Cleveland Clinic, CWRU announce plan to build new medical education building on Clinic campus

rendering of new CWRU, Cleveland Clinic medical building

An artist’s rendering of a proposed design for Case Western Reserve University’s new medical education building on the Cleveland Clinic campus shows the front of the building facing East 93rd Street from the vantage point of the water feature that lines the center of that street leading into the hospital’s main entrance. (Foster + Partners, Courtesy Cleveland Clinic)

In a bold move that Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Clinic believe will place Cleveland at the forefront of medical education worldwide, the two organizations announced Saturday that they will partner in the ownership and operation of CWRU’s new medical education building — and put it in the heart of the Clinic’s main campus.

The Clinic is donating the land for the building, a badly needed update to the university’s aging facility. The organizations will share in the cost of construction and in fundraising.

“We all know that Cleveland is a center for really great health care,” CWRU President Barbara R. Snyder told The Plain Dealer. “With this project, we want to make sure that Cleveland is also an internationally known center for health education.”

The move — approved unanimously by the CWRU and Clinic boards in separate meetings — is likely less welcome at University Hospitals, which has long enjoyed favored status as CWRU’s “primary” affiliate in medical research and education.

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