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2020s

Pandemic Brings Radical Change
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Among the first academic medical centers to offer COVID-19 testing
2020
Prepared for a COVID-19 surge
2020
Caregivers come to the aid of hospitals

2020s

Pandemic Brings Radical Change

When the COVID-19 pandemic shut down the world in 2020, Cleveland Clinic was well-prepared with beds, equipment and personnel. Extensive efforts were undertaken to ensure there were no lapses in patient care, and Cleveland Clinic researchers also participated in dozens of COVID-19 related studies and authored hundreds of publications. As its peers furloughed caregivers, Cleveland Clinic remained committed to preserving jobs.

2020
2020

Lara Jehi, MD, is named Chief Research Information Officer, a newly created position to advance biomedical research throughout Cleveland Clinic.

2020
2020

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clears 3D-printed patient-specific airway stents developed by Cleveland Clinic physician Tom Gildea, MD.

2020

Cleveland Clinic is named one of the World's Most Ethical Companies for the 10th time.

2020
2020

Matthew Kull is named Chief Information Officer.

2020

Among the first academic medical centers to offer COVID-19 testing

Led by Brian Rubin, MD, PhD, Chair of Cleveland Clinic’s Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Institute (PLMI), Cleveland Clinic developed its own diagnostic test for COVID-19. As a result, Cleveland Clinic was one of the first academic medical centers in the U.S. to offer COVID-19 diagnostic testing to potentially infected patients. Technicians in PLMI labs worked around the clock to process tests, eventually reaching a peak of 5,000 per day, with results available within 13-15 hours.

2020
2020

Cleveland Clinic leaders in Ohio and Florida collaborate with state and local government and public health agencies to ensure that patients would be adequately cared for in the event of a COVD-19 surge. Leading this effort was Robert Wyllie, MD, Chief Medical Operations Officer.

2020

Prepared for a COVID-19 surge

When its models indicated that a potential local surge of COVID-19 infection might overwhelm hospital capacity in the area, Cleveland Clinic converted its Health Education Campus (which it shares with Case Western Reserve University) into a temporary surge hospital. Thanks to aggressive public health measures, the surge hospital was not needed and it was decommissioned in June 2020.

2020

Caregivers come to the aid of hospitals

Teams of Cleveland Clinic doctors and nurses had volunteered to travel to harder-hit areas, including New York City, Detroit and Abu Dhabi, to help care for patients in hospitals overwhelmed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

2020
2020

Cleveland Clinic establishes the Global Center for Pathogen Research and Human Health.

2020
2020

Chief Clinical Transformation Officer James Merlino, MD, launches a series of playbooks with information on how various industries might resume operations amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Merlino's team produces nearly 20 playbooks for businesses, churches, schools and community organizations.

2020
2020

Kelly Hancock, DNP, is named Chief Caregiver Officer. This is the first position of its kind at Cleveland Clinic and was created to align all aspects of caregiver engagement with a focus on enhancing the organization's unique team-based culture.

2020
2020

Leslie Jurecko, MD, MBA, is named Chief Safety and Quality Officer.

2020
2020

Cleveland Clinic Florida opens the Cleveland Clinic Florida Research and Innovation Center in Port St. Lucie, Fla.

2020

The National Institute on Aging at the National Institutes of Health awards a grant to Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health to establish the Nevada exploratory Alzheimer's Disease Research Center (NVeADRC).

2020
2020

Cleveland Clinic is named Health Security Advisor to the Commission on Presidential Debates, a private, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that sponsors general election debates. As a result of this relationship, Cleveland Clinic and Case Western Reserve University are asked to host the first presidential debate of the 2020 election at their shared Health Education Campus.

2020
2020

Connor Delaney, MD, PhD, succeeds Wael Barsoum, MD, as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Cleveland Clinic Florida region.

2020
2020

As one of 10 “pre-positioned” vaccine sites in Ohio, Cleveland Clinic was among the earliest hospitals to administer the first vaccines for COVID-19 authorized by the Food and Drug Administration.

2021
2021

Beri Ridgeway, MD, succeeds Herbert Wiedemann, MD, as Chief of Staff in 2021.

2021
2021

Donald Malone, Jr., MD, succeeds Edmund Sabanegh, MD, as President of Cleveland Clinic main campus and regional hospitals in 2021.

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