On February 28, 1921, in a four-storey building at the corner of East 93rd Street and Euclid Avenue in Cleveland, Ohio, doctors George Crile, Frank Bunts, William Lower and John Phillips opened Cleveland Clinic as a group medical practice. Their purpose was made clear in the clinic’s mission statement: “Better care of the sick, investigation into their problems, and further education of those who serve.” The four doctors saw 41 patients that day.
Since then, Cleveland Clinic has grown to include 2,800 physicians and scientists, as well as 11,000 nurses. It is the largest employer in the history of Cleveland, with more than 43,000 employees in 50 buildings on a 180-acre main campus as well as nine community hospitals and 16 family health centres, including facilities in Weston, Las Vegas, Nevada, Toronto and Abu Dhabi. In 2010, more than 4.3 million patients were care for across the Cleveland Clinic health network, including 165,000 hospital admissions. Patients came from every state in the United States and from more than 80 other countries.
During the past 90 years, Cleveland Clinic has achieved many medical firsts, including the world’s first cine-coronary angiography, first documented coronary artery bypass surgery, first successful larynx transplant and first near-total face transplant.
Learn more about Cleveland Clinic’s rich history and exciting future.