Kaweah Delta launches affiliation with country’s No. 1 Heart Hospital,
Affiliation aims to advance cardiovascular care in Central Valley
Kaweah Delta 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 Delta’s heart program will remain the same.
However, the affiliation will give Kaweah Delta 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 Delta in Visalia., Calif.
Additionally, as affiliates, Kaweah Delta 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 Delta’s
heart program were very supportive of the affiliation.
Benefits of the affiliation to Kaweah Delta 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 Delta 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.
- Kaweah Delta 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 Delta’s review quality and performance
- 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.
- Cleveland Clinic has extensive patient care protocols, clinical practice
guidelines and patient education materials for use by Kaweah Delta.
- Kaweah Delta’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.
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