of meeting the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Silver environmental building standards.

“This is a stunning building whose design will inspire every person who enters,” said Pamela B. Davis, dean of the School of Medicine in a press release. “We cannot wait to see the creativity and innovation that emerges when all of our students and faculty begin to work in this extraordinary space.”

The new campus will also host a dental clinic that students at the School of Dental Medicine will work at during their third and fourth years.

The project will also to include a shuttle system between the main campus and the Health Education Campus.

It is currently unclear how much money the additional space and construction will cost. There is also no timeline for the expected completion of the project at this time.