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The Chester County Hospital Enters Heart Surgery Affiliation With Cleveland Clinic

The Cleveland ClinicThe Chester County Hospital and Cleveland Clinic, an international leader and the top-ranked heart center in America, according to U.S. News and World Report, have established a clinical affiliation in cardiac surgery.

This partnership, between the Cleveland Clinic's Department of Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery and the cardiac surgery program of The CardioVascular Center at The Chester County Hospital, combines the academic, clinical and research components of Cleveland Clinic with The Chester County Hospital's community-based, clinical program.

H.L. Perry Pepper, president of The Chester County Hospital, commented, "In only four-and-a-half years The CardioVascular Center at The Chester County Hospital has established itself as a leading cardiac program in the Philadelphia region, both in our clinical outcomes and our patient satisfaction scores. We are proud to establish this partnership with Cleveland Clinic."

"The Chester County Hospital has an excellent cardiac surgical program which is why we chose them as our Pennsylvania partner," said Bruce Lytle, M.D., Chairman of the Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery at Cleveland Clinic. "Our combined efforts will enhance outstanding programs and improve patient care."

Under this affiliation many Cleveland Clinic and Chester County Hospital cardiac surgery clinical policies, treatment protocols and research opportunities will be shared.

To enhance clinical integration, the two Chester County Hospital cardiovascular surgeons, Verdi J. DiSesa, M.D. and Martin LeBoutillier III, M.D. will be members of the Cleveland Clinic medical staff and will participate in their clinical conferences and educational programs. Additionally, nurses and perfusionists at The Chester County Hospital and Cleveland Clinic will train one another and share best practices.

Verdi J. DiSesa, M.D. Chief, Cardiac Surgery, commented, "We have always provided top-quality cardiac care in the Chester County region. By seeking this partnership with the international leaders in cardiac care, we can ensure continued state-of-the-art cardiovascular care close to home. The Cleveland Clinic invented coronary angiography, performed the first cardiac bypass operation and continues to be the forerunner in cardiovascular developments. The opportunity to partner with the nation's leader in heart care is a tremendous opportunity for The Chester County Hospital, and a tremendous benefit for this community."

The Chester County Hospital is a non-profit, community-based hospital located in West Chester, Pennsylvania. It provides a full range of medical and surgical treatment with specialties in Cardiology, Oncology, Women's Health and Orthopedics. It was the first hospital in Chester County to establish a full-service, interventional cardiac program in July of 2001. Since that time, The CardioVascular Center has treated more than 6,500 area residents. It participates in outcomes studies through national database reporting to the Society of Thoracic Surgeons and the American College of Cardiology.

About Cleveland Clinic Heart & Vascular Institute
Cleveland Clinic Heart & Vascular Institute is the recognized world leader in diagnosing and treating cardiovascular disease. Cleveland Clinic has been ranked No. 1 in the nation for cardiac care by U.S. News & World Report every year since 1995. Cleveland Clinic has been ranked among America's Ten Best Hospitals every year since 1990 by U.S. News & World Report.

About Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland Clinic, located in Cleveland, Ohio, is a not-for-profit multi-specialty academic medical center that integrates clinical and hospital care with research and education. Cleveland Clinic 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. 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. Approximately 1,500 full-time salaried physicians at Cleveland Clinic and Cleveland Clinic Florida represent more than 100 medical specialties and subspecialties. In 2004, patients came for treatment from every state and 100 countries.

Last Updated: 6/22/2009