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CA hospital launches affiliation with country's No. 1 Heart Hospital, Cleveland Clinic

CA hospital launches affiliation with country's No. 1 Heart Hospital, Cleveland Clinic

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VISALIA, Calif., Jan. 30, 2019

VISALIA, Calif., Jan. 30, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Kaweah Delta has joined forces with Cleveland Clinic's Heart & Vascular Institute, the No. 1 ranked heart program in the U.S., to help further elevate services for people seeking cardiovascular care in California's Central Valley. Kaweah Delta is just the second hospital in California to affiliate with the Cleveland Clinic's heart program.

As an affiliate, the two organizations will stay independent and physicians and staff of Kaweah Delta's heart program will remain the same. However, the affiliation will give Kaweah Delta access to best practices that have helped the Ohio-based Cleveland Clinic's heart program achieve U.S. News & World Report's No. 1 cardiology and heart surgery ranking since 1995.

"It is an honor to be chosen by the Cleveland Clinic as an affiliate and we know the relationship will be mutually beneficial," said Gary Herbst, Chief Executive Officer of Kaweah Delta, noting that in 2019 Kaweah Delta was named one of America's 50 Best Hospitals™ for Cardiac Surgery and one of America's 100 Best Hospitals™ for Cardiac Care by Healthgrades. "For the past 34 years, we have provided heart care to our community and kept people close to home with great results, but we know that having this world-renowned peer organization will help us further elevate the care that we provide our community."

As affiliates, Kaweah Delta and Cleveland Clinic's heart program will share best practices in patient care, outcomes measurement, quality reporting and clinical research. In addition, physician teams from both entities will collaborate to accelerate advances in heart care treatments and protocols. Benefits of the affiliation to Kaweah Delta patients and doctors include access to new treatments and technologies, opportunities to collaborate with Cleveland Clinic in medical research, sharing of care pathways, quality processes, outcomes data analysis and medical education opportunities.

Jeffrey Rich, MD, chairman of strategic operations at Cleveland Clinic's Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute said, "Treating patients with cardiovascular disease is complex. Our affiliation with Kaweah Delta will advance heart care in Tulare County."

About Kaweah Delta
Kaweah Delta is a 581-bed, publicly-owned community healthcare organization based in Visalia, Calif., that provides comprehensive health services to California's Central Valley. With nearly 5,000 dedicated medical professionals and employees, Kaweah Delta is committed to meeting health needs through state-of-the-art medicine, high-quality preventive services and specialized health centers/clinics. Visit

Laura Florez-McCusker 

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Last Updated: 30-Jan-2019