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Cleveland Clinic Releases Patients Beyond Borders® Focus On™

First U.S. hospital to be featured in popular new digital publication for the medical traveler

Chapel Hill, NC – September 15, 2011: Patients Beyond Borders,® the best-selling consumer reference guide for medical tourism, is pleased to announce the official release of FOCUS ON: Cleveland Clinic, profiling one of the top international healthcare centers in the world.

Now available as a digital download, Patients Beyond Borders FOCUS ON: Cleveland Clinic will provide global healthcare consumers with in-depth information on the hospital’s top specialties and doctors, achievements, accreditation, international concierge services and patient case studies, as well as regional travel information.

Founded in 1921 by four renowned physicians and built on principles of “cooperation, compassion and innovation,” Cleveland Clinic has earned a standing as one of the world’s most revered hospitals. With more than 2,000 salaried physicians and researchers, 120 medical specialties, and a network of medical facilities throughout northeast Ohio, Florida, Las Vegas (Nevada), Canada, and Abu Dhabi (UAE), the clinic welcomes more than 3.7 million patients annually from the United States and 103 other countries.

“Cleveland Clinic has served the international patient long before ‘medical tourism’ became a buzzword,” said Josef Woodman, CEO of Healthy Travel Media. “With a strong reputation for outstanding customer service, cost-effective care and a commitment to excellence, Cleveland Clinic’s community of hospitals and specialty centers has much to offer the discerning global medical traveler.”

Cleveland Clinic caters to international clientele through its Global Patient Services department. The hospital’s “patients
first” principle, coupled with special care from the International Center’s staff, make for a seamless medical travel experience. Services for international patients range from coordinating travel arrangements and arranging leisure activities for travel companions to providing translation services and catering to special cultural and dietary needs.

Today, Cleveland Clinic is home to some of the top-ranked specialty institutes in the world: the Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart and Vascular Institute, the Digestive Disease Institute, the Glickman Urological and Kidney Institute, the multidisciplinary Neurological Institute, and the Orthopedic and Rheumatologic Institute, which have helped to consistently earn Cleveland Clinic the coveted U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Hospitals Award¹ and, in 2009–2010, the National Research Corporation’s Consumer Choice Award.

“We are pleased to be collaborating with Patients Beyond Borders to produce FOCUS ON: Cleveland Clinic,” said Dr. William
Ruschhaupt, M.D
., chairman of Global Patient Services and staff physician at the Cleveland Clinic Department of Cardiovascular Medicine. “We hope the accessibility of this publication will allow us to reach an even greater number of international patients and provide them with reference data to make more informed healthcare choices.”

Woodman will lead a panel of healthcare professionals and patients, featuring Dr. Ruschhaupt, in a discussion about the benefits and risks of getting medical treatment abroad at the AARP Life@50+ National Event and Expo, 1-2 p.m., Sept. 23, in Los Angeles. Participants will learn where to go for the highest quality care, how to negotiate the best prices, what types of insurance coverage are available and what to do in the unlikely event that something goes wrong.

FOCUS ON: Cleveland Clinic will be accessible from a variety of sources including the Patients Beyond Borders website, Cleveland Clinic’s website, Kindle, GoogleBooks, Apple iBooks and other eBook readers, iPhone and other mobile devices, medical, business, and reference libraries worldwide, and all popular social networks.

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