Cleveland Clinic to break ground on $98M Avon medical center

Cleveland Clinic announced plans to begin construction on its Avon medical center Tuesday, after putting the center on hold earlier this year due to the flagging economy.

AVON, Ohio — The Cleveland Clinic plans on Tuesday to break ground on its $98 million Avon Family Health & Surgery Center.

Scheduled to open in 2011, the 186,000-square-foot medical center is to feature a 24-hour emergency department with a helicopter landing pad, an ambulatory surgical center, a physical therapy area with two pools and doctors from 30 specialties, as well as primary care, according to a statement.

In March, Delos “Toby” Cosgrove, Cleveland Clinic’s chief executive, announced plans to delay the start of construction for the medical center. The Clinic attributed the delay to the recession.

Cleveland Clinic in March also pushed back plans to open a similar medical center in Twinsburg. Developers broke ground on the Twinsburg center earlier this month.