Cleveland Clinic and Doctors Hospital Health System Establish Strategic Relationship to Expand and Improve Healthcare Services in The Bahamas

Media Contact

Angela Smith 216.318.6632

Scott Samples 772.708.3319

CLEVELAND, OHIO and NASSAU, BAHAMAS: Cleveland Clinic and Doctors Hospital Health System have formed a strategic advisory council with the goal of expanding and improving the delivery of healthcare services in the Bahamas.

The organizations agreed to form the advisory council in a two-year strategic advisory agreement which will provide Doctors Hospital access to Cleveland Clinic’s network of internal experts for strategic planning, clinical education and leadership development.

A core team from Cleveland Clinic and Doctors Hospital will meet throughout the year in focused working sessions. Cleveland Clinic members are Curtis Rimmerman, M.D., chairman of International Operations; Rob Stall, executive director of International Operations; and Ivan Blanco, Cleveland Clinic Florida’s chief marketing and business development officer. Doctors Hospital members include Charles Diggiss, M.D., majority shareholder and president; Charles Sealy, chief executive officer, and Dennis Deveaux, chief financial officer.

Doctors Hospital

“Partnering with Doctors Hospital is a great opportunity to positively impact Bahamian healthcare delivery and patient outcomes,” said Dr. Rimmerman. “Improving the quality of healthcare will significantly contribute to building a healthier community for all.”

Cleveland Clinic and Doctors Hospital will work together on various projects that include significant expansion into outpatient services by Doctors Hospital, as well as the development of centers of excellence in the Bahamas where Cleveland Clinic’s resources will offer significant advantage, acceleration and support to Doctors Hospital.

“The decision to align Doctors Hospital with Cleveland Clinic will increase the quality of care and expanded availability of on-island healthcare options for Bahamians,” said Dr. Diggiss.  “Doctors Hospital’s alignment with a prominent and known global brand like Cleveland Clinic will dramatically accelerate our access to grow capacity to meet the burgeoning healthcare demands of Bahamians.”

Cleveland Clinic Contacts:
Angie Smith, 216.318.6632,
Scott Samples, 772.708.3319,

Doctors Hospital Health System Contact:
Alexis Burrows, 242.457.0241,

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 Follow us at and News and resources available at

About Doctors Hospital
Accredited by Joint Commission International in 2010, Doctors Hospital Health System (“Doctors Hospital”) is the premier tertiary healthcare institution in The Bahamas.   Doctors Hospital was formerly named The Rassin Hospital, founded in 1955 by the late Dr Meyer Rassin, a leading orthopedic surgeon who opened the original 20,000 square-foot, 24-bed medical facility. The Rassin Hospital was the most modern hospital in the West Indies for its time and a longtime dream of Dr. Meyer Rassin to provide quality healthcare to the region.  A group of Bahamian physicians bought the facility in 1986 and renamed it Doctors Hospital. In 1993, the hospital completed a 50,000-square-foot expansion and then became a publicly traded company in 1999.  Today, Doctors Hospital is a 94-bed multi-site health system, positioned among the most modern acute care healthcare facilities in the Caribbean.  Doctors Hospital Health System comprises two unique facilities. The main hospital situated at the corner of Collins Avenue and Shirley Street provides a full range of inpatient and outpatient services. Our satellite facility, Doctors Hospital West (formerly Bahamas Medical Center), is located in western New Providence on Blake Road and currently serves as the national center for the treatment of the critically ill COVID19 positive patients.

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