Located in Cleveland, Ohio, Cleveland Clinic is a nonprofit, multispecialty academic medical center that integrates clinical and hospital care with research and education.
Today, with more than 1,400 beds on Cleveland Clinic main campus and 4,450 beds system-wide, Cleveland Clinic is one of the largest and most respected hospitals in the country.
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Cleveland Clinic is recognized by many independent organizations for the quality of care it provides.
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. The Cleveland Clinic heart and heart surgery program has been ranked No. 1 in the nation since 1995.
Other awards and recognitions include:
- Magnet Status. Cleveland Clinic main campus and Fairview Hospital are designated as Magnet status hospitals, the most sought-after indicator of nursing excellence, by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.
- Consumer Choice Award. Awarded in 2009-2010 from the National Research Corporation.
- World’s Most Ethical Companies. Awarded in 2009 from the Ethisphere Institute.
Many major medical breakthroughs have happened at Cleveland Clinic, including:
- Isolation of serotonin, a key factor in hypertension (1940s)
- Development of “no-touch” colorectal surgery (1950s)
- First coronary angiography (1958)
- Development and refinement of coronary bypass surgery (1967)
- First minimally invasive aortic heart valve surgery (1996)
- First successful larynx transplant (1998)
- Discovery of first gene linked to juvenile macular degeneration (2000)
- Discovery of first gene linked to coronary artery disease (2003)
- Pioneering success in deep brain stimulation for psychiatric disorders and minimally conscious state (2006)
- First kidney surgery performed through patient’s navel (2007)
- Nation’s first near-total face transplant (2008)
- World’s first heart/liver transplant in patient with total artificial heart (2009)
Numerous other breakthroughs and innovations have happened at Cleveland Clinic in fields ranging from basic science to brain surgery.
Cleveland Clinic has large and busy research and education institutes. Our founders believed that these activities were cornerstones of excellence in patient care. Their vision has made possible historic and dramatic advances in the diagnosis and treatment of complex medical problems.
Learn more about our areas of research and education:
Lerner Research Institute
This institute is home to all laboratory-based, translational and clinical biomedical research at Cleveland Clinic. With 650,000 square feet of research space, more than 1,200 scientists and support personnel collaborate with clinical researchers to unravel the mysteries of disease.
Cleveland Clinic sponsors one of the nation’s largest physician-graduate training programs. Doctors from around the world come to Cleveland Clinic for residency training in one of many specialty areas and for advanced fellowship work in more specialized disciplines.
College of Medicine
In May 2002, Cleveland Clinic and Case Western Reserve University entered into a unique partnership to create a medical school dedicated to the teaching of physician-scientists. Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University combines education and research in an innovative program that mentors medical students to become physician-scientists.
Putting patients first demands a relentless focus on measurable quality. By setting standards, collecting data and analyzing results, Cleveland Clinic puts patients first through improved outcomes and better service, providing a healthier future for all.
Group Practice Model
Cleveland Clinic is structured as a group practice. The doctors on staff are salaried employees and are not in private practice. They pool their wisdom and expertise for the benefit of the patient and the community.
In 2007, we restructured our practice to complement the group practice model. By combining specialties surrounding a specific organ or disease system into integrated practice units called institutes, we can better provide collaborative, patient-centered care.
Cleveland Clinic is organized by institutes, which align medical care in a way that is more easily understood by patients.