Cleveland Clinic Open House Draws Hundreds of Visitors

The Family Health and Surgery Center opens July 25

Who says a hospital has to be stuffy and boring?

Twinsburg residents got a first look at the new Cleveland Clinic Family Health and Surgery Center at Saturday's open house. The 190,000-square-foot building features crisp furnishings, tons of natural light and walls peppered with bright artwork. Not to mention, the facility sits on 86 acres of land, more than 30 of which are preserved wetlands.

Located on state Route 91, the facility will bring approximately 300 jobs to the city and it will generate more than $900,000 in state and local payroll taxes. The emergency department opened July 11, and the Family Health and Surgery Center opens July 25.

"We can do anything and everything," Nursing Manager Joanne Socausky said of the Emergency Department. "From treating little boo-boos to stabilizing heart attack victims and trauma. Sometimes we have to stabilize the victim and then the helicopter will take them to a different campus for advanced treatment."

Socausky works in the ED and has been with the clinic for 16 years. Since July 11, the 24-hour department has already seen close to 100 patients.

"We've been very busy," Socausky smiled. "People are finding out we're here."

The center will offer more than 35 types of specialty care including cardiology, endocrinology, plastic surgery, pulmonology, allergy and vascular surgery and more.

"I've been privileged to lead this project for the last six years," said Medical Director Dr. Richard Kratche. "What's very unique is that most hospitals start with primary care. This strategy is different in that we started out with marketing data that showed there was a real need for specialty care in this area."

Kratche comes to Twinsburg from Solon, where he worked at a family practice for the last 20 years. He expects his patients to follow him to his new digs, saying "That makes it easier for me because now I don't feel like I'm leaving patients behind."

The goal was to come in with those strategies and then work with the primary care physicians in the area to treat the patients, Kratche added.

"I can't imagine not working here," Kratche said. "Twinsburg is great and the community is excited."


By the Numbers

Here are some interesting facts about the Family Health and Surgery Center, courtesy of the Cleveland Clinic.

  • There are 256 miles, or 1.35 million feet, of Tele/Data cables
  • There are 675 fiber optic connections
  • There are 141,922 bricks placed end to end
  • There is more than one acre, or 48,000 square feet, of glass
  • Builders used 5,705 cubic yards of concrete to make 22 miles of sidewalk
  • Builders used 65,000 square feet of roofing
  • There are 700 computers in the building
  • There are 650 doors
T.J. Powell July 20, 2011 at 01:29 AM
I have posted photos of the open house at http://tjpowell.net/2011/07/cleveland-clinic-twinsburg-campus-open-house/


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