Cleveland Clinic leader named to Institute of Medicine

By Cheryl Powell
Beacon Journal medical writer

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Delos Toby Cosgrove, president and chief executive officer of The Cleveland Clinic was a speaker at Wayne Economic Forum at Ohio State University's Shisler Conference Center in October. Cosgrove has been selected as a member of the Institute of Medicine. (Jim Mackinnon/Akron Beacon Journal)

The head of the Cleveland Clinic has been selected as a member of the prestigious Institute of Medicine.

The national health advisory board on Monday announced 70 new members, including Cleveland Clinic President and Chief Executive Dr. Delos “Toby” Cosgrove.

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) advises Congress, federal agencies, independent organizations and others on health issues.

“Not only is it an honor to be named to the IOM, it’s also a tremendous responsibility,” Cosgrove said in a prepared statement. “The IOM has great influence on public policies and programs that can shape the health and lives of millions of people around the world.”

Health insurance help

The city of Akron and Summit County Public Health are continuing to offer in-person assistance for residents who want to sign up for the new health insurance plans offered through the federal Health Insurance Marketplace.

Help is available from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday at the Lawton Street Community Center, 1225 Lawton St.; and the Firestone Park Community Center, 1480 Girard St. (The times have been adjusted since the assistance program launched last week.)

Certified application counselors from the county health department are available to help people access information about the plan options and apply for subsidies through the federal website,

Open enrollment started Oct. 1 and continues through March 31 for the Health Insurance Marketplace, created through the Affordable Care Act, often called Obamacare.

Information also is available by calling 800-318-2596.

For those who prefer paper rather than the online program, short form paper applications are available at all Akron recreation departments and in the lobby of the Municipal Building, 166 S. High St.

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