Watertown native, Cleveland Clinic CEO Health Care Presentation


TIPAF at the Clayton Opera House
P. O. Box 123  Clayton, New York 13624


Media contact: Joe Gleason, TIPAF Executive Director
315-686-1037 or director@claytonoperahouse.com



June 5, 2013


Cleveland Clinic CEO, Watertown native, to talk about health care innovations


Clayton, NY – Dr. Toby Cosgrove, Watertown native and president and CEO of the Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio, will speak at The Clayton Opera House Saturday, July 27, 4 p.m. His lecture, “What Walmart, Zumba and the Arts Have in Common: A Health Care System for the 21st Century,” will benefit the Thousand Island Performing Arts Center (TIPAF). He will examine the innovations that have caused The Cleveland Clinic to become the number three health care system in the country.


At this informal conversation, Dr. Cosgrove will look back at his career, will discuss The Cleveland Clinic’s health care innovations, and will consider additional changes needed in the U.S. health care system. A private reception will be held on the third floor of the Opera House immediately afterwards.  Tickets for the event and reception can be purchased separately.


Dr. Cosgrove grew up in Watertown and graduated from Watertown High School, completing high school as an undiagnosed dyslexic. He spent his summers racing sailboats across the Great lakes and teaching sailing at the Crescent Yacht Club in Chaumont, eventually crewing on the America’s Cup contender Nefertiti.


From Watertown, he went on to Williams College and then to the University of Virginia Medical School. Joining The Cleveland Clinic in 1975, he was named chairman of the Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular surgery in 1989. Under his leadership, Cleveland Clinic’s heart program was ranked number one in America for 10 years in a row. Before retiring from surgery, he performed 22,000 operations and earned an international reputation for expertise in cardiac surgery. He published 450 journal articles, book chapters and one book and has 30 patents to his credit, many for his pioneering work in noninvasive surgery.


For his achievements, he has received numerous awards from societies ranging from the National Dyslexic Society to international surgical societies.  For his service as a surgeon in Vietnam in the U. S. Air Force, he received the Bronze Star and the Republic of Vietnam Commendation Medal. Known for his candor, Dr. Cosgrove often points to his dyslexia and his experiences in Vietnam as instrumental to much of his success and innovation.


Today, he presides over a $5 billion health care system with 40,000 employees and clinics in Cleveland, Florida, Toronto and Abu Dhabi. He is a frequent expert commentator on health care change in Washington, on television and at conferences across the world.


Under his leadership, The Cleveland Clinic has been noted for its innovative health care model, results and efficiency. The clinic preaches good health care and has practiced it, developing diverse initiatives such as being first to ban smoking among employees and offering smoke cessation clinics free; being one of the first to address obesity by offering diet support programs and exercise classes to employees and limiting food offerings to healthy heart options;  being early to offer art throughout the clinics and advance the use of the arts in promoting wellness; and recently, being the first to hire a fashion designer, Dionne von Furstenberg, to design a hospital gown to preserve patients dignity.


Tickets are $25 for the talk by Dr. Cosgrove.  Admittance to the reception is available separately at $75 per person. Tickets for the talk or reception may be purchased at the Clayton Opera House Box Office, by calling 315-686-2200 or visiting http://www.claytonoperahouse.com.


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