To Act as a Unit - The Story of Cleveland Clinic
Episode 4: 1920-1930
Before World War I, many people referred to The Office as the “Crile Clinic.” But when Crile, Bunts and Lower — joined by a fourth partner, internal medicine specialist Dr. John Phillips — formed their new group practice and clinic, they named it the Cleveland Clinic Foundation for the city they loved. Among the unique propositions of this new foundation was that 25 percent or more of the net income would go to an endowment to support patient care, research, education and indigent care. On Saturday, February 26, 1921, Cleveland Clinic was dedicated and opened its doors at E.93rd and Euclid Avenue. But less than a decade later, a disaster almost wiped out the fledgling enterprise.