Collaboration by Design: Health Education Campus

Interior rendering of the new Health Education Campus

Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland Clinic are building the future of health care.

Set to open in summer 2019, the Sheila and Eric Samson Pavilion will welcome dental, medical, nursing  and physician assistant students to a space expressly designed to advance interprofessional education.

Starting with a 21,600-square-foot atrium that includes dining, the entire building actively encourages interaction. From shared lounge and study areas to classrooms planned around group work, the building provides faculty and students constant opportunities for informal interactions — as well as joint courses and other academic activities.

The $5 million conference center, which features a 7,000-square-foot auditorium and 4,800-square-foot lecture hall, will further encourage collaboration and innovation. 

"The new Health Education Campus will bring in a new era of teaching," said Eric Samson, who with his wife, Sheila, provided a significant donation to the $515 million project. In July 2018, leaders from Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland Clinic announced that the facility would be named the Sheila and Eric Samson Pavilion in recognition of their gift.

"For health care workers to work well together, they need to learn together. They need to take classes together, study together, eat and 'hang out' with each other."

— Barbara R. Snyder, President, Case Western Reserve University