The Cleveland Clinic is a nonprofit multispecialty medical center that integrates clinical and hospital care with research and education. It was founded in 1921 and has about 3.8 million patient visits per year. The organization employs about 2,700 physicians and scientists and it has approximately 1,000 residents and fellows in training.
The clinic is consistently named one of the nation’s best hospitals in the U.S. News and World Report’s “America’s Best Hospitals” survey. In addition, its heart and heart surgery program has been ranked number one in the nation since 1995. The organization’s main campus received a “Magnet” status ranking from the American Nurses Credentialing Center, and it was awarded the Consumer Choice Award in 2009-2010 from the National Research Corporation. Most recently, Cleveland Clinic performed the world’s first heart/liver transplant in a patient with a total artificial heart. In 2007, the organization performed the first kidney surgery through a patient’s navel, and in 2008, it performed the nation’s first near-total face transplant.updated February 15, 2012