Cleveland Clinic Canada Names New President

    Jim Blazar, Former Chief Marketing Officer for Cleveland Clinic,
    Appointed to Lead Cleveland Clinic Canada and Increase Facility's Brand

    CLEVELAND, Sept. 18 /CNW/ -- Jim Blazar, formerly Chief Marketing Officer
for Cleveland Clinic, was recently named President of Cleveland Clinic Canada,
Toronto Health and Wellness Centre. Opened in early 2007 and located in the
heart of Toronto's financial district, the Centre provides executive health
physicals and offers many specialized health and wellness programs.
    "Jim's extensive marketing background and solid understanding of
Cleveland Clinic and its operations are instrumental to the success and
development of Cleveland Clinic Canada," said Michael O'Boyle, Chief Operating
Officer, Cleveland Clinic. "We are very excited that he has taken on this
important role and we look forward to his continued success."
    As President, Mr. Blazar will focus on program development, medical staff
recruitment, operational efficiency and marketing the Toronto Health and
Wellness Centre.
    "Cleveland Clinic Canada's Toronto Health and Wellness Centre has a very
high patient satisfaction," Mr. Blazar said. "People who come here are very
impressed with the facility and its services. I'm looking forward to working
with the team to increase its name recognition and its presence in Toronto and
the surrounding markets."
    While serving as Chief Marketing Officer at Cleveland Clinic, Mr. Blazar
made many marketing contributions. He launched an updated umbrella brand
campaign across Cleveland Clinic's entire health system, spearheaded the
institution's first national advertising campaign and developed the first
Community Benefits Report, reporting Cleveland Clinic's contributions to the
Northeast Ohio community.
    In addition, Mr. Blazar was part of the birth of Cleveland Clinic's
international outreach and led marketing efforts for the launch of Cleveland
Clinic Canada and the health system's first major exhibit at Arab Health 2007,
the largest medical conference in the Middle East, held in Dubai, United Arab
Emirates (UAE).
    The Toronto Health and Wellness Centre is Cleveland Clinic's first
operational venture outside the United States. The Centre provides executive
health physicals and offers many specialized health and wellness programs,
including cardiac health, prostate wellness, women's health, men's health,
sports medicine, weight and lifestyle management, nutrition and psychology
services. For more information about Cleveland Clinic Canada and the Toronto
Health and Wellness Centre, visit

    About Cleveland Clinic

    Cleveland Clinic, located in Cleveland, Ohio, is a not-for-profit
multispecialty academic medical center that integrates clinical and hospital
care with research and education. Cleveland Clinic 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. 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. Approximately 1,800
full-time salaried physicians and researchers at Cleveland Clinic and
Cleveland Clinic Florida represent more than 100 medical specialties and
subspecialties. In 2006, there were 2.9 million outpatient visits to Cleveland
Clinic. Patients came for treatment from every state and from more than 80
countries. There were nearly 54,000 hospital admissions to Cleveland Clinic in
2006. Cleveland Clinic's Web site address is

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