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Delos M. Cosgrove, MD

Delos M. Cosgrove, MD, is President and CEO of Cleveland Clinic, where he presides over a $6.7 billion healthcare system.

The Great Consolidation Begins

Bigger isn’t always better, but when it comes to healthcare we’re finding that it usually is. Doctors, hospitals and medical centers across America are looking for ways to collaborate, consolidate and merge their resources. They’re discovering that high volume medical centers can produce better outcomes for many procedures and more effectively and efficiently provide care … Read More

Healthcare: A Galaxy of Feelings

Patients come to the hospital at the most vulnerable times in their lives. They’re faced with critical conditions. They’re frightened. They need the full attention of dedicated caregivers. But disease and injuries are complex. Caregivers need to focus on test results, data, disease processes, logistics and, of course, the patient. Redefining quality Those of us … Read More

Choppers Fly in War and Peace (Video)

When I served in Vietnam, a buddy of mine asked me if I wanted to go on a helicopter ride. “Why not?” I said, climbing aboard the helicopter gunship. The view of the countryside was beautiful, but what I didn’t realize was that the helicopter was on an actual military mission. The vessel went into … Read More

Time to Think Anew in Healthcare

American healthcare is in the middle of an unprecedented transformation. How can we meet the challenges that come with such change? As Abraham Lincoln said, “We must think anew and act anew.” Knowing that changes were coming, healthcare providers have been looking at ways to lower costs and expand access well before the passage of … Read More

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A ‘Magic Bullet’ for Healthcare Costs

There are some people who say there is no simple way to lower the high cost of healthcare. They’ll tell you the problems are too complex and the system too entrenched. But I disagree. I’d like you to consider another possibility. It may not eliminate our cost problems altogether. But it has the potential to … Read More

One Question That Changed Our Organization

It happened eight years ago, but I remember it like it was yesterday. I had been invited to Harvard Business School to discuss a case study on Cleveland Clinic. After a very positive first session, a student at the second session raised her hand and said, “Dr. Cosgrove, my father needed mitral valve surgery. We … Read More

The Future of Healthcare: Not Enough Doctors

By 2014, 40 million Americans will be newly insured under the provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and its individual mandate. That, without a doubt, is good news. However, it also presents challenging questions to America’s hospitals: How do we accommodate this influx of patients? Will there be enough doctors and available appointments to … Read More

Battling the Enemies of Innovation

Every year, thousands of Americans with life-threatening aortic valve disease are told they are too old, too sick or too frail to undergo reparative surgery. Many hospitals are able to tell these patients what’s wrong with them; the vast majority will also tell them they’re simply out of luck. New technique Cleveland Clinic, however, didn’t … Read More

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The One Innovation That is Curing Diabetes

“First, do no harm.” That’s part of the Hippocratic Oath. Doctors take this very seriously. You don’t intervene where the risk of intervention is greater than the risk of the disease. But the No. 1 innovation on the Cleveland Clinic “Top Ten Medical Innovations” list for 2013 is something Hippocrates never dreamed of: bariatric surgery … Read More

The Healthcare Train Has Already Left the Station

Yes. Politics is important. But as far as healthcare reform is concerned, the real action is taking place far from Washington. It’s going on at hospitals and medical centers nationwide, where doctors, nurses and administrators have been making enormous changes to make American healthcare leaner, more efficient and more effective for patients and communities. Concerns … Read More