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Community Impact

Cleveland Clinic is a nonprofit, multispecialty academic medical center with a proud history of serving the needs of the residents of our communities. Cleveland Clinic serves the community by engaging in a broad range of medical research, education, training programs, and supporting community health initiatives.

Community Benefit

2015 Community Benefit

In 2015, our community benefit contribution totaled $692.8 million. At the time of publication, 2016’s benefit contribution was unavailable.

View our Community Benefit Report

Community Health Needs Assessments

Cleveland Clinic strives to provide compassionate, high-quality healthcare and support efforts to improve the health of our communities. We have conducted comprehensive community health needs assessments to understand and plan for the current and future health needs of the communities each of the Cleveland Clinic hospitals serves. In accordance with Internal Revenue Code Section 501(r), each hospital conducted its own community health needs assessment and developed its own implementation strategy report.

Learn more about our community health needs assessments.

Economic Impact

Cleveland Clinic is an economic driving force in Northeast Ohio, contributing substantially to growth in the region’s innovation and employee base in our community. We are proud to be a part of the region’s prominence as a national center of biomedical technology, research and quality patient care. Cleveland Clinic is the largest employer in Northeast Ohio and the second largest employer in the state. We continue to invest in our communities by building, hiring and expanding our services.

View our Economic Impact Report.

Local and Diverse Spend

Local and Diverse Spend

Cleveland Clinic has a long-standing commitment to serving local needs by attracting, supporting and partnering with diverse business enterprises. Our Supplier Diversity strategy supports our commitment to care for the communities we serve. It allows us to leverage our purchasing to drive economic inclusion for qualified diverse suppliers. We strive to increase participation in Cleveland Clinic’s procurement opportunities for businesses that are 51% owned and operated by minorities, women, veterans, service-disabled veterans, LGBTQ, or are HUB-Zone certified.

Cleveland Clinic’s desire to attract more diverse suppliers follows a three-pronged approach:

  • Increase the vendor pool to connect qualified woman-owned, minority-owned, and veteran-owned companies to current bidding opportunities. External matchmaker events, ongoing collaboration with community partners, and targeted meet-and-greet events hosted by Cleveland Clinic all support this effort.
  • Promote the growth of business opportunity to current diverse Cleveland Clinic vendors.
  • Promote inclusive sub-contracting on Cleveland Clinic construction projects through the use of Community Benefits Agreements and our construction Mentor/Protégé Programs.

In 2013, we endorsed key sections of the historic Community Benefits Agreement (CBA) Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) promoting inclusion and driving investment in Cleveland.  In 2016, we completed 5 CBAs that created direct benefits for local residents and businesses. We continue efforts to build a strong diverse supplier pipeline in construction through set-aside bidding and Job Order Contracting.

Since 2010, we’ve spent over $668 million with certified diverse suppliers, $131 million in 2016 alone.

Local Procurement

Mobile Food Pantry

Mobile Food Pantry

Stephanie Tubbs Jones Health Center (STJHC) sponsors a Mobile Food Pantry in East Cleveland on the 4th Saturday of each month in collaboration with the Greater Cleveland Food Bank. The Mobile Food Pantry operates like a Farmers Market, but the food is given away to community members for free.

The East Cleveland community is a “food desert,” lacking easily accessible grocery stores that provide fresh produce. This disparity impacts the community through high rates of obesity, diabetes and hypertension. The Mobile Food Pantry provides healthy meal options for families, promotes healthy eating and improves health outcomes. In 2016, we maintained the Mobile Food Pantry year round, moving the pantry inside during the cold months when there is even less availability of fresh produce in the community. We have also teamed up with Coit Road Farmers Market to provide free cooking and exercise classes during each Mobile Food Pantry. The cooking class utilizes produce from the Pantry to teach families how to cook it in healthy ways and the exercise class incorporates normal household items into a routine that can be done at home without any special equipment.

“Research has shown that adding just two servings of fruits and vegetables a day to your diet can help to combat most chronic illnesses, which makes access to food is not just a social concern, but also a medical one,” said Alicia Richardson, former STJHC Patient Navigator dedicated to the Mobile Pantry and its purpose. “Most importantly, when someone is hungry, accessing food becomes their primary concern, and their healthcare is put on the back burner.”

Each month, the Greater Cleveland Food Bank provides STJHC with 10,000 to 12,000 pounds of fresh produce to feed 100-150 families. In 2016, STJHC’s Mobile Food Pantry served 1,375 families and 3,310 individuals. The pantry is staffed by over 300 volunteers from across the Cleveland Clinic enterprise and surrounding community. The Mobile Food Pantry hopes to expand the model to other Cleveland Clinic Family Health Centers.

Supplier Diversity Spend

OMSDC Corporation of the Year Award

Supplier Diversity Award

Cleveland Clinic was honored as the Class II Corporation of the Year by the Ohio Minority Supplier Development Council in 2015 (OMSDC) for its commitment to supporting minority business enterprises (MBE) in Ohio.

“We are committed to growing our supplier diversity program and that commitment comes from the top. Supplier Diversity is a key initiative, strategically interwoven into the fabric of our business. Each step we take towards engaging the very best ideas and solutions from our suppliers maximizes our ability to enhance our care model and drive our vision”

— Bill Peacock, Chief of Operations