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St. Luke's Hospital Launches Affiliation with the Nation's No. 1 Heart Hospital, Cleveland Clinic

Chesterfield, MO , January 19, 2016

St. Luke's Hospital announces an affiliation with Cleveland Clinic's Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute. The affiliation combines the academic, clinical and research components of Cleveland Clinic with St. Luke's, one of the St. Louis area's leading providers of heart care.

As the exclusive St. Louis affiliate, St. Luke's patients will benefit from the best practices that have helped Cleveland Clinic's heart program achieve U.S. News & World Report's No. 1 ranking for 21 consecutive years.

"As we begin our 150th year serving patients in the greater St. Louis area, we are proud to build upon our rich history of excellence in heart care," said Christine M. Candio, RN, FACHE, St. Luke's Hospital president and chief executive officer. "Our healthcare team is thrilled to work with Cleveland Clinic's Heart & Vascular Institute as its exclusive St. Louis-area affiliate to improve the health of our community."

Through the affiliation, St. Luke's and Cleveland Clinic will collaborate to continue best practices in quality and patient safety. St. Luke's patients will also get greater access to new treatments, clinical trials and second opinions.

"This affiliation further strengthens and advances cardiac treatment in order to provide the highest level of patient care no matter where you live," said Joseph Cacchione, MD, cardiologist and chairman of strategic operations at Cleveland Clinic's Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute. "Treating patients with cardiovascular disease is complex, and our affiliation with St. Luke's Hospital will advance heart care in the St. Louis metro area."

For more than a decade, Cleveland Clinic's Heart & Vascular Institute has formed affiliations with cardiothoracic surgery and cardiovascular medicine programs in Ohio and across the country to combine the unparalleled research and expertise of Cleveland Clinic's heart program with the efforts of other cardiac leaders. St. Luke's is the 18th affiliate of Cleveland Clinic's Heart & Vascular Institute in the nation.

"Collaborating with the highly-esteemed heart experts of Cleveland Clinic positions us to continue enhancing the quality of St. Luke's extraordinary heart care into the future," said Ronald D. Leidenfrost, MD, FACS, St. Luke's Heart & Vascular Institute chairman. "With access to the latest treatments and research, St. Luke's healthcare team is ready to make an even greater impact on the lives of our patients."

Patients who would like more information about St. Luke's Heart & Vascular Institute may call 314-205-6801.

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About St. Luke's Hospital:
St. Luke's Hospital is an independent, nonprofit healthcare provider committed to improving the quality of life for its patients and the community. Since its founding in 1866, St. Luke's has grown from a single hospital location to an advanced network of care. It provides personalized healthcare services in over 60 specialty areas at its 493-bed hospital in Chesterfield, Mo. and 143-bed St. Luke's Des Peres Hospital. It also offers more than 30 other locations across the greater St. Louis area, bringing quality healthcare services close to home. St. Luke's is nationally-recognized for quality care and consistently earns high patient satisfaction scores. In St. Louis, St. Luke's is the exclusive alliance provider for the nation's No. 1 heart hospital, Cleveland Clinic's Heart & Vascular Institute.

About Cleveland Clinic:
Cleveland Clinic is a nonprofit multispecialty academic medical center that integrates clinical and hospital care with research and education. Located in Cleveland, Ohio, it 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. Cleveland Clinic has pioneered many medical breakthroughs, including coronary artery bypass surgery and the first face transplant in the United States. 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. More than 3,000 full-time salaried physicians and researchers and 11,000 nurses represent 120 medical specialties and subspecialties. The Cleveland Clinic health system includes a main campus near downtown Cleveland, eight community hospitals, more than 90 northern Ohio outpatient locations, including 18 full-service family health centers, Cleveland Clinic Florida, the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas, Cleveland Clinic Canada, and Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi. In 2014, there were 5.9 million outpatient visits throughout the Cleveland Clinic health system and 152,500 hospital admissions. Patients came for treatment from every state and 147 countries. Visit us at www.clevelandclinic.org. Follow us at www.twitter.com/ClevelandClinic.



Megan Donovan, APR
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