April 15, 2020/News Releases

Health Education Campus Will Temporarily Convert As a Medical Surge Hospital Location

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Update on Hope Hospital
June 24, 2020

Cleveland Clinic is beginning to transition the main building on the Health Education Campus back to Case Western Reserve University. The facility had been converted into a temporary hospital to meet the potential needs of our patients and community in the event of a surge of patients with COVID-19. We prepared the temporary hospital based on predictive modeling of anticipated cases and are grateful that due to aggressive public health measures, our health system did not exceed capacity. The transition has begun and will take several weeks and is expected to be complete for students to return to the Health Education Campus for the fall semester. If a surge of patients with COVID-19 occurs, we remain prepared to care for patients in our existing facilities. We are continuing to adapt as this pandemic evolves, and the safety of patients and caregivers remains our top priority.

Update on temporary conversion of the Health Education Campus
April 15, 2020

Cleveland Clinic has completed work on the temporary conversion of the main building of the Health Education Campus of Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland Clinic into a surge hospital to be used if the need arises during the COVID-19 pandemic. The facility, to be called Hope Hospital, will initially include 327 patient beds for low-acuity COVID-19 patients. Cleveland Clinic has been observing the COVID-19 pandemic nationally and internationally and has been studying its effects to guide our approach. The temporary hospital is one part of Cleveland Clinic’s strategy to be fully prepared to meet the needs our community during this rapidly evolving situation.

The facility, to be called Hope Hospital, will initially include 327 patient beds for low-acuity COVID-19 patients. (Courtesy: Cleveland Clinic)

Statements on Health Education Campus as a medical surge hospital location
April 2, 2020 at 9:00 a.m.

Over the past several months, Cleveland Clinic has been working hard to prepare for COVID-19.

Currently, we are seeing a growing number of COVID-19 patients admitted throughout our health system. None of our hospitals are at or over capacity at this time.

However, in anticipation of an expected surge in patients, we are preparing to add thousands of beds across our Ohio locations to meet the potential need for patient care. We have based our planning on the predictive modeling our experts have undertaken to anticipate resources needed and be prepared to meet the needs of patients during the COVID-19 pandemic.

As part of this, Cleveland Clinic and Case Western Reserve University are collaborating to temporarily convert the main building on the Health Education Campus of Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland Clinic into a fully functioning surge hospital to treat COVID-19 patients not requiring high levels of care but who are in need of hospitalization.

Details of the new surge hospital include:

  • The four-story, 477,000-square-foot building can accommodate up to 1,000 hospital beds.
  • These beds will be used for low-acuity patients with COVID-19. These are patients who do not require ventilators or large amounts of oxygen.
  • We expect the new hospital to be open in the coming weeks. A multi-disciplinary team including nursing, supply chain, operations and medical leadership have come together to ensure this facility will safely house patients and stabilize their care before they return home.
  • The hospital will be fully staffed and equipped to care for patients, just like on a regular nursing floor, including the ability to monitor patients, provide IV medications and administer oxygen.
  • Patients who need a higher level of care will be able to be quickly transferred to an intensive care unit. The location was chosen primarily for its proximity to and ease of access to Cleveland Clinic’s main campus.
  • We are committed to providing the highest quality care to our patients, no matter where they are located. Patients at the surge hospital will receive the same quality of care as patients in our traditional hospital units.
  • Caregivers will follow the same safety policies and procedures at this hospital as they do anywhere else in our health system.
  • Our partners at Case Western Reserve University are working closely with us to support this temporary conversion.

We are adapting to the ever-changing COVID-19 situation in order to care for patients in the safest way possible and to protect our caregivers—this remains our top priority.

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