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Cleveland Clinic Partners with North Shore-LIJ for Heart Care

Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, August 20, 2014

To expand a program which promises cost savings to employers, Cleveland Clinic is creating a network of organizations "[known to] function with high quality for patients having standard cardiac operations." Its latest deal puts it in the New York market.


Cosgrove

Toby Cosgrove, MD
President and CEO, Cleveland Clinic

Cleveland Clinic is extending its East Coast presence through another affiliation for cardiac services. This time, it is partnering with North-Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System.

The arrangement between the providers, characterized as "exclusive," was announced Tuesday by Michael Dowling, NS-LIJ's President and CEO and the Cleveland Clinic's President and CEO, Toby Cosgrove, MD.

Dowling says he's delighted with the arrangement because it will merge two high quality heart programs to become even better. But he acknowledges it may not result in a significantly higher volume of patients, at least not any time soon.

A Cleveland Clinic program that enables employees of large, self-insured companies such as Lowe's, Walmart, and Boeing to travel to Cleveland for high quality heart care hasn't seen many patients take them up on that offer.

In the four years since the program launched, "What has become apparent to us is the [low volume of] participation," says Bruce Lytle, MD, chairman of Cleveland Clinic's Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute.

"People aren't worried about getting the procedure here once they leave home," he says. "But they are worried enough about it before they leave so that we think it may have limited participation."

Lytle says that no more than 75 to 100 employees of those three large companies have made the trek to Cleveland each year, a number he acknowledges is low.

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