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    New $276 Million Cleveland Clinic Cancer Institute, “No Ordinary Building.”


    Dignitaries, last week Monday, broke ground on the construction of the new $276 million Cleveland Clinic Cancer Institute in Cleveland’s Health-Tech Corridor[i].
     
    “This will be no ordinary building, “promised Clinic CEO Dr. Toby Cosgrove. Adding that the 377,000-suare-foot facility, “will be the ideal outpatient cancer treatment facility for our time.”
     
    The seven-story facility, located north of Carnegie Avenue between E.102nd and E.105th Street, was designed with the Cleveland Clinic’s master plan in mind, which aims to build a more open and welcoming campus for patients and visitors as well as stronger collaboration among staff.
     
    Currently the Clinic provides care to its cancer patients through more than 10 different locations on the man campus. Since patient volumes have grown over the past five years and continues to grow, and due to the ongoing recruitment of physicians and caregivers, the Clinic outgrew its current facility.
     
    Dr. Brian Bolwell, chairman of the Clinic’s Taussig Cancer Institute which will be replaced by the new building, said the “new facility would be distinguished by medical teamwork and speed in the treatment of cancer. All cancer treatment centers will be united under one roof centralizing cancer services and optimizing the patient experience…. which is essential in making progress against cancer.”  The exam rooms, infusion rooms, and meeting spaces for collaborating medical groups are all arranged by specific type of cancer.
     
    The building, designed by the architecture firm of William Rawn Associates of Boston with the Cleveland office of Stantec, has an interior designed to bring daylight deep inside. Cosgrove described the future structure as serene; “a place of light, confidence and hope.”
     
    The new facility will be patient-centric. “Patients in infusion rooms are given the best views,” Clifford Gayley, William Rawn architect, said. “The building is all about the patients and their treatment.”
     
    Attendees at the groundbreaking last week, included U.S. Senator Rob Portman; Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson; William Peacock, Chief of Clinic Operations; Dr. Delos Cosgrove, CEO of the Clinic; Dr. Brian Bolwell, Chairman of the Taussig Cancer Institute; Larry Pollock, Chair of the Clinic’s capital campaign; and Stewart Kohl, co-chair of the Clinic’s capital campaign.
     
    The project is expected to be finished in early 2017.


    [i] The Cleveland Health-Tech Corridor is home to numerous biomedical and high-tech companies. But many more are on the way thanks to a collaborative effort between public and private organizations like the City of Cleveland, Team NEO, Cleveland Foundation and the Greater Cleveland Partnership. Together, these partners are working to remake Cleveland and its Health-Tech Corridor into a global leader for health and medical innovation.

    S.Phillibert, staff writer