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Cleveland Clinic Richard E Jacobs Health Center Opens New Emergency Department

Fully Functioning Emergency Department in Avon offers 24-hour Adult and Pediatric Services by Board-certified Emergency Care Physicians

Monday, August 27, 2012

The new 24-hour emergency department will open Sept. 5 at Cleveland Clinic’s Richard E. Jacobs Health Center in Avon.

The 15,000-square-foot emergency department is the latest addition to the 190,000-square-foot, $93 million Richard E. Jacobs Health Center, which opened in December 2011.

Staffed by board-certified emergency care physicians and nurses, the emergency department, which consists of 12 beds, offers around-the-clock adult and pediatric services. It also features a 24-hour onsite helipad and helicopter for instant accessibility for critically ill patients who need to be transported to another location.

“The new emergency department offers the same services one would find if they were to go to an emergency department at a hospital, including state-of-the-art imaging technology and laboratory services,” said Joseph Knapp, MD, the center’s Medical Director.

The emergency department is an extension of the services Cleveland Clinic has been providing in the Avon area, giving residents the opportunity to receive the immediate emergency care they need closer to home.

“With a long-standing presence in Lorain and western Cuyahoga counties, the opening of the all-inclusive emergency department is continued proof of Cleveland Clinic’s commitment to providing accessible, comprehensive medical care to this area,” said John Costin, MD, Chairman of Cleveland Clinic’s Lorain Institute. “The center will serve as a resource for the community and will work closely with community fire and emergency medical service departments to deliver residents the best emergency care possible.”

The emergency department, including helipad, will officially open on Sept. 5, 2012.

Located off of Nagel Road, the emergency department was originally scheduled to open later this year, coinciding with the opening of the new Interstate 90 interchange.

“Cleveland Clinic felt opening the emergency department sooner rather than later was a good move as the need for emergency services exceeded our initial projections,” Costin said. “Patient response since the opening of the center last year has been extremely positive and the immediate access to emergency care will be an added benefit for all area residents.”

With the opening of the emergency department, 70 more jobs will be added to the total staff at Cleveland Clinic’s Richard E. Jacobs Health Center. As of Sept. 5, 2012, the center will employ approximately 350 physicians, nurses and support staff.

“I am looking forward to what the emergency department will bring to the area and have great confidence in the leadership of Dr. Cherine El-Dabh, and Dr. Joseph Knapp, the center’s Executive and Medical Directors, as well as Cleveland Clinic’s Chairman of Emergency Services, Dr. Bradford Borden,” Costin added.

The Richard E. Jacobs Health Center features advanced specialty and primary care with four operating rooms, four procedure rooms and more than 30 specialty services, including an outpatient surgery center, infusion suite for chemotherapy and full-scale imaging center, as well as onsite retail optometry and pharmacy.

For more information on the services offered at Richard E. Jacobs Health Center or other Lorain County locations, including the Lorain Family Health and Surgery Center on Cooper Foster Park Road, Elyria Family Health and Surgery Center at Chestnut Commons, Avon Lake Family Health Center on Walker Road or Avon Medical Offices on American Way, please visit

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