Cleveland Clinic’s Heart, Vascular & Thoracic Institute Alliance

Together, we can do your heart a world of good. The alliance with Cleveland Clinic’s Heart, Vascular & Thoracic Institute (HVTI) gives Nuvance Health® access to the best practices that have helped Cleveland Clinic’s heart program consistently be nationally ranked.
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Sharing Knowledge to Deliver Excellent Care

Nuvance Health is committed to bringing advanced care to your community. That’s why our Heart and Vascular Institute has an alliance with Cleveland Clinic’s Heart, Vascular & Thoracic Institute.

Cardiovascular specialists from Nuvance Health and Cleveland Clinic share knowledge and best practices that allow us to deliver excellent patient care. We work together on important quality initiatives covering all aspects of patient care, such as:

  • Adopting new clinical approaches for cardiovascular procedures and surgeries (inpatient and outpatient)
  • Measuring patient outcomes against national benchmarks to pursue continued improvement
  • Improving operational excellence
  • Enhancing the patient experience through physician training
  • Recruiting care providers and other team members
  • Expanding opportunities for clinical research to uncover promising new therapies


Through the alliance, Cleveland Clinic offers physician-to-physician discussions for high-risk cases, providing multiple perspectives to ensure targeted care. Nuvance Health cardiovascular specialists also observe complex procedures and new techniques for heart surgery and vascular surgery at Cleveland Clinic.

Advanced Care Close to Home

Nuvance Health patients benefit from the experience of cardiovascular specialists and researchers from both systems. Our combined knowledge and resources provide access to advanced, comprehensive care—right in your community.
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Access to clinical research

Cleveland Clinic provides a pipeline of clinical trials and other research. These programs offer access to promising new therapies before they’re widely available. 

Through our alliance, doctors at Nuvance Health can enroll eligible patients in these research initiatives. 

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Access to Clinical Research

Why Choose Us?

When you choose Nuvance Health, you'll find:

  • Multiple Specialists 
    You have access to a team of specialists, so you get comprehensive, targeted care. Experienced heart and vascular doctors, interventional cardiologists, cardiac surgeons, nurses and staff work together to treat cardiovascular disease.
  • Advanced Procedures
    Your care team is experienced in surgical and nonsurgical treatment options for cardiovascular conditions. We often use minimally invasive techniques, so your recovery is as smooth as possible.
  • Excellent Care, Close to Home

    You don’t need to travel far to get specialized treatment for complex cardiovascular conditions. Our hospitals are recognized by U.S. News & World Report for performance and quality. 

    Read more about our recognitions at Danbury Hospital, Norwalk Hospital and Vassar Brothers Medical Center.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the Cleveland Clinic Heart, Vascular & Thoracic Institute and Nuvance Health alliance? 

    The alliance with Cleveland Clinic’s Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart, Vascular & Thoracic Institute (HVTI) gives Nuvance Health access to the best practices that have helped Cleveland Clinic’s heart program consistently be nationally ranked.

    This alliance will continue to enable the sharing of best practices, enhance opportunities to provide new treatments and therapies to patients, and enable both organizations to continue to strengthen all elements of cardiovascular medicine and cardiothoracic surgery programs. Through these relationships, Cleveland Clinic HVTI provides management services including clinical direction, quality assurance and access to the latest in cutting-edge technologies and techniques. 
  • What Nuvance Health facilities will part of the alliance with Cleveland Clinic HVTI?  
    Cleveland Clinic will work with clinicians and multidisciplinary teams at three Nuvance Health hospitals, including Vassar Brothers Medical Center in Poughkeepsie, NY, and Danbury Hospital and Norwalk Hospital in Connecticut. Cleveland Clinic’s HVTI will share clinical best practices for patient care, giving Nuvance Health patients access to their expertise, including the latest technologies and innovations in heart care.
  • What does this alliance mean for me?   
    You and your family will benefit from the opportunities provided through new treatments and therapies and will also benefit from Nuvance Health physicians’ accelerated access to the resources of Cleveland Clinic’s HVTI’s expertise in cardiac care. The alliance is mutually beneficial and will enhance opportunities to provide new treatments and therapies to patients, as well as explore cutting-edge technologies and techniques in cardiac and vascular care that will accelerate advances in treatments. 
  • How will this impact Nuvance Health physicians?  

    Nuvance Health physicians will work with Cleveland Clinic HVTI on quality outcomes and protocols to improve heart care with the goal of providing you and your family access to the latest heart treatments available. 
  • What type of clinical policies or treatment protocols might be shared between the hospitals?   

    Cleveland Clinic HVTI will continue to provide access to its protocols, procedures, intellectual property and clinicians. This allows Nuvance Health to access Cleveland Clinic HVTI expertise regarding complex medical situations and also provides access to the newest technologies and innovations. Cleveland Clinic HVTI will also continue to share best practices related to the various subspecialties within cardiology and cardiac surgery.

  • When did Cleveland Clinic HVTI form the affiliate program?  
    The Cleveland Clinic HVTI affiliate program was launched in 2003. The affiliate network includes 14 hospitals across the country, with the addition of the three Nuvance Health hospitals. As affiliates, the Nuvance Health Heart and Vascular Institute and Cleveland Clinic remain independent, with no changes in control of physicians or staff.