Caring for Caregivers, Their Families and Their Newborns with Paid Leave for New Parents

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By Tom Mihaljevic, M.D.
Cleveland Clinic CEO and President

Cleveland Clinic’s vision is twofold – to be the best place to receive care and to be the best place to work in healthcare.

At Cleveland Clinic, our employees are considered caregivers. They are the heart of our health system, and caring for them means investing in them and their families. That’s why improving the caregiver experience is one of our top priorities.

Therefore, we are announcing a new benefit today for Cleveland Clinic caregivers and their families. By April of 2020, we will offer fully paid time away to eligible new parents:

  • Eight weeks of maternity leave for the mother following childbirth, plus 4 weeks of parental leave.
  • For the other parent, 4 weeks of parental leave.

Paid family leave offers economic security and peace of mind to families during one of life’s most significant events. And it has a positive effect on the health and well-being of both the mother and the newborn.

I am incredibly proud Cleveland Clinic can offer this benefit to our caregivers and their families.

About Cleveland Clinic

Cleveland Clinic is a nonprofit multispecialty academic medical center that integrates clinical and hospital care with research and education. Located in Cleveland, Ohio, it was founded in 1921 by four renowned physicians with a vision of providing outstanding patient care based upon the principles of cooperation, compassion and innovation. Cleveland Clinic has pioneered many medical breakthroughs, including coronary artery bypass surgery and the first face transplant in the United States. U.S. News & World Report consistently names Cleveland Clinic as one of the nation’s best hospitals in its annual “America’s Best Hospitals” survey. Among Cleveland Clinic’s 77,000 employees worldwide are more than 5,658 salaried physicians and researchers, and 19,000 registered nurses and advanced practice providers, representing 140 medical specialties and subspecialties. Cleveland Clinic is a 6,665-bed health system that includes a 173-acre main campus near downtown Cleveland, 22 hospitals, more than 275 outpatient facilities, including locations in northeast Ohio; southeast Florida; Las Vegas, Nevada; Toronto, Canada; Abu Dhabi, UAE; and London, England. In 2022, there were 12.8 million outpatient encounters, 303,000 hospital admissions and observations, and 270,000 surgeries and procedures throughout Cleveland Clinic’s health system. Patients came for treatment from every state and 185 countries. Visit us at Follow us at News and resources available at

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