Innovative architectural design and state-of-the-future technology to welcome students from dental, medical and nursing schools
Western Reserve University and Cleveland Clinic launched a new era of health
education today in dedicating the centerpiece of their new campus, the Sheila
and Eric Samson Pavilion.
“The dedication of the
Sheila and Eric Samson Pavilion demonstrates the extraordinary value that the
spirit of philanthropy brings to new generations of students. The Health Education
Campus will have a major impact on advancing medical education and patient
care,” said Tom Mihaljevic, MD,
Cleveland Clinic chief executive officer and president. “Its unique
curricula and design will inspire health care professionals to be members of
interdisciplinary teams and promote lifelong learning.”
spring, the four-story, 477,000-square-foot building opens to 2,200 students
from Case Western Reserve’s dental, nursing, and medical schools, including
those from Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine. Students from the
university’s social work school also will come to the Samson Pavilion for
shared coursework, but will continue to take the majority of their classes in
their own newly renovated building on Case Western Reserve’s main campus.
As designed by London architects Foster + Partners, perhaps the most striking part of the Samson Pavilion is the 80-foot-high, 27,000-square-foot central courtyard newly named the Delos M. Cosgrove Courtyard through a generous gift from the outgoing chair of Cleveland Clinic’s Board of Directors, Robert E. Rich Jr., and his wife, Mindy. Dr. Cosgrove is the past CEO and president of Cleveland Clinic and currently serves as an executive adviser.
Samson Pavilion expressly encourages interaction, surrounded on all sides by
each floor’s open walkways and a wide staircase at every corner. It also
features a dedicated shared space for students from all programs to study and
know that team-based care is best for patients and providers alike, yet
universities have continued to prepare students largely apart from one
another,” said Case Western Reserve President Barbara R. Snyder. “Thanks to the
extraordinary support of the Samsons, our original donors from the Mt. Sinai
Health Care and Cleveland foundations, and so many others, students now will
learn together in a truly inspiring structure.”
recent years, the two institutions have collaborated to develop shared courses
and other experiences in which students from all of the health programs learn
the fundamentals of team-based care while also practicing skills together in
simulated settings and at actual clinical sites. Those efforts will expand
significantly in the new space, as the university and Lerner College are amid a
national search for an academic leader for interprofessional programs.
shared learning will benefit from the Samson Pavilion’s extensive technology
features, as well.
of the greatest advantages of this project is that we have been able to
integrate our best thinking around the deeply human elements of health care
with the latest digital breakthroughs in education,” President Snyder said. “As
a result, our graduates will begin their careers uniquely prepared to
contribute to their rapidly evolving fields.”
the cutting-edge examples are:
digital anatomy programs, one using mixed reality, and the other virtual;
programs for flight nursing and ultrasound training;
tables that allow students to see anatomic structures in precise detail and
explore clinical cases with classmates; and
LED wireless touch screens in classrooms that allow students to interact with
high-resolution images and easily participate in videoconferences from around
“We are developing augmented and virtual reality to allow students to learn, comprehend, and understand the
nuances of both normal human anatomy and disease states in a totally
different manner than traditional cadaveric dissection allows,” said Dr. Mihaljevic.
Across the street from the Samson Pavilion is the second building of the Health Education Campus, a three-story, 132,000-square-foot dental clinic. The university’s existing clinic is about half the size and exceptionally difficult to find within a collection of taller buildings on the university’s main campus. Even so, it welcomes about 19,000 patients a year, with about 60% of them Cleveland residents.
new space enjoys frontage on the well-traveled Chester Avenue, ample space for
parking, and curbside drop-off for patients. It also puts dental faculty and
students closer to residents of Hough, allowing for increased engagement at
nearby schools and community centers. Cleveland Clinic has designed an
intergenerational park to be dedicated April 30 near that building. The park
will offer a safe area for walking and play for the neighborhood.
with adjacent communities is a priority for all of the health programs, as well
as for the university’s social work program at the Jack, Joseph and Morton
Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences.
Students already engage in Cleveland and surrounding communities through programs like the Student-Run Health Clinic, dental sealants and health screenings in city schools, and care for the homeless. These and other new activities will be located on the first floor of the Samson Pavilion and will include the Stefanski Family Center for Community Health Education, made possible by a $5 million commitment from the Third Federal Foundation and the Marc A. and Rhonda L. Stefanski Foundation.
first floor also will include a conference center featuring a 7,000-square-foot
auditorium and 4,800-square-foot lecture hall where students from all programs
will gather for interprofessional lessons, featured speakers and
demonstrations. The conference center is part of an $8 million commitment to
the campus from the Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel Foundation.
2012, the Mt. Sinai Health Care Foundation and Cleveland Foundation each made
$10 million lead gifts for what was then a Case Western Reserve medical
education building project. After the university and Cleveland Clinic later
announced their partnership, leaders of both foundations agreed to move their
commitments to the new project.
Western Reserve and Cleveland Clinic have equally shared fundraising throughout
the project, and supporters have responded with exceptional generosity. To
date, the two institutions together have raised nearly $275 million for the
$515 million project, and active joint fundraising continues.