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VIDEO: FTMC, The Bellevue Hospital combine forces with Cleveland Clinic

Joe Centers • Jun 18, 2013 at 7:52 PM

Fisher-Titus Medical Center and The Bellevue Hospital today announced an affiliation with Cleveland Clinic's Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute. The affiliation will bring world-class heart care to area residents and provide greater access to Cleveland Clinic’s academic, clinical and research best practices in cardiovascular and thoracic care.

“While each organization remains independent, the affiliation with Cleveland Clinic’s Heart and Vascular Institute strengthens all elements of heart and vascular medicine and thoracic surgery to provide the highest level of cardiovascular and thoracic care to the six-county region served by Fisher-Titus and The Bellevue Hospital,” said Patrick J. Martin, president and CEO of Fisher-Titus Medical Center.

The affiliation is the result of a comprehensive study and assessment of the current level of cardiovascular and thoracic services available to residents in the two hospitals’ service areas, according to both Martin and Michael K. Winthrop, president and CEO of The Bellevue Hospital.    The study, which began over one year ago, revealed a need for expanding these services to provide a higher level of care for area residents in their own communities.  Since then, leadership teams from both hospitals have been working with Cleveland Clinic officials to develop a program to meet those needs.

“This is another great example of the long-standing relationship between our two independent community hospitals working together on initiatives to benefit our patients and communities,” said Winthrop.  “In the past, Fisher-Titus and The Bellevue Hospital have worked together to recruit specialty physicians in pediatrics, urology, neurology, and plastic surgery who serve patients in both our service areas and at both our hospitals. This new affiliation provides us the opportunity to bring word-class heart and vascular care and a comprehensive thoracic surgical program to our patients.”

The two hospitals serve a combined six-county region which includes Erie, Huron, Lorain, Richland, Sandusky and Seneca counties.  This affiliation brings these communities four new physicians and Cleveland Clinic’s best practices and reputation in heart and vascular care.

See full story in Wednesday's Norwalk Reflector.

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