Susquehanna Health, which operates four hospitals in Pennsylvania, has formed an affiliation agreement for heart and vascular services with the Cleveland Clinic.
The Cleveland Clinic, which operates 11 hospitals in Florida and Ohio, has established 15 such affiliations with health systems through its Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute. Including Susquehanna's hospitals, six hospitals in Pennsylvania now share similar affiliations with the clinic.
As part of the agreement, the local hospitals' patients will have access to clinical trials, treatment protocols and research programs developed by the Cleveland Clinic, one of the top providers of heart care in the U.S. Susquehanna's clinical staff will have weekly teleconferencing meetings with Cleveland Clinic clinicians and are expected to visit Cleveland to study the academic medical center's operations, including its related work in pharmacy, respiratory therapy and cardiac rehabilitation.
“Collaborations like this are good for patients because they are evidence that their local healthcare provider is striving to provide them with the most advanced care and has a future-looking focus,”
Dr. Bruce Lytle, chairman of the Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute, said in a written statement.
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