We Are Committed to All Whom We Serve

A statement from Cleveland Clinic CEO and President Tom Mihaljevic, M.D.

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A statement from Tom Mihaljevic, M.D., CEO and President of Cleveland Clinic:

There is no place for violence or racial disparity in our world. As an organization dedicated to the well-being of all, we will respond to events and actions that undermine public health.

Each of us is affected by the senseless deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and other African Americans. The aftermath of this weekend’s protests inflicted additional hurt.

People are feeling pain, sorrow and fear. And we care. We care about our patients, our fellow caregivers and our neighbors in the community.

This is a time for us to embrace one another with respect and empathy. It is a time to be guided by what we stand for at Cleveland Clinic as a beacon of hope.

Helping others to heal is our mission. Inclusion is our core value. Caring for the community is a cornerstone of our nearly 100-year foundation.

Cleveland Clinic will be working with the community to address violence, and to end disparities of care, which have been exacerbated during this pandemic. We will be creating forums for caregivers to have discussions about these events, and offer resources for them to process the hurt they are feeling.

We are committed to all who we serve to address these issues today and for every day moving forward. This is our responsibility as caregivers in our endless quest to create better health for all.

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 67,554 employees worldwide are more than 4,520 salaried physicians and researchers, and 17,000 registered nurses and advanced practice providers, representing 140 medical specialties and subspecialties. Cleveland Clinic is a 6,026-bed health system that includes a 165-acre main campus near downtown Cleveland, 18 hospitals, more than 220 outpatient facilities, and locations in southeast Florida; Las Vegas, Nevada; Toronto, Canada; Abu Dhabi, UAE; and London, England. In 2019, there were 9.8 million total outpatient visits, 309,000 hospital admissions and observations, and 255,000 surgical cases throughout Cleveland Clinic’s health system. Patients came for treatment from every state and 185 countries. Visit us at clevelandclinic.org. Follow us at twitter.com/CCforMedia and twitter.com/ClevelandClinic. News and resources available at newsroom.clevelandclinic.org.