Avon Gets New Cleveland Clinic ER

By Adrian Maties, Associate Editor The Cleveland Clinic opened a new 24-hour adult and pediatric emergency department on Sept. 5 at its Richard E. Jacobs Health Center in Akron. On Aug. 29, the center held a mock training exercise featuring simulated patients and medical scenarios and tasks. The $93 million Richard E. Jacobs Health Center [...]

The Cleveland Clinic opened a new 24-hour adult and pediatric emergency department on Sept. 5 at its Richard E. Jacobs Health Center in Akron. On Aug. 29, the center held a mock training exercise featuring simulated patients and medical scenarios and tasks.

The $93 million Richard E. Jacobs Health Center opened last December. It is a 190,000-square-foot facility, located at 33100 Cleveland Clinic Blvd. The center offers its patients almost 30 services. It features advanced specialty and primary care, with four operating rooms, four procedure rooms and an outpatient surgery center, an infusion suite for chemotherapy and a full-scale imaging center, as well as on-site retail optometry and a pharmacy.

The emergency department is its newest addition. It totals 15,000 square feet and features 12 beds, full adult and pediatric emergency services and a 24-hour on-site helipad for critically ill patients who need to be transported to another location.

With the opening of the emergency department, 70 board-certified emergency care physicians and nurses were added to the staff, bringing the total number of physicians, nurses and support staff employed at the center to approximately 350.

The  emergency department was originally scheduled to open later this year, together with the new Interstate 90 interchange. John Costin, MD, chairman of the Cleveland Clinic’s Lorain Institute, stated, however, that the clinic felt it was better to open the emergency department sooner rather than later. When finished, the new I-90 on-ramp will allow for faster and easier access.

“With a longstanding presence in Lorain and western Cuyahoga counties, the opening of the all-inclusive emergency department is continued proof of Cleveland Clinic’s commitment to providing accessible, comprehensive medical care to this area,”  doctor John Costin said in a release. He added that “the center will serve as a resource for the community and will work closely with community fire and emergency medical service departments to deliver residents the best emergency care possible.”

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