On Oct. 3, 2011, Cleveland Clinic opened the Stephanie Tubbs Jones Health Center in East Cleveland, near the site of the former Huron Hospital. The community health center building, which was a $25 million investment, provides several outpatient services in its three-story 50,000 square feet of space.
The 10-year anniversary of the health center confirms Cleveland Clinic’s commitment to the health needs of patients in East Cleveland and surrounding communities. Those needs were determined through a community health needs assessment. At the top of the list — chronic disease management (such as hypertension, diabetes and kidney disease), behavioral health, wellness and social services.
The health center provides primary and specialty care, lab, radiology, outpatient pharmacy and an express care clinic. It also has a teaching kitchen and community room so that patients can learn together how best to make healthy choices when it comes to food shopping, cooking and eating.
Saturday and Sunday hours are available to provide more convenient access for patients not available during the traditional work week.
From its opening in July 2011 until July 2021, health center providers completed 566,607 patient appointments, including those in lab and radiology.
“Patient navigators” work with individuals at the health center to help eliminate barriers and guide them through their healthcare journey. That may involve financial challenges, transportation issues, communication barriers or complex clinical needs. Free transportation to and from appointments is available.
Community outreach has been a key focus of the center from the start. In the last 18 months, COVID testing has taken place during three on-site events at the health center, in addition to two COVID vaccination events. Every fourth Saturday, the health center has a drive-through/walk-through food pantry with fresh produce provided for free from the Greater Cleveland Food Bank.
Several physicians and other employees have worked at the Stephanie Tubbs Jones Health Center since its opening 10 years ago. Some of them transitioned from Huron Hospital to the health center, providing continuity of care for patients.
The health center was named to honor the legacy of Stephanie Tubbs Jones, who advocated for expanding access to healthcare for all.