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Community Impacts

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

In 2014, our community benefit contribution totaled $681.8 million.

2014 Community Benefit

* At the time of publication, 2015’s benefit contribution was unavailable.

Our current Community Benefit Report can be viewed here.

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 health needs assessments to understand population health 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.

Our Economic Impact Report can be viewed here

Local and Diverse Spend

Local Procurement

2015 Dollar Amount % of Total
Total Procurement $1,915,613,295 100%
Vendors in Cuyahoga County $380,930,127 20%
Vendors in the City of Cleveland $176,517,162 9%
Vendors located outside Cuyahoga County $1,534,683,168 80%

Reaching out to organizations that meet and support supplier diversity remains a proactive business process at Cleveland Clinic. 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.

In 2015, we saw a deepening of our supplier diversity strategy. An update to our vendor handbook – which all suppliers are contractually obligated to follow – now includes explicit expectations of diverse spend by our suppliers at the Tier 2 level. We simplified our reporting of diverse spend, thus opening up more categories to inclusion in our efforts to grow a more diverse supplier base. In addition to working to create more opportunity for minority-, women-, and veteran-owned firms, we added Historically Underutilized Businesses (HUB)-Zone and LGBT-owned businesses to our focus.

Our construction mentor-protégé program completed its second year of pairing promising minority-owned construction management and design firms with larger mentor firms. We are partnering to grow the capacity and experience within healthcare of the minority firms over time and have seen several success stories from this effort. We continue efforts to build a strong diverse supplier pipeline in construction through set-aside bidding and the introduction in 2015 of Job Order Contracting.

Since 2010, we’ve spent over $558 million with certified diverse suppliers, $100 million in 2015 alone. Going forward, we will continue efforts to get more of our suppliers to engage diverse suppliers at the Tier 2 level, to utilize specialized programming to aid in the development of our supplier base, and to introduce more innovation from diverse suppliers into our procurement environment.

Total Diverse Spend Learn more about our Supplier Diversity program

Mobile Food Pantry

Woman Holding ProduceStephanie 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 2015, 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 150-200 families. In 2015, STJHC’s Mobile Food Pantry served 1,817 families and 4,419 individuals. The pantry is staffed by over 300 volunteers from across the Cleveland Clinic enterprise and surrounding community, including the East Cleveland Fire Department. The Mobile Food Pantry hopes to expand the model to other Cleveland Clinic Family Health Centers.

OMSDC Corporation of the Year Award

For the second-consecutive year, Cleveland Clinic has been honored as the Class II Corporation of the Year by the Ohio Minority Supplier Development Council (OMSDC) for its commitment to supporting minority business enterprises (MBE) in Ohio.

Supplier Diversity Award

“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