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April 2021 - Volume 17 - Issue 10

Conor Delaney Joins Cleveland Clinic Florida as President and CEO

Last fall, Cleveland Clinic named Conor Delaney, M.D., Ph.D., as President and CEO of the Cleveland Clinic Florida region. Delaney oversees a region that includes five hospitals, a state-of-the-art research center and numerous outpatient centers located in five counties across Southeast Florida.

Delaney previously served as chairman of Cleveland Clinic’s Digestive Disease and Surgery Institute (DDSI), where he was responsible for the departments of Colorectal Surgery, Gastroenterology, Hepatology, Nutrition and General Surgery throughout Cleveland Clinic. The team performs 48,000 surgical cases and 90,000 endoscopic procedures per year.
“It was a mix of excitement and a privilege to be able to lead a team who were providing care to so many patients,” says Dr. Delaney. “I saw this new position as president and CEO as the next step in that journey and an opportunity to provide care to even more patients, particularly in Florida.”
Cleveland Clinic Weston Hospital was named the No. 1 hospital in the Miami-Dade metropolitan area for the third year in a row, according to the 2020-2021 annual ranking of Best Hospitals by U.S. News and World Report. Weston Hospital also tied for the No.5 best hospital in Florida, while Cleveland Clinic Indian River Hospital tied for No. 19, and Cleveland Clinic Martin Health tied for No. 28. Last July, the Cleveland Clinic Florida Research and Innovation Center opened in Port St. Lucie. Established in November 2019, the new center will advance innovative translational research, focused on immuno-oncology and infectious diseases, including COVID-19.
Dr. Delaney sees a real opportunity to grow the Cleveland Clinic model of care and to provide it to more patients.
“We have amazing people here,” he says. “So coming down to lead them was exciting for me. Our mission is to bring more complex and more high-quality care to each community in Southeast Florida.”
At Cleveland Clinic Weston Hospital, there are four primary cares of how they lead and drive the organization. The first and most important is, is care for patients, according to Dr. Delaney.
“Our short-term goals are to keep advancing our quality and our access to make it easier for patients to get in to see us, whether in person or virtually,” he says. “Another short term goal is for our caregivers by building our teams and bringing in even more talent to the teams we have and supporting them. This has been a really stressful time to be a caregiver and to be in healthcare.”
The third goal is for the communities in which they serve, notes Dr. Delaney.
“One of our important values is that we try and partner with the community that we're in,” he says. “We are building on how we partner with each county and develop the health and wellness of our communities as well as use the experience we have around innovation, research and academics. That allows us to really drive the future of care.”
What distinguishes Cleveland Clinic, Florida from other healthcare systems in the state is that it has become a global leader and has recognized models of healthcare.
“That makes us a little different than many places,” says Dr. Delaney. “We're absolutely patient centered and about patients first—focused on providing care with the patient as the center of care. We also have a really well-developed integration with the healthcare delivery system. That allows us to handle the most complex cases and yet also provide primary care. Finally, we have a really strong emphasis on research, education and innovation. We are able to use that to help us really develop the next level of care and the future of care and bring that level of expertise to the communities we serve.”
The ability to care for patients is what Dr. Delaney enjoys most about working in healthcare.
“That is what brought me to the field—and what I think brings most people in healthcare to the field. I also enjoy the opportunity to make patients better. In my previous position, whether it was colon, rectal cancer or Crohn's disease, these are patients who have a really challenging diagnosis. I was lucky enough to be able to do surgical procedures to cure them or make them better.”
Dr. Delany adds that he’s been excited about the opportunity to lead the Cleveland Clinic Florida team.
“The clinic is really invested in Southeast Florida,” he says. “We've been here for 30 years and we bring particularly high quality patient centered care and look after everything from the most simple to the most complex conditions. I’m looking forward to continuing to contribute to our mission of providing patients access to Cleveland Clinic care.”

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