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Cleveland Clinic set to open leading-edge facilities

CLEVELAND – The Cleveland Clinic is about to open two new facilities – constructed at a cost of $634 million – that are equipped with state-of-the art information technology and surgical systems. The Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Pavilion and the Glickman Tower will open September 12.

The buildings will house the most technologically advanced heart and urological care in the world, according to Cleveland Clinic executives, including advanced 3-D imaging, robotic interventional surgical devices and a fully computerized communications system.

The buildings represent the largest expansion in the Cleveland Clinic’s history, adding nearly 1.3 million square feet to its main campus.

Physicians, nurses and other key care-givers were asked for their input on how to create the most effective and innovative clinical environment.

“By integrating state-of-the-art clinical facilities, patient accommodations, public areas with breathtaking views and artwork throughout, the Miller Family Pavilion and Glickman Tower will provide a healing environment intended to maximize the patient experience,” said Bridget M. Duffy, MD, chief experience officer for the Cleveland Clinic.

The $506 million, nearly one-million-square-foot Miller Family Pavilion will serve as the main entrance to the Cleveland Clinic and the new home of the Cleveland Clinic Heart & Vascular Institute.

The $128 million, 330,000-square-foot, 12-story Glickman Tower, the new home to the Glickman Urological & Kidney Institute, will feature advanced clinical technology, a rooftop helipad for critically ill and injured patients, a new dialysis unit with picturesque views and a sky-lit hall.

“For the Glickman Urological & Kidney Institute, our new building represents the history of innovation we’ve contributed to the field and the vastness of the contributions we are poised to lead in the future,” said Andrew C. Novick, MD, chairman of the Glickman Urological & Kidney Institute. “The space allows for us to continue our momentum in pioneering new surgical techniques, incorporating the latest technology and, most importantly, continuously improving outcomes for our patients.”

More than 37,000 supporters, in addition to lead philanthropists Carl D. and Babs Glickman and Sydell Miller and her daughters, Stacie Halpern and Lauren Spilman, contributed more than $385 million to the project.

“Cleveland Clinic has entered an era characterized by growth, innovation and patient-centered care,” said Delos M. “Toby” Cosgrove, MD, CEO and president of the Cleveland Clinic. “The opening of the Miller Family Pavilion and Glickman Tower is a transformational event for our health system.

Together, these structures will revolutionize the delivery of medical care for patients and clinicians alike, placing the needs of patients and their families at the center and providing the most state-of-the-art healthcare experience possible.”

Founded in 1921 by four physicians, the Cleveland Clinic is a not-for-profit, multi-specialty, academic medical center that integrates clinical and hospital care with research and education.

For the fourteenth year in a row, Cleveland Clinic’s cardiac care has been ranked No. 1 in the nation, according to the 2008 U.S.News & World Report “America’s Best Hospitals” survey.

The survey recognizes Cleveland Clinic as one of the nation’s best hospitals overall, ranking the Clinic 4th in the country. Cleveland Clinic ranked in all 16 specialties surveyed by the magazine. Ten of its specialties were listed among the Top 10 in the United States and all of the Clinic’s specialties placed in the nation’s top 25.