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New home for interprofessional health-care education ready to rise at CSU

VIPs from Cleveland State University and Northeast Ohio Medical University were joined by Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson at the December 9 groundbreaking ceremony for a new health sciences building at the heart of the CSU campus.

Manning the shovels above are, from left, CSU Board of Trustees Chairman Robert Rawson Jr., CSU President Ronald Berkman, NEOMED President Jay Gershen and Mayor Jackson.

Set to open in June 2015 on the corner of Euclid Avenue and East 22nd Street, the $45 million, 100,000-square-foot facility will be the home of a new interprofessional model for health-care education.

“Anytime we open a building, we open a new set of opportunities for students,” President Berkman said. “We want to help students prepare for a new way of delivering health care, because our nation is going to deliver health care in a new way.”

Despite growing evidence that patients benefit from streamlined health care delivered by tight-knit teams of professionals, most institutions continue to train these professionals separately, with no emphasis on team skills or a mutual understanding of different professional roles, according to a recent report by the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation.

In marked contrast to this norm, the health sciences building at CSU will foster a forward-thinking culture of collaboration. By design, interdisciplinary team learning will occur in flexible classroom spaces and teaching clinics, where future physicians, nurses, pharmacists and other health professionals will interact with each other and with community clients.

In addition to housing CSU programs offered by the School of Nursing and the School of Health Sciences, the building will house the Cleveland cohort of programs within NEOMED’s College of Medicine, College of Pharmacy and College of Graduate Studies. The facility also will serve as the home of the NEOMED-CSU Partnership for Urban Health, a trailblazing collaboration dedicated to training physicians and other health professionals who deliver primary care services to address the unique health-care needs of metropolitan communities.

The health sciences building was designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli of New Haven, Connecticut, a leading international architectural firm. The Cleveland architectural office of Stantec is assisting with the project.