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Parkview Heart Institute joins forces

Staff Report

The Parkview Heart Institute is now an affiliate of the nation’s top-ranked heart program, the Cleveland Clinic Heart & Vascular Institute, according to a Wednesday press release.

At a press conference Wednesday, Roy Robertson, MD, FACC, president, Parkview Heart Institute, stated 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.

“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,” stated the release. “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.”

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.