CWRU and Cleveland Clinic break ground on Health Education Campus; to open summer 2019

the daily: Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland Clinic broke ground Thursday on a four-story, 485,000-square-foot Health Education Campus (HEC) that its leaders vowed would reimagine the preparation of health care leaders for the 21st century.

Students from the university’s schools of medicine, nursing and dental medicine—including those in the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine—will learn, study, and collaborate together in a structure designed to encourage extensive interaction among the professions furthering meaningful innovation.

“Health care increasingly is a team sport,” said Toby Cosgrove, MD, CEO and president of Cleveland Clinic. “The students who graduate from these programs will be uniquely prepared to participate and lead in this new era.”

More than 350 people attended a groundbreaking on the site that featured the two organizations’ leaders, Foster + Partners architects, and donors. Also on hand was Lorraine Bardeen, director of Next Gen Experience at Microsoft. As part of the HEC’s pioneering educational approaches, students will use Microsoft’s cutting-edge augmented reality device, HoloLens, for lessons in subjects like anatomy.

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