Cleveland Clinic, formerly called the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, is a non-profit multi-specialty academic medical center in Cleveland, Ohio, currently considered as one of the top four hospitals in the country according to the U.S. News & World Report. Established in 1921, the medical center was started by four physicians with the aim of providing patient care, medical education, and research in an ideal medical setting. Having grown to become one of the biggest private medical centers in the globe, the Cleveland Clinic saw over 3.2 million patients in 2009 alone, with close to 80,000 of those visits resulting into hospital admissions.
Patients come in from all over the US and the world, receiving care from about 2,800 staff scientists and physicians and 1,300 residents representing 120 specialties and subspecialties in the medical field. From 1994 to 2013, the Cleveland Clinic was ranked as the top destination for cardiac care in the US. In its efficiency, the medical center was dubbed as having the likeness of a car factory.
The Cleveland Clinic Lerner Research Institute is where the medical center does all its translational, laboratory-based, and clinical research, receiving funding from the National Institutes of Health and other supporters. With over 1,300 residents and fellows, the graduate medical education program in the Cleveland Clinic is one of the biggest in the US. The medical center’s new medical school opened in 2004, called the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University. The medical program’s curriculum was devised by Cleveland Clinic staff to provide proper mentoring and training to a new generation of physicians.
Aptly ranked as one of the best hospitals in the country for demanding and complex situations, the Cleveland Clinic boasts of 14 specialties, each one ranking among the best in their specific fields. These include: heart and cardiac surgery; urology; digestive disorders; rheumatology; nephrology; orthopedic surgery; neurology and neurosurgery; respiratory disorders; endocrinology; ophthalmology; gynecology; oncology; otolaryngology; and geriatrics.