FORT MYERS — Lee Health and Cleveland Clinic recently signed a strategic alliance agreement to share best practices — marking the return of the Ohio-based medical organization to Southwest Florida.
The two organizations will explore opportunities for service line affiliations and strategic initiatives that can improve quality and efficiency of care, according to a statement. The alliance establishes a framework for how the two health systems will work together, the release adds.
“The alliance with Cleveland Clinic opens up many possibilities for future collaboration, programs and activities that will enhance the excellent care we are already providing to our patients,” Lee Health President and CEO Dr. Larry Antonucci says in the release. “Together with the physician community we will establish new ways to elevate the medical care available throughout Southwest Florida.”
The Cleveland Clinic, known nationally and globally for heart care and more than a dozen other disciplines, operated a hospital in north Naples from 1999 to 2006. That facility, on Pine Ridge Road, is now part of the Physicians Regional Healthcare System. Cleveland Clinic has a large presence on Florida’s east coast, where its hospital in Weston has held the top U.S. News & World Report ranking in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale metro region for three consecutive years.
“Cleveland Clinic is excited to enter into this strategic alliance with Lee Health, which has a reputation for high-quality care,” says Dr. Conor Delaney, CEO and president of Cleveland Clinic Florida, in the statement. “We look forward to the collaboration between teams and to continue the excellent outcomes for the patients of Lee Health.”
Lee Health, one of the largest nonprofit public health systems in the U.S., operates four acute care and two specialty hospitals, including the Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida. Lee Health also provides an array of specialized programs and services, such as comprehensive primary and specialty care physicians, outpatient services, home health and skilled nursing.
The Cleveland Clinic Florida region is a nonprofit, multi-specialty health care provider that integrates clinical and hospital care with research and education.