FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Parkview Heart Institute is now an affiliate of the nation’s top-ranked heart program, the Cleveland Clinic Heart & Vascular Institute, further elevating cardiovascular care for patients in the region.
At a press conference today, Roy Robertson, M.D., FACC, president of the Parkview Heart Institute, explained that the affiliation will give Parkview access to the best practices that have helped Cleveland Clinic achieve U.S. News & World Report’s No. 1 ranking for cardiology and heart surgery for the last 25 years. Through the affiliate program, Cleveland Clinic will share its treatment protocols and procedures, and allow Parkview Heart Institute providers to collaborate with Cleveland Clinic clinicians. This will give Parkview patients access to Cleveland Clinic’s expertise, including the latest treatments, technology and innovations in heart care.
“The people we serve in this region rely on us to continually improve. By affiliating with the Cleveland Clinic Heart & Vascular Institute, we’re advancing the quality of care that’s available close to home,” Robertson said. “Parkview’s world-class teamwork extends beyond the walls of our facilities, and we look forward to our collaboration with Cleveland Clinic to offer our community access to their world-renowned care.”
This affiliation will help not only patients in Fort Wayne, but also patients throughout northeast Indiana and northwest Ohio at the many facilities that partner with the Parkview Heart Institute for treatment. The partnership is mutually beneficial, officials explained, as Parkview and Cleveland Clinic will both share ideas and information that will accelerate advances in heart treatments and protocols.
“Our affiliation with Parkview will enable sharing of best practices, while working together to ensure the highest quality care to patients,” said Lars Svensson, M.D., Ph.D., chairman of Cleveland Clinic’s Heart & Vascular Institute. “Heart disease is complex, and programs like these advance the treatment of cardiovascular disease to benefit the communities we serve.”
The Cleveland Clinic Affiliate program was launched in 2003, with Rochester as the first member. Over the past 16 years, the affiliate network has grown as large as 16 hospitals across the country. As affiliates, the two organizations remain independent, with no changes to physicians or staff.
This affiliation is the third of its type launched by Parkview Health within the last year, with the goal of advancing care and providing local access to nationally recognized expertise. In September, the health system formalized an affiliation with Cincinnati Children’s Hospital for pediatric care. And in May, officials announced that Parkview Cancer Institute is a certified member of the MD Anderson Cancer Network®, a program of MD Anderson Cancer Center.
For more information on the Cleveland Clinic Heart & Vascular Institute, visit their website.