Cleveland Clinic, CWRU Partner on New Building

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CLEVELAND — A divide in Case Western Reserve University’s School of Medicine will be bridged with the development of a new medical education building that will unite its two academic tracks.

The Cleveland Clinic will collaborate with CWRU to build a common space in order to join the two programs that are currently housed in separate locations.

“Both of these tracks of our medical school have drawn national acclaim for their cutting-edge academic approaches,” Case Western Reserve President Barbara R. Snyder said. “This project gives talented faculty and students an opportunity to share space, ideas and insights – and we cannot wait to see the innovations that emerge.”

The state-of-the-art facility will be built on 11 acres bordered by Euclid and Chester avenues and East 93rd and East 100th streets.

The Cleveland Clinic will provide the land, cover site preparation expenses and match dollars raised by CWRU to date, up to $25 million.

The institutions will share fundraising responsibilities and costs for construction and operation.

The roughly 165,000-square-foot building will cost about $80 million.

Commitments for most of the funds have already been secured.

Cleveland Clinic President and CEO Toby M. Cosgrove, M.D., said the new building will offer the ideal setting to prepare for a rapidly changing healthcare landscape.

“Modern medicine is a technology-dependent science. In order to treat patients effectively, doctors-in-training need to have access to the latest technological advances,” Cosgrove said. “From electronic medical records to robotic surgery, from telemedicine to advanced imaging, medical students need to be prepared to practice medicine of the future.”

The new building will provide students classroom and laboratory learning that takes place during the first two years of medical school.