The Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin system is trying to boost its cardiovascular program by partnering with the Cleveland Clinic.
Froedtert, an academic medical center based in Milwaukee, is the only hospital in the Badger State to join the Cleveland Clinic Heart and Vascular Institute as an affiliate member, according to a news release announcing the affiliation.
Doctors and patients at Froedtert & MCW will have access to new treatments and technologies, and will collaborate on medical research with the Cleveland Clinic.
Froedtert President Cathy Buck said that the system was “proud to be selected as an affiliate" and called Cleveland Clinic's Heart Institute a "world-renowned peer organization."
A year ago, Cleveland began assessing what cardiovascular services were available in southeastern Wisconsin. The clinic reviewed Froedtert & MCW's heart program and looked at personnel, policies and procedures, outcomes and facilities.
The Cleveland Clinic deal is Froedtert & MCW's latest effort in vascular care. The Wisconsin system's heart and vascular program opened in October.
In February, Froedtert & MCW teamed up with CVS Health, allowing CVS pharmacy locations to share clinical information in an effort to coordinate care for patients.
And in 2014, Froedtert partnered with St. Louis-based Ascension Health to acquire a 50% interest in Network Health, a 165,000-member health plan with almost $900 million in revenue.
Last year, Froedtert reported $1.89 billion in operating revenue, according to Modern Healthcare's financial database.