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Kaweah Delta launches affiliation with country's No. 1 heart hospital

Gary Herbst, CEO Kaweah Delta announces the affiliation with Cleveland Clinic (Photo courtesy Kaweah Delta Healthcare District)

Kaweah Delta Healthcare District has joined forces with Cleveland Clinic’s Heart & Vascular Institute, the No. 1 ranked heart program in the U.S.

The announcement was made Friday, January 25, 2019 at Kaweah Delta in Visalia.

The move greatly improves services for people seeking cardiovascular care in the Central Valley.

The partnership will allow the two organizations to stay independent and physicians and staff of Kaweah Delta’s heart program will remain the same.

While staffing will not change, the affiliation will give Kaweah Delta access to best practices that have helped the Ohio-based Cleveland Clinic’s heart program achieve U.S. News & World Report’s No. 1 cardiology and heart surgery ranking since 1995.


“It is an honor to be chosen by the Cleveland Clinic as an affiliate and we know the relationship will be mutually beneficial,” said Gary Herbst, Chief Executive Officer of Kaweah Delta. “For the past 34 years, we have provided heart care to our community and kept people close to home with great results, but we know that having this world-renowned peer organization will help us further elevate the care that we provide our community.”

“We have a strong cardiovascular program, and this relationship will help us take it to the next level,” said Harry Lively, M.D., Chief of Medical Staff at Kaweah Delta. “The best get better by collaborating and learning from each other. Collaborating with a proven national performer will accelerate our progress toward having a world-class heart program here in Visalia to benefit people throughout the region.”

“Collaboration and partnership is one of Kaweah Delta’s founding principles, and this relationship with Cleveland Clinic further demonstrates the value of that philosophy,” Herbst said. “The way forward in health care is through alliances that enable sharing of resources, knowledge and skills.”

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