Cleveland Clinic Avon Hospital on Track for Fall Opening

Cleveland Clinic’s new Avon Hospital will deliver “the right care in the right place at the right time for this community,” says Rebecca Starck, MD, President of the new hospital.

Dr. Starck was featured speaker at a joint luncheon of the North Coast, North Ridgeville and West Shore Chambers of Commerce on Wed., Feb. 17. The event was hosted at the new Emerald Event Center, also located along Lear Road in Avon.

“Cleveland Clinic Avon Hospital represents a change in how care will be delivered moving forward in our evolving healthcare environment,” said Dr. Starck to a packed house.


West Shore Chamber Executive Director John Sobolewski, Cleveland Clinic Avon Hospital President Rebecca Starck, MD, and Richard E. Jacobs Health Center Medical Director Joseph Knapp, MD.

“We’re implementing our clinical best practices, and utilizing advanced technology to enhance the patient experience,” said Dr. Starck. “When Avon Hospital opens in Fall 2016, we’ll be able to provide the right care in the right place at the right time for this community.”

The new Cleveland Clinic Avon Hospital is expected to open for patients on Nov. 15.

Services to be added at the new hospital include:

126 new private patient rooms (114 med/surg beds and 12 ICU beds)

  • Expanded Cardiovascular Services
  • Expanded Imaging, Emergency Department and Surgical Suite
  • 2 new Operating Rooms
  • The latest technological advancements for patient care

Designed as a “hospital of the future,” the new high-tech community hospital will care for lower acuity patients who are more likely to be discharged within a few days.

A benefit to patients is the all-new, state-of-the-art resources the hospital brings to the community at every level. “We are unencumbered by a legacy system,” said Dr. Starck. “We will also be committed to bringing high-touch as well as high-tech together.”

The 212,000 square foot, 5-story facility will include a 12-bed intensive care unit, additional operating rooms and expanded emergency department, lab, pharmacy and radiology services.

Technology will be a driving force, as the hospital is being equipped with the most advanced capabilities to monitor patients during and after their hospitalization, with the goal of improving patient outcomes and improving caregiver efficiency.

Technology will also bring self-service capabilities at bedside; interactive televisions will allow patients to order meals, control room temperature, and watch educational videos, with future plans to provide e-consult connectivity with other Cleveland Clinic specialists. “If patients can control their environment, they feel healthier,” said Dr. Starck.

New inpatient services will focus primarily on general medicine, general surgery, orthopaedics, urology and critical care medicine. Additional inpatient services will include cardiology, vascular medicine, gastroenterology, nephrology, and gynecology.

Jacobs Health Center


Kosta Mathiellis, Richard E. Jacobs Health Center Administrator, share areas of community involvement including the annual 5K Heart Chaste, health fairs and school connections.

The new hospital will be the only Cleveland Clinic hospital connected directly to a family health center. Richard E. Jacobs Health Center is Cleveland Clinic’s highest volume family health center, averaging 400,000 patient visits per year, and approximately 2,000 patients per month in the Emergency Department. “Partnering with the community to develop strong relationships is essential to our continued growth,” says Joseph Knapp, MD, medical director, Richard E. Jacobs Health Center. “We’re working with local contractors to build the new hospital, and partnering with area businesses and schools to organize health and wellness events.”

Dr. Cosgrove

“This hospital will anchor our inpatient services in the far western suburbs. It will enable us to give every patient the right care, at the right time, in the most appropriate medical facility,” reports Toby Cosgrove, M.D., Chief Executive Officer and President of Cleveland Clinic. “As the region’s leading healthcare provider, we have been given the historic opportunity to shape the future of healthcare in Lorain County. We welcome this opportunity, and look forward to giving this community a hospital that is second to none.”

Bringing in 6,600 pieces of hospital equipment and employing 500 people represents a tremendous investment to the community. Cleveland Clinic Avon Hospital is expected to be substantially complete by Aug. 12, 2016. Activation events will begin Oct. 3 and the first patient is expected to be welcomed on Nov. 15.




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