CEO Update | We join others in effort to contain pandemic

CEO Update | We join others in effort to contain pandemic

Fellow Caregivers,

We advocate for public health because we care deeply about our communities. As an influential voice, it is important we share a common message with our colleagues from other systems.

Today, Cleveland Clinic issued a joint statement with northeast Ohio hospitals encouraging the community to take preventive measures for COVID-19. We can all do our part by adopting reasonable behaviors to contain the spread of the virus. Read the statement.

As more patients return for scheduled care, we will interact with some who test positive for COVID-19. Our reactivation plan addresses the safe provision of care for these patients at our outpatient and surgical facilities. If more than 28 days have passed since patients tested COVID positive, they are considered “recovered,” and testing is no longer necessary.

Caregivers also asked questions about our new masking guidelines to ensure patient and caregiver safety. Get answers in this FAQ. Thank you for your compliance.

Part of our mission is to educate future caregivers. Cleveland Clinic Akron General is expanding graduate medical education in several areas, including a new psychiatry residency program. By 2024, this expansion will result in 30% more trainees at Akron General each year.

We recently celebrated the greatest gift with a special first-time mother. Born without a uterus, Michelle is the second patient in our transplant program to deliver a baby after receiving a deceased-donor uterus. Our surgeons have performed eight uterus transplants since the clinical trial began in 2016. Learn more about Michelle and our clinical innovation.

Our friends at The Cleveland Orchestra share kinship and good wishes during these times. Jessica Lee, assistant concertmaster, contacted our Art + Design Institute with a special message for our patients and caregivers. Watch her inspired performance.

Caregiver heroes are serving the community with compassion and concern. At our Willoughby Hills Family Health Center, two caregivers remained vigilant when assisting a patient after his podiatry appointment.

Medical assistant Heather Krengulec and team lead Michelle Ivancic, RN, noticed the patient changed in appearance. His speech was confused, and they heard him say “stroke.” They wheeled him into our Express Care, and he was transported to Hillcrest Hospital.

This story also shows the many benefits of our integrated system. Heather and Michelle were in the right place at the right time to assist this patient and ensure he received the care he quickly needed.

Thank you for your dedication.

 Dr. Mijahlevic |  Cleveland Clinic

Tom Mihaljevic, MD
CEO and President

A message from Northeast Ohio's healthcare community

A message from Northeast Ohio's healthcare community

As the number of COVID-19 cases continue to rise in Northeast Ohio we feel it is important to reach out together to stress the seriousness of this public health crisis. While our teams stand ready to care for you in the event you contract COVID-19, we are asking for your help.