First-Year Seminar Visits Cleveland Clinic for 'The Far Side of Health'


Physical education professor Bob Moss's "Far Side of Health" first-year seminar students and others.  Back:  Albion assistant athletic trainer Gordon Williams,  Chad Casey, Megan Roberts, Roger Griffin,  Dennis Bell, Andre Bridges, Amy Vandenberg and Casey Bloomer.  Front: Leslie Patzwahl, respiratory therapist at the clinic, Dane Manfredi, Nina Mori, Erin Hein and Colleen Holmes.  All photos courtesy of Bob Moss

The Best There Is
-Year Seminar Visits Cleveland Clinic for 'The Far Side of Health'

Sept, 27, 2006

Story by Bob Moss; photos by Casey Bloomer and Roger Griffin

In keeping with the title of the course, the purpose of this trip exposed the students to and helped them understand one of the "Far Sides" of health: the Cleveland Clinic, ranked as one of the top three hospitals in the United States.  Its cardiac clinic is rated the best in the country, and it has 10 other specialties that are rated in the nation's Top 10 treatment programs, according to the just-released 2006 U.S. News & World Report's "America's Best Hospitals" survey.

The students were taken on a 2.5 hour tour of the 140-acre campus and through the extensive medical labs. This followed by a 45-minute presentation/overview of the Clinic.

Dennis Bell gets a laparoscopic view of the new 270-bed cardiac hospital being built at the Cleveland Clinic. The Clinic is widely regarded as the best cardiac hospital in the U.S.

Cleveland's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame was a detour on the way home.

This facility represents what may be considered as medical care at its finest. We will then contrast this experience with those medical care facilities at the other "Far Side". And while great health care can occur at these other facilities, their lack of having what the Cleveland Clinic has often does not allow their patients to receive equitable diagnostics and treatment.

On a walking tour of the clinic.