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Kaweah Health launches affiliation with country’s No. 1 Heart Hospital, Cleveland Clinic

Affiliation aims to advance cardiovascular care in Central Valley

Kaweah Health has joined forces with Cleveland Clinic’s Heart & Vascular Institute, the No. 1 ranked heart program in the U.S., in an effort to help further elevate services for people seeking cardiovascular care in the Central Valley.

As an affiliate, the two organizations will stay independent and physicians and staff of Kaweah Health’s heart program will remain the same. However, the affiliation will give Kaweah Health access to best practices that have helped the Ohio-based Cleveland Clinic’s heart program achieve U.S. News & World Report’s No. 1 cardiology and heart surgery ranking since 1995. The announcement was made Jan. 25 at press conference in front of more than 100 people at Kaweah Health in Visalia., Calif.

Additionally, as affiliates, Kaweah Health and Cleveland Clinic’s heart program will share best practices in patient care, outcomes measurement, quality reporting and clinical research. In addition, physician teams from both entities will collaborate to accelerate advances in heart care treatments and protocols. Medical staff members of Kaweah Health’s heart program were very supportive of the affiliation.

Benefits of the affiliation to Kaweah Health patients and doctors include access to new treatments and technologies, opportunities to collaborate with Cleveland Clinic in medical research, sharing of care pathways, quality processes, outcomes data analysis and medical education opportunities.

What Does it Mean?

The affiliation between Kaweah Health and Cleveland Clinic Heart & Vascular Institute, ranked the nation’s No. 1 heart program by U.S. News & World Report, means our patients have access to the broadest possible range of solutions from skilled, experienced doctors, nurses and technicians. Options you may not have anywhere else in the region.

Quality
  • Kaweah Health provides data pertaining to the areas of interventional cardiology, electrophysiology, cardiac imaging and heart failure management. This data will be collected utilizing databases or registries allowing for a global assessment of our performance.
  • Cleveland Clinic and Kaweah Health’s review quality and performance protocols.
  • Cleveland Clinic heart experts are available to review complex cases and discuss the appropriate care plans for patients.
  • Our heart & vascular physicians can access Cleveland Clinic for review of diagnostic and interventional images for quality review purposes.
  • Provide consultation on use or acquisition of new technology for the benefit of our patients.
Training
  • Cleveland Clinic has extensive patient care protocols, clinical practice guidelines and patient education materials for use by Kaweah Health.
  • Kaweah Health’s participates in Cleveland Clinic-sponsored Continuing Medical Education (CME) courses, department meetings and training.
About Cleveland Clinic

Cleveland Clinic is a nonprofit multispecialty academic medical center that integrates clinical and hospital care with research and education. Located in Cleveland, Ohio, it was founded in 1921 by four renowned physicians with a vision of providing outstanding patient care based upon the principles of cooperation, compassion and innovation. Cleveland Clinic has pioneered many medical breakthroughs, including coronary artery bypass surgery and the first face transplant in the United States. U.S. News & World Report consistently names Cleveland Clinic as one of the nation’s best hospitals in its annual “America’s Best Hospitals” survey. Among Cleveland Clinic’s 52,000 employees are more than 3,600 full-time salaried physicians and researchers and 14,000 nurses, representing 140 medical specialties and subspecialties. Cleveland Clinic’s health system includes a 165-acre main campus near downtown Cleveland, 11 regional hospitals, more than 150 northern Ohio outpatient locations – including 18 full-service family health centers and three health and wellness centers – and locations in Weston, Fla.; Las Vegas, Nev.; Toronto, Canada; Abu Dhabi, UAE; and London, England. In 2017, there were 7.6 million outpatient visits, 229,000 hospital admissions and 207,000 surgical cases throughout Cleveland Clinic’s health system. Patients came for treatment from every state and 185 countries. Visit us at clevelandclinic.org. Follow us at twitter.com/ClevelandClinic. News and resources available at newsroom.clevelandclinic.org.

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