Alice Walton keeps up healthcare push with Cleveland Clinic partnership

Walmart heir and philanthropist Alice Walton and her foundation will partner with the Cleveland Clinic to improve specialty care access in Northwest Arkansas. The Alice L Walton Foundation announced on Monday (Aug. 16) that the two organizations will assess specialty care needs in the region and develop recommendations for healthcare solutions to improve them.

A recent study by the Northwest Arkansas Council found a significant out-migration for specialty care totaling $950 million in 2018 and expected to top $1.2 billion by 2030. According to the release, Cleveland Clinic and the Alice L. Walton Foundation envision that any future specialty care initiatives they may develop in the region would collaborate with the Whole Health Institute to identify opportunities for increased patient experience and engagement to improve health outcomes.

Cleveland Clinic is a nonprofit multispecialty academic medical center that integrates clinical and hospital care with research and education. U.S. News & World Report recently named Cleveland Clinic the No. 2 hospital in the nation in the “2021-2022 Best Hospitals” rankings and has ranked it No. 1 in heart care for 27 consecutive years. Read MORE.