Cleveland Clinic expanded its footprint beyond Ohio and opened Cleveland Clinic Florida in 1988. The first locations were in Cypress Creek, near Fort Lauderdale Florida and North Beach Hospital in Fort Lauderdale. The venture into this new market provided an opportunity to bring the Clinic’s not-for profit, group practice model of world-class care to South Florida.
During the early years, the Florida operation survived intense opposition from competitors and physicians were denied privileges at local hospitals. However, the Clinic’s leadership persevered, bolstered by their strong commitment to providing patients in South Florida with high-quality care.
Join us for historical highlights as we look back at 25 years of medical excellence.
The highlights of Cleveland Clinic Florida history as they happened.
Cleveland Clinic Florida Today and Tomorrow
Today, Cleveland Clinic Florida has grown to become a fully integrated academic medical center with locations in Weston and West Palm Beach, 225 physicians and 2,100 employees. Patients from all over the country, Latin American and the Caribbean seek medical care for complex medical conditions.
Cleveland Clinic had nearly 75 years of history behind it, when it took a leap of faith and brought its model of medicine to Florida in 1988. Renowned as a home of medical innovation and best practices, Cleveland Clinic saw the opportunity to extend its mission by thinking beyond geographic boundaries. Now, 25 years later, Cleveland Clinic Florida is a proud extension of that legacy.
Facilities in Broward and Palm Beach
What began as a group specialty practice in Ft. Lauderdale with nine physicians is today a world-renowned academic medical center with a staff of 215 salaried physicians and more than 2,000 dedicated professionals working throughout our facilities in Weston and West Palm Beach.
Dedicated to Medical Excellence
While our address has changed over the years and our staff has grown, what has remained constant is Cleveland Clinic’s unique model of medicine, lauded for integrating clinical and hospital care with research and education. It is at the heart of Cleveland Clinic Florida’s success, making our “patient first” philosophy a reality.
Treating Patients with Complex Medical Conditions
Today our physicians, representing 40 medical specialties and subspecialties, are organized to combine medical and surgical services to address specific organ systems and diseases. As a result, we are able to improve patient care and experience while addressing more complex medical cases.
Educating the Next Generation of Physicians
Cleveland Clinic Florida’s history is punctuated with medical breakthroughs and innovations, stemming from the physician-researchers who continuously strive to advance medical knowledge and research. As one of South Florida’s largest providers of graduate medical education, Cleveland Clinic Florida also shoulders an enormous responsibility to educate the next generation of physician leaders.
Poised for Future Growth
Looking back, I am indeed proud of Cleveland Clinic Florida’s legacy and by what my colleagues past and present, have accomplished. There’s no better measure than to consider the countless lives saved and restored to health. And, I am equally excited about what the future holds and the work still to be done.
The need for high quality healthcare will continue. We are poised for future growth as we prepare for our Weston campus expansion and the addition of new practices in Parkland and Palm Beach Gardens. We look forward to continuing to serve our patients with the best we have to offer.