Cleveland Clinic

The Cleveland Clinic is an American academic medical center based in Cleveland, Ohio. Owned and operated by the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, an Ohio nonprofit corporation established in 1921, it runs a 170 acre campus in Cleveland, as well as 11 regional hospitals and 19 family health centers in northeast Ohio, and hospitals in Florida and Nevada.[2] Tomislav Mihaljevic is the president and CEO.[3]

Cleveland Clinic
Location9500 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Coordinates41.502595°N 81.621066°W / 41.502595; -81.621066
Care systemPrivate
FundingNon-profit hospital
Hospital typeAcademic
Affiliated university
Emergency departmentLevel II adult & pediatric trauma
HelipadFAA LID: 6OI8[1]
Number Length Surface
ft m
H1 55 17 Concrete
ListsHospitals in Ohio

Outside the United States, Cleveland Clinic also operates the Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi hospital and a sports medicine clinic in Toronto.[2] A Cleveland Clinic hospital campus in London is scheduled to open in 2021.[4]

Cleveland Clinic is consistently ranked as one of the best hospitals in the United States. In 2018-2019, the U.S. News & World Report ranked Cleveland Clinic as the number 2 hospital in the Best Hospitals Honor Roll, as it was nationally ranked in 14 adult and 10 pediatric specialties.[5] Cleveland Clinic’s cardiology program has ranked No. 1 in the nation since 1995.[6]

Cleveland Clinic's operating revenue in 2017 was $8.4 billion and its operating income $330 million.[7] That year it recorded 7.6 million patient visits and 229,132 admissions. As of 2019, it has over 60,000 employees, a figure that includes over 11,800 nurses and over 3,953 physicians and scientists in 140 specialties;.[2] It is affiliated with the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, with which it started a physician-investigator medical school training program: the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine.[8] The Cleveland Clinic also publishes the peer-reviewed journal Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine.[9] In 2008, Cleveland Clinic became the first healthcare provider in the United States to become a signatory to the United Nations Global Compact and the second in the world.[10]



The organization grew out of the surgical practice of Frank J. Weed (died 1891) at 16 Church Street on the near-west side of Cleveland.[11][12] The practice was purchased by his two assistants, Frank E. Bunts and George Washington Crile.[13][14] In 1892 they were joined by Crile's cousin, William E. Lower,[15] and in 1897 the practice moved to the Osborn Building on Prospect Avenue, downtown Cleveland.[11][16]

A four-story outpatient building was constructed, and Cleveland Clinic was dedicated at a private ceremony on February 26, 1921.[17][18] It opened its doors two days later to the public and registered 42 patients.[19] By April 1921, it had 60 employees, including 14 physicians and four nurses.[20] In 1922 the founders purchased four private homes nearby for hospitalization, radiation treatment, and administration.[20] A fifth house was acquired as a residence for patients with diabetes receiving insulin treatments.[20][21] To meet rising patient volume, a 184-bed hospital was built in 1924, located at East 90th Street and Carnegie Avenue.[22] A power plant, laundry, and ice plant were also built.[20][23] A research laboratory was constructed in 1928.[20][24]

Cleveland Clinic fire

On May 15, 1929, nitrocellulose x-ray films stored in the basement of the outpatient building ignited.[25][26][27] An explosion sent a cloud of toxic oxides of nitrogen and carbon though the building. One hundred and twenty-three people lost their lives, including John Phillips, one of the founders.[28][29] A dozen investigating agencies were not able to determine what had caused the fire. Cleveland Clinic's own inquiry narrowed the possible causes down to spontaneous combustion caused by heat; a discarded cigarette or match; and contact with an extension cord light hung over a stack of films.[26]

Philanthropist Samuel Mather formed a committee of 36 community leaders to help Cleveland Clinic reestablish itself in temporary quarters across the street.[26][30][31] Patient care services resumed five days later.[30] The 1921 building was completely renovated, and a new three-story clinic building, with a new main entrance, was added in 1931.[26] All debts were repaid by 1941.[32]

Growth of specialization

Cleveland Clinic built new operating rooms in the early 1970s to accommodate the growth of cardiac surgery.[23] The Martha Holden Jennings Education Building opened in 1964, with an auditorium named for Dr. Bunts. A new hospital building (currently home to Cleveland Clinic Children's Hospital) opened in 1966, and a research building opened in 1974 (demolished in 2007).[23] A pathology and laboratory medicine building was constructed on Carnegie Avenue in 1980.[33]

Willian S. Kiser, chairman of the board 1977–1989,[34] led the development of a strategic plan to accommodate growing patient volumes in the late 1970s. This resulted in a group of buildings known as the Century Project. Completed in 1985, the Century Project includes a 14-story outpatient building (now known as the Crile Building) designed by architect Cesar Pelli.[35]

Research and education

The Cleveland Clinic Lerner Research Institute conducts biomedical research in a 480,000-square-foot building that opened in 1999.[36] The Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine (CCLCM) of Case Western Reserve University opened in 2004. It is a 5-year medical school in the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine with 32 students per class, each receiving a scholarship for full tuition and fees.[37][38] While most MD-granting medical schools in the U.S. are four-year programs, the fifth year of CCLCM is dedicated to a year of research.[22]

