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Cleveland Clinic Florida Named To Companies That Care 2010 Honor Roll

May 20, 2010

Cleveland Clinic Florida was named to the Center for Companies That Care 2010 Honor Roll. This is the second year in a row the academic medical center was honored for making employee satisfaction and community service a priority.

Organizations are selected for the Honor Roll by an independent panel of seasoned professionals in a variety of industries. Cleveland Clinic Florida, like the other 28 companies named to this year’s list, excels in the 10 characteristics inherent to a “Company That Cares.” These characteristics include: developing employees and leaders, supporting the pursuit of work/life balance, sustaining a work environment founded on dignity and respect for all employees, providing competitive compensation and benefits, and volunteering in the community.

“Our commitment to the health and wellness of our patients, employees and community is steadfast and we are honored once again to be recognized as a Company That Cares,” said Bernie Fernandez, MD, chief executive officer of Cleveland Clinic Florida. “Cleveland Clinic Florida is a significant and growing health care resource for the communities and patients we serve, thanks to the efforts of our employees and physicians who are the most dedicated, loyal and compassionate in South Florida.”

Some of the practices and improvements that helped qualify Cleveland Clinic Florida as a Company That Cares include a strengthened benefits package, the decision to not increase benefit premiums for employees in 2009, and several company-sponsored programs to help employees during the year’s economic crisis, such as Paid Time Off Donations, Payroll Advance, and its Employee Hardship Campaign.

“We are extremely impressed that during a tough economy the Honor Roll employers such as Cleveland Clinic Florida are doing whatever they can to sustain individuals, families, and communities. Cleveland Clinic Florida did not increase employees’ benefits costs, decreased expenses in other areas and continued to engage employees in community service. These are just a few actions these employers have taken,” said Marci Koblenz, Co-founder and President of Center for Companies That Care.

Companies named to the 2010 list feature U.S. organizations that are large, medium and small, public and private, for-profit and not-for-profit, in diverse industries headquartered in 18 states. A full list of recognized employers appears at

Center for Companies That Care is a national, not-for-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the well-being of employees and communities by encouraging employers to integrate the 10 Characteristics of Companies That Care into their daily business practices. For more about Center for Companies That Care, the Honor Roll process, 2010 Honor Roll recipients or CAREDAYS10: Terrific Tales, visit or call 312.661.1010.

Cleveland Clinic Florida, located in Weston and West Palm Beach, is a not-for-profit, multi-specialty, academic medical center that integrates clinical and hospital care with research and education. Cleveland Clinic Florida has nearly 180 physicians with expertise in 35 specialties. The medical campus is fully integrated and includes diagnostic centers, outpatient surgery, and a 24-hour emergency department located in the state-of-the-art hospital, which was named one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals® in cardiovascular care by Thomson Reuters (2007, 2008, 2009) and one of America’s Best Hospitals for gynecology by U.S. News & World Report. Cleveland Clinic Florida is 1 of only 13 hospitals in the nation recognized at the Gold level of the American Heart Association’s Get with the Guidelines program for Coronary Artery Disease, Heart Failure and Stroke. Cleveland Clinic Florida is an integral part of Cleveland Clinic Ohio, where providing outstanding patient care is based upon the principles of cooperation, compassion and innovation. Physicians at Cleveland Clinic are experts in the treatment of complex conditions that are difficult to diagnose. For more information about Cleveland Clinic Florida, visit