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 CLEVELAND, Jan. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Lake Hospital System (LHS) and The Cleveland Clinic Foundation have formalized a written agreement for a proposed Open Heart Surgery Shared Services Program to be located at LakeWest Hospital in Willoughby. A Certificate of Need application seeking approval for this shared program is being submitted to the Ohio Department of Health simultaneous to this agreement.
 Under the proposed Open Heart Surgery Shared Services Program, Cleveland Clinic's cardiovascular surgeons, working with Lake Hospital System's cardiologists and technical and nursing staff, would perform adult coronary bypass procedures for LHS patients who are diagnosed as requiring open heart surgery. The Cleveland Clinic also would work with LHS in the training of necessary technical and nursing staff comprising the surgical team.
 Currently, if patients in Lake County and surrounding communities require open heart surgery, they must travel to Cleveland hospitals to received such care. This can create more stress during an already stressful time for the patient and the family, said Cynthia Moore-Hardy, Lake Hospital System's chief operating officer, Ambulatory Services. "The patient is faced with a hospital stay outside of the community, and the family is faced with time- and cost-consuming commutes to the hospital."
 This joint effort would allow patients and families to remain close to home for comprehensive cardiac care, Moore-Hardy emphasized. "The Cleveland Clinic Foundation's experience and innovative techniques in open heart surgery potentially ensures the overall quality while promoting increased accessibility for the patients," she said. "It's also a cost-effective way to minimize duplication of services."
 Over the last several years, Lake Hospital System has played an important role in the education, prevention and diagnosis of coronary artery disease within the community and has actively enhanced its cardiac-related facilities and services including a Cardiac Catherization Laboratory featuring the latest heart imaging equipment which allows physicians to see the severity and location of blockages in coronary arteries and Single Photon Emission Computed Tomography (SPECT), a noninvasive technique which combines nuclear medicine with x-ray technology to reconstruct three-dimensional images of organs.
 Lake Hospital System also offers a Physical Assessment Cardiovascular Evaluation (P.A.C.E.) program which helps individuals identify and reduce risk factors associated with heart disease and a Hearty Living wellness program that provides consultation regarding lifestyle changes, exercise and diet. And to help patients return to healthy, active lives following surgery, Lake Hospital System offers a comprehensive cardiac rehabilitation program which includes all phases of rehabilitation from inpatient therapy to outpatient programs and ongoing support.
 Once the Ohio Department of Health approves the Certificate of Need application for the Open Heart Surgery Shared Services Program, efforts to implement the planned service will begin.
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 /CONTACT: Cynthia Moore-Hardy, chief operating officer, ambulatory services, 216-354-1989; or Pamela Jordan, corporate director of marketing communications and public affairs; 216-354-1944; both of Lake Hospital System; or Holli Birrer, director of public and media relations, the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, 216-444-0142/

CO: The Cleveland Clinic Foundation; Lake Hospital System ST: Ohio IN: HEA SU: JVN

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