Cleveland Clinic publishes the peer-reviewed Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine monthly, focusing on internal medicine, endocrinology, and diabetes.[39] The Top 10 Medical Innovations is an annual list (since 2007) selected in October each year by a panel of Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists. For consideration on the list, the development must be considered likely to be available to the public in the upcoming year and to be expected to have a significant impact on a large part of the population.[40]


Cleveland Clinic is consistently regarded as one of the top hospital systems in the United States and in the world, and it is well regarded particularly in technological management systems.[41]


In 2018-2019, Cleveland Clinic was ranked as the #2 overall hospital in the United States by the U.S. News & World Report, behind the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. A total of 4,656 hospitals were considered in 12 main data-driven medical and surgical specialty areas and 4 additional specialty areas, collating data on patient safety, performance measures, and complication rates.[42] Cleveland Clinic was found to be nationally ranked in 14 adult specialties and 10 children's specialties and was recognized as the #1 hospital in Ohio and in the Cleveland Metropolitan Area. It also achieved the highest rating possible in 9 specified procedures or conditions: abdominal aortic aneurysm repair, aortic valve surgery, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, colon cancer surgery, heart bypass surgery, heart failure, hip replacement, knee replacement, and lung cancer surgery.[43] In addition, for the 14th year in a row, Cleveland Clinic was ranked as the #1 hospital in the United States for cardiology and heart surgery as a specialty. Similarly, in March 2019, Newsweek named Cleveland Clinic the number 2 hospital in the world, behind Mayo Clinic and in front of Singapore General Hospital.[44]


In a Kaiser Family Foundation review of Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) data for hospital acquired conditions in 2014, Cleveland Clinic received an 8.7 score (1–10 possible, with 10 being the worst), in the bottom 7% of hospitals.[45]

Between 2010 and 2013, CMS undertook an extensive series of investigations into the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, with at least a dozen inspections and follow-up visits triggered by patient complaints.[46][47] An analysis of Medicare inspection data between 2011 and 2014 found that the Cleveland Clinic Foundation was one of at least 230 instances in which validated serious incidents—dubbed "immediate jeopardy" complaints—led CMS to threaten loss of ability to serve Medicare patients unless the problems were fixed immediately. Due to numerous serious ongoing safety violations, the Cleveland Clinic Foundation was on payment termination track for 19 months, placing at stake $1B in annual Medicare/Medicaid reimbursement.[46] The citations were reported and analyzed in detail by Modern Healthcare, which posted some of the safety documents.[46][47]

In its February 2019 Overall Hospital Quality Star Ratings, CMS gave a five-star rating to the Cleveland Clinic, as well as several community hospitals in the Cleveland Clinic system, including Hillcrest Hospital, Lutheran Hospital, and Marymount Hospital.[48] In these ratings, Cleveland Clinic Weston received a one-star rating.[49]


Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, Las Vegas, Nevada

Cleveland Clinic's main campus consists of 60 buildings on 170 acres (69 ha) near University Circle, in Fairfax, Cleveland.[50] Cleveland Clinic operates 19[51][52] family health and ambulatory surgery centers in surrounding communities, a multispecialty hospital and family health center in Weston, Florida, and an outpatient clinic specializing in sports medicine in Toronto, Canada.[53]

In 1996, the Cleveland Clinic took over the four-hospital Meridia Health System, absorbing Euclid Hospital in Euclid, Hillcrest Hospital in Mayfield Heights, Huron Hospital in East Cleveland, and South Pointe Hospital in Warrensville Heights.[54] The Clinic closed Huron Hospital in 2011,[55] and the remaining three hospitals remain part of the Clinic's system.

In May 2010 Cleveland Clinic's Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health opened in a unique structure designed by architect Frank Gehry in Las Vegas, Nevada.[56] An overseas location, the Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, opened in 2015.[57] In August 2015 the Akron General Health System in Akron, Ohio, joined the Cleveland Clinic system. Akron General includes Akron General Hospital, Visiting Nurse Service and Affiliates, Hospice of VNS, Lodi Community Hospital, Edwin Shaw Rehabilitation Institute, and three health and wellness centers.[58] In May 2017 Cleveland Clinic reached an agreement to acquire 150-bed Union Hospital in Dover, Ohio.[59]

The organization began work renovating an historic building at 33 Grosvenor Place in central London, England, in 2018. Demolition of the interior of the six-story, 198,000-square-foot building has begun, with a construction completion date of late 2020.[60]


In 2011 Cleveland Clinic was second on the Becker's Hospital Review list of top-grossing hospitals in the United States, with total patient revenue of $9.14 billion.[61] The hospital posted $243 million operating income on $8 billion revenue in 2016. Operating income fell about 50% from 2015, which it said was due to shrinking reimbursements and rising drug costs.[62][63] In 2017 its operating income was $330M on $8.4B in revenue.[7]

In 2015, the Clinic's endowment stood at more than $12 billion. [64]

In addition, Cleveland Clinic plays a significant role in the regional economy of Cleveland and the statewide economy. It is Ohio's largest employer, and generates $17.8 billion for the state. [65] [66]

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Further reading

  • Cosgrove, Toby (2014). The Cleveland Clinic Way: Lessons in Excellence From One of the World's Leading Healthcare Organizations. New York: McGraw-Hill Education. ISBN 9780071827249. OCLC 862041447.
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