Cleveland Clinic has broken ground for a community health center that will establish a new model of outpatient care that links healthcare with social and financial services.
The three-story, 50,000-square-foot Huron Community Health Center will be located along Euclid Avenue on the campus of Huron Hospital. The $25 million health center, scheduled to open in late 2011, is designed to reach beyond traditional healthcare services and link with community resources in one location to make it easier for patients and their families to access the healthcare, social and financial services they need.
“Cleveland Clinic is proud to be investing in East Cleveland and providing residents with access to the right care in the right setting,” said Delos M. “Toby” Cosgrove, MD, Cleveland Clinic President and CEO. “This innovative center will be a model for how we deliver care in the future and for healthcare facilities nationwide.”
More than 30 new jobs will be generated as a result of the center. For this project, Cleveland Clinic is committed to using the skills of the local workforce – the goal is to have 20 percent of the workforce come from East Cleveland and/or the City of Cleveland.
Cleveland Clinic, who has had a long-standing presence in East Cleveland and surrounding communities, has been focused on thoroughly assessing the community’s needs and designing “medical homes.” Through “medical homes” care can be streamlined and the gaps and barriers that prevent low-income, underinsured or uninsured individuals from leading healthier lives can be removed.
“Healthcare reform is anticipated to place more demands on health systems nationwide, resulting in healthcare organizations needing to change,” said David Bronson, MD, President of Cleveland Clinic Community Hospital. “In this new center, we are creating something bigger than a doctor’s office; we are building a medical home. It will help patients learn how to both prevent and manage their diseases, access the latest in medical technology and stay connected to their physicians so they can take better control of their health.”
Cleveland Clinic’s Huron Community Health Center will offer a variety of outpatient services, including primary and specialty care, specialized care for women and children, mental health services, as well as prevention, wellness and health education programs. The new Center places a strong emphasis on chronic disease management with a focus on diabetes, hypertension and kidney failure.
The centerpiece of the Huron Community Health Center will be a Navigation Center where patient navigators help people maneuver their way through the complexities of the healthcare system by assessing, engaging and coordinating each individual’s medical, social service and financial needs and linking them to the appropriate resources.
Patient Navigators will help coordinate healthcare services, ensure timely treatment and provide information about treatment options and preventive behaviors.
Navigation services include:
- Linking patients to financial counselors and existing community resources
- Helping patients fill out complex financial and community resource eligibility forms
- Arranging for transportation to and from the Center
- Connecting patients with physicians
- Ensuring appointments for follow-up services
- Serving as a resource and point of contact into the system
The Center will also include an Iron Chef teaching kitchen to help patients learn to cook healthy, inexpensive recipes, as well as meeting rooms for community programming, a full-service pharmacy and a 21-bed dialysis unit.
“We’re strengthening collaborations with local social service agencies to build on what we’ve already developed and enhance the care delivered to patients with chronic diseases,” said A. Gus Kious, MD, President of Huron Hospital. “Services at the Huron Community Health Center will target health needs, like diabetes, kidney disease and high blood pressure that are prevalent in the East Cleveland and the surrounding area. Our goal is to help every person succeed in managing their illnesses so we can keep people out of the hospital.”
The Center was created through community partnerships with financial, health education and social service agencies. Current collaborations include partnerships with Northeast Ohio Neighborhood Health Services, a network of six community health centers that provide primary care and ancillary services; East Cleveland Neighborhood Center; and East Cleveland Public Library, which houses the Huron Hospital Minority Health Resource Center.
The building is being designed by Northeast Ohio minority business architect, Moody·Nolan out of Columbus with an office in Cleveland. Learn more about this project by visiting www.huronhospital.org/hchc.