Saint Vincent Launches Clinical Affiliation with Cleveland Clinic

Affiliation will further enhance Saint Vincent’s heart programs


Saint Vincent Health Center today announced a clinical affiliation with the Cleveland Clinic Heart and Vascular Institute to deliver world-class cardiovascular services right here in the Erie region.

Saint Vincent Health Center today announced a clinical affiliation with the Cleveland Clinic Heart and Vascular Institute to deliver world-class cardiovascular services right here in the Erie region.  Effective December, 1, 2012, this affiliation will combine the unparalleled research and expertise of Cleveland Clinic’s heart program with the Saint Vincent Heart and Vascular Center to provide the highest-quality, most comprehensive patient care in all of northwestern Pennsylvania.    

“We already have excellent surgeons, cardiologists and nurses who have developed the regions leading cardiac programs here at Saint Vincent,” said Scott Whalen, PhD, FACHE, president and CEO of Saint Vincent Health System. “Affiliating with Cleveland Clinic’s world-renowned program and clinical specialists will now allow us to advance our programs to a level traditionally found at only a handful of facilities around the world.”  

Cleveland Clinic will work with the Saint Vincent clinical teams to give patients in Erie access to the most advanced research, programs, technologies and clinical techniques. That means that patients in the Erie region who are diagnosed with heart disease will be given the highest level of quality heart care, incorporating the resources, research and practices of the nation’s leading heart program, right here in Erie at Saint Vincent Health Center.   

“This affiliation will allow Saint Vincent and Cleveland Clinic to accelerate advancements in cardiac care in the Erie region and beyond,” said Bruce Lytle, M.D., chairman of the Cleveland Clinic Heart and Vascular Institute. “Treating patients with cardiovascular disease is complex; new techniques and technologies are always emerging and quality is paramount. Our affiliation will allow us to help Saint Vincent and their physicians to deliver quality and innovative care,” added Lytle.  

Saint Vincent heart and vascular specialists will participate in training, conferences and educational programs provided by the nation’s No. 1 ranked heart program. Saint Vincent physicians will also regularly collaborate with their colleagues at Cleveland Clinic and have access to emerging technologies and procedures being evaluated at Cleveland Clinic.   

“I am extremely proud of the excellent outcomes that we’ve had with our heart program at Saint Vincent,” said Aron Goldberg, MD, Saint Vincent cardiovascular surgeon.  “I believe that this clinical affiliation will become a tremendous opportunity to deliver an advanced level of care right here in Erie during these times when medical technology and procedures continue to evolve at a rapid pace.”  

“Our patients have always come first,” commented Sam Ward, MD, Saint Vincent cardiologist. “This affiliation means that our patients stay right here in the community and can be assured they are receiving the best heart care at Saint Vincent, which is now backed by the nation’s leading heart program.”  

Cleveland Clinic’s Miller Family Heart and Vascular Institute was recently rated No. 1 in the nation for cardiology and heart surgery by US News & World Report for the 18th consecutive year.  Saint Vincent Heart and Vascular Center has also received national recognition and is the region’s leader in heart and vascular care. Saint Vincent offers a full spectrum of diagnostic and interventional cardiac services as well as electrophysiology, cardiac, vascular and thoracic surgery and continues to add new technology.     

In early October, Saint Vincent opened three large operating room suites, including western Pennsylvania’s only hybrid operating room used as a combination endovascular lab and minimally invasive OR suite for vascular and heart procedures.  

This affiliation will also further strengthen Saint Vincent’s relationship with Cleveland Clinic.  In February, Saint Vincent joined Cleveland Clinic’s Telemedicine Network, which provides immediate access to Cleveland Clinic specialists through unique videoconference equipment, allowing stroke patients at Saint Vincent to receive the highest level of care without the need to travel out of town. 

About Cleveland Clinic Celebrating its 90th anniversary, Cleveland Clinic is a nonprofit multispecialty academic medical center that integrates clinical and hospital care with research and education. 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. About 2,800 full-time salaried physicians and researchers and 11,000 nurses represent 120 medical specialties and subspecialties. Cleveland Clinic Health System includes a main campus near downtown Cleveland, nine community hospitals and 15 Family Health Centers in Northeast Ohio, Cleveland Clinic Florida, the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas, Cleveland Clinic Canada, and opening in 2013, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi. In 2010, there were 4 million visits throughout the Cleveland Clinic health system and 155,000 hospital admissions. Patients came for treatment from every state and from more than 100 countries. Visit us at  Follow us at