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Cleveland Clinic to open wellness center in Canada

CLEVELAND (AP) - The Cleveland Clinic is making plans to expand north of the border with the goal of attracting more Canadian patients to Ohio for treatment, the chairman of the clinic's regional medical practice division said.

The hospital system plans to open a health and wellness center in Toronto, about a five-hour drive from Cleveland, that will offer services such as fitness assessments and stress management.

The clinic already draws about 600 Canadian patients a year, said Dr. David Bronson, who will become chairman of the board of Cleveland Clinic Canada.

"We hope that, by being there and being prominent in the market and offering a positive product line, we will perhaps take some of that market share away from our friendly competition," Bronson said.

The clinic competes for Canadian patients with Johns Hopkins and the Mayo Clinic, Bronson said.

The center, scheduled to open in an existing building by late summer, will offer services in the areas of corporate health and wellness, prevention and lifestyle counseling, and referrals of patients to Cleveland, said Jeffrey Ruby, chief operating officer of Cleveland Clinic Canada. Patients will have to pay out-of-pocket for many of the services.

The center is a partnership with the Copeland Group of Companies, a Canadian firm. Bronson estimated the clinic will spend several million dollars on construction and equipment.

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