Deborah Heart & Lung Center Announces New Affiliation

From left: Announcing the new Deborah Heart and Lung Center and Cleveland Clinic Heart & Vascular Institute affiliation are Cleveland Clinic Heart & Vascular Institute Vice Chairman, Strategic Operations, Suma Thomas, MD; Cleveland Clinic Heart & Vascular Institute Chairman, Lars Svensson, MD; Deborah President & CEO Joseph Chirichella; and Deborah Vice President Medical Affairs, Lynn McGrath, MD.

BROWNS MILLS – Deborah Heart and Lung Center is now a clinical affiliate of the Cleveland Clinic Heart & Vascular Institute, further elevating cardiovascular care for patients in the region. The Cleveland Clinic heart program is U.S. News & World Report’s No. 1 ranked program for cardiology and heart surgery for the past 25 years.

“This clinical affiliation is one part of our strategic plan that will continue Deborah’s mission of maintaining the highest standards of quality cardiac care to our patients,” said Joseph Chirichella, President and CEO of Deborah Heart and Lung Center.

He added, with Deborah’s recent recognition by the Society of Thoracic Surgeons as a top seven percent program in the nation for surgical outcomes in coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG), and aortic valve replacement (AVR) surgeries, the affiliation will sustain these high standards.

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This affiliation makes Deborah the exclusive Cleveland Clinic affiliate in Burlington, Camden, Atlantic, Gloucester, Salem, Cumberland, and Cape May Counties in New Jersey; as well as Bucks and Philadelphia Counties in Pennsylvania.

“Management of heart disease is complex, and working together on programs like this help advance the treatment of cardiovascular disease to benefit our communities,” said Lars Svensson, MD, Ph.D., Chairman of Cleveland Clinic’s Heart & Vascular Institute. “Our affiliation with Deborah Heart and Lung Center will allow for sharing of best practices, while working together to ensure the highest quality care to Deborah’s patients.”


The affiliation is mutually beneficial, allowing for the sharing of best practices, enhancing opportunities to provide new treatments and therapies to patients, as well as exploring cutting-edge technologies and techniques in cardiac and vascular care that will accelerate advances in treatments.

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The Cleveland Clinic affiliate program was launched in 2003. The affiliate network includes 12 hospitals across the country, with the addition of Deborah. As affiliates, both Deborah and the Cleveland Clinic remain independent, with no changes in control of physicians or staff.

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