Medical Contributions Of The Cleveland Clinic

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Introduction Since it’s founding in 1921, by four Cleveland, Ohio physicians: Dr. George Crile, Frank Bunts, William Lower, and John Phillips, the Cleveland Clinic has been making advances in the medical community that had previously been unprecedented (“Cleveland Clinic Celebrates”, 2011). The Cleveland Clinic started with a total staff of 12 people: six surgeons, one radiologist, four internists, and one biophysicist. From the beginning the founders knew that it was important to have a diverse staff with varying degrees of specialty in order to provide the best care for their patients (“Cleveland Clinic About Us”, n.d.). The founders were all military veterans that were inspired by the system and practices used in the military style of medicine. With this inspiration the founders started the facility as a group medical practice where the individual physician specialist would share their knowledge with one another in order to serve patients, educate the future medical professionals, and conduct research for medical advancements and innovations that would be revolutionary to the medical community. These goals were then laid out in the groups mission statement: “Better care of the sick, investigation into their problems, and further education of those who serve” (“Cleveland Clinic Celebrates”, 2011). The founding of the Cleveland Clinic came at the start of the Roaring 20s, which was a time of dramatic political and social change that had sweeping effects throughout the country (“The Roaring Twenties”, 2010). The economy grew between 1920 and 1929 and the national wealth nearly doubled during that time. Some important innovations and discoveries that came during the time were the first commercial radio station, the electric refr... ... middle of paper ... ...5% pay cut in order for the organization to remain in operation (Clough, 2004). It was due to the sacrifices and loyalty of the employees that the Cleveland Clinic was able to survive during the depression. Once the financial strain of the Great Depression began to subside the staff numbers more than doubled and the remaining debt from the disaster was repaid. Just when there seems to be a light at the end of the tunnel, another life-altering event occurs. Although World War II caused decreased staffing at the clinic, the number of patients increased dramatically. Since most of the young physicians in the area were drafted in the war, many patients started to seek treatment at the Cleveland Clinic. By 1945, the Cleveland Clinic was growing in dramatic numbers and was establishing itself as leader in medical innovations and education around the world (Clough, 2004).
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