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Cleveland Clinic Promotes Two Executive Leaders

January 14, 2014

Brian Donley, M.D., named President, Cleveland Clinic Regional Hospitals and Family Health Center
David Bronson, M.D., named Senior Public Policy and External Affairs Advisor

Today, Cleveland Clinic promoted two top executives to lead the continued integration of its hospitals and regional operations, to ensure high quality care for patients throughout the health system and to continue advancing its role in the national healthcare policy environment. Brian Donley, M.D., has been named President, Cleveland Clinic Regional Hospitals and Family Health Centers, and David Bronson, M.D., has been named Senior Public Policy and External Affairs Advisor, effective Jan. 31, 2014.

Dr. Donley will lead Cleveland Clinic’s eight community hospitals and 16 family health centers in Northeast Ohio and will further the mission of continued integration of the community hospitals and family health centers with a focus on patient quality, patient safety and patient experience. Dr. Bronson will be working closely with Cleveland Clinic’s government affairs staff to advocate for public policies that put patients first and promote medical education and research in the clinical care environment.

“This is the right time for a transition as we continue to address the changing dynamics in healthcare,” said Toby Cosgrove, M.D., President and CEO of Cleveland Clinic. “These two proven executives will help lead our organization through change driven by healthcare reform which will require further integration of our health system and strengthening of our national presence to best position Cleveland Clinic for the future."

As Cleveland Clinic continues to optimize its facilities throughout Northeast Ohio, Dr. Donley’s emphasis will be on advancing the quality of care provided to patients. To provide more cost-effective and high-quality care, Dr.  Donley will continue to drive efficiencies across the enterprise, which includes Euclid, Fairview, Hillcrest, Lakewood, Lutheran, Marymount, Medina and South Pointe hospitals, affiliate Ashtabula County Medical Center and Regional Operations.

“I look forward to building on the accomplishments of my mentor and friend, David Bronson, and continuing to focus on integrating our health system and driving enhanced coordination of care for the benefit of our patients, our caregivers and our communities,” said Dr. Donley. 

Most recently, Dr. Donley served as Vice President of Cleveland Clinic Regional Hospitals and Chief of Regional Hospital Medical Affairs and Quality. Prior to that, he was President of Lutheran Hospital. Some of Dr. Donley’s most recent accomplishments include leading both the Lutheran Hospital Emergency Department $18 million renovation and expansion, and Lutheran Hospital’s earning of Press Ganey’s “Commitment to Excellence Award” – a national award given for most improved patient experience scores.

Dr. Donley joined the Cleveland Clinic’s Orthopaedic and Rheumatologic Institute in 1996 with a specialization in foot and ankle surgery. He has served in various roles within Orthopaedics over the years, including Vice Chairman of the Department of Orthopaedics, Director of the Center for Foot and Ankle, and Director of the Foot and Ankle Fellowship. He was Chairman of the Professional Conduct Committee for the Cleveland Clinic from 2008 until 2013.  In addition to his clinical responsibilities, Dr. Donley is active in research, education and innovation. He is a Professor of Surgery at the Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University and has more than 100 scientific publications and has made scientific presentations at more than 200 conferences regionally, nationally and internationally. Most recently, Dr. Donley completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School. Dr. Donley graduated with distinction from the University of Michigan Medical School and performed his undergraduate work at the University of Notre Dame where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa. Dr. Donley completed his residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Michigan and his Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle fellowship at the Willis C. Campbell Clinic in Memphis, Tenn.\Following his most recent role as President of Cleveland Clinic’s Regional Hospitals and Family Health Centers, and his 30-year career in daily hospital and clinical operations, Dr. Bronson will be utilizing his prominent experience and expertise in the areas of public policy and external affairs to expand the Clinic’s national presence. Dr. Bronson has been contributing to the national healthcare debate through several leadership roles. He has been a commissioner on the Joint Commission from 2010 to present; was  Chairman of the American Medical Group Association in 2010; and was president of the American College of Physicians from 2012-2013. He also is a member of the Governing Council for the American Hospital Association Health Systems. In addition, Dr. Bronson will lead special projects for Cleveland Clinic and will continue as a Professor of Medicine in the Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University.

“This is an exciting opportunity to continue expanding Cleveland Clinic’s national involvement in public policy and to further support our efforts to put patients first and provide the best medical care in the country,” said Dr. Bronson. “I have appreciated the many diverse opportunities within my career to care for many wonderful people, pursue research, teach, and lead our hospitals and family health centers and I’m looking forward to continuing to contribute to the advancement of our healthcare system on behalf of Cleveland Clinic.” 

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