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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 organizations such as Cleveland Clinic, whom understand our mission and what it truly means to give back to the community in an authentic way. With their help, we're making a difference."

Larry King was at Cleveland Clinic today to lead a panel discussion on the state of cardiovascular medicine. The panel comprised of national heart experts opens the 2007 Medical Innovation Summit at Cleveland Clinic.

In addition, Mr. King made an appearance at a cardiovascular screening program for women on Cleveland Clinic's Oval on E. 100th St. across from the hospital's Crile (A) Building. During the program, Sister to Sister, a national organization dedicated to fighting heart disease in women which often collaborates with the Foundation, together with Cleveland Clinic staff, provided free heart screenings for women and men of all ages. The program also made available information on heart disease and making healthy lifestyle changes.

The Larry King Cardiac Foundation was established in 1988 to provide funding for life-saving treatment for individuals who, due to limited means or inadequate insurance, would otherwise be unable to receive the treatment and care they so desperately need. The Foundation works in conjunction with hospitals throughout the nation to ensure that such patients receive proper medical attention. The most current information can be found on http://www.lkcf.org.

In addition to Cleveland Clinic, the Foundation's partner hospitals include: the Division of Cardiology at George Washington University Medical Center in Washington, D.C.; the Cedars-Sinai Heart Center in Los Angeles; the Center for Heart, Lung and Kidney Disease at Children's National Medical Center in Washington, D.C.; LAC + USC Medical Center; New York Presbyterian, The University Hospital of Columbia and Cornell; St. Joseph's Hospital in Atlanta; and The Venice Family Clinic in California.

The Cleveland Clinic Heart Center is the recognized world leader in diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular disease. The Cleveland Clinic has been ranked No. 1 in the nation for cardiac care by U.S. News & World Report every year since 1995.

Cleveland Clinic, located in Cleveland, Ohio, is a not-for-profit multispecialty academic medical center that integrates clinical and hospital care with research and education. Cleveland Clinic 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. 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. Approximately 1,800 full-time salaried physicians and researchers at Cleveland Clinic and Cleveland Clinic Florida represent more than 100 medical specialties and subspecialties. In 2006, there were 3.1 million outpatient visits to Cleveland Clinic. Patients came for treatment from every state and from more than 80 countries. There were more than 53,000 hospital admissions to Cleveland Clinic in 2006. Cleveland Clinic's Web site address is http://www.clevelandclinic.org.


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