The new MetroHealth Glick Center will welcome patients on October 15

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Three years after construction began and eight years after plans to transform MetroHealth’s main campus were announced, Spectrum News took a tour inside the new MetroHealth Glick Center that is set to open. accommodate patients.

MetroHealth doesn’t want this new hospital to look like a hospital.


What do you want to know

  • On October 15, 2022, the first patients will receive care at the brand new MetroHealth Glick Center in Cleveland
  • The main transformation of the campus has been underway since 2014 and construction of the nearly $1 billion project is funded by revenue bonds to the hospital
  • The campus covers 52 acres and more than half will become green space after the demolition of the old buildings

“Hopefully the art, color, warmth, energy, and themes of hope, healing, and community contribute to this,” said Linda Jackson, director of the Center for Arts in Health at MetroHealth.

Officials of the public hospital system that has served Cuyahoga County since 1837 believe that art is integral to healing and wellness.

“We know there are physiological benefits, psychological benefits, social benefits,” Jackson said. “There is evidence of how the arts can actually impact staff retention, how it can even reduce hospital stays.”

Jackson said the Glick Center houses 900 works of art, and the majority of the collection comes from local artists, such as Derek Brennan.

During the tour, Brennan was painting a jungle-themed mural in the treehouse area, which is next to the pediatric playroom.

“Where they can create that emotional security. Where they can come to play. Anything that happens in that space will be non-clinical,” Jackson said.

Unlike this room, the 316 patient rooms spread over 11 floors are considered process-neutral. Dr Jennifer Bailit said this means capacity can increase as needed and furniture is mobile.

“Any room can be an intensive care room. Any room can be an ordinary floor room. And that doesn’t mean it would happen for any given patient, but it does mean that we can easily grow and adapt to the needs of our community and have all the tools we need to respond to the next pandemic if needed. said Dr. Bailit.

Despite COVID-19, the Glick Center project is on schedule.

MetroHealth officials said that was partly because the construction was considered essential work. The other important factor is that most building materials had locked prices because they were purchased before the pandemic.

The Glick Center is scheduled to officially open to patients on October 15, 2022.

“If you look at our old buildings, they were designed in another time, another time, where the expectations of hospitals were different. We are very happy to bring this to Metro where the family can be together in times of crisis,” said Dr. Bailit.

MetroHealth Executive Director of Community Transformation and Real Estate, Greg Zucca, acknowledges that a health care crisis can occur outside of the hospital. He said supporting the surrounding Clark-Fulton neighborhood through community partnerships is just as important as upgrading facilities.

Zucca said he believes it starts with affordable housing.

“In partnership with the City of Cleveland, with the ACSM, with the NRP Group, we have developed a 72-unit housing project called Via Sana.”

MetroHealth said no taxpayer dollars were used to fund the Glick Center project. The $946 million price tag is covered by revenue bonds to the hospital.

The campus covers 52 acres and more than half will become green space after the old buildings are demolished.

“We are not expanding into the neighborhood and demolishing houses to build new doctor’s offices.but we are kind of giving back some ownership of our campus,” Zucca said.

A new six-story ambulatory care building and parking lot are expected to be completed by 2024.

“It’s about 300,000 square feet of space. He will have our cancer care,” Zucca said.

The complete redesign of the main campus is expected to be completed in the spring of 2025.

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