At the Heart of the Cleveland Clinic
posted November 8th, 2012 by Tracy Keller
World renowned hospital offers variety of top health services
The Cleveland Clinic is synonymous with world–class health care. Having recently celebrated its 90th year of operations, Cleveland Clinic has a rich history of providing patients across the world with state-of-the-art treatments and has long been on the cutting edge of groundbreaking medical breakthroughs.
The Cleveland Clinic exemplifies a dedicated facility that serves patients through innovative treatments, groundbreaking medical research and continued education.
Founded in February 1921 by four renowned Cleveland physicians, the Cleveland Clinic was one of the first not-for-profit group practices in the nation. Its origins stem from the battlefield where three of its four founders, George Washington Crile, Frank Bunts and William Lower, met when serving during World War I. The three medical soldiers marveled at the efficiency of military medicine and felt they could replicate it in a civilian setting. Upon returning from war, the three invited John Phillips to join their enterprise and worked to establish a medical facility that focused on exceptional patient care through continued medical research and education.
The founders of the Cleveland Clinic were essential to solidifying its reputation. Dr. Crile in particular championed the Clinic and its operational methods as the new approach to health care and the future of medicine. The Clinic was leading the health care market with groundbreaking science that led to new treatment methods by the 1950’s. Most notably were the Clinic’s innovations in heart care. Cleveland Clinic cardiologist F. Mason Sones invented a technique called cine-coronary angiography, which allowed physicians to see into the heart for a more accurate diagnosis. The Cleveland Clinic’s reputation as a leader in heart care continued to grow after clinic surgeon Rene Favaloro performed the world’s first coronary artery bypass. To no one’s surprise, the Clinic is now a world-renowned heart care institution.
In the 90 years since its founding, the Cleveland Clinic has grown into the second-largest group practice in the world, second only to the Mayo Clinic, which has locations in Arizona, Florida and Minnesota. The clinic’s Cleveland site encompasses 41 buildings on 140 acres. Cleveland Clinic has also grown beyond its local borders with integrated health facilities being established in communities across the country and around the world.
Leading the Way
The Cleveland Clinic has been on the cutting edge of health care treatment since its founding in 1921, largely due to its strong focus on patient care, research and education. Clinic physicians constantly search for a better way to treat patients. The Clinic has been the site of many firsts in the history of health care, including:
- First successful larynx transplant
- First coronary artery bypass surgery
- First discovery of gene lined to familial coronary artery disease
- First identification of carpal tunnel syndrome
- First minimally invasive aortic valve surgery
- First innovative urological surgeries
- First deep-brain stimulation for psychiatric diseases
- First isolation of serotonin
- First development of “no-touch” colorectal surgery
- First invention of “washing-machine artificial kidney” dialysis machine
- First discovery of gene linked to juvenile macular degeneration
- First face transplant in the United States
Widely known as a global leader in health care, the Cleveland Clinic paves the way for new innovations in patient care services through its continued focus on research and education. The Cleveland Clinic staff includes 2,700 physicians and scientists who provide services in 120 medical specialties and subspecialties. The Cleveland Clinic appeared on U.S. News & World Report’s most recent annual “Best Hospitals” list rankings for 14 adult and 10 pediatric specialties. The Clinic topped the list in Cardiology and Heart Surgery; Nephrology, the study of kidneys; and Urology. Other top 10 rankings include:
- No. 2 in diabetes and endocrinology
- No. 2 in gastroenterology
- No. 2 in Rheumatology
- No. 2 in ear, nose and throat care
- No. 3 in gynecology
- No. 3 in orthopedics
- No. 3 in pulmonology
- No. 4 in geriatrics
- No. 5 in neurology and neurosurgery
- No. 6 in cancer treatment
- No. 9 in ophthalmology
The Cleveland Clinic ranked fourth overall on the U.S. News and World Report “Best Hospitals” list.
The facility continues to make waves in the medical community through its progressive research on tissue regeneration, the genetics of heart disease and breast cancer, and extensive clinical trials of cardiovascular medicines.
Cleveland Clinic Boosts Local Economy
As the largest private employer in northeast Ohio and the third largest in the state, the Cleveland Clinic makes a huge economic impact, garnering an estimated $4.4 billion in revenue annually.
The Cleveland Clinic is looking to expand its brand and services while helping to boost regional economic development with the support of the state of Ohio. The state recently awarded Cleveland Clinic the first-ever “Wright Mega-Center for Innovation” award, which, along with funds from the state’s Third Frontier program, will be used to build a global cardiovascular innovation center (GCIV). The GCIV will help stimulate statewide economic growth through the clinic’s expertise and global reputation in heart care.
As the Cleveland Clinic expands to include new services, new treatments and new locations, patients will benefit from the facility’s strong reputation as a leading health care institution.
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