Case Western Reserve and Cleveland Clinic Dedicate Health Education Campus Dental Clinic and Community Park

Projects Follow Debut of the 477,000-square-foot  Sheila and Eric Samson Pavilion Earlier this Month

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Janice Guhl-Hammer 216.445.7542

Case Western Reserve and Cleveland Clinic today celebrated completion of two projects designed to enhance the health and well-being of area residents—as well as dental education.

The first project is a 132,000-square-foot dental clinic located directly across from the Sheila and Eric Samson Pavilion on Chester Avenue. The two buildings are part of the Health Education Campus, a joint project that the university and hospital first began working toward in 2013. Earlier this month, the two organizations dedicated the 477,000-square-foot Samson Pavilion, which welcomes more than 2,200 students from the university’s dental, nursing and medical schools—including the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine.

“This dental clinic represents an enormous opportunity for students and patients alike,” Case Western Reserve President Barbara R. Snyder said. “It gives both access to state-of-the-art space, technology and equipment, which will expand the services provided and reduce the number of visits required to complete certain procedures.”

The second project is the Newton Avenue Park, another shared project of the university and hospital, in addition to the Famicos Foundation, a local nonprofit community organization. The 28,000-square-foot park includes playground equipment, a walking trail and abundant green space. Cleveland Clinic and Case Western Reserve agreed to create the park as part of its commitment to the community prior to building the dental clinic.

“Cleveland Clinic is firmly committed to supporting our community. We are proud that the addition of the dental clinic became part of the Health Education Campus design and will provide greater access for patients where they live and to nearby schools and community centers,” said Tom Mihaljevic, M.D., Cleveland Clinic Chief Executive Officer and President. “We are very grateful for the support of the Famicos Foundation and their assistance in providing a park in a safe area for walking and play for the neighborhood.”

Located next to the historic Newton Apartments at 1871 East 97th St., the park will provide residents a welcoming space for children’s play, modest exercise and community gathering for picnics or simply shared conversations.

“Famicos is proud to partner with the Cleveland Clinic and Case Western (Reserve) to bring this beautiful green space to Hough,” said John Anoliefo, Executive Director at Famicos Foundation. “These types of project partnerships ensure residents see themselves reflected in the continued evolution of their community. But most importantly, it will be a place for neighbors, young and old, to be able to have new experiences and create memories.”

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(Photos by Don Gerda, Cleveland Clinic Center for Medical Art & Photography)

The dental clinic, meanwhile, provides residents far easier access to dental care than the school’s existing location. While the current clinic is all but hidden on the first floor of a building facing a service driveway, the new one faces Chester Avenue, one of the city’s most-trafficked streets. It also features an adjacent parking lots, drop-off and pick-up at the clinic door and far more airy and well-lit spaces. In addition, its neighborhood location makes it easier for students and faculty to provide educational outreach in local community centers and schools.

About 19,000 patients seek treatment at the school’s current clinic each year—more than 11,000 of the of them Cleveland residents.

“We are thrilled that this new space will allow us to reach even more patients across our community,” said dental school Dean Kenneth Chance. “With features like 3D printers, we will be able to provide more efficient care, while outpatient suites for complex procedures will allow for more treatments right on site.”

Ronald Reed and Philip LiBassi, principals of DLR Group/Westlake Reed Leskosky, led the design of the new dental clinic, which opens to patients June 3.

The dental clinic received significant support from Medical Mutual and STERIS as part of the joint fundraising by Case Western Reserve and Cleveland Clinic to build the Health Education Campus.  To date, the two institutions together have raised nearly $275 million for the $515 million Health Education Campus, and active joint fundraising continues.

Cleveland Clinic contact:    
Janice Guhl Hammer 216-445-7452
Case Western Reserve contact:    
Bill Lubinger 216-368-4443

About Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland Clinic is a nonprofit multispecialty academic medical center that integrates clinical and hospital care with research and education. Located in Cleveland, Ohio, it was founded in 1921 by four renowned physicians with a vision of providing outstanding patient care based upon the principles of cooperation, compassion and innovation. Cleveland Clinic has pioneered many medical breakthroughs, including coronary artery bypass surgery and the first face transplant in the United States. U.S. News & World Report consistently names Cleveland Clinic as one of the nation’s best hospitals in its annual “America’s Best Hospitals” survey. Among Cleveland Clinic’s 66,000 employees are more than 4,200 salaried physicians and researchers and 16,600 nurses, representing 140 medical specialties and subspecialties. Cleveland Clinic’s health system includes a 165-acre main campus near downtown Cleveland, 11 regional hospitals in northeast Ohio, more than 180 northern Ohio outpatient locations – including 18 full-service family health centers and three health and wellness centers – and locations in southeast Florida; Las Vegas, Nev.; Toronto, Canada; Abu Dhabi, UAE; and London, England. In 2018, there were 7.9 million total outpatient visits, 238,000 hospital admissions and observations, and 220,000 surgical cases throughout Cleveland Clinic’s health system. Patients came for treatment from every state and 185 countries. Visit us at Follow us at and News and resources available at

About Case Western Reserve
Case Western Reserve University is one of the country's leading private research institutions. Located in Cleveland, we offer a unique combination of forward-thinking educational opportunities in an inspiring cultural setting. Our leading-edge faculty engage in teaching and research in a collaborative, hands-on environment. Our nationally recognized programs include arts and sciences, dental medicine, engineering, law, management, medicine, nursing and social work. About 5,100 undergraduate and 6,700 graduate students comprise our student body. Visit to see how Case Western Reserve thinks beyond the possible.