University Hospitals opens community wellness center in Glenville

CLEVELAND, Ohio — University Hospitals is ready to serve the Glenville community in a new way.

UH on Monday unveiled its 2,800 square-foot Community Wellness Center at the newly opened Davis Apartments on Churchill Avenue.

This marked UH’s first community-based wellness center, which is aimed at providing an array of services to residents, including preventative health services, access to telehealth services and an on-site health worker, as well as a teaching kitchen and on-site dietitian.

There is also a Food For Life Market filled with healthy food and produce that is supplied by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, among other vendors.

A demonstration kitchen at the UH Community Wellness Center where residents can learn how to make healthy meals.
The food pantry at the UH Wellness Center at the Davis.

“As an anchor institution, one that has been deeply rooted in this community for over 155 years, University hospitals holds dearly our responsibility to care for our community,” said Dan Simon, UH’s president of academic and external Affairs and chief scientific officer. “Considerable disparities exist in healthcare and we see instances of this around the country.”

A UH representative was unable to provide the cost of the project.

Rent for the apartments, now fully leased, are income-based. There are 52 one-, two- and three-bedroom units, along with four
three-bedroom townhomes. There is also a fitness center, playground, community room and business center.

A living room and dinning room in a two-bedroom unit at the Davis.
A bedroom in a model unit at The Davis, a new affordable housing complex in Glenville.

Scott Skinner, the vice president of development at NRP Group, a Cleveland-based real estate development company behind the Davis, called its partnership with UH “the most important part of this new community.”

“They’ll provide vital programs and services to the broader neighborhood. Partnerships like this one between a housing provider and a healthcare provider are absolutely critical to addressing social determinants of health in Cleveland,” Skinner said.

Lifelong Glenville resident Betty Davis, 80, said, “I’m just interested in anything that’s going to be beneficial to the neighborhood and this looks like this is it. I’m so excited.”

Other services that the UH Community Wellness Center will offer is support for pregnant women and young mothers, programs to prevent senior citizen isolation, workforce training and financial literacy.

Megan Sims covers real estate for See previous work at this link.


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