Health System and Cleveland Clinic announce clinical affiliation
Sharon Regional Health System CEO Wayne Johnston, SRHS Medical
Staff President Lawrence Shaffer, M.D., and The Cleveland Clinic Foundation
CEO Floyd D. Loop, M.D., today announced an affiliation to enhance
clinical expertise and the delivery of health care services at both
organizations. A clinical affiliation is not a merger or financial
arrangement but provides a process to share health care services,
medical education, clinical expertise and research opportunities.
"This affiliation is significant for all of the people we serve throughout
Mercer County and the region," said Johnston. "This affiliation reinforces
the direction that our leadership team has set for this institution...that
by remaining a strong, independent health care organization, Sharon
Regional is able to choose the 'best of the best' in developing clinical
relationships and affiliations to enhance the health care services
available to the communities we serve."
"Sharon Regional has continued local direction and control by managers
and a board of directors who reside in Mercer County. Our priority
is high quality, locally accessible medical services for the community,
employees, families and friends," Johnston added. "A relationship
with the Cleveland Clinic can only strengthen our abilities to provide
the best quality care to our patients."
James Feeney, chairman of Sharon Regional's board of directors, recognized
the honors recently bestowed on the Cleveland Clinic, having earned
the number four slot on U.S. News & World Report's National Honor
Roll of America's Best Hospitals.
"We're bringing the expertise of one of the top hospitals in the country
to Mercer County and our patients through our affiliation with the
Cleveland Clinic," stated Feeney. "We look forward to a long and mutually
The affiliation will benefit Sharon Regional through enhanced clinical
expertise, increased medical education programs, enhanced and improved
accessibility of specialist physicians.
"This affiliation is an example of how hospitals can cooperate
to provide better and more accessible care," said Dr. Loop. "We've
noted the positive growth Sharon Regional has experienced and we look
forward to working with Sharon Regional on a number of programs that
could benefit both institutions."
According to Dr. Shaffer, Sharon Regional's medical staff is enthused
about the affiliation. "Many physicians at Sharon Regional already
have some established relationships with physicians at the Cleveland
Clinic," said Dr. Shaffer. "They see the affiliation as an extension
of those relationships, allowing for a greater exchange of ideas and
The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, founded in 1921, integrates clinical
and hospital care with research and education in a private, non-profit
practice. Last year at the Cleveland Clinic and Cleveland Clinic Foundation,
more than 850 full-time salaried physicians representing more than
100 medical specialties and subspecialties provided for 1,192,300
outpatient visits and 49,987 hospital visits from patients from throughout
the U.S. and more than 80 countries around the world. With 2,957 staffed
beds, the Cleveland Clinic Health System offers broad geographic coverage,
a full continuum of care, improved quality and lower cost of care
to northeast Ohio and northwest Pennsylvania residents.