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Dec. 16, 2013

CSU Breaks Ground on $45M Center for Innovation in Health Professions

By Adrian Maties, Associate Editor

Cleveland State University broke ground on Dec. 9 on a new health sciences building. Called The Center for Innovation in Health Professions, it will be a place for students to learn and work together in interdisciplinary collaboration. The project is expected to cost $45 million.

The state-of-the-art facility will be located at the corner of Euclid Avenue and E. 22nd Street, on the site of the former Viking Hall dormitory, the Wolfe Music building, the Rascal House restaurant and Peabody’s Concert Club. CSU started the demolition of the Peabody’s and Rascal House buildings earlier this month.

The 100,000-square-foot center will serve as the new home of the Partnership for Urban Health, a partnership between CSU and the Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED), dedicated to training physicians and other health professionals. Nursing, occupational and physical therapy, music and art therapy, social science research, criminal forensics, cultural anthropology and contemporary alternative medicine also will be taught at the center. NEOMED will occupy about 20 percent of the new building and will lease the space for 25 years.

The new facility will include:

  • An Innovation Center that supports creative teaching and learning strategies as well as collaborative and innovative research;
  • A Speech and Hearing Clinic, complete with observation and testing labs.
  • Nursing simulation labs;
  • An occupational therapy/physical therapy training room;
  • The CSU Health and Wellness Services Department;
  • NEOMED standardized patient exam rooms; a pharmacy simulation lab and classrooms;
  • Distance-learning rooms and classrooms for students from both universities;
  • “Touchdown” rooms for small-group learning;
  • Quiet study areas;
  • Lounges;
  • A café;
  • A large central atrium for informal gatherings and events;
  • Faculty and administrative offices clustered to maximize collaboration.

 “Our new health sciences building will foster an exciting new model for health-care education,” CSU President Ronald Berkman said in a statement for the press. “For too long, healthcare education has been relegated to silos, with little or no interaction among aspiring physicians, nurses and other health professionals. In a city renowned for world-class healthcare, our collaborative approach to healthcare education will lead to new efficiencies that ensure better health, better care and lower healthcare costs.”

Construction is scheduled to start this month. Internationally renowned architectural firm Pelli Clarke Pelli designed the building. The New Haven, Conn.-based company also designed New York City’s World Financial Center, Malaysia’s Petronas Towers, Hong Kong’s International Finance Centre and Cleveland’s Key Tower. The Center for Innovation in Health Professions is expected to open in June 2015.

Photo credits: Cleveland State University Tumblr

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