Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland Clinic launched a new era of health education when they opened the Health Education Campus in 2019.

The Health Education Campus of Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland Clinic features the four-story, 477,000-square-foot Sheila and Eric Samson Pavilion. The campus also includes a three-story, 132,000-square-foot dental clinic and the Newton Avenue Park. Approximately 2,200 students from the university’s schools of dental medicine, nursing and medicine – including those in Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine – learn, study and collaborate together on the 11-acre campus.

Funded primarily through philanthropic gifts and designed by London architects Foster + Partners, the Health Education Campus was envisioned as a way to encourage interaction among future health care professionals in and out of the classroom. Its 27,000-square-foot atrium includes dining options, tables and comfortable chairs and couches where students can eat, study and discuss their latest lessons. The campus features state-of-the-art technology including a virtual-reality anatomy curriculum, medical simulation center, flight nursing simulation program and touch-screen visualization tables for anatomy teaching.

The Health Education Campus of Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland Clinic is a joint project that the university and hospital first began working toward in 2013. In recent years, the two institutions have collaborated to develop shared courses and other experiences in which students from all of the health programs learn the fundamentals of team-based care while also practicing skills together in simulated settings and at actual clinical sites.