Considered by many to be the U.S.' medical capital, the northeast Ohio region is home to nationally recognized health care systems such as the Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals, MetroHealth and Sisters of Charity Health System, as well as more than 700 bioscience companies and other leading medical institutions.
In October 2013, the Global Center for Health Innovation, also known as the Medical Mart, opened in downtown Cleveland to serve as a permanent showroom of medical, surgical and hospital goods, along with a new convention center.
The $465 million project is a joint venture by Cuyahoga County, Ohio, and Merchandise Mart Properties Inc., a division of Vornado Realty Trust, Chicago, to serve health care innovation, technology, education and commerce through state-of-the-art spaces, programs and virtual offerings. The facility boasts being the only facility in the world to display the future of health and health care.
The concept is modeled after Chicago's Merchandise Mart and is 235,000 square feet, of which 100,000 square feet is permanent showroom space for tenants, such as GE Health Care and Siemens, and has four themed floors: Health and Home; People, Patients and Caregivers; Clinical Spaces; and Health Care Information Technology.