Baylor Scott & White hospitals planning to align with Cleveland Clinic

Three Baylor Scott & White hospitals are planning to align with the number one hospital in the country, for cardiovascular care. The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano, Baylor Heart and Vascular Hospital and Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas are working to formalize a clinical and research affiliation agreement with Cleveland Clinic to become a Texas-based partner with Cleveland Clinic’s heart and vascular services.

As part of its preferred network, Cleveland Clinic’s heart patients would be able to travel to Baylor hospitals to receive the same kind of high-quality treatment they would have in Cleveland, while also having beneficial access to clinical trials and advances in cardiac care.

“The Cleveland Clinic is the undisputed leader in heart care,” John McWhorter said in an article that appeared on the front page of The Dallas Morning News today. McWhorter is president of Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas and senior vice president of operations for Baylor Scott & White Health-North Texas.

“This is a tremendous opportunity for Baylor Scott & White,” said Joel Allison, CEO of Baylor Scott & White Health. “Cleveland Clinic recognized the terrific work we’re doing in cardiac care. But they also realized we had a strong brand reputation, great quality scores and a high-performing team in all our facilities.”

Cleveland Clinic approached Baylor Scott & White on their search for an exclusive provider—as they are limiting affiliation to only 25 or so throughout the country. Joseph Cacchione, MD, heart and vascular chair, operations and strategy at Cleveland Clinic said,

“We have been looking for hospitals across the country, doing due diligence and then going into a deep dive to see if they share our commitment. The product Baylor Scott & White delivers is outstanding.”

The goal of the partnership is to deliver the highest level of patient experience, excellent communication and compassion along with coordinated, high-touch care. Highlights of the relationship include:

  • Cardiac care bundles covering pre-op, testing, inpatient, outpatient and transitional care monitoring
  • Employers pay for travel, food and lodging
  • Hospitals coordinate travel to and from airports, hospitals and hotels

In the News article, Cacchione said that Baylor Scott & White should be included in the Cleveland Clinic network by early next year. He hopes that patients here in Dallas would have their procedures done here, but he acknowledged that some may choose to go to Cleveland for surgery and have their after-care provided here in North Texas.

“I think this is going to help patients coordinate the bundling of their care,” McWhorter told the Dallas Morning News. He said the arrangement will bolster efforts to prepare patients for what to expect before and after surgery. It will also facilitate second opinions, which are especially important in more complicated cases.

If the deal is finalized as expected, beginning in January 2015, Baylor Scott & White will be receiving cardiac patients covered by Cleveland Clinic. AT&T, Delta, Marriott, GE, Lowes, PriceWaterhouseCoopers and Walmart are among the employers who have contracted with Cleveland Clinic to care for their employees.

Parts of this article originally appeared on the Dallas Morning News

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Baylor Scott & White hospitals planning to align with Cleveland Clinic