CEO Update | We are focused on making discoveries
There is no substitute for accurate and timely communication. This is among the most important lessons learned from the pandemic. Our organization has an influential voice and a responsibility to communicate.
Today, I sent an email to patients with a simple message:The coronavirus is not letting up, and neither can we. Each of us can make small sacrifices for the health of others. We do this through adopting reasonable behaviors: wearing a mask, maintaining a safe distance, practicing cough etiquette and washing our hands.
Without a vaccine or cure for COVID-19, it is unclear how long the pandemic will remain with us. We accept this ambiguity with the knowledge that many people are working hard to translate research into new treatments and medical products.
Many of our physician investigators and researchersare involved in this work. Some highlights from our innovation pipeline include:
- an antimicrobial coating to kill and degrade microbes in healthcare environments,
- a breathalyzer test to rapidly detect viral and bacterial respiratory infections, and
- recombinant construction of the coronavirus to accelerate vaccine testing.
This is just a snapshot of the discoveries taking place. We have never seen as much energy and focus in medical research around a single threat to public health.
We will hear about technological innovation during Ideas for Tomorrowon July 28. I am joined by David Feinberg, MD, Head of Google Health, for a virtual discussion. Register here.
I am proud to report Cleveland Clinic is recognized among the 150 best places to work in healthcare.It is the second year we earned this recognition from Modern Healthcare. The publication partners with Best Companies Group on the assessment, which includes an extensive survey of employees from these organizations. Thank you to everyone who participated.
Our Hero of the Weekis a shining example of caring for the community. Jeremy Weleff, DO, a psychiatry resident in our Center for Behavioral Health, sought to address disparities suffered by the homeless during this pandemic.
Patients who are homeless do not have somewhere safe to quarantine or recover. Dr. Weleff and his colleagues collaborated with local government, agencies and other hospital systems to find temporary housing for these patients at a hotel.
Dr. Weleff is very passionate about the community and previously received a Caregiver Catalyst Grant to improve health outcomes for patients who are homeless.
Thank you to Dr. Weleff, and all caregivers, for your selfless concern and empathy.
Tom Mihaljevic, MD
CEO and President
We’re honored for expanding telehealth care during COVID-19 pandemic
Cleveland Clinic was recognized by Amwell for telehealth innovations and showing strong clinical outcomes before and during the COVID-19 pandemic.