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CSU and St. Vincent Charity Seek to Foster Medical Innovation in Downtown Cleveland

Efforts build on the existing academic and medical hub in the Campus District

Cleveland State University and St. Vincent Charity Medical Center have announced a new collaboration to support and expand on the existing academic and medical hub in the Campus District.

Individually, CSU St. Vincent Charity are powerful economic drivers, representing hundreds of millions of dollars to the local economy and thousands of jobs. Together, CSU and St. Vincent's play an integral role in the ongoing revitalization of Cleveland, the Campus District and the Central Neighborhood.

Starting in early 2016, the two institutions began exploring ways in which they could work together to make a greater impact on our city and region. For example, through a collaboration between CSU’s Washkewicz College of Engineering and St. Vincent’s Spine & Orthopedic  researchers are working together to improve rehabilitation techniques and create new prosthetic technology. And that’s just the beginning.

True to their respective missions, these institutions are also exploring ways in which they can address the opiate epidemic in a collaborative manner that not only expands treatment in the short term, but also identifies new evidenced-based treatments and research that will address tomorrow’s challenges.

“All of this is exciting for both of our organizations, but most importantly, it is exciting for the Campus District and the communities we are blessed to serve,” said Dr. David F. Perse, president and CEO of St. Vincent Charity Medical Center, at the event.  “Not even a year into our partnership and our collaboration is already generating tangible results.”

“As anchor institutions, we recognize our responsibility to serve the people of Cleveland,” said Cleveland State University President Ronald M. Berkman. “Together, St. Vincent and CSU are committed to this mission.”

“At the core of everything we do at CSU is our philosophy of Engaged Learning, which extends our classrooms into the city itself,” Dr. Berkman added. “Engaged Learning prepares our students to succeed in their chosen professions by combining higher education and hands-on experience through co-ops, internships and other real-world opportunities.”

Work has also included engagements between St. Vincent Charity and faculty and researchers in CSU’s Colleges of Engineering and Sciences and Health Professions, the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law and the School of Nursing. St. Vincent Charity is a teaching site for CSU’s joint medical degree program with Northeast Ohio Medical University, which is dedicated to training a more diverse group of health-care professionals to meet the unique health-care needs of urban neighborhoods.