Open Accessibility Menu

Southwest General Expands Cardiac Surgery Program Through Partnership With University Hospitals

  • Posted On:
  • Written By: Caroline Fienga

Caroline Fienga
Public Relations Specialist
216-299-7727 (cell)

Middleburg Heights, OH (Monday, Dec. 12, 2022) – Southwest General is pleased to announce a collaboration with University Hospitals (UH) Harrington Heart & Vascular Institute to provide an expanded cardiac surgery presence at the hospital’s Main Campus in Middleburg Heights.

“Through this collaboration, Southwest General will increase the number of cardiothoracic surgeons on our Medical Staff as well as expand access to critical, life-saving heart care within the communities we serve,” said William A. Young, Jr., president and chief executive officer, Southwest General.

Additionally, the collaboration will help sustain the level of high-quality care already offered to patients, provide 24/7 coverage, and enhance cardiac surgery program development at Southwest General by further supporting high-tech procedures such as the transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) procedure.

“By bringing together highly trained physicians and surgeons, the latest treatments and techniques and leading-edge technology, Southwest General can continue to offer outstanding care for a wide-range of heart-related conditions,” said Young. “We look forward to continuing to work with our partner, University Hospitals, to bring our community members the high-quality care they’ve come to expect, close to home.”

“We are looking forward to strengthening this partnership with Southwest General for the benefit of our patients,” said Marc Pelletier, MD, Chief of the Division of Cardiac Surgery at UH Harrington Heart & Vascular Institute, who will now perform surgeries at Southwest General.

“It is our duty as doctors to help people and at UH it is our mission to bring quality care closer to home for people across Northeast Ohio,” said Mehdi Shishehbor, DO, MPH, PhD, president, UH Harrington Heart & Vascular Institute, and Angela and James Hambrick Chair in Innovation. “Now with two major cardiac surgery programs in this region, UH Harrington Heart & Vascular Institute will continue to provide life-saving care to patients without burdening them with lengthy travel.”

For more than 25 years, Southwest General and University Hospitals have collaborated to offer an array of comprehensive services, advanced technologies and exceptional facilities. Through this unique partnering agreement, Southwest General offers its communities local access to world-renowned UH services, including UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Neonatal Services, UH Seidman Cancer Center and more.

About University Hospitals
Founded in 1866, University Hospitals serves the needs of patients through an integrated network of more than 20 hospitals (including 5 joint ventures), more than 50 health centers and outpatient facilities, and over 200 physician offices in 16 counties throughout northern Ohio. The system’s flagship quaternary care, academic medical center, University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center, is affiliated with Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Oxford University and the Technion Israel Institute of Technology. The main campus also includes UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital, ranked among the top children’s hospitals in the nation; UH MacDonald Women’s Hospital, Ohio’s only hospital for women; and UH Seidman Cancer Center, part of the NCI-designated Case Comprehensive Cancer Center. UH is home to some of the most prestigious clinical and research programs in the nation, with more than 3,000 active trials and research studies underway. UH Cleveland Medical Center is perennially among the highest performers in national ranking surveys, including “America’s Best Hospitals” from U.S. News & World Report. UH is also home to 19 Clinical Care Delivery and Research Institutes. UH is one of the largest employers in Northeast Ohio, with more than 30,000 employees. Follow UH on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter. For more information, visit

About Southwest General
Southwest General is a private, not-for-profit, 363-bed acute care facility located in Middleburg Heights, Ohio. Founded in 1920, Southwest General is home to nationally recognized physicians with full access to state-of-the-art technology. Southwest General has a deep commitment to providing personalized care and building a healthy future for the patients, families and communities it serves. To learn more, visit