Cleveland Clinic temporarily converting Samson Pavilion into hospital for expected surge in COVID-19 cases

The Cleveland Clinic Health Education Campus.
The Cleveland Clinic Health Education Campus.
Posted at 10:02 AM, Apr 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-02 10:03:37-04

CLEVELAND — In anticipation of the expected surge of coronavirus cases in the area, the Cleveland Clinic will temporarily convert its Samson Pavilion at the Health Education Campus into a functioning hospital to treat coronavirus patients who don’t require high levels of care but who are in need of hospitalization.

The Clinic and Case Western Reserve University are collaborating to convert the four-story, 477,000-square-foot building into a hospital that can accommodate 1,000 hospital beds.

The Cleveland Clinic Health Education Campus.
The Cleveland Clinic Health Education Campus.

The beds will be used for low-acuity patients with COVID-19 who do not require ventilators or large amounts of oxygen. If a patient does need a higher level of care, the intensive care unit is in proximity.

The Cleveland Clinic Health Education Campus.
The Cleveland Clinic Health Education Campus.

The Clinic said it expects the hospital to open in coming weeks. The hospital will be fully staffed and equipped to care for patients. Nurses and doctors will be able to monitor patients, provide IV medications and administer oxygen.

“We have based our planning on the predictive modeling our experts have undertaken to anticipate resources needed and be prepared to meet the needs of patients during the COVID-19 pandemic,” a spokesperson for the hospital said.

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