Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland Clinic dedicated the centerpiece of their new campus, the Sheila and Eric Samson Pavilion, the organizations announced in a news release April 9.

“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 Dr. Tom Mihaljevic, Clinic’CEO and president, in the release. “Its unique curricula and design will inspire healthcare professionals to be members of interdisciplinary teams and promote lifelong learning.”

The 477,000-square-foot, four-story building will serve 2,200 students from CWRU’s dental, nursing and medical schools starting this spring.

The Samson Pavilion will feature an 80-foot-high, 27,000-square-foot centrial atrium, the Delos M. Cosgrove Courtyard.

 Outgoing Cleveland Clinic board of directors chair Robert E. Rich Jr. and his wife, Mindy, funded the atrium, which is named for former Clinic CEO and president and current executive adviser Cosgrove.

The building will also feature a conference center holding a 7,000-square-foot auditorium and a 4,800-square-foot lecture hall, part of an $8 million commitment from the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Foundation.

Together, CWRU and the Clinic raised nearly $275 million toward the $515 million project. The Mt. Sinai Health Care Foundation and Cleveland Foundation also contributed.

CWRU and the Clinic have been working together for years to craft shared courses for students and other experiences from all health programs so they can “learn the fundamentals of team-based care while also practicing skills together in simulated settings and at actual clinical sites,” the release said.

“One of the greatest advantages of this project is that we have been able to integrate our best thinking around the deeply human elements of healthcare with the latest digital breakthroughs in education,” said CWRU President Barbara R. Snyder in the release. “As a result, our graduates will begin their careers uniquely prepared to contribute to their rapidly evolving fields.”

The Samson Pavilion will feature mixed reality and virtual digital anatomy programs, flight nursing and ultrasound training simulation programs, visualization tables and large LED wireless touch screens in classrooms students can use to view high-resolution images and join videoconferences from around the world.

“We 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 Snyder in the release. “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.”

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