Daniel I. Simon, MD
President, University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center
Professor of Medicine, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
As President of University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center, Daniel I. Simon, MD, says his vision is pretty simple: A healthy community, exceptional medicine and a better world.
“What inspires me most is to make an impact,” Dr. Simon says. “We’re talking about optimizing community health and impacting the future of medicine.”
Dr. Simon stresses the need to continue to align locally accessible care at UH community hospitals and health centers with “the court of last resort” at UH Cleveland Medical Center. Patients facing rare or serious conditions rely on our integrated system’s ability to provide neighborhood-based care where possible, and interact as needed with subspecialty providers and services at the main campus. “Our crown jewels of UH Seidman, Rainbow and Harrington Heart & Vascular Institute” he points to as examples, “become really important destinations of care for patients and families in our community.”
Dr. Simon predicts a major transformation in the next 10 years toward more consumer-based health care. “Patients are going to want to connect with their physicians or nurse practitioners on an as-needed basis,” he says. “They want an interaction and they want it now – on their terms.” This requires providers to adapt their approaches to accessibility, scheduling, processes and communication to provide an optimal patient experience.
Mindful that patient experience and patient satisfaction are a No. 1 priority for UH Cleveland Medical Center, Dr. Simon plans to maintain his own clinical practice on an abbreviated basis, so he can “roll up his sleeves” and stay close to the needs of patients. He has served as Director of University Hospitals Harrington Heart & Vascular Institute since 2006 and as President since 2014.
“It’s an honor and a privilege to be able to lead University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center,” says Dr. Simon. “It’s an extraordinary responsibility, but it’s also an amazing opportunity.”