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Pelvic Floor Center At Cleveland Clinic Florida Designated A Center Of Excellence

July 26, 2011

Cleveland Clinic Florida’s Pelvic Floor Center has been designated a Center of Excellence (COE):Continence Care in Women by the National Association for Continence. Cleveland Clinic Florida is the first medical center on the east coast and the third in the nation to receive this designation.

The nationally ranked Pelvic Floor Center embodies the model of coordinated and specialized care by integrating the departments of Urology, Gynecology and Colorectal Surgery into the treatment of pelvic floor dysfunction. The Pelvic Floor Center is at the forefront of technological advances in the field, enabling physicians to provide minimally invasive, yet safe and effective treatments for common pelvic floor problems that previously required more invasive procedures.

“We are extremely proud and honored to receive this designation,” said Bernie Fernandez, MD, Chief Executive Officer of Cleveland Clinic Florida. “This accomplishment is due to the collaborative efforts of Dr. Vivian Aguilar, Dr. G. Willy Davila and Dr. Dana Sands who work collaboratively to provide expert, compassionate care to patients with pelvic floor dysfunction.”

According to the National Center for Continence, as many as one in four women over the age of 18 experience urinary incontinence. As a Center of Excellence, Cleveland Clinic Florida offers solutions to patients who have bladder control and bowel control problems and related pelvic floor dysfunction.

About Cleveland Clinic Florida

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® by Thomson Reuters in 2011, 2010 and 2009. Cleveland Clinic Florida ranked second among the 18 best hospitals in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale metro area in US News & World Report’s 2011-2012 ranking of Best Hospitals metro area rankings and was named a top hospital by Leapfrog Group. Cleveland Clinic Florida was also designated one of the nation’s 50 Top Hospitals for cardiovascular care in 2010 and one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals® in cardiovascular care (2009, 2008, 2007) by Thomson Reuters. It was also named one of America’s Best Hospitals for gastroenterology by U.S. News & World Report in 2011-2012. 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