Cleveland Clinic, hospitals launch specialty affiliations

With the goal of delivering world-class service to local communities, leading hospitals, including Cleveland Clinic, are partnering with local hospitals in developing specialty service lines and research projects.

Cleveland Clinic last week announced affiliations with North Carolina's Presbyterian Hospital and Forsyth Medical Center in heart care, such as prevention, medical cardiology, and cardiovascular surgery. As part of the affiliations, Cleveland Clinic will provide Presbyterian Hospital and Forsyth Medical Center advanced research, programs, technologies, and clinical techniques, according to a Novant press release. The affiliations may help make it possible for patients to get access to the advanced resources.

"Presbyterian has a long tradition of providing cardiac care of the highest caliber for this community," said Dr. Russ Bailey, president, Mid Carolina Cardiology Charlotte. "We look forward to continuing to provide unsurpassed cardiac care to this community, and to a relationship with the Cleveland Clinic that will further enhance that care," Bailey said.

The push to affiliate in specialty service lines isn't isolated to Cleveland Clinic. For example, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Maury Regional Medical Center, Northcrest Medical Center, and Williamson Medical Center last week announced affiliations to provide specialty services and programs and develop research across Tennessee, according to a Vanderbilt weekly Reporter article. The organizations, while remaining independent, plan to collaborate on areas, including cancer care, primary care, cardiovascular services, diagnostic imaging services, ambulatory surgery, as well as medical facility development.

"These affiliations are a tremendous positive for all parties, serving as a forward-thinking approach to partnerships between community-based hospitals and large tertiary referral centers performing specialty care, training and research," said Dr. Jeff Balser, vice chancellor for Health Affairs and dean of the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.

The collaboration helps to ensure that care services and research projects are more efficient, do not overlap, and help eliminate competing projects, according to the news brief.

For more information:
- read the Novant press release
- check out the Vanderbilt article

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