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1990s

Integration & Specialization
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1997
Growth in the region
1998
First successful larynx transplant
1999
Main campus expansion

1990s

Integration & Specialization

During a time of consolidation in healthcare, Cleveland Clinic built a network of regional hospitals and family health centers, integrating with Meridia Health System, Marymount, Lakewood, Fairview and Lutheran Hospitals. Within the span of three years, Cleveland Clinic transitioned from one hospital into a vast health system.

1991
1991

Arthur B Modell succeeds E Mandell DeWindt as President of Cleveland Clinic Foundation in 1991.

1991

In 1991, Delos Cosgrove, MD, develops valvuloplasty techniques to repair heart valves. The Cosgrove-Edwards Annuloplasty System was a vast improvement from its predecessor and is still in use today.

1993

In 1993 Cleveland Clinic becomes the first major medical center to publish treatment outcomes for thoracic and cardiovascular surgery, demonstrating a commitment to quality, transparency and accountability.

1993
1993

In 1993, Cleveland Clinic partners with Fairview and Lutheran to form the Cleveland Health Network, laying the ground for future partnerships.

1993
1993

Expansion in Northeast Ohio

In 1993, Cleveland Clinic opens Independence Family Health Center. Family health centers opened in Westlake and Willoughby Hills in 1995 and Solon in 1996. By 2013, there were a total of 16 full-service family health centers in surrounding communities. This is the beginning of the integrated regional healthcare delivery system.

1993
1993

Ralph E Schey succeeds E Bradley Jones as Chair of the Board of Trustees from 1993.

1994
1994

In 1994, Suburban Hospital and Brentwood Osteopathic Hospital merge into South Pointe Hospital.

1994
1994

The first purpose-built emergency room opened on Cleveland Clinic's main campus in May 1994.

1995
1995

In 1995, U.S. News & World Report names Cleveland Clinic No. 1 for heart care for the first time. Cleveland Clinic has been ranked No.1 in heart and heart surgery every year since.

1995
1995

Marymount Hospital joins the Cleveland Clinic system in 1995. It was Cleveland Clinic's first regional hospital.

1996
1996

Alfred Lerner succeeds Arthur B Modell as President of Cleveland Clinic Foundation in 1996.

1996
1996

Fairview Health System – including Fairview Hospital and Luthern Hospital – joins Cleveland Clinic in 1996.

1996
1996

In 1996, Toby Cosgrove, MD, performs the first minimally invasive heart valve surgery.

1997
1997

In 1997, Ohio's first Gamma Knife center opens at Cleveland Clinic.

1997

Growth in the region

The Meridia Health System – including Hillcrest Hospital, Euclid Hospital, Huron Hospital and South Pointe Hospital – becomes part of Cleveland Clinic in 1997.

1997
1997

A Malachi Mixon, III succeeds Ralph E Schey as Chair of the Board of Trustees in 1997.

1998

First successful larynx transplant

Marshall Strome, MD, former chair of otolaryngology, performed the world's first successful larynx transplant at Cleveland Clinic in 1998. To prepare himself for the operation, Dr. Strome learned and exhaustively practiced microsurgical techniques.

1999
1999

Pediatric urologist Robert Kay, MD, succeeds Ralph A Straffon, MD, and serves as Chief of Staff from 1999-2005.

1999

In October 1999, construction begins on an integrated campus for Cleveland Clinic Florida. Cleveland Clinic Florida moved from Cypress Creek to Weston when this building was finished in 2001.

1999

Main campus expansion

In the 5 years between 1999-2004, Cleveland Clinic opens the Lerner Research Institute building, the Cole Eye Institute, the Taussig Cancer Center and the Center for Genomics Research on its main campus.

1990s
1990s

Linda Bradley, MD, views images in the late 1990s. Dr. Bradley is a gynecologic surgeon with expertise in hysteroscopy, endometrial ablation, alternatives to hysterectomy, hysteroscopic sterilization and the evaluation of abnormal uterine bleeding. She is Director of Center for Menstrual Disorders, Fibroids & Hysteroscopic Services. She was the first Black woman elected to the Board of Governors and has been named a Cleveland Clinic Bruce Hubbard Stewart Fellow, which honors physicians for compassion and clinical expertise.

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