Properties Magazine December 2015 : Page 46

Capitalizing on Collaboration Cleveland Clinic and Ohio University establish extension campus at South Pointe By Dennis Castiglione | Photos by Scott Pease leveland Clinic is an organization that is notably committed to investing in the economic growth of Northeast Ohio. One of the newest demonstrations of that commitment is a joint venture with Ohio University’s Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine (Heritage College) on the South Pointe Campus in Warrensville Heights, Ohio. C With the conversion of portions of South Pointe Hospital on that campus into a medical school campus, Cleveland Clinic and Ohio University are address-ing the growing shortage of primary care physicians in Ohio and investing a com-bined $49.1 million into Northeast Ohio. A dynamically shared vision Work began on the infrastructure of the 60,000-square-foot renovation in June 2014 and the first students began their studies in South Pointe’s South Building in July 2015. But the ground-work started in 2012 with the exploration and ultimate conclusion by Cleveland Clinic and Ohio University to invest in the project and join hands to train physicians from the area to ultimately practice in Northeast Ohio, including underserved urban and rural areas. The Athens, Ohio-based medical school has a history of training physi-cians who stay in Ohio to practice, and 46 this additional site is planned to increase the number of primary care physicians who practice family medicine, pediatric and internal medicine and who will remain in Northeast Ohio to practice. South Pointe Hospital is one of the largest osteopathic teaching hospitals in Ohio. For more than three decades, Heritage College students have been based at South Pointe Hospital for third-and fourth-year clinical rotations. Many Heritage College graduates have also completed their residency and fellowship programs at South Pointe Hospital and other Cleveland Clinic hospitals. This venture builds upon a long-standing rela-tionship between the two institutions, which have partnered to train physicians for the past 35 years. Noteworthy collaboration “We had a very aggressive construc-tion schedule that was met, in large part, because of an incredible collaboration by all parties involved,” says Heritage College Dean Dr. Isaac J. Kirstein, DO, FACOI. Dr. Kirstein was quick to point out that the Cleveland Clinic’s Owner Controlled Team Project Delivery pro-cess (OCTPD) was a cornerstone of the planning, communication and execution of the timely construction project. This renovation project in a Cleveland Clinic facility called for the continued provision of healthcare services while demolition and construction occurred. Communication had to be continual and complete to assure all parties were aware of priorities, challenges and com-pliance with the plan, including the goal of providing optimum patient comfort while construction was underway. “All of the players bought in from the start,” says Robert S. Juhasz, DO, FACOI, FACP, president of South Pointe Hospital. “We had a shared vision for the project and everyone was whole-heartedly committed to seeing it through 3URSHUWLHV | December 2015

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