Although Long Island’s St. Francis Hospital is renowned as one of the best cardiac care facilities in the region, local heart patients will now have even more access to advanced clinical trials and surgical techniques thanks to a new alliance between North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System and the Cleveland Clinic, which has been rated number one in the country for cardiac care for more than two decades. Founded in 1921, it has also earned a reputation for its “world class” research as well through its work at the Lerner Research Institute.
Under the new partnership, North Shore-LIJ will act exclusively as New York’s downstate treatment center for heart patient referrals from the clinic’s contacts with major chains which includes mega-corporations such as Lowes, Walmart and Boeing, thus allowing local employees of those companies to be treated in the region, rather than having to travel to Ohio for necessary procedures. Another alliances have also been formed between the clinic and MedStar Heart Institute at Washington Hospital Center in the nation’s capital.
According to Cleveland Clinic’s executive director of marketing Michael McMillan, the facility is also currently discussing similar care arrangements with a number of other Fortune 500 and Fortune 50 corporations as well. “The idea is to work with organizations that have demonstrated performance and outcomes and encourage employees to utilize them.”
The Cleveland Clinic was founded in 1921, and has earned a reputation for its “world class” research as well through its work at the Lerner Research Institute.” McMillan also stated that he reason North Shore-LIJ was picked for the partnership is because the hospital has “consistently ranked high in performance assessments by the New York State Department of Health, which collects statistical information regarding the outcomes of cardiovascular surgery and heart stenting.”
“We have gone from an individual sport to a team sport as physicians and certainly health care organizations are now stronger if they combine their strengths and work together,” added Dr. Toby Cosgrove, Cleveland’s president and CEO.