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For release: Sept. 7, 2016

Brian Harte, MD, Named President of Cleveland Clinic Akron General & Southern Region
Hospitalist, Hillcrest Hospital President to Take Helm in Late September

Contacts:
Heather Phillips, 216.312.3664, phillih@ccf.org

After a thorough review by the search committee, with unanimous endorsement by the Executive Committee of the Akron General Board of Trustees, Cleveland Clinic has selected Brian Harte, M.D., to serve as the new president of Cleveland Clinic Akron General and the southern region beginning Sept. 26th.

Dr. Harte has been with Cleveland Clinic since 2004, serving in numerous leadership roles. For the past three years, he has served as president of Cleveland Clinic Hillcrest Hospital, a 500-bed flagship hospital in the Cleveland Clinic health system. Prior to Hillcrest, Dr. Harte was the president of Cleveland Clinic South Pointe Hospital.

“Brian is uniquely qualified to bring transformational leadership to Akron and throughout the Southern region,” said J. Stephen Jones, M.D., president of Cleveland Clinic Regional Hospitals and Family Health Centers. “The integration of Cleveland Clinic and Akron General is succeeding at a rapid pace. I’m confident with Brian’s experience and proven successful leadership we will continue to drive positive change and to actualize true regionalization and grow our services for the benefit of the Akron community.”

Dr. Harte has been instrumental in leading Hillcrest Hospital through improvements in safety and quality, while establishing a patient-centered culture of care and clinical alignment. In addition, he has continued to build strong community collaboration and developed a leadership curriculum throughout the hospital. Under his leadership, Hillcrest Hospital achieved Magnet designation, one of just 400 in the country; accomplished re-accreditation by the Joint Commission; and received many other meaningful recognitions for its stroke, obstetrical, pediatric and cardiac care. The hospital has also been ranked in the top five in Northeast Ohio for two consecutive years by US News & World Report.

“I look forward to joining Cleveland Clinic Akron General and working together to continue the momentum in growing and supporting services and programs in the Akron community,” Dr. Harte said. “Akron General is an incredible health system which provides robust healthcare and I am honored to serve in this role and expand access for patients throughout Northeast Ohio.”

Dr. Harte is a practicing hospitalist and the former chairman of the Department of Hospital Medicine and the Medicine Institute at Cleveland Clinic. He earned his undergraduate degree from Yale University and his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He completed his residency in internal medicine at the University of California, San Francisco and was in private practice for five years prior to joining Cleveland Clinic in 2004.  He is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University. He also currently serves as the President of the Society of Hospital Medicine.

Janice Murphy, MSN, RN, FACHE, who currently serves as the Acting President of Akron General will return to her role as Chief Operating Officer for Cleveland Clinic Regional Operations. Her dedication and continued leadership to Akron General and the Akron community is deeply appreciated.


About Cleveland Clinic Akron General
Cleveland Clinic Akron General is a nonprofit healthcare organization that has been improving the health and lives of the people and communities it serves since 1914. Akron General serves as the hub for Cleveland Clinic’s Southern Region and includes a 532-registered-bed teaching and research medical center in downtown Akron; Edwin Shaw Rehabilitation; Akron General Partners, which includes Partners Physician Group; three Health & Wellness Centers; Lodi Hospital; Visiting Nurse Service; and Akron General Foundation. Recently, U.S. News & World Report ranked Akron General Medical Center as the ninth best hospital in Ohio. For more information, visit akrongeneral.org.

About Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland Clinic is a nonprofit multispecialty academic medical center that integrates clinical and hospital care with research and education. Located in Cleveland, Ohio, it was founded in 1921 by four renowned physicians with a vision of providing outstanding patient care based upon the principles of cooperation, compassion and innovation. Cleveland Clinic has pioneered many medical breakthroughs, including coronary artery bypass surgery and the first face transplant in the United States. U.S.News & World Report consistently names Cleveland Clinic as one of the nation’s best hospitals in its annual “America’s Best Hospitals” survey. Among Cleveland Clinic’s 49,000 employees are more than 3,400 full-time salaried physicians and researchers and 14,000 nurses, representing 120 medical specialties and subspecialties. The Cleveland Clinic health system includes a 165-acre main campus near downtown Cleveland, nine community hospitals, more than 150 northern Ohio outpatient locations – including 18 full-service family health centers and three health and wellness centers – and locations in Weston, Fla.; Las Vegas, Nev.; Toronto, Canada; Abu Dhabi, UAE; and London, England. In 2015, there were 6.6 million outpatient visits, 164,700 hospital admissions and 208,807 surgical cases throughout the Cleveland Clinic health system. Patients came for treatment from every state and 180 countries. Visit us at www.clevelandclinic.org. Follow us at www.twitter.com/ClevelandClinic.



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