Cleveland Clinic's main focus in Indian River takeover? ED operations, officials say

Changes are underway at Indian River Medical Center in Vero Beach, Fla., after Cleveland Clinic acquired the hospital in early January, according to local USA Today affiliate TCPalm.

One of Cleveland Clinic's top priorities since taking over the hospital has been restructuring operations in Indian River's emergency department. Long wait times have been a source of problems for the ED. In various attempts to ease the problem, Indian River has hired four different physician groups over the past seven years.

"One of the early priorities that's going on right now is the evaluation of all aspects of the emergency department," Wayne Hockmeyer, PhD, board chairman of Indian River, told the publication. "And it's a high priority for leadership [at] Cleveland Clinic Indian River Hospital and that will be part of an assessment going forward. There's a major focus on the emergency department and its operations and its efficiency."

Nashville, Tenn.-based Envision Healthcare was the lastest physician group hired to staff Indian River's ED in February 2018. Cleveland Clinic's acquisition of the hospital hasn't changed the Envision partnership, according to TCPalm.

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