Cleveland Clinic wants to attract Cayman's sickest patients

With a new building dedicated to treating cancer and neurological disorders and now the ability to perform heart and liver transplants, the Cleveland Clinic’s Weston, Florida hospital aims to attract more people from the Cayman Islands for their most complicated treatments. 

More than 250 people traveled to the non-profit hospital near Fort Lauderdale, Florida, for treatment last year, according to Cleveland clinic representatives who were in Cayman last week for the Cayman Islands Healthcare Conference. While on the island, hospital staff hosted a training workshop with employees at the Health Services Authority on improving patient experience, the second year the U.S. doctors have given the free training for the HSA. 

Rob Stall, with Cleveland Clinic’s international operations, said beyond doing advanced surgeries and treating complicated cases, treating patients and families well is the hospital’s specialty.  

“We have a long relationship with Cayman,” said Dr. Antonio Briceno, vice president at the hospital’s global health center, including bringing doctors to Florida and Cleveland for training. The hospital used to have a contract with CINICO to treat people in the national insurance plan, he said. 

Dr. Briceno complimented the growing medical offerings in Cayman, but said, “We want to help in those cases where you don’t have the facilities.” Those cases include cancers and transplants.  

“The facility in Florida is growing,” he said, and patients from Cayman can, at times, get to the stroke center or intensive care unit faster than some from the Florida Keys.  

Dr. Briceno

Dr. Briceno

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