Friday, January 31st, 2020
Weston, Fla. – Jan. 30, 2020 – Cleveland Clinic recently marked the one-year anniversary of Indian River Medical Center and Martin Health System becoming full members of the Cleveland Clinic health system and the establishment of a five-hospital regional system serving southeast Florida.
According to Cleveland Clinic Florida CEO and President Wael Barsoum, MD, the first year of the multi-year integration process focused on understanding the needs of the patients, caregivers and communities served by the new regional health system, establishing integration priorities, and launching a number of early quality initiatives.
“We laid a strong foundation in our first year together, built on our ‘patients first’ philosophy with a mutual respect for the work we do, and a desire to share best practices and learn from one another,” said Dr. Barsoum. “By combining our clinical expertise and resources, we are providing high-quality care, improving outcomes, and increasing efficiencies. We want to be the best place to work and provide care, and when patients choose to come to Cleveland Clinic, be it at Indian River, Martin Health or Weston, I know we are succeeding.”
While patient safety, satisfaction and outcomes data for 2019 will take several months to be compiled and reported by healthcare industry monitors, preliminary indicators show early progress achieved through clinical and operational alignment within the regional system.
“I think the most dramatic illustration of what our integration has achieved is the case of 47-year-old Indian River County resident Paige Jerome,” said Gregory Rosencrance, MD, President of Cleveland Clinic Indian River Hospital. “Paige came to our hospital thinking she needed an antibiotic to treat a ‘touch of bronchitis,’ but instead was diagnosed with giant cell myocarditis, a rare heart condition.”
Within a week, Jerome was at Cleveland Clinic Weston Hospital undergoing a heart transplant, Rosencrance noted. “The teamwork between our physicians in Weston and Indian River in diagnosing and treating this life-threatening condition demonstrates how the collective expertise of our physicians in the region benefit the communities we serve.”
Cleveland Clinic Martin Health President Robert L. Lord Jr., points to the new Cleveland Clinic Florida Research and Innovation Center in Port St. Lucie, as another example of how integration is having a positive impact on the Treasure Coast. In November 2019, Cleveland Clinic took occupancy of the former Vaccine and Gene Therapy Institute facility across from Cleveland Clinic Tradition Hospital, which will house the new research institute.
“Backed by nearly 100 years of research experience in Ohio, this state-of-the-art facility will propel medical research in the region and act as an economic engine for our surrounding communities,” Lord said.
About the Cleveland Clinic Florida region
The Cleveland Clinic Florida region is a nonprofit, multi-specialty healthcare provider that integrates clinical and hospital care with research and education. The Florida region now includes Cleveland Clinic Indian River Hospital, Cleveland Clinic Martin Health, and Cleveland Clinic Weston Hospital, with five hospitals and numerous outpatient centers in Broward, Palm Beach, Martin and St. Lucie Counties. The Florida region is an integral part of Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, where providing outstanding patient care is based upon the principles of cooperation, compassion and innovation. Physicians at Cleveland Clinic are experts in the treatment of complex conditions that are difficult to diagnose. For more information about Cleveland Clinic Florida, visit www.clevelandclinicflorida.org. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.