Cleve­land Clinic’s holistic cen­ter is on rapid as­cent

Modern Healthcare - - REGIONAL NEWS - —Ly­dia Coutre, Crain’s Cleve­land Busi­ness

The Cleve­land Clinic’s Cen­ter for Func­tional Medicine has seen ex­plo­sive growth in the two years since it opened. De­spite lit­tle ad­ver­tis­ing, it was full on its first day in Septem­ber 2014 and only went up from there, quickly out­grow­ing the six exam rooms ded­i­cated to it.

The cen­ter, which the clinic says is the first of its kind at an aca­demic med­i­cal cen­ter, fo­cuses on holistic treat­ment of the root causes of health prob­lems. Func­tional medicine is based on the ev­i­dence that life­style fac­tors—such as nutri­tion, sleep, ex­er­cise, stress, re­la­tion­ships and ge­net­ics—con­trib­ute to disease.

“I think peo­ple are un­der­stand­ing that there are lim­its to drugs and surgery for treat­ing chronic dis­eases,” said Dr. Mark Hyman, di­rec­tor of the cen­ter and a noted well­ness ex­pert.

In De­cem­ber, providers be­gan see­ing pa­tients in a new 17,000-square-foot lo­ca­tion, which is more than dou­ble the size of its pre­vi­ous space.

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