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A first look at Cleveland’s Global Center for Health Innovation

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It’s been six years since plans for Cleveland’s medical mart, initially a vision of Cleveland Clinic CEO Toby Cosgrove, began to come to life.

A lot has happened since then — both setbacks and victories. Plans for rival facilities in two other cities collapsed, for example. That gave way to the Cleveland project landing its largest tenant, HIMSS, which had planned to be part of the Nashville project, and a name change to the Global Center for Health Innovation.

Twenty-three tenants are committed to leasing showroom space in the center, which will open to the public in February of next year. Although many of them have not yet completed, or even started, filling their space, the ribbon was officially cut last week so that attendees of the Cleveland Clinic Medical Innovation Summit this week could check out the new facility.

The center was open for tours during a dinner and reception Tuesday night, and I snapped some iPhone photos.

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The Global Center for Health Innovation occupies 235,000 square feet adjacent to the Cleveland Convention Center on the northeast side of downtown.


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Each of the center’s four floors has a theme. On the first floor, Cleveland health systems like University Hospital, Cleveland Clinic and MetroHealth will showcase technology for the patient home.


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GE Healthcare, Cardinal Health and Cisco are among tenants on the second floor, the “People, Patients and Caregivers” floor.


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The third floor is dedicated to devices and technologies that enhance the clinical experience. Philips Healthcare (shown here) and Siemens are tenants.


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In the background of this photo of Cardinal Health’s space, you can see that some of the space in the center remains unoccupied.


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Health IT trade group HIMSS rented out the top floor and plans to use it as an interoperability testing center.


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Plans for the center, then referred to as a medical mart, were firmed up back in 2007. The $425 million project was funded partially by county taxpayers.


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Deanna Pogorelc

By Deanna Pogorelc MedCity News

Deanna Pogorelc is a Cleveland-based reporter who writes obsessively about life science startups across the country, looking to technology transfer offices, startup incubators and investment funds to see what’s next in healthcare. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Ball State University and previously covered business and education for a northeast Indiana newspaper.
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