MetroHealth’s replacement acute care hospital, The Glick Center, is central to their transformational plan to bring hope and healing to one of the most economically challenged and diverse areas in Cleveland, Ohio. This beautiful forward-thinking facility furthers MetroHealth’s vision to offer the community hope and healing through equitable and research-based care by streamlining staff efficiency and improving patient care using Lean and evidence-based, data-driven planning and design.

The design evokes the look and feel of the original public hospital and follows the curve of the highway. With the narrowest part towards the neighborhood, the Glick Center’s white terracotta façade reaches to the sky as a visible, welcoming beacon of hope. As the campus is completed, the hospital will be surrounded by 25 acres of landscaped parks to support a people-oriented neighborhood.

Inside, the design takes inspiration from murals in the neighborhood and nature to infuse a sense of inclusion, and well-being. All are welcomed by bright colors, open spaces, daylight, views, biophilic elements, and visual and performance art. Each art piece and performance selected has a common theme: bright colors, positive imagery, and a nod to the community to help patients, staff, and visitors feel at home and find inspiration.

In the care environment, there is a universal, flexible, and adaptable planning response. From the interventional platform to the 312 patient beds, each space can adapt to accept changes and advancements in technology and care delivery so MetroHealth can continue to serve the community and their mission for generations to come.

DESIGN TEAM: HGA (architect of record, design architect, medical planning interior design, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, civil engineering, structural engineering, landscape architecture); Bostwick Design (associate architect); Makovich & Pusti Architects Inc. (local architecture support); Karpinski Engineering (associate MEP engineer); Turner Construction (construction); Rippe Associates (food service); Land Studio (art); Behnke Landscape Architecture (landscape architecture)

COMPLETED: October 2022