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1980s

Reputation Drives Growth
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1980s
Advances in the treatment of kidney disease
1985
The Mellen Center for Multiple Sclerosis opens
1988
Cleveland Clinic Florida opens

1980s

Reputation Drives Growth

The 1980s was a decade in which Cleveland Clinic’s growing reputation drove expansion of the facility from 17 buildings on 62 acres to 30 buildings on 100 acres. With 9,134 employees, Cleveland Clinic became the city’s largest private employer in 1988. Also notable in the 1980s is the establishment of Cleveland Clinic’s organ transplant programs and its landmark 100,000th cardiac catheterization in March 1984. Cleveland Clinic pioneered healthcare marketing in the 1980s. It was one of the first hospitals to advertise and to issue colored scrubs in Cleveland Clinic blue.

1981
1981

E Bradley Jones succeeds Harry T Marks as President of Cleveland Clinic Foundation in 1981. Mr. Jones also served as President in 1990 and as Chair of the Board of Trustees from 1991-1992.

1983
1983

William E MacDonald succeeds E Bradley Jones as President of Cleveland Clinic Foundation in 1983. Mr. MacDonald also served as Chair of the Board of Trustees from 1985-1990.

1983
1983

The Meyer Center for Magnetic Resonance Imaging, designed by Cleveland architect Norman Perttula, was the first building ever designed to house MRI machines. Completed in 1983, it was constructed without nails or iron-containing materials and is notable for the creative use of materials, especially wood, in the interiors.

1984

In March 1984, Cleveland Clinic performs its 100,000th cardiac catheterization.

1984
1984

The heart transplant program is established in 1984. In 1998, a record-breaking year for the program, 113 patients were transplanted, including eight pediatric patients.

1985

The Mellen Center for Multiple Sclerosis opens

The Mellen Center for Multiple Sclerosis opens in 1985. One of the largest and most comprehensive programs for MS care and research worldwide, the program now manages more than 8,000 patients, with more than 21,000 total visits each year.

1985
1985

The Crile building opens, consisting of 12 floors containing surgery, laboratories, therapy, occupational and physical therapy, dietary facilities, radiology and support services, as well as physicians' offices, public reception and lobby space.

1985
1985

E Mandell DeWindt succeeds William E MacDonald as President of Cleveland Clinic Foundation in 1985.

1987
1987

Ralph A Straffon, MD, serves as Chief of Staff from 1987-1999.

1987
1987

In 1987, Declan Walsh, MD, establishes the Palliative Care Program at Cleveland Clinic.

1988

Cleveland Clinic Florida opens

Recognizing the opportunity to expand the integrated, academic group practice-based delivery system beyond Cleveland, Cleveland Clinic Florida opens in Cypress Creek in 1988.

1989
1989

Floyd D Loop, MD, succeeds William S Kiser, MD, as Chair of the Board of Governors in 1989.

1980s

Advances in the treatment of kidney disease

In the 1980s, Andrew Novick, MD, refined techniques of extracorporeal kidney surgery. He was first to discover that a leading cause of kidney failure in older patients was atherosclerotic renal artery disease, a condition he treated. He also pioneered the partial nephrectomy to prevent kidney failure. Dr. Novick was Chairman of the Glickman Urological & Kidney Institute and one of the world's most renowned urological surgeons before his death from cancer in 2008.

1980s
1980s

Gene Barnett, MD, and Joseph Hahn, MD, develop a brain-mapping technique for epilepsy surgery.

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