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Health Education Campus of Case Western Reserve University no longer needed as surge hospital

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Posted at 10:58 AM, Jun 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-30 10:58:11-04

CLEVELAND — The Health Education Campus of Case Western Reserve University, which was converted into a surge hospital in preparation for an uptick of patients with COVID-19, will no longer be needed in that capacity, allowing it to transition back into use for students during the fall semester.

Based on predictive modeling at the time, the Health Education Campus building was converted to a hospital-like facility that would accommodate low-acuity COVID-19 patients.

The clinic said the transition back will take several weeks and is expected to be completed in time for the return of students for the fall semester.

“We prepared the temporary hospital based on predictive modeling of anticipated cases and are grateful that due to aggressive public health measures, our health system did not exceed capacity," the clinic said in an update.

In April, the Cleveland Clinic worked with Case Western Reserve University to convert the 447,000-square-foot building into a hospital that could accommodate up to 1,000 hospital beds.

The facility, to be called Hope Hospital, will initially include 327 patient beds for low-acuity COVID-19 patients
The facility, to be called Hope Hospital, will initially include 327 patient beds for low-acuity COVID-19 patients. Courtesy of the Cleveland Clinic.

If a surge does happen, the clinic said it will adapt as the pandemic evolves, preparing to care for patients in its existing facilities.

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