In the next few weeks, the Cleveland Clinic will be taking a step back to restructure its healthcare delivery network, and the team has some exciting news to share about what they’re working on.
In addition to a new clinical campus, the new health care giant has been busy laying the groundwork for a new, $1.9 billion expansion to its Weston Healthcare facility.
Weston announced today that it will spend more than $1 billion on a new medical office complex in the nearby suburb of Lakewood that will allow the facility to house up to 3,000 doctors, and will expand its pharmacy network with an additional 10,000 pharmacies.
The new expansion will allow for a “new era” of care, the hospital said in a statement.
“The future of our family of physicians and health care professionals is here.
We can’t wait to be able to share it with you.”
Weston’s new health center will also open as part of a $3 billion plan to expand the healthcare delivery system at the sprawling Cleveland Clinic.
In 2016, the Clinic’s new healthcare network received a $400 million investment from the private investment firm Renaissance Technologies.
In January, Weston’s CEO, Dr. Brian Hildebrand, also announced that the company would spend $400,000 on the new clinic, and he’s also looking to hire as many as 50 additional physicians over the next five years.
The company is looking to open two new healthcare centers by 2020.
“This is not the end of our plan to create a health care network that will be the envy of the world,” Hildebrands new CEO said in the statement.
“[This] will be a unique opportunity to deliver quality care to the entire community, including our patients.”
The news about the Weston healthcare expansion was announced on the day that the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a new update on the Cleveland clinic’s opioid epidemic, which has killed more than 4,000 people in the past three years.
The CMS report detailed that while Cleveland Clinic’s opioid treatment facility has been the most active of the country’s 34 participating hospitals, it’s not the only one struggling with the opioid epidemic.
In addition to Weston, another Cleveland Clinic facility, Mercy Medical Center, reported that it had seen a significant uptick in deaths from opioids between the beginning of 2016 and March 2017.
According to the report, in 2016, there were 6,723 opioid-related deaths in the Cleveland region, compared to 1,974 in 2016.
The report also found that between March 2016 and June 2017, the number of people dying from opioid-induced overdoses jumped from 8.2 to 10.4.
While the Cleveland hospital’s latest health update is good news for the Clinic, it does not come without some concerns.
In March 2017, a new report revealed that the Cleveland-based health system was facing financial problems.
The CMS report found that the hospital was not making money, and had not been profitable since 2015.
This led to the CMS report to recommend that the organization be privatized and sold.
In 2017, Hildebunds team took steps to shore up the Cleveland health care system.
The Clinic’s board of directors appointed Hildebeld to take over as CEO of the Cleveland Medical Center in May, a move that brought new focus to the Clinic.
However, the changes did not end the controversy surrounding the Cleveland Care Center, which was set up as a private medical facility for the Cleveland area’s poor and elderly.
The Cleveland Clinic recently announced that it was ending its partnership with the private company Renaissance Technologies to help run the Cleveland Healthcare Center, and that the health system would be buying the Cleveland Medi-Cal Healthcare Center from the company.
However the decision was met with some criticism, with some residents calling the move a “black eye” on the community.
Hildebrand said in February that the new partnership with Renaissance would “improve the health care delivery process and allow us to serve our community in a better way, which is what we do best,” according to a statement from the Cleveland Health and Human Services Department.
“In our vision, we want to make our patients, our community and our physicians better.”