Leaders of Baylor Scott & White Health and the Cleveland Clinic are joining in Dallas this morning to formally announce a collaboration that Modern Healthcare recently called “another example of major academic medical centers coming together to expand their reach.”
Under the alliance, three Baylor Scott & White hospitals will become the exclusive providers for Texas and Oklahoma cardiac patient referrals from the Cleveland Clinic’s Cardiovascular Specialty Network. That means patients in those states can receive care directed by America’s top heart hospital at Baylor Jack and Jane Hamilton Heart and Vascular Hospital, Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas and The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano.
The deal was first reported earlier this year by The Dallas Morning News. The newspaper reports today that the collaboration is already benefitting Baylor Scott & White, even though the first patients won’t be seen under the agreement until next year.
The News reported:
Michael Mack, Baylor’s medical director of cardiovascular services, said that since news of the alliance surfaced last summer a “handful” of patients who had planned to go to Cleveland for heart surgery decided instead to have their operations at Baylor.
“I’d be disappointed if we don’t have an additional 100 to 150 surgery patients in the first year,” Mack said.
Baylor Scott & White Health is the latest system to align with the Cleveland Clinic’s cardiology network, following North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System in New York and MedStar Heart Institute in Washington, D.C.
Under the agreement, Cleveland Clinic and the three Dallas-area hospitals will share best practices, coordinate care and develop programs to improve quality and patient safety.
“With so much talk of consolidation and collaboration in health care today, this is an example of the types of collaborations of the future,” said Joel Allison, CEO of Baylor Scott & White Health. “We are honored to be selected for this cardiovascular specialty network, and we’re excited to welcome patients from throughout Texas and Oklahoma.”
Leaders of the two hospital systems told The News “that through their partnership, heart patients will receive the same quality care at Baylor as they would in Cleveland.”
The review process for the alliance took more than a year, Mack told The News.
Toby Cosgrove, MD, president and CEO of Cleveland Clinic, is joining Allison at today’s announcement.
“Teamwork is the next phase of American medicine,” Dr. Cosgrove said. “Hospitals and medical centers are reaching out across cities, regions and state lines. We’re finding new ways to combine our strengths for better patient care. We share a common goal: to eradicate heart disease in our time.”
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Update: Here’s a recap of our live coverage of the news conference: