Cleveland Clinic Names President of New Avon Hospital

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Cleveland Clinic announced the promotion of Rebecca Starck, M.D., as president of the new Cleveland Clinic Avon Hospital, beginning today.

Designed as a “hospital of the future,” the new facility is currently being built onto the north side of the existing Richard E. Jacobs Health Center. The five-story, 221,500-square-foot addition is estimated at $143 million and is scheduled to open in 2016.

Among Dr. Starck’s priorities will be leading the planning and strategic direction of the new Cleveland Clinic Avon Hospital, and focusing on the facility’s goals of operating more efficiently, introducing new and advanced technology, reducing duplication, keeping costs down and improving overall quality.

“As an established physician practicing in the Avon community since 2005, Dr. Starck has played a pivotal role in bringing this new hospital vision to life,” said Brian G. Donley, M. D., current Cleveland Clinic President of Regional Hospitals and Family Health Centers and incoming Chief of Staff. “Through her diligent dedication, she understands the healthcare needs of the community and private practice physicians, and she will be instrumental in leading a new kind of hospital for a new era in healthcare.”

Cleveland Clinic broke ground on the new Avon Hospital last month. Planned as a small, high-tech community hospital for lower acuity inpatient care, the new Cleveland Clinic Avon Hospital will have 126 private rooms to take care of patients who are more likely to be discharged within just a few days, rather than a week or longer. The new hospital will work closely with patients to improve their experience and help expedite their hospital stay. Technology will be a driving force in the new facility, as it is designed to leverage the latest in wireless capabilities and to serve as a test site to evaluate future advancements in patient care locally and world-wide. Cleveland Clinic Avon Hospital will become the health system’s ninth community hospital in Northeast Ohio joining Euclid, Fairview, Hillcrest, Lakewood, Lutheran, Marymount, Medina and South Pointe hospitals.

“I am honored by this opportunity to help lead a new hospital specially designed for the future of healthcare,” said Dr. Starck. “We remain committed to building on the success of our Richard E. Jacobs Health Center and meeting the growing needs of our Avon and Lorain communities, and are excited to introduce additional specialty services and an even higher quality of care for patients close to home.”

Earlier this year, Dr. Starck was named an associate medical director on Cleveland Clinic’s Regional Administrative Team, charged with further integrating the community hospitals, family health centers and institutes on issues regarding medical operations. She has served as chair of the Clinic’s Regional Ob/Gyn department since 2010, managing more than 80 obstetricians and gynecologists throughout Northeast Ohio.

Dr. Starck began practicing at Fairview Hospital in 1999. Under her leadership, Cleveland Clinic’s Avon Women’s Health Associates was established in 2005, and she was later appointed to the Cleveland Clinic staff in the Ob/Gyn & Women’s Health Institute in 2010. A native of Muskegon, Mich., Dr. Starck graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School and completed her residency training at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Mich.

Among her many roles, Dr. Starck has served as a trustee of the Fairview and Lutheran Hospital Boards, a member of the Board of Trustees for the Community Physician Partnership, and serves on Governor Kasich’s Task Force on Payment Reform. She is a fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and a member of the Cleveland Obstetrical Society. She also is a clinical professor of surgery in the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine. Dr. Starck practices routine obstetrics and specializes in menopause management, general women’s health and alternatives to hysterectomy.

She currently resides in Lakewood with her husband and five children.

About Cleveland Clinic

Cleveland Clinic is a nonprofit multispecialty academic medical center that integrates clinical and hospital care with research and education. Located in Cleveland, Ohio, it 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. Cleveland Clinic has pioneered many medical breakthroughs, including coronary artery bypass surgery and the first face transplant in the United States. 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. More than 3,000 full-time salaried physicians and researchers and 11,000 nurses represent 120 medical specialties and subspecialties. The Cleveland Clinic health system includes a main campus near downtown Cleveland, eight community hospitals, more than 75 Northern Ohio outpatient locations, including 16 full-service Family Health Centers, Cleveland Clinic Florida, the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas, Cleveland Clinic Canada, and, scheduled to begin seeing patients in 2015, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi. In 2012, there were 5.1 million outpatient visits throughout the Cleveland Clinic health system and 157,000 hospital admissions. Patients came for treatment from every state and from more than 130 countries. Visit us at www.clevelandclinic.org.  Follow us at www.twitter.com/ClevelandClinic.

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