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Cleveland Clinic and The Larry King Cardiac Foundation Partner to Provide Heart Surgery to Those in Need
Date:10/1/2007

America's Leading Heart Hospital and National Foundation Established By Talk- Show Host Renew Their Commitment to Provide Care to Patients Who Can

Least Afford It

CLEVELAND, Oct. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Cleveland Clinic and The Larry King Cardiac Foundation have renewed their partnership agreement to heal hearts and save lives.

The renewed agreement places Cleveland Clinic among a select group of hospitals nationwide that provide the latest in cardiac care in partnership with The Larry King Cardiac Foundation. As a partner hospital to the talk-show host's charitable foundation, the Clinic will work with the organization to identify and treat eligible patients. Once accepted into the program, the patients' heart procedures are paid for by The Larry King Cardiac Foundation.

"Heart disease strikes people of all ages and walks of life," said Bruce Lytle, M.D., Chairman of the Department of Cardiac Surgery at Cleveland Clinic. "We are proud to collaborate with the Larry King Cardiac Foundation to make state-of-the-art heart care accessible to many more patients."

The Larry King Cardiac Foundation provides cardiac care and resources through affiliate partners for individuals who, due to limited means and inadequate insurance, would otherwise be unable to receive treatment. Cleveland Clinic first partnered with the Foundation in October 2005. Under terms of the renewed agreement, Cleveland Clinic will treat primarily Ohio patients between 200 and 400 percent of the poverty level who come to the hospital via the Foundation. Out-of-state patients who meet the application criteria will be considered on a case by case basis.

"Partnering with Cleveland Clinic, a world-class cardiovascular center, allows the foundation to continue providing the best care possible to patients in need," said Larry King, Jr., president of The Larry King Cardiac Foundation. "It is incredibly important that we align the foundation with or
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