Cleveland Clinic adds Dallas hospitals to alliance

First Washington, D.C., then metro New York and now Dallas. The Cleveland Clinic expanded the reach of Cardiovascular Specialty Network through an alliance with Baylor Scott & White Health, making the Dallas-based system the exclusive provider for Texas and Oklahoma referrals.

The alliance allows cardiac patients in the network who live in Texas and Oklahoma to be treated by specialists at the three Baylor Scott & White Health hospitals: Baylor Jack and Jane Hamilton Heart and Vascular Hospital; Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas; and the Heart Hospital Baylor Plano. The Texas hospitals and the Cleveland Clinic's Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute will collaborate on quality and patient safety programs.

This is the third such partnership forged by the Cleveland Clinic. Earlier this year, the clinic and the North Shore-LIJ Health System shook hands in a deal that made the 17-hospital system an exclusive member in the network. MedStar Heart Institute in Washington, D.C., also has a partnership to serve the greater D.C. area.