Cleveland's Cool Twist on Health Care

From WKYC-TV 3 (February 19, 2014)

Cleveland's cool twist on health care

Feb. 19, 2014: If you don't think health care is cool, think again! WKYC's Ryan Haidet continues his "Cool in Cleveland" series where he showcases all the gadgets and gizmos inside the new Global Center for Health Innovation. 

WKYC-TV CLEVELAND -- If you don't think health care is cool, think again…

"The Global Center for health innovation is cool because we got some of the largest names in the world dealing with health care right here in this building," General Manager Mark Leahy says.

This technological health hub is bringing big change to downtown Cleveland, and it's not just targeted at one age group. "Young people will eventually become users and consumers of health care," Leahy says.

 The massive glass structure is like stepping into a science fiction movie with its futuristic design. Digital monitors are located everywhere Inside the Global Center for Health Innovation. There is so much space inside the Global Center for Health Innovation, which offers interactive self-guided tours.

There is a conference room that holds 100 people inside the Global Center for Health Innovation, which can also be used for social gatherings.

A view from above of the main lobby inside the Global Center for Health Innovation. The glass walls create a very open atmosphere.There is so much space inside the Global Center for Health Innovation, which offers interactive self-guided tours.

Construction is taking place on a new hotel along Lakeside Avenue that will connect to the convention center and Global Center for Health Innovation.

"The entire building was designed to be interactive and self-guided," says John Paganini, Senior Manager of Interoperability Initiatives, Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society.

From touch screen monitors, to extra space for social gatherings, those attached to the project say the Global Center for Health Innovation was built with one major goal in mind.

"The key thing will be the interaction among all these companies and providing low cost health care, ultimately," Leahy adds. 

And its location is key.

Just outside their windows, work has started on a new 600-room hotel that will connect to both the health center and new convention center. 

"As we look down here we can see that they've begun the creation of the new Hilton Hotel, which is going to have underground pathways to the Convention Center, a walk way over here," Paganini explains.

When the center opens its doors later this year, Paganini says the local impact will be huge.

"Hopefully in the future people will say I got to go to Cleveland to the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame and the Global Center for Health Innovation."

Full story (with video interviews with Mark Leahy and John Paganini – WKYC broadcast live this morning from the Atrium and the extended story will run in the 5 p.m. evening news. There is also an extensive photo gallery): http://www.wkyc.com/story/news/health/2014/02/19/a-cool-twist-to-health-care/5578979/