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Doctors Hospital at Renaissance Launches Affiliation with Cleveland Clinic's Bariatric and Metabolic Institute

Friday, April 11, 2014

Doctors Hospital at Renaissance (DHR) today announced an affiliation with Cleveland Clinic’s Bariatric and Metabolic Institute. This affiliation will give DHR access and ability to implement Cleveland Clinic’s best practices, patient and safety initiatives, clinical pathways and protocols here at home.

“This exciting affiliation will provide us with new tools, cutting-edge technology and evidenced-based medicine to combat diabetes and obesity in the Rio Grande Valley,” said Israel Rocha, Chief Executive Officer, DHR.

Patients at Doctors Hospital at Renaissance will enjoy greater access to world-class management of obesity and related diseases, bariatric surgery, clinical trials, treatment protocols and additional research opportunities that are offered through Cleveland Clinic’s Bariatric and Metabolic Institute.

The affiliation with Doctors Hospital at Renaissance is the first of its kind for Cleveland Clinic’s Bariatric and Metabolic Institute.

“We are thrilled to work with Doctors Hospital at Renaissance to develop a bariatric surgery program with the highest standards for patient care, safety, and efficient operations,” said Philip Schauer, M.D., Director of Cleveland Clinic’s Bariatric and Metabolic Institute. “Our mission is to be a resource for patients and healthcare providers at DHR - to provide guidance and share our expertise - to enable the delivery of world-class treatment for individuals suffering from obesity and diabetes. Together, we can best combat the ‘diabesity’ epidemic.”

Obesity and diabetes have become America’s number one public health problem – more than half of Americans are overweight and greater than 15 million Americans have severe obesity (defined as being 100 pounds or more overweight). In addition, more than 22 million Americans have type 2 diabetes and 80 percent of them are either overweight or obese. In a Gallup poll released on April 4, 2014, the McAllen-Edinburg-Mission metro area ranked as the second most obese area in the United States, with more than 38.3% of its residents overweight . The 2014 poll marked the fourth consecutive year that McAllen-Edinburg-Mission ranked in the top two in the country for the most obese residents. In addition to increased health risks, high rates of obesity lead to increased healthcare costs. One study shows that the McAllen-Edinburg-Mission metro area pays more than $400 million in unnecessary healthcare costs each year due to its high obesity rate. If the obesity rate in this area were reduced by 15%, the cost savings could equate to more than $250 million annually.

To help address this health challenge, Doctors Hospital at Renaissance is proud to work with Cleveland Clinic’s Bariatric and Metabolic Institute. Dr. Manish Singh, Medical Director of the Doctors Hospital at Renaissance Bariatric and Metabolic Institute, states, “Obesity is a major public health concern in our community. At DHR’s Bariatric and Metabolic Institute, we know that the management of obesity is not a simple, one step procedure. The real solution is monitoring to ensure patient safety while providing the most effective weight-loss surgery.” Dr. Singh continues, “Cleveland Clinic’s bariatric program has shown world-class excellence in treating obesity and its related diseases with modern treatment strategies, research and education. The association of DHR and Cleveland Clinic will bring the same world-class care and experience to the residents of the Rio Grande Valley.”

Cleveland Clinic researchers have been at the forefront of research in the field of bariatric surgery and diabetes. They led the groundbreaking STAMPEDE (Surgical Therapy And Medications Potentially Eradicate Diabetes Efficiently) trial published in The New England Journal of Medicine in March 2012 with a three year follow-up published in March 2014. The STAMPEDE trial was the first to show that bariatric surgery, when combined with medical therapy, is more effective than medical therapy alone in controlling diabetes mellitus in obese and non-obese patients. Three years after the trial, more than 90 percent of participants that underwent bariatric surgery were able to lose 25 percent of their body weight and control their diabetes without the use of insulin and multiple diabetes drugs.

“Our affiliation with Cleveland Clinic’s Bariatric and Metabolic Institute will bring to the Valley resources, expertise, opportunities, and services that currently don’t exist in this region,” states Marissa Castañeda, DHR Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer. “DHR and Cleveland Clinic share a vision of clinical excellence and innovation; through this affiliation we will create a healthcare environment that focuses on proven quality care and the advancement of bariatric surgery.”

This affiliation represents the latest chapter in DHR’s continuing effort to address obesity and diabetes in South Texas. Since 2009, DHR has forged key partnerships with leading healthcare institutions across the nation to set a new standard of care and access in the Rio Grande Valley. To date, DHR has established partnerships with United Healthcare, Vanderbilt University, Yale University, Harvard University’s Joslin Diabetes Center, the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio, the Center for Cancer Therapy Research, and several other leading institutions.

“Having such a highly regarded hospital affiliate in the Rio Grande Valley will continue DHR’s progress toward building an integrated healthcare system focused on improving quality, efficiency, and patient access, as well as managing and improving the health of our local population,” states Israel Rocha, DHR Chief Executive Officer. Rocha continues, “The Board of Managers at Doctors Hospital at Renaissance understands that quality healthcare delivery is achieved through integration and providing seamless access to specialized services. Our decision to enter into an affiliation with Cleveland Clinic was a strategic move aimed at fulfilling our mission to provide world-class healthcare here in the Rio Grande Valley.”

About Doctors Hospital at Renaissance

From general acute care services to individually-tailored wellness and preventative health programs, at Doctors Hospital at Renaissance (DHR) over 500 physicians and more than 1,000 nurses dedicate themselves to offering a full continuum of care in over 55 different sub-specialties. DHR is a 530-bed physician-owned health system that offers some of the most comprehensive medical care on the U.S. Southern Border. For more information, please call (956) DOCTORS (362-8677) or visit our website at

About Cleveland Clinic

Cleveland Clinic is a nonprofit multispecialty academic medical center that integrates clinical and hospital care with research and education. Located in Cleveland, Ohio, it was founded in 1921 by four renowned physicians with a vision of providing outstanding patient care based upon the principles of cooperation, compassion and innovation. Cleveland Clinic has pioneered many medical breakthroughs, including coronary artery bypass surgery and the first face transplant in the United States. U.S.News & World Report consistently names Cleveland Clinic as one of the nation’s best hospitals in its annual “America’s Best Hospitals” survey. More than 3,000 full-time salaried physicians and researchers and 11,000 nurses represent 120 medical specialties and subspecialties. The Cleveland Clinic health system includes a main campus near downtown Cleveland, eight community hospitals, more than 75 Northern Ohio outpatient locations, including 16 full-service Family Health Centers, Cleveland Clinic Florida, the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas, Cleveland Clinic Canada, and, currently under construction, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi. In 2012, there were 5.1 million outpatient visits throughout the Cleveland Clinic health system and 157,000 hospital admissions. Patients came for treatment from every state and from more than 130 countries. Visit us at Follow us at


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